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Safer to back into a parking place?

Which is a Safer Parking Method in Texas?

Chapter 545 covers parking laws, and subsection G of the code specifically covers Stopping, Standing, and Parking.

Under 545.302, An operator may not stop, stand, or park a vehicle in the following manners:

1) On the roadway side of a vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street (aka, double park)
2) On a sidewalk
3) In an intersection
4) On a crosswalk
5) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of a place on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the governing body of a municipality designates a different length by signs or markings
6) Alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction if stopping, standing, or parking the vehicle would obstruct traffic
7) On a bridge or other elevated structure on a highway or in a highway tunnel
8) On a railroad track (obvious one here)
9) Where an official sign prohibits stopping

Subsection B of this chapter covers some of the violations which have been reported to me, so these are ones you may see from time to time, and they may only momentarily stop in these locations

An operator may not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger, stand or park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle:

1) In front of a public or private driveway
2) Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant
3) Within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection
4) Within 30 feet on the approach to a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway
5) Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to a fire station within 75 feet of the entrance, if the entrance is properly marked with a sign
6) Where an official sign prohibits standing

Subsection C covers temporary stopping, and it covers your no parking signs which prohibit parking between said signs

An operator may not, except temporarily to load or unload merchandise or passengers, park an occupied or unoccupied vehicle

1) Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing
2) Where an official sign prohibits parking (the small red no parking signs)

Additionally, a vehicle must park with the right wheels within 18 inches of the curb, and must face the direction traffic flows on that side of the roadway.

A peace officer may remove a vehicle which is parked over 18 inches from the curb, because it then becomes a traffic hazard and blocks the normal and safe flow of traffic. A peace officer may also remove a vehicle which he/she determines to be inoperable, and the owner is not in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle. A good example of this is a vehicle which has part of the drivetrain laying on the pavement, or has a flat tire and is parked on the roadway.



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