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OPINION

Steve Ashmore: Park in your driveway

Steve Ashmore
Daily News blogger

Some people find it a necessity, others tolerate the custom, and then there are those who think that there should be a federal statute prohibiting the practice throughout the land. We’re speaking of on-street parking, of course.

In residential areas, where ownership is defined by the size and color of one’s lawn, there seem to be two philosophies. Some homeowners simply navigate the narrow passages like an Olympic giant slalom skier. They seldom complain and often wave to one another as they wait their turn and allow other drivers to pass on the correct side of the road. Others call their HOA leaders and demand the issue be addressed at an emergency meeting of the homeowners.

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Some can’t help their dilemma. Their garage is full of a lifetime of accumulations, a teenager has gotten their license, or maybe the new boat looks better in the driveway than on the street.

But there are matters to consider when parking by the curb. There is the possibility of blocking your neighbors’ view when backing out of their own garage. Children are not as cautious as they should be and often dart out from behind parked cars without looking. And if both sides of the lane are used, there is the potential for blocking emergency vehicles. Ambulances and firetrucks often need more than one lane to navigate a residential area.

Business districts (what we affectionately call tourist traps) are also enamored with on street parking. Parking lots offer more spaces, but the convenience of parking right in front of a business often promotes a quicker sale. Also, those businesses closer to the public lots have an advantage over those farther down the footpath. But the on-street parking often causes traffic tie-ups as drivers attempt to squeeze into or out of a space.

Ordinances regarding these issues are few, so let your common sense prevail. Park in your driveway and drive on the parkway.

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