Parking on the wrong side of the street

Just a pet peeve - I've seen it more and more lately.  I was happy to see someone get a ticket for it today - I hope the police enforces this a bit more.

Here's the state statute:

The operator of a vehicle shall not stop, stand or park the vehicle in a roadway other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of traffic, on the right-hand side of the road and with the curb side of the vehicle within six inches of the edge of the roadway, except as follows:

a. Upon those streets which have been designated by ordinance and have been marked or signed for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked at the angle to the curb designated and indicated by the ordinance and marks or signs.

b. Upon one-way streets, local authorities may permit parking of vehicles parallel with the left-hand edge of the roadway headed in the direction of traffic, on the left-hand side of the road and with the curb side of the vehicle within six inches of the edge of the roadway.


How have you seen cars violating the statute?  Parking on the wrong side meaning against traffic?


Another pet peeve is blocking driveways. Just saw a truck this morning parked the wrong way and blocking a driveway  across the street from my house.My neighbors couldn't get out of their drive.


yahooyahoo said:

How have you seen cars violating the statute?  Parking on the wrong side meaning against traffic?

yes. Unless it’s a one way street whereby you can park on either side of the street in the direction of the one way traffic. I noticed it happening more and more up here, but in south jersey it’s like normal behavior. Glad they’re finally ticketing them. 
Next are the red light runners!!!


Parking on the wrong side is weird.  One friend of ours often pulls up in front of our house and parks in the wrong direction.  What bothers me is the immense number of people who don't use their signal lights even when you're close behind.  


yahooyahoo said:

How have you seen cars violating the statute? 

With my eyes.  I've seen it 3 times this past week alone.  I think some people don't know the law - and they'll probably keep doing it until they get a ticket.

yahooyahoo said:

 Parking on the wrong side meaning against traffic?

They park on the left side of a 2 way street.  It makes you think you're on a one way street.


Jaytee said:

yahooyahoo said:

How have you seen cars violating the statute?  Parking on the wrong side meaning against traffic?

yes. Unless it’s a one way street whereby you can park on either side of the street in the direction of the one way traffic. I noticed it happening more and more up here, but in south jersey it’s like normal behavior. Glad they’re finally ticketing them. 
Next are the red light runners!!!

I once got a flat tire leaving my house and had to pull over on the wrong side of the street a couple of houses down to fix it--there is only parking on one side. Within ten minutes a police officer stopped to give me the business for parking on the wrong side. He left when he found out why I was parked like that. 


KarenMarlowe said:

I once got a flat tire leaving my house and had to pull over on the wrong side of the street a couple of houses down to fix it--there is only parking on one side. Within ten minutes a police officer stopped to give me the business for parking on the wrong side. He left when he found out why I was parked like that. 

you’re in south orange right? 
south orange cops are the job like white on rice. I was on academy st yesterday and a Uber eats delivery driver did park on the wrong side, with seconds the cop was on him. I see them sometimes parked by the flashing lights at 3 rd street also because people just blow right through. 


Jaytee said:

you’re in south orange right? 
south orange cops are the job like white on rice. I was on academy st yesterday and a Uber eats delivery driver did park on the wrong side, with seconds the cop was on him. I see them sometimes parked by the flashing lights at 3 rd street also because people just blow right through. 

The landscapers who park facing the wrong direction never seem to have a problem in front of my house.


My biggest peeve are drivers who park on the sidewalk when there is insufficient room in the driveway.  This is a chronic problem on Summit Avenue.  Parking in a crosswalk is another problem especially when the curb cut is completely blocked.  


Jaytee said:

KarenMarlowe said:

I once got a flat tire leaving my house and had to pull over on the wrong side of the street a couple of houses down to fix it--there is only parking on one side. Within ten minutes a police officer stopped to give me the business for parking on the wrong side. He left when he found out why I was parked like that. 

you’re in south orange right? 
south orange cops are the job like white on rice. I was on academy st yesterday and a Uber eats delivery driver did park on the wrong side, with seconds the cop was on him. I see them sometimes parked by the flashing lights at 3 rd street also because people just blow right through. 

I was in South Orange, on Academy. Relocated about 1/4 mile away in West Orange...


jamie said:

yahooyahoo said:

How have you seen cars violating the statute? 

With my eyes.  I've seen it 3 times this past week alone.  I think some people don't know the law - and they'll probably keep doing it until they get a ticket.

yahooyahoo said:

 Parking on the wrong side meaning against traffic?

They park on the left side of a 2 way street.  It makes you think you're on a one way street.

I meant what were the drivers doing to violate the statute, not how did you witness the event.

Anyway, I agree its weird and can create some confusion for other drivers.


yahooyahoo said:

I meant what were the drivers doing to violate the statute, not how did you witness the event.

Anyway, I agree its weird and can create some confusion for other drivers.

parking on the wrong side of traffic flow (wrong side of the street) is a violation of the statute. 


My son was just stressing out having to take his written driving test last week. I said that everyone takes the test, and apparently passes but you'd never know it by watching people drive and park. 


jamie said:

Just a pet peeve - I've seen it more and more lately.  I was happy to see someone get a ticket for it today - I hope the police enforces this a bit more.

Here's the state statute:

The operator of a vehicle shall not stop, stand or park the vehicle in a roadway other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of traffic, on the right-hand side of the road and with the curb side of the vehicle within six inches of the edge of the roadway, except as follows:

a. Upon those streets which have been designated by ordinance and have been marked or signed for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked at the angle to the curb designated and indicated by the ordinance and marks or signs.

b. Upon one-way streets, local authorities may permit parking of vehicles parallel with the left-hand edge of the roadway headed in the direction of traffic, on the left-hand side of the road and with the curb side of the vehicle within six inches of the edge of the roadway.

maybe they're from Pittsburgh 


Parking the wrong way is evidence of driving on the wrong side of the street.



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