The Coimbra City Council, within the scope of the European Mobility Week, will distribute blocks of “moral fines” to all children in the 3rd and 4th years of the municipality, so that they can make parents aware of abusive parking.
In the block of fines that will be distributed, children will be able to mark various infractions that a driver is committing, such as parking on the sidewalk, on the crosswalk, in a place reserved for the disabled person or on the road or bus stop, all of them exemplified with an image .
The blocks of “moral fines”, in which you can read that “the walk is for pedestrians”, will be distributed next week to all children in the 3rd and 4th years of schools in Coimbra, in an integrated initiative at the European Mobility Week, Tiago Cardoso, head of the Mobility, Transport and Transit Division, told Lusa.
“We are going to take the block of fines and we have prepared a small ‘powerpoint’ for the teachers with images of correct and incorrect situations, such as crossing the road, what is right or wrong in the parking lot and then have the tickets to go outside to pass them. “, he clarified.
According to Tiago Cardoso, the municipality had already boosted the activity in 2018 in some schools, but decided to reissue the initiative, now “with greater reach”.
“It’s a block with ten fines and our goal is to reach parents. As in recycling it was through kids in schools, we think it’s also important to start in schools to change these habits and get kids to act as supervisors for their own parents. “, he said, stressing that the initiative should reach a universe of about two thousand children.
According to the division head, the idea is also to implement a road education program in schools in the future.
In addition to these moral fines, the municipality has reinforced the effective fines in the city, with “an effort to increase inspection”.
“What we see is anarchy throughout the city and in some specific spaces and we want to increase inspections to the point that the probability of fines is so great that it does not compensate for the risk”, stated Tiago Cardoso, stressing that only in the first months of the revenue from fines has already exceeded the previous year’s total.