Carmel parents could face $100 fine for improper school drop-off

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CARMEL, Ind. (May 18, 2015) - Next time you drop your kids off at school, you could face a ticket and a $100 fine for not following the rules. Monday night, Carmel school board members approved a resolution in support of a proposed city ordinance that would allow school resource officers to ticket parents who pick up or drop off their children outside the designated drop off zones.

“We have some of our parents and families dropping kids off not in defined areas (and) dropping off in the parking lot where students could be walking through the flow of traffic, which could be a hazardous situation,” said Dr. Nick Wahl, Carmel superintendent. “We needed to do a little more to be preventive on safety at morning arrival and afternoon release.”

“The intent is not to ticket parents, but have a safe environment and we’ve unfortunately seen other school districts that have had issues with that,” said board member Michael Kerschner.

So far the superintendent says reaction has been positive.

“We’ve talked to some of our parent groups and they’ve been very much in support of this,” said Wahl. “As the police have said and we have said no one wants to issue a ticket. That’s not the objective we want it to be a deterrent.”

The drafted ordinance calls for a $100 fine, but the council still needed to approve the resolution before it would officially go into effect, perhaps as soon as next school year.

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