Diatribe: Stop Parking In Fire Lanes!
I don’t know if this happens in your neck of the woods but where I live and work many, many drivers appear to think that they’re above the law. For example, fire lanes are all but ignored.
These areas are, generally, designated with brightly colored striping paint in front of clearly defined curb areas along sidewalks and storefronts. Parking is prohibited in fire lanes to ensure that safety equipment such as fire engines and ambulances can efficiently access the structure in the event of an emergency.
My neighbors don’t care. Every morning there is at least one care parked in the fire lane in front of Starbucks, usually with the motor running and no driver behind the wheel, even though there are plenty of available parking spaces just a few footsteps away. At the supermarket, the fire lane is usually blocked by shoppers who are too lazy or important to push their buggies filled with groceries even the shortest distance.
Clearly, these selfish and ignorant drivers do this because they can. Police officers can ask them to move and, if they refuse, in some states arrest them for disobeying.
I wonder if a fire engine would plow right over a BMW if there was a fire at the Office Depot next door to that Starbucks.
Do you ever park in fire lanes?
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