ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- With piles of snow taking up parking spaces, shoppers and other folks may be tempted to park closer to the front door when you are out on the town.
There's one place marked out in red and yellow along the curb, a fire lane.
At Sentara RMH and other local businesses, people parking in those lanes is actually a bigger problem than you might think.
"When ladder trucks come up to the building, we certainly want them to be able to access the story or the wing as closely as possible. Which means they need to get as close to the building as possible. We try to keep everything clear,” explained Paul Ketron, the director of facilities management with Sentara RMH.
He says the issue of people parking in these lanes is something they monitor closely at the hospital. For Harrisonburg's Fire Chief Larry Shifflett, the problem makes his job harder and puts lives at risk.
"It's frustrating, but a lot of times, people just don't pay attention to what they're doing,” shared Shifflett.
If you do decide to park here despite the signs and paint telling you not to, be ready for trouble. The penalty for parking in a fire lane is a ticket that can be written by police and firefighters.
You could be paying up to $25 each time you're caught parking here, which means money out of your pocket or even time in court.
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