Parking Safety Tips

Port Washington Police point out some reminders.

When it comes to parking, the Port Washington Police commissioners and chief’s office ask drivers to keep some safety tips in mind.

When parking on public roads, the law states that a vehicle should be no more than 12 inches from the curb. Vehicles – especially large SUVs that park more than 12 inches from the curb – cause traffic to cross the double yellow line, putting motorists into oncoming traffic.

What’s more, drivers of parked vehicles risk being struck by traffic while getting in and out of their cars.

Police remind drivers to park close to the curb so that your car does not impede the safe and orderly flow of traffic.

And another reminder: double parking is illegal and slows the response time of emergency vehicles. 

jonathan winant February 03, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Archie- Police have informed me they can not be everywhere at once. This past summer learned that when there is a Police car visible more drivers (not all) pay more attention to their actions. The next step was the motorcycle officer (yes we have on motorcycle) who unfortunately was out of commission for a while. As I learned when I tackled problems along Hempstead Tpk. in the early 2000's is that more people have to speak up both to Police and the media. Do not be afraid to tell a driver that where they just parked could cause a serious accident. Do not hesitate to tell the youngsters on a cell phone that they nshould hang up and pay attention to the traffic which often does not show consideration to pedestrians.
jonathan winant February 03, 2013 at 03:46 PM
If anyone from the Port Washington Police is reading these comments I can not ask enough times to start ticketing the drivers who endanger all of us on Main Street and Shore Road. Too many residents have commented about the need for immediate increase in the number of officers on traffic control
jonathan winant February 03, 2013 at 06:12 PM
The real shame is that attitudes sometimes last until the unfortunate happens and then the individual takes a long hard look at how they have been behaving. Example is after your in a car accident and your insurance company finds you were at fault and your rates go through the ceiling after the court decision is handed down. Hopefully no one was seriously injured or killed.
justanotherday February 03, 2013 at 11:48 PM
There's a solution; why don't you stay off Main Street or Shore Road. Also, I don't see how far the telling a driver where they parked could cause an accident or a "youngster" on the phone to hang up is going to go. It might go as far as laughing in your face, which I most definitely would. You are NOT the police, so don't enforce the rules of the road.


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