What is the name of your state? Tennessee
Hello everyone. I am new here and have a question on defending a ticket I got today. First of all, let me explain the situation. The parking ticket today was for improper parking- parking within an intersection.
Our house faces a 3 way intersection, no stop sign, in a subdivision that is not a high traffic area. We sometimes park on the street because we don't have enough room in our driveway. We've lived in the house for 3 yrs. and others in the neighborhood park on the street as well. No problems.
Suddenly we've got a police officer coming by saying he's received complaints. He told us we couldn't park on the street and block the intersection. So, I park further down by the mailbox about 10 ft. past the intersection. The same officer comes by today and says we've ingored his previous warnings that he's gonna give me a ticket.
Now, I looked up the state laws in the Tennesse and the law says "It is illegal to park within an intersection". The law does not give specifics about how many feet within the intersection would make parking illegal. I assumed if I was parked out of the way of the intersection not blocking it that I was okay. When I asked him for a definition of intersection his response was "your house faces an intersection. You can't park on the street in front of your house."
I am wondering if he can hold me to this just becuase our house faces the intersection does not mean the whole street in front of the house is considered off limits for parking does it? I have taken pictures of the intersection and measured how many feet I was actually parked from the intersection. Is there anything else I can do when I go to court? Thanks for your help. Sorry my post is so long.