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Old 02-13-2004, 11:20 PM   #1
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Default What laws apply to driving in parking lots and other non-publicly owned land?

I don't bother to stop for those little stop signs in parking lots, they are just store policy right, not traffic law? How about doing burnouts and things in parking lots. I've heard taht you can't do that because even though it may be privately owned land, it's public access. Are there places you can go to dink around, do burnouts, drift, etc?
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:21 PM   #2
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:22 PM   #3
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Default Re: What laws apply to driving in parking lots and other non-publicly owned land?

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I don't bother to stop for those little stop signs in parking lots, they are just store policy right, not traffic law? How about doing burnouts and things in parking lots. I've heard taht you can't do that because even though it may be privately owned land, it's public access. Are there places you can go to dink around, do burnouts, drift, etc?
You must remember that regardless of location, doing things which the police would deem dangerous brings in a ton of non-motor vehicle related laws they can arrest you on.

So basically, don't go somewhere private and try to play the "It's not a road" card, as then they'll just take you in for wreckless endangerment of human life, etc.
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:23 PM   #4
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Private property that you own or that you have permission to be on are about the only places i know where you can drive agressively.

Sidewalks are property of the building they are at, but drive your car on one and you will get a ticket.

Parking lots are no exception to the law. Cops might just give you warning for doing burnouts, but they can fairly ticket you.
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:25 PM   #5
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Parking lots are no exception to the law. Cops might just give you warning for doing burnouts, but they can fairly ticket you.
They would likely consider you tresspassing unless you have permission from the owner of the lot, which of course they'd be more than happy to call and verify for you.
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:26 PM   #6
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Just tell the cops:

"Do you know who my ****ing dad is, you ****ing pig??!?!!?!?!?!!"

That usually works.
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:34 PM   #7
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Stop sign laws apply in store parking lots If the cops wanted to be asses they could just start issuing C&I's for burnouts, donuts, speeding, etc...
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Old 02-13-2004, 11:40 PM   #8
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it depends on your state. i know in NC that most of the stop signs in a parking lot dont really count like one would if it were on a street. the stop sign has to be "duly erected", be the proper dimensions and such. however, say you blew thru one of these fau pax stop signs and creamed another car, person, stroller, etc. you'd be at fault. If a cop saw you blow thru one of these, he could charge you with careless and reclkess instead of the standard, failure to stop tix.

burnouts, donuts, and such, regardless of in a parking lot or street usually warrant you a careless and reckless tix as well. like i said, different state laws vary, but thats how it is in NC.
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Old 02-14-2004, 12:11 AM   #9
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I don't bother to stop for those little stop signs in parking lots,
I hate parking lots just because of people like you who dont play along with the simple rules. Some of those signs are just plain stupid, but I do slow down and almost come to a stop for them.
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Old 02-14-2004, 01:02 AM   #10
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i didnt mean all of them, if it's a place that requires caution, i'll slow or stop, but i'm sure as heck not gonna do it there's a cheesy little stop sign in the middle of a giant empty lot. Believe me, the last thing i wanna do is hit someone or something so i am cautious.
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