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Old 12-22-2009, 07:22 AM
 
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I got a ticket this morning at N Durham at Cornism. I was traveling on Durham going to Allen parkway, the Police was parked on the west side of Cornism. He pulled in behind me to pull me over, if this was the case and I was "Blocking" the intersection how could this be? I did not move and he was in my rear view mirror. To be blocking something means "to make unsuitable for passage or progress by obstruction".

What do you think? Is is worth taking to court?
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Houston area
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I didn't catch the part about what exactly you where doing when he got you. Where you actually stopped at the intersection during a red light??
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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I too have no idea what you actually did. If you were stuck in the intersection when the light turned red, then you were properly ticketed. The only exception is if you are turning, and were waiting for the traffic to clear.

I mainly read this thread because I never knew the police actually ticketed for this. I'm glad they do!
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Old 12-22-2009, 05:16 PM
 
Location: South of Houston
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I agree that you need to explain what you were doing and where you were in the intersection. I will assume that intersection had a traffic light.

I like idea of them giving a ticket to drivers that can't seem to wait their turn during heavy traffic and put themselves in the intersection when the light turns red. All you need to do is wait until there is enough room for your vehicle then proceed thru the intersection (but only when the light is green).
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Old 12-22-2009, 06:59 PM
 
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Sorry I guess I did not explain myself. I was waiting at the light about 5 cars back. The intersection I was told I blocked is a side street that the HPD officer came in from.
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Old 12-22-2009, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Sorry I guess I did not explain myself. I was waiting at the light about 5 cars back. The intersection I was told I blocked is a side street that the HPD officer came in from.
Sounds like you deserved the ticket. It's annoying when aggressive or thoughtless drivers block the intersections.

Although some of these intersections do have signs warning drivers to not block the intersections. Usu. these intersections are the ones closer to the busy intersection with the light, because without these little reminders to be nice, people who live off the side streets would have an impossible time getting out onto the main street during times of heavier traffic. Does yours have a sign?
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Old 12-23-2009, 06:51 AM
 
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If you blocked the side street (Cornish), then you broke traffic code and the ticket is enforceable. Coincidentally, I was at this intersection at lunch yesterday, and they had multiple cars pulled over in the Wendy's parking lot. I assume that local businesses/residents complained and the police decided to hit that intersection hard to bring attention to the fact that it shouldn't be blocked. They will move on in a couple of days and people will start blocking it again, LOL.

For the benefit of those who don't know that area, Durham at Cornish is only a few feet from the Durham and I-10 access road intersection, so people are always blocking it (too focused on the light at the access road I guess).

durham at cornish, houston, tx - Google Maps
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:37 AM
 
Location: Houston/Brenham
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If the intersection has a sign like this...

http://www.arasigns.com/images/r10_7.jpg (broken link)

then you can (and should) be ticketed. I always try to honor those signs. I've noticed that when I do it, the other cars/lanes are far more likely to do it too.

Question: When there is NO sign, is it still illegal?
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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You deserved the ticket. Thats how 'Gridlock' happens.
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:23 AM
 
Location: A little suburb of Houston
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If the intersection has a sign like this...



then you can (and should) be ticketed. I always try to honor those signs. I've noticed that when I do it, the other cars/lanes are far more likely to do it too.

Question: When there is NO sign, is it still illegal?
Yes. It is a state law.
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