Cops to patrol Derbyshire beauty spots this weekend after parking chaos

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Cops have warned they will be patrolling Derbyshire beauty spots this weekend to ticket drivers who park illegally.

Yesterday we reported how police slammed the "arrogance" of drivers in the Peak District after officers issued dozens of fines for dangerous parking.

Thirty vehicles were ticketed close to Padley Gorge, in the Hope Valley while, in the south of the county, 21 fines were handed out.

The 51 fines of £100, along with three points on the driver’s licence, were issued to people who had parked their cars on double white lines in the centre of the road.

Now officers have stated they will be out patrolling and will fine drivers who park illegally.

A spokesman from the force said: "Throughout this week we have seen dangerous and illegally parked cars at beauty spots across the county, as people have been out enjoying the weather.

"With the weekend forecast showing wind and rain, some families may be put off from heading to these places, but it is still important that people are respectful and adhere to the law if they do venture out.

"A lot of these spots have parking provisions but, sadly, these have a limit. Instead of finding a safe and legal place to park some drivers have recently decided to put themselves and other road users in serious danger.

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"Officers will be out patrolling a number of areas, and will fine drivers that have parked illegally. Don’t go home with a parking fine to ruin your weekend."

Drivers were also issued with tickets for parking dangerously outside Foremark Reservoir, police have said.

Officers from Hilton, Mercia and Melbourne, and Swadlincote safer neighbourhood teams issued £100 fines, and three penalty points, to 30 cars parked on narrow Repton Road on Wednesday, June 24.

The vehicles were parked near double white lines which ban other cars from overtaking as visitors flocked to the reservoir during the heatwave.

Police said there were also problems in Chatsworth.

Chief Inspector Becky Webster said: “We understand people want to get out into the countryside now that we are allowed to spend time with more family and friends.

"We have many picturesque parts of our county that people wish to visit, however, where car parks are full visitors should look to park legally and in a safe place, even if it is a little further out.

“Please have respect for other road users and leave your car parked sensibly and safely, and please remember to take your rubbish home with you."

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