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Fines for school parents parking along highway

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Parents who park early to pick up their children at the Brookland School District will be fined for doing so in the future.

Mayor Ken Jones says some parents are parking their cars right on Highway 49B blocking traffic.

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department told Jones to fix the problem because they had several complaint calls.

On Monday, Jones went door-to-door telling parents to wait until students are let out to line up along the highway.

A woman picking up her grandchild was not happy to hear drivers could be fined.

“When you pick your kids up this is the only way you can go in,” she said.  “I feel like we either need to have a turning lane or something, or some other solution where we can get in because I don't want to be fined. I didn't even know they were thinking about fining people.”

Jones said the city is looking to add a turning lane as a solution.

They attempted to get one a couple of years ago, but it was denied.

Wednesday afternoon, police were clearing out cars attempting to park on the highway.

However, no one was cited. 

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