Lakewood Police Chief Greg Meyer answers your ‘Ask The Chief’ questions: Parking Issues

The following is an ‘Ask The Chief’ question submitted to TLS, and the Chief’s response. Email your questions for the Chief to [email protected].

Question:

Hi Mayor Coles and Chief Meyer,

I would like to start off by thanking you both for all that you do for our town. We are lucky to have such dedicated individuals heading our great town.

A while back, following numerous accidents on Martin Luther King Drive and Lincoln Street, you kindly put no parking signs on MLK, at the corner of MLK and Lincoln Street (on the side of the intersection of MLK which is closer to Lincoln Street, and which is at the corner of Lincoln Street that is closer to Pine street). However, despite the clear no parking signs, individuals continue to park in these illegal spots, thus obstructing the view of drivers turning from Lincoln Street onto MLK.

This is unfortunately a real danger. Drivers have an obstructed view of traffic on MLK, and every turn is a potential for an accident. I would much appreciate if you could please look into enforcing the no parking and perhaps remove the parking spot outlines currently in place and/or add clearer signage/yellow curb lines so cars are more aware that such parking is prohibited.

Thanks in advance. Have a wonderful week.

A concerned citizen.

The Chief’s response:

I am putting our traffic and safety specialists on it right away. Thanks for writing.

Chief Meyer.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. I’d like to ask about the numerous hitch hikers in Lakewood. Cars just slamming on the breaks to pick up boys or drop them off is dangerous. Today a bus almost rear ended a woman who just stopped to let a bunch of boys out of her car. Maybe calling the police department and asking is in order or even the state police, it’s out of control.

  2. Unfortunately nothing will be resolved. There will be a officer that may come out, give a quick look around or do a slow drive by and that will be it. No warnings, no tickets, nothing will change. How do I know? Because this is what has been happening in our neighborhood for years. Cars blatantly parked illegally, restricting the flow of traffic/pedestrians and nothing gets done. A lot of talk and promises, but that’s it.

  3. Dear Mayor Coles,
    It’s your top advisor here with another stellar idea that will revolutionize Lakewood.
    It seems the problem is people park in illegal spots because there’s no consequences to doing so. At the same time (our wonderful) LPD officers are not writing tickets often enough.
    This is where my amazing idea comes to save the day. Illegal parking spots should have spikes embedded in the roadway. LPD officers will be given remote controls. If an officer sees an illegally parked vehicle, instead of the hassle of issuing a ticket they can simply press the remote & the spikes will rise puncturing & ruining all 4 tires. After a few times of having to replace all 4 tires at once, i am confident we will no longer have an issue with illegal parking.
    Sincerely,
    Eliyakam Eliyahu Ephraim E.

  4. Just slamming on one’s brakes in the middle of the road to illegally p/up & discharge hitchhikers should be grounds for the police department to immediately impound the offending driver’s vehicle. Tickets & license suspensions will never be enough. There really is no other way.

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