Last Updated on November 16, 2021 by Lawrence Berezin
Why did Joe get an NYC safety zone parking ticket?
Our terrific client, Joe, was issued an NYC safety zone parking ticket. When he parked his car, the front end extended slightly beyond the stop line but was not in the crosswalk.
Meanwhile, Joe asked, “Is the space between a stop line and a crosswalk a safety zone?”
I thought to myself, “Ummm. Good question, Joe.” In other words, I had to do some homework.
I asked myself, what is the definition of a safety zone? Is a crosswalk a safety zone? Is the space between a stop line and a crosswalk a safety zone? Why are there crosswalks with no lines, parallel lines, and diagonal lines?
Parking rules and parking law
4-08 (f)(6) of the Rules of the City of NY states:
Section 141 of the Vehicle and Traffic Laws of the State of NY provides as follows:
- Safety zone. The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while setting apart as a safety zone.
Since NYC (a kingdom unto itself) generally adheres to its own rules before following NY State Laws, I’m still not sure what NYC considers a “safety zone” because it does not define the term “safety zone.” It simply prohibits parking in a safety zone. I guess if it looks like a safety zone and quacks like a safety zone.
A picture is worth 1000 words
Here are some images of an NYC safety zone.
I initially asked Gridlock Sam to help me understand what a safety zone looked like. He was kind enough to send me the first image (Safety Zone, Houston Street Near Avenue D). It not only shows me what a “safety zone” looks like, but the photo includes a stop line, a crosswalk with parallel lines, and a motorcycle parked at the curb.
Have you ever received a parking ticket for a safety zone violation? Did you fight and win? Please comment; your opinions matter to all of us!
A safety zone is a no-standing zone. You are permitted to stop temporarily and drop off or pick up a passenger and immediately leave the area. Above all, a safety zone trumps a parking sign. So, if a signs does not prohibit parking during certain days/hours, you cannot park in the safety zone.