It has been some time since a traffic warden was spotted in Coalisland. Tales of wardens being chased out of town have led to it being considered a no-go zone for red coats.
Between 2015 and 2016, more than 100 threats against traffic wardens were recorded.
In November 2016, a traffic warden was threatened and had to flee for his safety after just 30 minutes of patrolling. Body cameras were even a potential option to tackle the issue.
It’s not hard to see why there was a reluctance to return.
In contrast, not far down the road, places such as Cookstown and Dungannon were left with more than their fair share of traffic restrictions.
New sheriffs are riding in with fresh restrictions to clean up the town that has been called the ‘wild west’ of parking.
Those who attempt to dodge restrictions should have no place to hide. It must be remembered that traffic wardens are not there to hamper your day. They’re there to make sure you don’t hamper someone else’s.
There should be absolutely no tolerance if the re-emergence of wardens leads to further threats.