Every year the ongoing parking problems for students create controversy. Students say traffic is too long, there's not enough parking spaces, and in some spots exiting the lots can be dangerous. “It is dangerous, since you can't see around the corners of each row and it could lead to more accidents,” explained senior Ashley Martin. The blind spots are caused by the cars parked farthest to the right, and pulling out further to look for oncoming cars could cause someone to hit the front of the pulled out vehicle. Chaparral has a limited supply of parking spaces and passes, so when they're out they're out. Even with the increased number of spaces, this leaves many without the ability to park at school. The seniors were moved and put into the old teacher lot, and the teachers were placed in the old senior lot. This new move opened up more spots in the senior lots. Assistant Principal Tim Schmeckpeper said “We looked at this for about three years… but we've increased student parking by about 40 spaces.” As a part of the new rules, parking at the pool or in the neighborhood is not allowed. Students will be given tickets if their car is violating any of these rules. Many praise the efforts to alleviate the congestion while others are still left frustrated.
By: Hannah Lee