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Insight from WFPD: Parking in a cul de sac not okay

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A recent question came into the police department asking about parking in the center of a cul de sac. While the center of the cul de sac may appear to be a large parking lot it is not meant to be one. A vehicle parked upon a roadway must be parked parallel to the curb and the right side wheels must be less than eighteen inches away from the curb.

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13-1601. Parallel Parking and Diagonal Parking. The owner, driver or person operating or in charge of any vehicle shall not permit the same to stand or be parked upon any street where there are adjacent curbs unless such vehicle is parallel with the street and the inside wheels not to exceed 18 inches from the right-hand curb or street line. Vehicles must be so parked as to economize parking space for all cases and be so placed as to form, where possible, continuous lines. The police department may, by signs, markers, paint or other devices, limit the parking area, and no vehicle shall be parked wholly or partly outside the indicated and permitted parking area; provided that all vehicles shall be parked diagonally to the curb or any street or avenue if said street or avenue is posted or marked by the police department for said diagonal parking.

Parking may be different in some areas based on lawfully erected signs or markings or upon the approval of the Chief of Police. The Chief may approve the waiver of parking restrictions upon the request of a citizen or business owner to accommodate special events or conditions.

13-1602. Obedience to Angle Parking signs or Markings. On those streets which have been signed or marked by the City for angle parking, no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than at the angle to the curb or edge of roadway indicated by such sign or marking.

There are other locations where parking is restricted. A common violation is a person parking across the portion of the sidewalk that bisects a driveway. Parking across the sidewalk forces a person or child to walk behind a vehicle or into the street where they are at risk for being struck by a motor vehicle. The following restrictions were enacted to increase public safety.

13-1603. Stopping, Standing or Parking Prohibited in Specified Places.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic and in compliance with the law or the direction of a police officer or traffic control device, in any of the following places:

1. On a sidewalk;

2. Within an intersection;

3. In front of a public or private driveway;

4. Within ten feet of a fire hydrant;

5. On a crosswalk;

6. Within ten feet of a crosswalk at an intersection, except on through streets where it shall not be within 20 feet of a crosswalk;

7. Within 20 feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign or traffic-control signal located at the side of the roadway;

8. Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 15 feet of points immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the State Highway Department or local authority indicates a different length by signs or markings;

9. Within 15 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;

10. Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five feet of said entrance when proper sign posted;

11. Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing of parking would obstruct traffic;

12. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;

13. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a street or highway or within a street or highway tunnel;

14. At any place where official signs prohibit stopping.

15. Within 15 feet of a U.S. Postal Service mailbox between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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