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ASK A COP: Parking on private property a private matter

Bridgette from Port Neches asks: Officer Antoine, first I have to say, thank you for all you do to educate us on the traffic laws of Texas. I was trying to find a parking spot at a local football event and I guess someone thought of their big truck as being too precious to be parked next to anyone else, and literally took up 3 parking spaces. So of course, this forced me and at least 2 other motorists to find spaces further away from the event. I can’t seem to imagine why this violation was allowed at all, shouldn’t his vehicle be towed  or at least given a ticket for the parking violation?

Answer: Good question, Bridgette! Well, Bridgette, you are certainly bringing up a subject most motorists have encountered at least one time or another, bad parking. This bad parking happens to occur at a location where hundreds if not thousands of motorists are seeking to park their vehicle around the same time period. Unfortunately Bridgette, neither the police officers working the game, nor any police officer in the state of Texas, can cite any driver for bad parking. If law enforcement told the school district  about the situation, the school district could notify the individual to park again, or if the school district so desires, it can have the vehicle towed away. Keep in mind this is private property. Bridgette, this “bad parking” is not to be compared to police officers being able to cite (give tickets) drivers for parking in the fire lane or disabled parking spaces. I’m sure every licensed driver knows how to park on private property, but as in this case Bridgette, some people just don’t care about others.

Derrick from Port Arthur asks: Officer Antoine, you have to clear this up for me. My female cousin Dallas always claims she gets pulled over by the police, but she NEVER and I mean NEVER gets a ticket. She claims she always uses what her mama gave her, breasts. No w I will admit, my cousin is well endowed up top, but I don’t believe she has the nerve to actually flash a police officer, and to top it off, she NEVER gets a ticket. Isn’t exposing yourself to a Police Officer illegal or is she flat out lying? Well, I told her there is one Police Officer in Port Arthur name Antoine and that she won’t be able to flash her breasts and get away without a ticket. Now Officer Antoine, is flashing breasts to a police officer illegal?

Answer: Very Good question Derrick! Sir, I wouldn’t doubt that your cousin who has been legally stopped by a Police Officer would expose her breasts in hopes to NOT be issued a citation for her violation. Derrick, believe this or not, but actually just the act of exposing her breasts in her vehicle is NOT illegal in the state of Texas, unless Dallas has a city ordinance that prohibits such exposure. I’m sure many Police Officers have been flashed to say the least in more than one way or another. But for those of us who hold the integrity of the badge higher than female or male intimate body parts, the act of flashing a Police Officer will not help you. Derrick, you got this right. I will NOT sacrifice the integrity of my badge and all that it stands for just to get a glimpse of someone’s breasts (no matter how endowed they are)! We suit up every day to protect our citizens and WORK not FLIRT!

John from Groves asks: Officer Antoine, I am a reader of the “Ask A Cop” article and I know you said that we should “Never, Never, Never” go through a red light. But I was sitting at the intersection of Ninth Avenue and Jimmy Johnson Boulevard, and a fire truck came behind me just blowing its horn and lights flashing. Of course I am aware that seconds matter when someone’s life is on the line, and I don’t want to be responsible for holding up a fire truck. What should I do?

Answer: Good question John! You are right as right can be. Don’t EVER, EVER, Ever run a red light! The only person who can give you authority to run a Red light is a police officer. John, I do agree that the fire truck behind you shouldn’t be ignored. When it’s safe, put on your turn signal and turn RIGHT to give passage to the LOUD fire truck. With that said, if you have a Fire truck, Police or Ambulance vehicle behind you and you are driving in the left lane do not just stop in the left lane. You will cause more problems than you will help! John, keep in mind if you are stopped at an intersection or traveling, “MOVE to the RIGHT!” This move may cause you to go off course, so after the emergency vehicle has passed, just turn around and continue on your journey.

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