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Q. If there is not a sign stating "no parking" 2 cars park across from each other blocking traffic, is neither violating parking laws?


Dear Juneau Resident,

No one is allowed to park in the lane of travel and block traffic. Both vehicles you mention are probably good for a $25 ticket. The city ordinance is extensive, and copied below, and there is a state version of the same restriction.

72.02.340 - Stopping, standing or parking on highway and in other locations.

(a)
No person may stop, park or leave standing a vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon or within eight feet of a roadway, except where the roadway is of sufficient width and design to allow parking without interfering with the normal flow of traffic or with snow removal or other highway maintenance, and where the parking, stopping or standing is not prohibited by an official traffic control device, unless directed to do so by a flagger or police officer. If an emergency requires a vehicle to be parked or stopped on a controlled or divided highway, that vehicle must have activated four-way emergency flashers, three operating highway flares, or three reflective triangles in place.

(b)
This section and section 72.02.365 do not apply to the driver of a vehicle performing an official duty which requires stopping, standing or parking upon or within eight feet of a roadway or to the driver of a vehicle which is disabled in a manner and to an extent that it is impossible to avoid stopping and temporarily leaving the vehicle upon or within eight feet of a roadway. The driver of a disabled vehicle shall comply with the requirements of section 72.02.345

(c)
A vehicle that is stopped, parked or standing in violation of a statute, regulation or ordinance is considered to have been stopped, parked or left standing by the registered owner of the vehicle unless the registered owner is able to prove that at the time of the violation the vehicle was driven or parked without the owner's consent.

(d)
Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or to comply with statutes, regulations or ordinances, the directions of a police officer, firefighter, authorized flagger, or official traffic control device, no person may:

(1)
Stop, stand or park a vehicle:

(A)
On the roadway side of a vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;

(B)
On a sidewalk;

(C)
Within an intersection;

(D)
Within a crosswalk;

(E)
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by signs or markings;

(F)
Alongside or opposite a street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;

(G)
Upon a bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;

(H)
On a railroad track;

(I)
On a controlled-access highway;

(J)
In the area between roadways of a divided highway, including crossovers;

(K)
At a place where official traffic control devices prohibit stopping, standing or parking; or

(L)
In a designated handicapped zone unless the vehicle is displaying current license plates or permit in accordance with AS 28.10.181(d) or AS 28.10.495(a) and the following conditions are immediately present:

(i)
A person with a disability of 70 percent or more is on board the vehicle; and

(ii)
That person with a disability exits the vehicle upon stopping or parking in the designated handicapped zone.

(M)
At a curb painted yellow except as permitted by a sign or other marking.

(2)
Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge passengers:

(A)
In front of a public or private driveway;

(B)
On public property without the consent of the person in control of the property;

(C)
In an alley in a business district where no parking spaces are provided, except for the expeditious loading or unloading of freight, materials or passengers, or in a manner or under conditions which leaves less than ten feet of the width of the alley for the movement of vehicular traffic, or in a position which blocks the driveway entrance to abutting property;

(D)
Within four feet of a fire hydrant;

(E)
Within ten feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;

(F)
Within 30 feet on the approach side of a flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;

(G)
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to a fire station or within the area directly across the street from the entrance to a fire station, if the distance from the driveway entrance of the station to the opposite side of the street or roadway or opposite curb is less than 75 feet; or

(H)
At a place where an official traffic control device prohibits standing;

(3)
Park a vehicle:

(A)
Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing; or

(B)
At a place where official traffic control devices prohibit parking.

(CBJ Code 1970, §§ 72.02.340, 72.01.125, 72.10.085, 72.12.015, 72.12.025, 72.12.050, 72.22.055; Serial No. 71-59, § 4, 1971; Serial No. 71-66, § 4, 1971; Serial No. 74-44, § 3, 1974)

State law referenceó Similar provisions, 13 AAC 02.340.



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