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Christmas light gazers reminded to be safe and courteous

As local streets begin shine bright with festive cheer, residents are being reminded to be courteous and take extra care...

4 December 2017
Christmas tree with lights shadow

As local streets begin to shine bright with festive cheer, residents are being reminded to be courteous and take extra care while viewing Christmas light displays across the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale.

The Shire boasts some of Perth’s most elaborate Christmas light displays, including one home which last year raised more than $10,000 for the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.

With thousands of people expected to visit local displays this December, Shire President Cr Michelle Rich encouraged people to be respectful of their surroundings and not breach street parking rules.

“Visiting Christmas light displays is one of the most exciting parts of the festive season and a fantastic opportunity for people to make new friends and neighbourly connections,” Cr Rich said.

“We do ask, however, that people be courteous when visiting displays so as to not upset others who may live on the same street. This means not blocking driveways, parking on people’s verges without their permission, obstructing fire hydrants or parking on footpaths and median strips.

“What we’re really asking is that people to use their common sense and understand that other people must be able to access their streets and driveways. Parking officers will keeping an eye on things, however, we’d much prefer they aren’t kept busy this Christmas.”

Cr Rich also reminded drivers to take extra care on the road with young children visiting Christmas light displays.

“Christmas lights can be a distraction for drivers and for young children who may be visiting displays on foot,” she said.

“Drivers should always stick to an appropriate speed limit even if that’s less than the normal speed limit for that street.

“Young children can wander onto the road so motorists must be aware of their surroundings and keep their eyes on the road.”