FULTON CO, Ga – Authorized government vehicles are allowed to park along a street lined with “no parking” signs, but that doesn’t excuse the cars parked next to fire hydrants and crosswalks outside of the Fulton County Courthouse.
Joe Wilson reached out to 11Alive’s Commuter Dude when he noticed all of the government vehicles parked on Central Avenue.
“The lanes are clearly marked ‘no parking’,” says Wilson. “When I saw they were mostly government vehicles, I'm thinking well, why can police officers break the law, but civilians can’t?”
Parked right beside "no parking" signs, Commuter Dude finds vehicles driven by Fulton County Sheriff’s Deputies. He also spies a car bearing a sign from the Fulton County DA's office that is parked right beside a fire hydrant.
A spokesperson for the Fulton County Sheriff's Department tells 11Alive that, despite the no parking signs, law enforcement vehicles and other authorized automobiles can park along Central Avenue, “to offer a barrier and added security to the courthouse.”
That doesn't forgive the cars parked within 15 feet of a fire hydrant, and the vehicle parked within 20 feet of a crosswalk, or the cars parked blocking a left turn lane, all violations of the city's parking code.
No one with the Sheriff’s Department would talk on-camera, but in a written statement a spokesperson told 11Alive the department is “looking at solutions to prevent vehicles from parking near hydrants and crosswalks.”
The department has also requested new signs to make it clear who can and can't park on streets lining the courthouse.
Commuter Dude reached out to the Fulton County D.A.’s office about the vehicles parked near the hydrants and crosswalk, but no one has responded.