Questions Posted to "Ask a Dispatcher"
Q. Over at Floyd Dryden, the handicap parking is consistantly blocked, preventing disabled parents from picking up their children. On the same note, disabled parents are having their vehicle blocked in by other residents picking up their child. This prevents the parents from leaving. In both cases, the school refuse to do anything about it. Is there a law that prevents the above from happening?
Dear Juneau Resident,
Pick up and drop off times at schools can be a mess. Sometimes the school has people with no qualms about telling drivers what to do helping manage this situation. DZ middle school has a man who keeps non-buses from the bus driveway and that man has some serious command presence. JPD should have recruited him.
As far as the law goes, drivers aren't supposed to block others in but usually the blocking driver is gone and that is when JPD tows the car and tickets the driver. This sounds more like parents maneuvering for positions. The situation changes so rapidly that unless enforcement is on scene it would be hard to do much. A JPD officer going to calls would only be able to help if he or she was right there when a problem was reported.
Schools do use volunteers for crosswalk management and all kinds of projects. It is very possible the man who guards the DZ bus driveway is a volunteer. Maybe you could head up a volunteer group who takes days where each parent helps with traffic control. If the volunteers help for awhile, they will learn the cars of those who has a disabled child and needs certain spaces. Maybe you have some additional ideas when you ask, "What could I do to help with this problem?" Maybe there is a way to move the handicapped spots to a less competitive area, or move the pickup place for non-disabled kids. If you run some ideas by the school there could be some healthy collaboration.