Laws for parking in the fire lane vary on the Grand Strand

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We've all seen it. Perhaps you've even done it. But can you get a ticket for it?

Horry County does have a law that states:

Sec. 13-5.  Obstruction of fire lane--Unlawful; violation. 

It shall be unlawful for any motor vehicle required to be licensed under the laws of this state to be parked in such a manner as to obstruct the potential access of firefighting equipment or personnel to any building in an area within twenty (20) feet of such building. The registered owner of the vehicle shall be liable for any violation of this section. Any police officer or sheriff's deputy with jurisdiction to enforce the law in the county is hereby empowered to write a summons authorized or to be authorized under this Code for a violation of this section. (Ord. No. 126-97, § 1, 11-18-97)

But WBTW's Rebekah Carter determined that it varies from town to town how the law is enforced. Find out which city's Fire Marshalls actively hands out citations in her report. Which is right here.

At the end of the day, you will likely not receive a citation for parking an unattended vehicle front and center of a public building on the Grand Strand. It's up to you if you can handle the scowls of your fellow citizens. Don't be so lazy!

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