Texas: Arrest Risk For Saving A Parking Space?
Ask Texas - Listener wrote.....So this lady just tried to save a parking space at H-E-B here in Texas by standing in it. What the heck? I didn't mess with it because didn't have tome for that nonsense, but what's the law here in Texas?
We have all seen this, right? Somebody STANDING in a parking space with the intention of saving that parking space for someone who is going to eventually drive up. It looks ridiculous, and it is. But the question is, is it legal to do this in the state of Texas?
• GET OUT OF THE WAY YOU'RE STANDING IN A PARKING SPACE!
So you drive up to what you think is an empty parking space but notice someone is standing in it. They are indeed SAVING it for someone. What do you do? Do you honk your horn? Yell at them 'get out the way!' Or do you just drive on to find another parking space? Everyone might handle this situation a little differently, but is it against the law for the person to be 'saving' a parking space by standing there?
• YES! IT IS ILLEGAL TO SAVE A PARKING SPACE IN TEXAS BY STANDING THERE!
Yep, it's against the law in Texas to save a parking space. It's called Obstructing Highway or Other Passageway and it states...
Section 42.03 - [Effective Until 9/1/2023] Obstructing Highway or Other Passageway
(a) A person commits an offense if, without legal privilege or authority, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly:
(1) obstructs a highway, street, sidewalk, railway, waterway, elevator, aisle, hallway, entrance, or exit to which the public or a substantial group of the public has access, or any other place used for the passage of persons, vehicles, or conveyances, regardless of the means of creating the obstruction and whether the obstruction arises from his acts alone or from his acts and the acts of others;
• SO YEAH, NOT LEGAL TO SAVE A PARKING SPACE!
It is not legal to save a parking space with your body. Basically, save said space with your car parked in the space or get out of the way. How would you handle this situation?
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