Last Updated on October 17, 2016 by Lawrence Berezin
Is there a difference between a safety zone and buffer zone?
Sue parked her chariot on Barclay Avenue near the intersection of Kissena Boulevard in Queens on Saturday. She opened her car door, stepped on some white lines painted on the roadway, and walked to the sidewalk. The white lines in the roadway separated the parking lane from the travel lane.
After completing her errands, Sue returned to parking space, got into her car, started the engine, drove her vehicle over the painted lines in the roadway, and waited for traffic to pass before entering the travel lane of Barclay Avenue.
At that exact moment, a parking ticket warrior vaulted from a nearby rooftop to her car, scanned her sticker, and issued Sue a parking ticket for standing in a safety zone. Yikes!
Does Sue have a winning defense to this evil safety zone ticket?
What is a safety zone?
A safety zone is one of the mysteries of Parking Ticket Land. It is not defined in the NYC Traffic Rules. But, you can still be issued a ticket for standing or parking in a safety zone, between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone [4-08 (f)(6)].
Here are some pictures of a safety zone:
What is a Buffer Zone?
Here’s a look at Sue’s parking space
Larry’s defense certification
You be the judge. Guilty or not guilty? That, my friends, is the question.