Why Do Drivers Block Residential Driveways In The Snow?

A reader speaks out about parking on the street.

I live on a fairly quiet, one-block street in the middle of Springfield, In fact, it is the same block where our mayor lives.

I am sure I am not the only one with this situation, so I would like to hear the feelings of others on the topic.

Although my street is only one block long, with many residential driveways, there are plenty of places for drivers to park without blocking driveways. I can't see why inconsiderate drivers insist on parking directly across the street from my driveway-making it extremely difficult to get in and out--especially when snow blocks a portion of my driveway.

Why can't drivers park a short distance from the house they are going to--or even right in front of the house they are going to--and walk a bit rather than inconveniencing those of us who live on the block and putting our vehicles in danger when we are trying to enter or exit our own property?

As far as I am concerned these inconsiderate drivers are interfering with my use of my own property. I would hope the township would consider a law to limit or ban such behavior.
Sara February 18, 2014 at 09:48 AM
isn't it illegal to block a driveway?
Bob Faszczewski February 18, 2014 at 09:53 AM
To Sara--yes, I believe it is illegal to park directly in a driveway so you block it. I was talking about parking across the street from a residential driveway on a very narrow residential street--making it difficult or impossible to turn into a driveway or back out without the possibility of an accident.
ronnie February 18, 2014 at 10:19 AM
To Bob--I agree with you. On a good day, when cars park directly across the street from a driveway it is difficult to back out let alone when there is snow. It can make it almost impossible to back out. I agree there should be some kind of law to prohibit this.


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