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Campus security puts brakes on careless student drivers

By Kyle Goodwin
On September 13, 2007

The first few weeks of classes can be difficult and time management can become a tiresome task. Waking up for classes after sleeping in all summer long can be a drastic change and finding a place to park close to campus can be an aggravating challenge as well. All of this trouble and the day has just started. Try not to make it worse by parking illegally and getting a ticket.

Parking in non-designated areas is a common sight during the first few weeks at Kirkwood Community College.

Students have undoubtedly seen the endless flow of traffic. Drivers circle about the Kirkwood Bookstore cul-de-sac and an infinite number of people park their cars next to cones, along side crosswalks and even in the loading dock area outside of Linn Hall.

These minor parking infractions seem to go unnoticed and unpunished by security but rest assured that there are actions being taken to remedy these problems.

Head of Security Tom Spartz stated the first couple of weeks is a learning process for students. The security officers give students a two-week grace period to get their schedules worked out and start managing their time more wisely.

During the third week of classes tickets will start appearing on windshields for the parking infractions.

Luke Carroll, Liberal Arts major, said he recently drove around for several minutes attempting to find a parking spot by the bookstore.

Carroll said he wanted to find a close spot so he could purchase his last book. Carroll later parked in the Linn Hall parking lot and walked to the bookstore.

According to Spartz, there are many things students can do to avoid these parking problems. For students living close to campus, walking is an option. This frees up more parking places for other students who have no choice but to drive to class.

Spartz also commented on the time it takes to walk to class.

"It takes less time than you think, by the time you find a parking place think of how much time you spent driving around looking for one and then ask yourself if it was worth it."

Sometimes students get frustrated and park in a non-designated area. This action is grounds for a ticket. Each ticket issued comes with a fine of $10.

Tickets are recorded and placed on students' Kirkwood bill and they will not be able to graduate until the fine is paid.

Tickets paid within five days of the infraction date will be reduced to half of the original fee.

Spartz offered some helpful hints for a more problem-free parking lot:

Carpool if walking is not an option.

Save time and park in the first available space instead of waiting for someone else to leave theirs.

 Pay attention to lines and park only in designated areas.

 Keep the Linn Hall loading dock clear for deliveries and keep the bookstore cul-de-sac clear for buses.


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