Traffic law passed in Dunkirk

There were no objections to a law regulating parking on Vineyard Drive at a Town of Dunkirk public hearing recently. A motion was passed for Jeffrey Passafaro, the town attorney, to file the traffic law with the secretary of state.

According to the law, no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle on or alongside any town road, street or town right of way which is marked by official signs.

However, motorists often ignore the posted signs and businesses in the Tops Plaza have complained that people drive up to the fire lane, lock their vehicles and walk away.

Fines will begin at $25 and increase with repeated offenses but will not exceed $250.

“If it’s a repeat offender, you have to have a parameter,” Town Supervisor Richard Purol said.

Councilman Juan Pagan said, “I think it’s going to help us tremendously. A lot of people have taken advantage, leaving their cars in those areas. I think this will be a big help.”

Purol previously said at the Sept. 3 meeting about the law, “If you’re just dropping somebody off, that’s fine.”

However, when the vehicle is left parked for an extended period of time, it becomes an issue, especially in the event of an emergency, Purol said.

Tickets will be issued by authorities working for the town.

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