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MERCER COUNTY, Penn. - Parents say Roemer Blvd. outside Farrell schools is chaos when school starts and then when it lets out.

Cars parked on the south side of the street causes some parents to stop their cars in the middle of the street to let their children out of the car.

People who live on the street say they are amazed no one's been hit yet since children can't see around the parked cars when crossing the street.

"So if a kid is crossing the street who is supposed to be able to cross the street in safety, and there's a car sitting here, how is a kid gonna see? Is a kid supposed to know you're supposed to look up the hill, down the hill. Yeah he's supposed to know that but you know how kids are. They'll run across the street," John Brown says.

As a result, Farrell city council voted Monday to ban parking on the sides of the street in front of the school on school days between 6 a.m. and 4 p.m.

"By eliminating parking on that side of the street, it allows a parent to at least pull over to the curb and not so it in the middle of the street and we're hoping to install a few more crosswalks with a police officer out there," says Police Chief Riley Smoot Jr.

People who live on the street who have no where else to park can get a permit.

"If they live there, all they have to do is come to the city building and get a permit free of charge. They can just stick it in their window if they have to park on the street. Most of the people who live there have driveways but if they have visitors that come all they have to do is get permits," says Farrell Mayor Olive McKeithan.

If you are caught, you get a $5 fine. There are no plans to increase that fine right now.

The police chief says that's been the cost of the fine since he started with the department 35 years ago.

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