BROKEN ARROW, Okla. -- Broken Arrow Police will be ticketing people parking in unauthorized areas during events at Broken Arrow High School.
Ahead of the Broken Arrow Tigers taking on the Union High School Redskins on ESPN Saturday, signs went up throughout the Woodstock Neighborhood on South 193rd East Avenue. The signs read “No parking for special events.” The neighborhood is directly south of the school's football stadium.
Angelia Guest said people have been lining the streets of her neighborhood for events at BAHS for the last seven years. She said it happens during football games, band events and other big events.
“It can be anywhere from 10 to 50 [cars],” Guest said. “It just depends on how big the event is.”
She said she and her neighbors are frustrated because they get blocked in their driveways and cannot leave.
“We were literally trapped in our driveway all night,” Guest said. “Couldn’t go eat dinner.”
Broken Arrow Police said people are parking on 21st and 22nd streets and Wichita and Seattle Streets.
Officers will not be patrolling the area but neighbors can call the police to ticket violators.
“The problem that presents is for emergency vehicles among other vehicles,” Officer James Koch with Broken Arrow PD said. “It makes it hard to travel down these roads. If one of these houses has an emergency, can a firetruck get through the street with both sides of it lined with vehicles?”
Violators will be given a $25 citation.
People attending events at BAHS are supposed to park on campus.
Police will be directing traffic out of the parking lots to speed up the process of leaving the events.
“We are trying to support our team and our community, but then they invade our privacy and our space when they don’t want to fight the traffic after the game,” Guest said.
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