Wyoming parking laws: understanding the basics
Driving is a big responsibility, and people know that they need to pay attention behind the wheel. They need to be careful of their actions, and they have to be aware of the actions of other motorists. However, it is also very important to know the regulations and laws when you are getting ready to park your vehicle. If you do not follow the laws, then you could receive a parking ticket and a fine. You might also end up having your car towed way if you are illegally parked in a location. Let’s look at the most important rules to keep in mind when it comes to parking for Wyoming drivers.
Parking laws to remember
There are a number of places in Wyoming where it is always illegal to park unless you are told to by the authorities. You should never park on a sidewalk, in an intersection, or in a crosswalk. In addition, double parking is illegal. This is when a vehicle parks on the roadway side of another vehicle that is already parked or stopped. If the curb is painted yellow near intersections or driveways, you are not allowed to park there either.
If there is any construction going on in the street, such as excavation, you cannot stop alongside it or on the opposite side of the street. This would slow down traffic, and you and your vehicle may become a hazard to other drivers. Never park on a bridge or within a highway tunnel.
You are not allowed to park in front of public or private driveways. If you were to park in front of a driveway, you would become a major inconvenience to anyone who needed to get in and out of it. Be aware of fire hydrants as well. You need to be at least 15 feet away from them on the roads of Wyoming. You may also come across official signs in other locations that prohibit parking. Even if you may normally feel that parking should be permitted there, you must follow the rules on the signs.
Drivers in Wyoming should always be respectful of handicapped parking as well. These spaces are generally going to be denoted with signs and the curb or pavement may be painted blue. If you do not have the placards or special plates that allow you to park in those spaces legally, you will be in violation of the law. You can expect fines, and you might even have your vehicle towed if you parked there illegally.
Something else you will want to consider is the fact that some towns and cities in the state may have their own regulations and rules when it comes to parking. In those cases, you need to abide by the local laws to avoid getting a fine. Look for signs before you park may indicate where it is illegal to park. When you follow the laws, you will not become a hazard, and you will not have to worry about getting a fine.
This article originally appeared on YourMechanic.com as The Guide To Colored Curb Zones in Wyoming and was authored by Valerie Johnston.