The Odessa Police Department would like to remind the public that it is illegal to park on neighborhood sidewalks.
Stopping, standing or parking in prohibited specified places
(a)It shall be unlawful for any person to stop, stand or park a vehicle or boat, whether attended or unattended, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, in any of the following places:
(1) On a sidewalk;
(2) In front of a public or private driveway;
(3) In a crosswalk;
(4) Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;
(5) On unpaved surfaces of an exterior front yard in zoning districts SFE, SF-1, SF-2, SF-3, SF-4, SPD, 2F-1, 2F-2, GR, 4-F, MF-1, MF-2, MH-E, MH, and MU; unless otherwise stated in section 14-9-5.
(6) On a street where parking is prohibited on the street.
(b)It shall be a defense to this section if the vehicle stopping, standing or parking is a maintenance vehicle marked with the emblem of lettering of the governmental entity or utility while repairs are made in the street by a utility to its own equipment or facilities or by a governmental entity to its own equipment or facilities. It shall be a defense to subsection (a)(5) above, that the property is multi-family residential (apartment complex), or that the parking space is on original concrete strip parking.
The penalty for a violation of this Article can include a fine of up to $200. Failure to comply with violation notices may result in a citation being issued to the vehicle and/or the property owner.
Please remember to give pedestrians space to walk where it is safe.