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“I would like to get some clarification on a DC parking violation”

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“Dear PoPville,

I would like to get some clarification on a DC parking violation a friend of mine received. The violation was for obstructing the sidewalk. He parked his car in my driveway and the rear end of the car stuck out into the sidewalk. My house runs from street to street so the driveway and the sidewalk is in my back yard.

Does anyone know how far into a sidewalk a car may go?

The reason I ask is because my neighbor’s car is always parked into the sidewalk and our cars are side by side. The parking officer only ticketed the vehicle on my property. The only difference is that on my neighbor’s property the car was parked on the driveway in the front of the house.

Yes, two cars, side by side, both protruding into the sidewalk and one is in the front of the house and the other is the back of the house.

I’m not really trying to get out of a ticket if it’s a violation and I don’t want to get my neighbor ticketed, but I find it really hard to believe that the officer would ticket one car for a parking violation but not both. If I could understand the law maybe I can prevent this from happening again.

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