Do not delay 999 vehicles

PUBLISHED: 14:28 18 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:56 15 June 2010

THE fire service and police held a joint operation to deal with inconsiderate, illegal and dangerous parking in Seaton, because of fears obstructions could delay emergency services.

THE fire service and police held a joint operation to deal with inconsiderate, illegal and dangerous parking in Seaton, because of fears obstructions could delay emergency services.Though most vehicles were parked legally, some were parked in a way which would have slowed down a fire engine - and in some instances prevented it from passing through.A fire engine drove around the area and alerted residents to obstructions with their sirens. Leaflets were then handed out, reminding people that even a delay of a couple of seconds could endanger lives.The operation, held last Sunday, was conceived through the Partners and Communities Together Initiative (PACT), when parking was highlighted as a major concern by residents.Similar operations will be carried out in future and any offending vehicles could have a £30 fixed penalty and the vehicle towed away, which could incur an initial charge of £105 plus £12 per day storage.


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