Why is it more common to see people not obeying traffic laws in parking lots?

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  1. CraftytotheCore profile image80
    CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years ago

    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.

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  2. dashingscorpio profile image87
    dashingscorpioposted 5 years ago

    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.

    1. CraftytotheCore profile image80
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I've seen a lot of cars doing of which you speak...backing out of spaces,  not even looking and almost hit a person walking by.

  3. TheHoleStory profile image78
    TheHoleStoryposted 5 years ago

    It might possibly be because in some states parking lots are considered private property, and those signs such as stop signs are not enforceable.

    1. CraftytotheCore profile image80
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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!

    2. TheHoleStory profile image78
      TheHoleStoryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      I was actually told this by a police officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia who was investigating a traffic hit & run accident..

    3. CraftytotheCore profile image80
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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!

    4. TheHoleStory profile image78
      TheHoleStoryposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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

    5. CraftytotheCore profile image80
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

  4. chefsref profile image79
    chefsrefposted 5 years ago

    Have you ever seen a cop pull someone over in a parking lot?
    I have not

    1. CraftytotheCore profile image80
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, I have actually, in the larger parking lots where there are lots of shopping stores.

  5. Wakerra profile image80
    Wakerraposted 5 years ago

    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

    1. CraftytotheCore profile image80
      CraftytotheCoreposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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.

    2. Wakerra profile image80
      Wakerraposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      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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