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> Wednesday, February 22, 2006: Prevent Runaways

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So, I guess this is a typical San Francisco traffic sign. There is indeed a specific procedure to follow when you park your car on a slope: turn your wheels toward the curb, set the hand brake and leave the car in gear. And you better follow these rules or you will get fined. I got fined for all sorts of things in San Francisco, but never for that one, so I don't know the amount of this fine (I'm keeping my fingers crossed... and my wheels curbed).

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I am always amazed when you get signs that tell you to do the obvious. When I learnt to drive here in the UK these were things that were drummed into you. I also like that you can read another meaning into this, well my brain immediatley say the unintentional meaning, but i fail to see how proper parking procedure will prevent Runaway Children. (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

This was one of the first things we learned about parking in HK as well, although I haven't thought about it for a long while :-) (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

My first time on this blog, via "Le Piou". It's calm, beautiful, funny.

(submitted on February 22, 2006)

I understand they indicted one guy for being a Republican. Failure to curb wheels would certainly result in the death penalty :)

I love the old Vics. I've even been known to shoot a frame or two at Alamo Square... how touristy is THAT?
(submitted on February 22, 2006)

Great shot! We don't get fined for that here but we do need to curb our wheels on some streets. (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

Didn't know one can be fined for not curbing wheels! (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

Oh, yes, you can definitely get fined for not curbing wheels. But no matter what you do, in San Francisco, NEVER PARK in front of a fire hydrant. That too, is stating the obvious, I suppose, but "Lord have mercy" on the fool who parks in front of a fire hydrant. Oh, and another thing: when they say "No Parking, Tow Away Zone" they really mean it. (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

Photo très SFaine! Tous les SFains le savent, mais pour les autres, précisons qu'il faut tourner ses roues vers le trottoir si on est dans le sens de la descente, mais vers la chaussée, si on est dans le sens de la montée! Non, le stationnement n'est pas le charme premier de SF! (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

Don't get me started on parking in San Francisco...grrrrr! (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

ca arrive vraiment les "runaways" ? (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

It's something you're quizzed on in driver's ed, but unless you need it you never think about, eh?

Richmond is relentless in its towing practices as well (and it costs a fortune!)
(submitted on February 22, 2006)

Isn't the world full of helpful signs! - nice contrast with houses behind (submitted on February 22, 2006)  

I'm with Mr. Pretzels...I was wondering why there would be a sign stating the obvious about runaways. If you keep an open line of communication with children, or tie them to the house, you should have no problem with them running away.

Beautiful shot manuel. Love the houses in the background and the branches next to the sign. It looks gloomy enough that if the sign said Amityville I'd believe it!
(submitted on February 22, 2006)

John: I think we all did the postcard row shot at some point. Just to check it off our list, right?

Dorothee: j'imagine que ca a du arriver de temps en temps avant que ces regles soient mises en place. Sinon, je n'ai pas entendu parler d'incidents recents...

Michael: at first, I wasn't following what you were talking about, now I got it. It looks like you and Mr Pretzels both understood the sign properly! ;-)

(submitted on February 22, 2006)

Hey -- My friends live on that street! I recognize the gold trim on that spectacular Victorian! Nice to see a photo of home when you are living temporarily as an expat in Toronto, Canada. Thanks, I'm gonna bookmark you. Found your site on the Expat Blogger webring. (submitted on February 23, 2006)  

You'll be fined for sure, but your car will be throw away too!!! and this my friend is VERY expensive too!!!! (submitted on February 23, 2006)  

Actually, I saw ONE ticket for not curbing the wheels.
Was in may 04 on VanNess @ broadway.

Someone Car - first ticket: more than 2 hours parking
second ticket: more than 4 hours parking
third ticket:: more than 24h parking + wheels not curbed + front licence plate something (half unscrewd or seomthing) + whatever.

Sorry, I couldnt figure out what was the excat "wheels not curb" part from the tickets in front of me. Maybe an additional $30 ?

So I'd guess you get a ticket ONLY if your car ran away OR if you P..ed the Interceptor with something else, and he's starting to "chercher la petite bete".
(submitted on February 27, 2006)

ness: thanks for sharing the experience, I hope I'll never go through this myself. I really wonder what kind of trouble you could get into if your car actually ran away....

(submitted on February 27, 2006)

I like Michael's idea of tying the children to the house. That might keep them out of the streets!

Great photo. I love signs.
(submitted on March 02, 2006)

Manuel, Dude. I believe you've accidentally taken a shot of 112 Lyon Street. Janis Joplin was living upstairs at 112, apartment #3, while she was recording her "Cheap Thrills" album in 1967. She shared the apartment with Country Joe McDonald and was evicted for having a dog in violation of her lease. (submitted on March 08, 2006)  

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