Illegal Parking Can Delay Emergency Crews

If you delay firefighters while they're trying to put out a fire or save a life, you're the one who'll have to pay.

Lt. John Ledford said, "If you're parked in front of a fire hydrant - if we have to go over the vehicle with our hoses or through the vehicles with our hoses - we're going to have to do what we need to do to put the fire out."

If you think it's okay to park in a fire lane just because there's no fire at the time, think again.

"A lot of times, they're not going to know there's a fire or an emergency until we do pull up in the parking lot.  By then, it's too late.  Even if they're inside their vehicle, we're not going to be able to just sit there and wait for them to move."

Even when signs are clearly posted, emergency workers see parking in these zones far too often.  The close parking spots may be convenient, but remember, they are also illegal.

Parking in a fire lane is a Class C misdemeanor that carries a fine of up to $500.