EDITOR’S NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Here’s this week’s column.
I have had some questions recently about state and local parking ordinances that are enforceable in the city limits of Waxahachie.
First is parking vehicles for the principal purpose of displaying them for sale, advertising or repairing, washing or greasing. Simply stated it is OK to place a for sale sign in your vehicle when you do the normal things in it, but it becomes illegal when you place it in certain places and leave it there for one specific purpose. City Ord. 32-267
Second is parking a truck which weighs more than one and one-half tons in certain districts. I understand this as they cannot be parked in residential districts; even in someone’s driveway. We receive this complaint quite frequently and please understand we do not have to “Red Tag” the vehicle, we may just tow it but we try to remedy the problem first. City Ord. 32-275
Another city ordinance (32-276) states there can be no parking of a recreational vehicle, travel trailer, boat or boat trailers or any other vehicle unable to operate under its own power upon any public right-of-way, street, alley or parkway in any district. The only exception is if it is there to be loaded or unloaded and the maximum time allotted is two hours.
The last and understandably the biggest complaint we receive, which is also a city ordinance violation are on cars parked in the roadway for more than 48 hours. Yes, I am talking about any vehicle left for more than 48 hours, but the ones which draw homeowners and police attention are the ones which begin to reflect poorly on a neighborhood. City Ord. 32-273
Another parking law we enforce is parking on the right side of the roadway. It is against state law to park against the flow of traffic and this is to keep accident from happening. When you pull out onto the roadway, parked legally you are able to observe oncoming traffic but if you are parked against the flow of traffic, then you pull out blind.
These ordinances are to help keep the “Broken Window Theory” from taking place from here in Waxahachie. This theory simply states if neighborhood does not address little problems then the little problems, over time become big problems. These codes are set in place by the city to help keep our city a beautiful place to live and the laws designed to keep people safe.
If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 212. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winn’s show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.