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Old 10-19-10, 09:39 AM
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Legalities of parking in the burbs

We just got the latest neighborhood association letter. Usually, I find these folks to be overbearing, worrying about shit that just doesn't register for me, but generally harmless. However, the latest kick they're on has me intrigued.

Apparently, according to the newsletter, it is illegal to park a car with the driver's side facing the curb. They said all cars parked illegally will be ticketed. Now, I cannot for the life of me figure out why this matters. We live in the suburbs, with ample space, so it's not an issue of city parking or anything, so what gives? Can anyone think of a reason of why it would be an issue to park this way?
Old 10-19-10, 09:47 AM
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Unless it's a one-way street, I think that's correct. Parking with the driver's side to the curb means you're facing the wrong way on that side of the street.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Yeah, I had a problem with this ~20 years ago when I first moved to IL. I'd pulled up on the wrong side of the road in order to jumpstart someone's car...they took off, I left my car there. When I went out shortly thereafter, a cop pulled up and explained to me that "that's not how people park in IL" I told him what had happened, and he told me not to do it again.

Haven't offered to assist anyone with a jumpstart since.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

OK, at least I get the point of the rule now. I still think it's silly. Especially, since there isn't a lot of traffic in this neighborhood.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

I have neighbors that park like that all the time. I like the guys, so I never say anything or call the cops, but it does bug me.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

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OK, at least I get the point of the rule now. I still think it's silly. Especially, since there isn't a lot of traffic in this neighborhood.
it's when you have to make a u-turn to park or leave. a lot of people are going to hold up traffic while making a u-turn or cause an accident because they don't look
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

But if you park the right way, people will still need to make u-turns and such, because everyone won't be parked the right way. And people will also need to make u-turns to park if their houses are on the wrong side of the road.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Are you in a cul-de-sac?
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

I wish my HOA would crack down on this. Anything that would make life difficult for the drug dealers across the street.

As far as making u-turns and such, they do that anyway as well as driving down the street backwards. It's NOT difficult in my neighborhood to find an alternate route out to the main road.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

No. There are a few entries and exits to the neighborhood, and most people use certain spots based on where they live to get on the main roads.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

I've lived in Illinois my whole life, and it's always been illegal to park that way here.

There are a bunch of reasons why it is illegal -- summarized from Googling . It proves you have driven in the wrong lane (in order to park); it proves you will once again drive in the wrong lane (when you pull out); if there is a fire or something and everyone is fleeing, your car will create a traffic jam when you try to leave; cars don't have reflectors on the front like they do on the back, so someone driving down that side of the road is less likely to see your car if it's facing the wrong way; if there is a large vehicle parked in front of you, you won't be able to see oncoming traffic when you pull out since the driver is curbside; and so on.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Ok, cool. That clears it up, thanks. And yeah, my google-fu is mad weak, cause I did a search, but didn't turn anything. But I'm going to blame it on being up for the last 20 hours.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Originally Posted by MBoyd View Post
I wish my HOA would crack down on this. Anything that would make life difficult for the drug dealers across the street.
I would think drug dealing would be against HOA rules.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

When everybody's trying to get out of the neighborhood during a zombie infestation, multiple head-on collisions shall occur.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Originally Posted by Talkin2Phil View Post
I would think drug dealing would be against HOA rules.
Pull out that fine policy!
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Everybody does this on LI. I have never seen anyone ticketed for that. Is it illegal to face the wrong way in your driveway too?
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

There isn't a wrong way in your driveway.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

How come we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Originally Posted by Thor Simpson View Post
How come we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?
I believe we will understand this when we finally figure out why pitted prunes have no pits!
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

This has been illegal in WI for as long as I've had a license.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Its also illegal in California, but everything is.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Originally Posted by starman9000 View Post
There isn't a wrong way in your driveway.
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This not only answers the previous question, but answers the OP as well. Park your car in your garage or driveway and you generally won't have to worry about which way is the "right" way.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

Homeowner's associations are evil.

I used to park driver's side to the curb in the cul-de-sac in front of my house because the car was easier to start in the morning if I parked it with the nose downhill.

Nobody ever complained.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

That's the price you pay for the comfort in knowing that all of your neighbor's houses will look almost exactly the same.
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Re: Legalities of parking in the burbs

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Homeowner's associations are completely voluntary and if I did not wish to live within the confines of one, where the rules are self-imposed and I have a democratic say in what those rules will be, I would choose to live elsewhere.
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