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Sound Off: Is it legal if a person has parked their vehicle in their driveway, but a portion of the vehicle blocks off the sidewalk?

The city’s traffic laws prohibit the parking of a vehicle on a sidewalk, according to Meagan Gilliland, the city’s communications manager. Violations can be reported to the non-emergency line for Douglas County dispatch, 832-7509.

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slvrntrt 1 year, 11 months ago

It's really frustrating when you have a stroller to have to jump curbs to walk around cars that are in the sidewalk.

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oneeye_wilbur 1 year, 11 months ago

Of course the police should ticket a car when they see it parked blocking a sidewalk. The police have no problem driving the streets to check for expired license plates.

No one calls in to complain if a parking meter is expired.

There is no reason to make a call about a blocked sidewalk especially when the polce are fully capable of giving a ticket.

It amounts to nothing more than laziness on the PD. If they cannot cite the vehicle, then don't waste time checking bars, babysitting them when the close or all of the other "non essential " duties.

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1 year, 11 months ago

I once had a neighbor that had shrubs that blocked the view of on coming traffic at an intersection. So I talked to them about the problem. Oh, well what did I get for being nice and polite, getting yelled at for "my problem not theirs". So called the city and they had to cut a few of their shrubs down, now I get dirty looks and snide comments from them. So next time I'll just call the city and take the stress out of it. So much for doing it yourself.

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thuja 1 year, 11 months ago

Getting rid of cars should be a top priority. And cell phones.

You think this is better than it used to be? You are a fool.

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been_there 1 year, 11 months ago

salad (anonymous) replies… It's the cities responsibility to replace it, which they'll do when they get around to it, not when you think it's the right time. The city will graciously allow you to replace it anytime you want at your expense and with proper permitting. It is, however, a free country and you are welcome to buy land outside the city limits unencumbered with sidewalks and live there.

As someone who was required to replace the sidewalk in front of my house by the city, I can tell you it is the homeowner's responsibility. They decide when it is done and how long you have to do it. I can also tell you, it's not cheap.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 11 months ago

The sidewalk in question has no on street parking. What is the residence suppose to do if they have multiply vehicles? Park on a side street? In this day and age I like to keep an eye on my valuables and if it occasionaly blocks the sidewalk so be it! Sheriff Taylor said sometimes you have to use the "human equation"!

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DillonBarnes 1 year, 11 months ago

WOW! Some people are extremely passionate about sidewalk rights. There are some extremely dumb assumptions people are making about those who may have part of their car in the sidewalk. You really make your true colors show when you call the opposing view "arrogant arses."

Here's my problem, the wheelchair argument is the strongest against keeping sidewalks clear. Admittedly, it's not something I had thought of before. I do see someone in a wheelchair on my street, I think a strong reason for that is just the state of the sidewalks. I'm sure cars make a portion of it, but when you reach a 3 inch cliff in the sidewalk, you may not be able to tackle that in a wheelchair. Should I call the police about a vehicle that is not roadworthy traveling down my street?

I have no problem trying to make room on the sidewalk; but here's how I wish it would go. Someone could come up to my door and explain they have to travel down my sidewalk often and going around the car can be difficult. Heck, they could even leave an anonymous (kind) note explaining it. I would even be okay if a police officer notified me that someone wanted to use the sidewalk. My issue is that I walk about and I have a ticket for it, geez.

I would be happy to work with someone to make our neighborhood better and easier for everyone. But a ticket, that just creates more animosity and resentment. If, after polite and kind attempts, sure, they can be ticketed.

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Jeopardy. sorry to the spelling nazi's.

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Double jepardy on E 19th street, bike path and cars, if you step off the curb. Whamm! or maybe double or triple wham!

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1 year, 11 months ago

As the person who posed the question for the sound off column, I’m glad to get an answer. I’ve been walking my dogs (yes I pick up after them!) along 19th street several times a week for the last few months. Consistently there are a few houses that have vehicles blocking the sidewalk and on 19th street it is dangerous to get too close to the street. I had 2 motives in mind when I input the question. Finding out if LJ would really get an answer to a user supplied question. And if I got this answer going and asking these people nicely to move forward and let them know that they could get a ticket for parking like this if the PD saw it and decided to write one up.

PS, I may be cranky but I am not old.....yet!

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CWGOKU 1 year, 11 months ago

My neighbor got a ticket because part of his car blocked the sidewalk. I walk the dog in the street because the sidewalks are in poor condition and because some folks think the area between the sidewalk and street is theirs and don't want a dog near it so I try to please them. Great comment R-I

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Good!! We all agree, we hate human beings!!

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KUKRU 1 year, 11 months ago

Why do these Lawrence sound offs always sound like the were written by some crabby old lady!? If anyone actually reported this to the police I would be highly disappointed in them. I would also tell them that they needed to probably work on getting a better life with more problems of a better kind, because if your griping about this you are obviously the reason why most of the world hates Americans. You slothly, greedy, selfish, arrogant, LAZY, TERRIBLE HUMAN BEINGS!! Get some real troubles.

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Andini 1 year, 11 months ago

I'm glad the sidewalk in front of my house is across the street so my neighbors have to deal with it.

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Enlightenment 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree with the ordinance and it should be illegal to block a sidewalk primarily because the handicapped and elderly with physical disabilities rely on the sidewalks.

Also, as long as the petty complaints are flying I'd like to voice my disapproval. I can understand having reserved spaces for those with physical disabilities, but come on already with the special parking privileges for pregnant women. In the majority of cases, women "chose" to become pregnant and it is not a disability so they should not receive special treatment when it comes to parking spaces.

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CHEEZIT 1 year, 11 months ago

So if said sidewalk crosses my driveway I can get a ticket for blocking it. When said sidewalk starts to crumble then I have to replace it. Somebody's having their cake and eating it too!

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nomorebobsplease 1 year, 11 months ago

acg- so....Gasp, I'm not the only person on the planet Snivel and whine that I am inconvenienced a little bit That seems to be a more appropriate attitude for those folks who are so self centered that they block the pedestrialn right of way. It's too inconvienent to pull into their garage (or maybe the garage is full of other "stuff"), or up on their driveway, or park on the street. Which, by the way, are all places that cars have a right to be. Where they DON'T have the right to be is on the sidewalk.

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 months ago

We also have the ones that park in the handicapped spaces using a family members permit.

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acg 1 year, 11 months ago

OMG the sniveling in the jworld has reached an all-time high. Waa, I have to walk around a car. Gasp, I'm not the only person on the planet! Boohoo, I have to use my arm muscles and push a stroller with a little extra force. Snivel and whine I am inconvenienced a little bit. Bunch of freakin' whiners. Do you people realize that there are real world issues affecting people right now? Real stuff, not your made-up indignation. I want those of you who whined about this issue to reread this entire thread and then ask yourselves, is this something I should really be whining like a little b*tch about? When folks are being foreclosed on, losing their job, living in a van, unable to pay for food for their kids, dying of horrible diseases, being abuses, raped, or mistreated by "loved ones", etc. I find it hard to swallow that so many of you are whining about trivialities. Shame!

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Aiko 1 year, 11 months ago

Great Scenarios consumer1!

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ltownatrain 1 year, 11 months ago

So personally I just walk around the car even though I know the car is in violation of the city code and I understand for some people this is a nuisance to do but can I just say that what really irks me is the people who block the sidewalk with their car and then scream at you for walking on the grass to get around the car. Just once I would like one of these people to get off their lazy butts and come say it to my face...then I can give them a reason to call the police to report their own violation.

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Hey, while your calling the cops about the car partially blocking the drive way, you may as well report those people who have a couch or living room chair or table on their front porches as well!!

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Here is a new twist to this old song. What if I bicycle is blocking the sidewalk?? and... let's say if belongs to a four year old child, who left it there??

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Aiko 1 year, 11 months ago

Maybe they are making more room in their driveway for kids to play so they will not be in the street.. Just a thought. ..

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gphawk89 1 year, 11 months ago

One of my neighbors parks this way every day for no apparent reason - they have plenty of room to pull forward. I have to push a stroller through their grass at an angle at both sides of their driveway. I'm not going to push a stroller in the street. Doing this every day for a couple of years now has created some nice little ruts in their grass. You'd think they'd eventually get a clue and park differently but they haven't so far.

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salad 1 year, 11 months ago

Anything you do that blocks the sidewalk (public right of way) and forces pedestrians into the street is a violation. If you force someone into the street and they are injured or killed by a car, YOU should be held liable.
Common conservatives, where is your personal responsibility??? You are personally responsible to keep the right of way clear, or you will be personally responsible for paying a fine. Better than being found personally repsonsible for grievious injury in a lawsuit, don't cha think?

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 1 year, 11 months ago

You know, a lot of people could stand to get laid...

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Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 11 months ago

You could hire Eride to call in the cars that are parked on the sidewalk. Would give her something to snich out during the summer months when the snow is not on.

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

I figured out what it is. Someone is doing research on blog bickering, and they create petty mock problems to post online in order to study how rediculous people really are. They must be wondering what the larger problem really is that so many people (including) myself will respond with such vile towards other people.

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Look at all this bantering, over somebody complaining about parking on the sidewalk. " I say the sky is blue"!! "No, it is clearly grey"!! "you are both wrong it is cloudy"!! What a frustrated city we live in. Everyone thinks they are right and everyone else thinks everyone else is wrong. Doesn't this wear on people? it does me...

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Andini 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't walk around cars. I walk over them.

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Andini 1 year, 11 months ago

I don't walk around cars. I walk over them.

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Aiko 1 year, 11 months ago

Spot On mdlund0! I have seen this countless times in my front yard. As I have watched, most people just let it happen, then look around to make sure the coast is clear then walk away. I have considered next time to put gloves on, go pick it up and throw it at them. I think the City would frown on that however......

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Joe Hyde 1 year, 11 months ago

Deliberately blocking a city sidewalk with a parked vehicle, and deliberately blocking a city street intersection crosswalk by rolling the vehicle past the white "stop here" stripe are anti-social behaviors committed by aggressive, arrogant drivers.

Ticket 'em.

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mdlund0 1 year, 11 months ago

It would be nice if the people who so desperately need to use the sidewalk would pick up the dog s#!t that their pets leave in my yard as they pass by. That is, as long as we're talking about mutual respect here.

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David Albertson 1 year, 11 months ago

So what's next? Are all the homeowners in neighborhoods without sidewalks going to have to pay to have them installed? Maybe every house with stairs leading up to the front door will be required to install a wheelchair ramp just in case a disabled person wants to become a door to door salesman. I can understand why businesses should be wheelchair accessible but requiring homeowners to make their property ADA compliant is ludicrous.

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RoeDapple 1 year, 11 months ago

"bout time for equalaccessprivates to step in angive us our daily admonishment . . .

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gatekeeper 1 year, 11 months ago

I've seen a neighbor who has to use a wheel chair out in the street because neighbors block the sidewalk. There's a good reason for this law and it should be enforced.

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g_rock 1 year, 11 months ago

If cars were the only obstacle I have when go running...that would be one thing. The crappy shifting, crumbling, tilted sidewalks are worse. I have to run staring at where my next step is. I wish I could enjoy scenery! And dog poop is way worse than a car, but that was my old neighborhood.

But I do hate the car thing too...maybe I just hate running?

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g_rock 1 year, 11 months ago

If cars were the only obstacle I have when go running...that would be one thing. The crappy shifting, crumbling, tilted sidewalks are worse. I have to run staring at where my next step is. I wish I could enjoy scenery! And dog poop is way worse than a car, but that was my old neighborhood.

But I do hate the car thing too...maybe I just hate running?

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consumer1 1 year, 11 months ago

Cry me a river, Joe Cocker!! Aren't there more important things to whine about in this life???

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guppypunkhead 1 year, 11 months ago

I once got a ticket for this and I was mad. Then I discovered that a man in a wheelchair used my sidewalk everyday and he was probably the one that reported me after I did it many times. Humbled.

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Rick Aldrich 1 year, 11 months ago

Let me be walking and a car is blocking the sidewalk. There's been a few victims already. Just obey the rules you stupid dumb non caring foolish IDIOT'S!!!!

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David Albertson 1 year, 11 months ago

The LPD has a full plate with all the shootings, stabbings, gangs, armed robberies, meth labs , etc, etc, but because a small portion of the population chooses to whine and cry about taking a few extra steps to go around a car that is sitting in a driveway (that I own, maintain, pay taxes on, etc), we now have to disbatch our highly paid, highly trained officers to go around and write parking tickets because you don't want to be inconvienced. Police officers should be fighting crime not making sure you have a clear pathway to jog. I'm amazed at how childish some of the residents of Lawrence have become. If having a clear path to jog is that important to you, go find a nature trail somewhere. Quit harrassing your neighbors via the police.

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Russell Fryberger 1 year, 11 months ago

Get a bigger driveway and get out of my way.

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Bud Stagg 1 year, 11 months ago

IT'S NOT YOUR DRIVEWAY! When you bought your property, you agreed to the easement the city has for the sidewalk. Same reason they can dig up your yard for utilities or road work. It's also a guage to tell you to clean out your garage or sell the junker sitting in your driveway.

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mrchips 1 year, 11 months ago

I have a couple of uptight neighbors who put nastygrams in my mailbox if my dog barks too much. Isn't it a federal offense to put anything other than official US Mail in mailboxes? Ironically, these two uptight nuts are both mail carriers!

A side note, I did buy one of those collars that shock the dog when it barks now. I'm sure that these two nut jobs would probably call me in for animal cruelty.

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Hooligan_016 1 year, 11 months ago

Oh yes, you get a ticket. A house we were renting on Kentucky St. had a driveway that went across the sidewalk. Needless to say, the nose of my car was maybe half a foot in the sidewalk area (so my rear bumper wasn't hanging out in the street) .... instant $55 ticket. Nuts.

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grimpeur 1 year, 11 months ago

Get your car off the public right of way. Move it.

The complete disrespect and discourtesy displayed by these schmucks is just another symptom of car owners' pathological inability to consider the law or anyone around them.

This is why I jog in golf cleats.

The responses indicate that these cars should be towed, not ticketed.

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swampyankee 1 year, 11 months ago

When I encounter a car blocking a sidewalk I like to kick it.Maybe the police should enforce laws instead of waiting for a complaint

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David Albertson 1 year, 11 months ago

I've been ticketed for parking in my own d@mn driveway! How rediculous is that? If you're walking down a sidewalk and a car is blocking your path, walk around the dang car! You're on foot!!!!! Supporters of this law really irritate the hell out of me. What's next? Am I going to be required to install a drinking fountain in my front yard just in case a jogger gets thirsty while on my property? Or maybe I'll get ticketed if there's snow on my driveway. Whoops, you already got me on that one! Go walk in the street cry babies.

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DillonBarnes 1 year, 11 months ago

Should I walk around the car?

Naa, I'll call the police.

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