Poll: Should City Enforce 'Wrong Way' Parking Law on All Streets?

There was a spirited division of reader opinions in the comments on a guest column by an El Cerrito resident who dislikes the law against "wrong way" parking and strict enforcement of it. So we're doing a reader poll and hope you'll vote.

In a dispute-provoking guest column Monday, "," El Cerrito resident Bob Wieder took exception to the law banning parking in the wrong direction on two-way streets and to the city's strict enforcement of the law. 

A state law says you can't park your vehicle pointing in the opposite direction from traffic on either side of a two-way street. (You can't park with driver's door next to the curb.)

The law is intended in part to prevent cars from encountering each other head-on in the same lane. Wieder said the law is pointless on narrow residential streets where parked cars leave only enough room for one traffic lane.

While El Cerrito strictly enforces the law throughout the city, nearby Berkeley generally does not enforce it in residential neighborhoods.

Since Wieder's column provoked a lively exchange of reader views, we'd like to get a broader gauge of reader sentiment in the poll below. Please let us know where you stand, and please feel welcome to tell us the reason for your vote in the comments section.

sharon layton July 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Another amen.
George McRae July 28, 2012 at 08:56 PM
Yesterday, turning onto Conlon from Key, a car parked in the wrong direction on the wrong side off the street. I had a sudden panic stop, thinking that the street had been made one way and I had turned into traffic. It couldn't have been more disorienting. Smart people made the regulations for a reason. A long time ago when it was clear that regulations needed to be made. Those reasons still exist.
Josh September 28, 2012 at 06:03 PM
I feel that on a two way street where the side to park on alternates everyday, it shouldn't matter if you park with the flow of cars or not as long as you're on the same side of the street. Its not like your cars width changes with which direction you're facing, so you aren't in the way of traffic anyway. For example > > > < > > I should be able to park like the less than symbol provided I'm on the same side of the street as everyone else but for some reason its illegal. If its a two way street it shouldn't matter!! Police should be using their time to catch bigger crimes than be anal about some little detail like that
Jamie Hampton January 28, 2013 at 07:13 PM
Yes, for the very same reason as all law breakers do. They don't give FUX. If you want to park the wrong way get the law changed, don't break it. According to the complainer the parking leaves only enough room for traffic(one car) to go down the street. The more reason to park properly as I see it. Or change it to a one way street.
Jamie Hampton January 28, 2013 at 09:42 PM
Since this street is so narrow with parking on both sides. It should become a one way or made into parking one sided only street. Since it is not at this moment just accept you broke the law and park on the right handed side of the street going with the flow of traffic.


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