This weekend, as the largest community event hits Sunnyside, motorists in the downtown area are asked to pay extra attention when driving in areas where the roads are blocked off.
The road closures can be expected between Decatur and Grant Avenues from South Fifth Street to Seventh Street.
Because of the parade route, motorists parking on Edison Avenue can expect to have their vehicles towed if they are found parked on the street on Sunday, May 4, the day of the Cinco de Mayo Parade, according to Sunnyside Police Commander Scott Bailey.
As Sunnyside continues to experience road work construction in its downtown streets, Sunnyside police are also finding that a lot of motorists are cutting across parking lots to get to their designations.
“Just as a reminder, speeding through construction zones will cost motorists double the fine,” he said.
Some motorists appear to be cutting through parking lots simply to avoid traffic lights or stop signs and that is also against the law, Bailey said.
“We have seen a lot of motorists avoiding the traffic lights in areas other than downtown, and they are being ticketed,” he said.
Driving through the parking lots at a high rate of speed to avoid a traffic light is considered failure to stop, Bailey added.
“Not only that, but motorists should be warned that speeding through parking lots can be considered reckless or negligent driving and will result in a traffic citation,” said Bailey.
Racing through alleyways is also a no-no, he said.