Traffic Tip: Cutting through parking lots to avoid red lights prohibited

By David Brogger
June 16, 2013 at 1:16 a.m.

This week's traffic tip is in regards to the Texas Transportation Code 545.423.

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 this specific code and how does it relate to driving in Victoria?

A concerned resident contacted me requesting me to make this the traffic safety tip. She works at an area convenience store at the corner of a busy intersection. She said that cars speed through the parking lot of the convenience store to avoid the red light at the intersection.

She said that the cars have nearly struck pedestrians walking from the gas pumps to the store on numerous occasions. Not only could this practice injure innocent people, but you could also be cited for the infraction.

I've also noticed that vehicles do not come to a stop before entering the street when exiting parking lots. This is also illegal, and you could be cited for the violation.

I hope this addresses your complaint.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit invites citizens to inform us of any traffic issues that you observe.

The easiest way to do this is go to our website,, then go to the VPD Customer Service Request tab in the center of the page and follow the directions.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Police Officer David Brogger, Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.



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