Traffic Tip: Don't cut through parking lots
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This week's traffic law is found in The Texas Transportation Code, Sec. 545.423. Crossing Property. (a) An operator may not cross a sidewalk or drive through a driveway, parking lot, or business or residential entrance without stopping the vehicle.
(b) An operator may not cross or drive in or on a sidewalk, driveway, parking lot, or business or residential entrance at an intersection to turn right or left from one highway to another highway.
Acts 1995, 74th Leg., ch. 165, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1995.
Why the emphasis on this particular traffic law?
Drivers violate this law time and time again for many reasons but the most common one is impatience.
A driver may see a light turn yellow up ahead and decide to avoid the annoying wait of the red light by cutting through a parking lot or driveway.
The problem with this is that parking lots are not intended for through traffic. People use parking lots to stop their vehicle, get out, and conduct their business at a nearby location.
Through traffic within a parking lot will only increase the risk of a traffic accident involving a pedestrian. People should become more conscious and aware when they enter a parking lot, aware of other vehicles backing out of parking spaces, or pedestrians that could walk out at anytime.
Someone who is just passing through to avoid a light or stop sign, might not have that mind set and could be very dangerous to all those in the parking lot.
There is a simple solution to this problem. If you do not have business in the parking lot or driveway, then stay on the road. Drive patiently. Plan ahead and leave early enough that you will not be rushed to make it to your destination on time. Drive smart and drive safe.
If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Patrol Officer Zac De La Rosa, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.