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Fact Check: How Much Can Your Vehicle Stick into a Red Zone?

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In last week's post about a parking enforcement officer taking lunch while his vehicle sat partly in a red zone, one LAist reader asked for the final word on red zones. "Does the red zone go by the frame of the car, or the tire?" asked a commenter named "Los Angeles." Commenter "Defender90CA" replied "Red zone goes by the tire, not the frame."

But that answer seemed suspicious. So we checked. Bruce Gillman, a public information officer with the Department of Transportation, explained that "no part of the car" can be in a red zone. So the next time you park, realize that even an inch into the red zone could be a ticketable offense. In our experience, however, officers tend to turn a blind eye minor violations as such and only write tickets for obvious violations.