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Double-parking dangers at Mary Queen of Heaven School

By Michèle De Meglio

The streets in front of Mary Queen of Heaven School in Mill Basin aren’t safe for youngsters.

So say police officers from the 63rd Precinct who are issuing $115 tickets to drivers who double-park.

Double-parking is a constant problem at the school, 1326 East 57th Street, when parents stop to drop off or pick up their kids.

“We’re going to meet with the school administration and we’re going to come up with a solution to the problem,” said 63rd Precinct Captain Patricia McDonald.

The location of the school increases the likelihood of double-parking, said Mill Basin Civic Association President Paul Curiale, who is a member of the school’s advisory board of directors.

“The front of the building is on 57th Street which is a one-way, which makes it more tight and congested,” he said.

Curiale fears for the safety of students running around double-parked cars.

“Double-parking puts a child’s life in jeopardy,” he said. “It becomes a safety hazard because someone can get hit.”

As the precinct and school administration hash out a parking plan, parents who double-park will continue to receive pricey tickets.

In some instances, parents don’t learn their lesson and are ticketed two days in a row, explained Police Officer Theresa McElroy.

“I use my discretion on rainy days,” McElroy said. “But when it’s a 90 degree day, walk your kids to the school.”

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