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    For those of you who live in residential neighborhoods, what side of the road is legal to park on? I have been under the impression for years that only parking to the drivers right, is the law in a residential area, or in Texas...period.
    The reason I'm asking is for my dd. She lives on the first corner of a area with only one entrance, with at least 12 blocks of houses behind her and all those cars must pass by her house to get to the school. Her house is on the corner. the entrance is right across from a elementary school, so everyone who lives in those houses behind her, has to drive right by her house to get to the school to drop off, and pick up their kids. There is no parking area for all of those cars, so those cars line up in front of her house, on both sides of the road, and basically block her in every morning and afternoon. Since the cars are parked on both sides of the road going one way, it makes it extremely difficult for a car to drive the other way and almost impossible for anyone to turn into their own driveway, or get out of it. Is this legal to do? Can she call the law and try to have it stopped? Those cars are taking away her right to enter and exit her property at will.
    It wouldn't be bad if they just parked on one side of the road and left the other side free, but they don't.

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    I would ask, I have a problem with my new neighbors, They had their broken down "new" car in front of my house for a week. Legally for me, a car can't be parked in front of my house longer than 10days. However, it was keeping my yard crew from edging the curb, my trash didn't get picked up, due to the car parked in front of my can. The city was working on my street and they had it moved. It was blocking their work progress on the curb. The police came out took a report but did not do his job. It was a purchased car, had a dealer tag that was stolen, had no expiration date(which is required by law). He ignored it. It also had a dead battery. I think I've upset the neighbors. I feel for your daughter, it's such a pain. I would think something could be done. If the police or property management doesn't do anything; call the local news media, sometimes that works. A Station here has a thing called "WSAV on your side". They do stories to help poeple with all kinds of situations. Hope she gets it resolved.

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    From what I was told, you're right. The driver parks at the curb on their right. I have seen some examples of what you're talking about. I used to date a wrecker driver that brought his wrecker home daily. Sunday was the worst because there was a church across the street. We even had church goers parking in our driveway.

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    Yeah they have been ticketing cars here parked on the wrong side. (in Arlington TX) Seems lately the city wants more money and is going ticket happy. I know with dealings on school stuff, the school can't call in a problem with how people park or what ever. But other people can. So for goodness sake CALL!!! What's the worst they can do say NO. Bah

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    In My Small Town We Park Anywhere, And Most Of The Town Doesn't Have Curbs, So It's On The Lawn! Lol But I Would Think Common Sense To Park With The Flow Of Traffic.
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    I have no clue what the law is, but we have had parties ( so have our neighbors ) and our guest parked on both sides of the street. Of course you don't block any driveway, but I have never had a problem pulling out of my driveway when people parked on both sides of the street. but we do have a circular driveway, maybe that makes a difference??

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    Texas law states that a driver can only park to "their" right on a 2-way road. On a 1-way road they can park on either side. Since this is a 2-way road, the cars parking to their left are breaking the law.
    It's not about parking on both sides of the road, but in which way they are pointed.

    Dd is going to make some inquiries to the housing authority and maybe the police. Some days it is worse than other days and she needs to get pictures of what is happening on the heavier days.

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    Housing authority ? She lives in a sub-division, right, maybe she needs to contact the Homeowner association in regards to the problem.

    "It's not about parking on both sides of the road, but in which way they are pointed."

    What is the difference which way the cars are pointed? which way the cars are pointed should not interfere with getting out of your driveway ?? I guess I don't understand the problem here.

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    oops, sorry, I live in the country so don't know the terminology, Sabine. It's what you said.
    Sabine, it is a traffic hazard to park on the left side of the road on a 2-way road. The driver is right by the curb and cannot see traffic coming if something is in front of them, and/or behind them. I know it is a small issue, and it really doesn't matter in the grand scheme of things, but it is breaking one of Texas' law.
    When cars are parked on both sides of the road, it leaves very little room for traffic to pass, and forget about cars going both ways.
    This is her problem. One car parked on one side of her driveway, another car parked on the other side, and one parked across the street directly across from her driveway. Now, to clear the cars parked by her driveway, she has to back out farther into the road. With the car parked directly behind her, she doesn't have much room to make the turn (without coming up against the car parked by her driveway) to get onto the road, and she has a small mustang. What if she had a larger PU? It's the same coming home. To make the wide swing she needs to because of the other cars parked there, the car accross the road is in the way. She said that she feels like she is threading a needle trying to get in and out her own driveway.
    She also said that there isn't enough room between the parked cars for a emergency vehicle to pass through either.
    This goes on every school day, two times a day and I'm sure it will be much worse in bad weather.

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    If the cars are parked to drop kids of for school or pick kids up, I don't think she has a chance to change that. But contacting her HOA certainly would not hurt, she may get some info. I see the same thing happening up close to my house , one block from an elementary school, early in the morning and around 3 pm , cars are parked on both side of the street and kids/ parents are walking all over the street and sidewalks, and it will not change, that is just the way it is. Thankfully I am not out early in the morning and I just choose a different route in the afternoon. If it is a school zone, I doubt that there is anything she can do about it. JMHO

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