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Old 10-18-2013, 02:30 PM
Location: a bar
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Originally Posted by iNviNciBL3 View Post
Is it legal to just park in a rest area, snuggle up in a blankey and take a snooze?
I've done it a number of times, in a number of states. Never had a problem. True most rest areas have signs posted that say "no overnight parking" but I've never seen "overnight" defined by X hours or Xpm - Yam. Also, you're not going to get yourself arrested if all you're doing is sleeping in your car for a few hrs. Most likely a trooper will just advise you to move along.

Personally, I try to find a truck stop to pull into if possible because they're always busy and well lit. Some of those rest areas are dark and desolate at night.
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:13 PM
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I know in Georgia you are not supposed to park overnight in rest areas. However, if you aren't doing anything but sleeping, the cops won't harass you. I don't think they want to force a tired driver to move along. That's a lawsuit waiting to happen. That being said...there is a tremendous amount of crime at Georgia's rest areas. From Craig's List hook ups, to children being molested in the men's room, con artists galore, armed robbery in broad daylight, used needles lying around where anyone could step on one and so on. All of the above occurring at one particular rest area. It is pretty shameful that the DOT cannot get it under control. At the same rest area , the DOT is working diligently to get rid of a colony of feral cats. You know. Because they are the biggest threat to public safety there. Whatever. Now, the truck side is a whole other frightening animal.
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Old 01-29-2015, 11:49 AM
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I've snuggled up for a nap at many rest areas. You won't be ticketed or caused trouble by the law for doing this, even when there are signs stating no overnight stops. The most is security or a cop will stop by and suggest you move along.

Rest areas have their dangers, just like any place. Practicing due diligence makes sense. Sometimes dark rest areas don't give off crazy danger vibes, sometimes they put my spidey sense into over drive. I don't advocate avoiding places entirely simply because there is a chance of danger, but I do advocate being as smart about it as you can and calculate the risks of stopping vs not stopping.

I have to say, as a single female, I have only ever felt truly uncomfortable or unsafe at rest areas in the middle of the day. It's weird being propositioned for sex anywhere, but in a rest area it's completely absurd.
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