Why is it more common to see people not obeying traffic laws in parking lots?
For example, why is it more common to see people driving in parking lots without yielding, stopping at stop signs, or paying attention to which side of the road they are driving on?
I've commonly noticed people driving on the wrong side of the road in parking lots, most often at the post office.
Some people probably feel those stop signs were put there by the business itself and they don't give them the same respect as those placed in the streets. Another factor is people tend to break traffic laws when the odds of getting a ticket are very low.
Every now and then you see people drive diagonally across several parking spaces instead of driving up and down the designated lanes as well. Last but not least people tend to believe they can see other cars around them and can react to them since they're usually not going (very) fast.
Ironically the number one type of accident in parking lots occur when two cars across from one another back out of spots at the same time and rear end one another. A lot of accidents also happen when people back out into a lane hit a car that is driving down the lane or a pedestrian who is walking behind their car. It pays to check those rearview mirrors (multiple) times.
It might possibly be because in some states parking lots are considered private property, and those signs such as stop signs are not enforceable.
That's very interesting. Twice now I've been driving through the post office parking lot and have almost been hit head-on from people driving down the wrong lane and not paying attention. Scary!
I was actually told this by a police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia who was investigating a traffic hit & run accident..
I'm in CT. As far as I know, like the post office parking lot, the stop signs are enforced. But, who knows! Now that I'm reading this, I really had no idea they weren't enforceable in parking lots!
I'd like to add that a post office would be federal & public property, where an apartment complex & shopping centers would be private property owned by companies or individuals. I just wanted to try to clarify that before someone gets the wro
I should have probably clarified what I was talking about. We have an old 1950s strip mall with a post office and connecting parking lots off state and town roads. At least 3 parking lots (Huge ones) are connected to each other.
Have you ever seen a cop pull someone over in a parking lot?
I have not
Probably because police don't patrol it, and the traffic speeds are so slow the risk of accident is very slim. That, and people are inconvenienced to have to follow the road paths to get to the other side of the parking lot, rather than if they cut across
Interesting. The parking lots that I'm referring to here are 3 joined together by a town road and state road. There is a post office in the middle. The people drive really fast through them to beat the traffic on Route 1.
Well, I think you just answered your own question with that! Sad to say, but often times parking lots/neighborhood roads that connect two main roads together are often used as "shortcuts". That's where those "No thru traffic" signs come into play
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