[Reposted from our archives upon request] by: M. Murphy. A drive through Lakewood can turn hazardous for pedestrians and drivers alike when people park illegally at intersections. “Corner hugging” orparking a vehicle close to an intersection restricts the view of others trying to cross safely in the busy downtown business community. State law mandates safe parking distances from intersections and requires that all vehicles be parked 50 feet from a stop sign on all four corners and 25 feet from a known crosswalk, painted or not.
Lakewood Police Sergeant Frank Work, Traffic and Safety Division said, “People do not realize that when they park too close to these restricted areas, they obstruct the view and make a dangerous situation for others on the roadway.” He added that there are also some areas in town where parking has been eliminated for up to 100 feet from the intersections because of crash histories at the sites. These areas are marked with signs that reflect the restrictions. “For instance, 6th and Forest, and at the hill crest in town, parking distances were increased because of the amount of accidents that occurred at these locations. We know it may seem inconvenient for some, but it is important that it is safe for everyone traveling in our community,” added Sgt. Work.
The fines for improper parking range from $54.00 to $60.00. The fines are in place to discourage people from parking illegally and causing accidents that could have been avoided by simply following the state law. If an accident happens as a result of an illegally parked car, the vehicle’s driver could have some civil liability in a lawsuit because they were a factor in causing the crash.
Crash histories play a key role in how traffic is enforced thoughout the town. Lakewood ranks high in the state in the amount of pedistrian fatalities and motor vehicle accidents. The Police Department’s enforcement of the state laws help ensure the safety of Lakewood Township’s roadways for its’ residents. [TLS]