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Council lowers fine for school dropoff violations

April 15, 2013
By David Swartz - Managing Editor , Estherville Daily News

Anyone who has received a fine for parking in the middle of the road to drop off their children at school in Estherville will see a little relief if caught by law enforcement.

At its regular meeting, the Estherville City Council reduced the fine for such instances to $20 plus court costs-which is $87.

Previously, the fine plus court costs resulted in a fee of nearly $200.

Estherville city attorney David Forsyth said the city and Estherville Lincoln Central School District officials saw this may become more of a problem when the middle school and high school joined together.

The concern is for the children's safety and in spite of trying to spread the word about not stopping in the traveled portion of the roadway, several tickets have been issued over the past couple years.

Estherville police chief Eric Milburn said even police officers didn't feel the punishment fit the crime for the offense.

Despite the publicity about the issue, sometimes parents, grandparents or others who normally don't pick up the children were the ones who violated the rule.

"The cost to enforce seemed overly punitive," said Milburn.

The chief said his officers would continue to enforce the ordinance.

"The punishment fits the crime with this issue," he said of the lower fine.



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