If the $80 fine and additional fees are not enough disincentive not to park in front of a fire hydrant than maybe this will.
Parking rules like not being able to park in front of or near a fire hydrant exist for a reason, they allow firefighters access to said hydrants for a continuous supply of water. But, even if you DO park in front of a fire hydrant, that’s not going to stop firefighters from getting to the hydrant. Far from it as these firefighters in Anaheim, Calif shared on social media earlier yesterday (Feb. 27,2019.) A Nissan Altima was blocking access to a sorely needed hydrant. What happens next is the stuff of firehouse lore. Check out the photos below.
Ever wonder what happens when a car is parked in front of a fire hydrant and a fire breaks out? Is a closer parking spot worth the broken windows and the citation and towing fees to @AnaheimPD? @City_of_Anaheim residents please do not park in fire lanes pic.twitter.com/Q96E4gfTOR
— Anaheim Fire & Rescue (@AnaheimFire) February 26, 2019
Yup, they really DID that and are within their power to do so, those firefighters busted out both the passenger windows and snaked their hose through to get access. The disrespect. With the right tools at hand, a car parked in front of them was but a minor inconvenience to getting the water they needed.
Still, the principle remains. These firefighters took a couple extra seconds to hook up correctly, delaying their services by that much more.
According to CVC 22514, “No person shall stop, park, or leave standing any vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant” and a quick Google search reveals that the base fine is $80 which probably balloons to close to $200 when all is said and done.
For this Nissan Altima owner, not only do they get a fat fine, they’ll have to cough up hundreds to get new windows. They probably won’t have to for a couple of days since they’ll need to let the air in to dry the seats.
Since we’re on the subject, did you know you CAN park in front of a fire hydrant? According to the law only if you’re actually in the car as a driver, then and only then can you park directly in front of a hydrant.
Have you ever seen local law enforcement do something similar in your area? Let me know in the comments below!
Source: Anaheim FD