Since You Asked: Parking on the 'wrong' side is, well, wrong

Is it legal for me to park my car facing westbound on the eastbound side of the street on a street where traffic travels both directions — perhaps better put, is it OK for me to park on the "wrong" side of the road?

As I constantly encounter people driving on the wrong side of the road in order to park their vehicles in such a manner, I am curious to know if the law has changed to allow this.

— S.B., via e-mail

Sounds like you already know this parking maneuver is the wrong way to go, S.B.

Oregon Revised Statutes allow police to cite drivers for improper parallel parking. The fine is approximately $30. And rest assured, says Medford police Sgt. Greg Lemhouse, any officer within the city would write this ticket.

"Not only did the law not change ... maybe they're driving the wrong way down a one-way street," says Lemhouse, head of the Police Department's special services, the division that includes the traffic and code-enforcement teams.

Although you say this is a constant occurrence, Lemhouse says it's most common on Medford's residential streets, where people don't have to navigate much traffic.

"I notice it because it irritates me," Lemhouse says. "I think it's lazy when people do that."

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