Council Weighs Driveway Ordinance

Omaha’s city council is considering a plan to keep intruders out of your driveway.

If you’ve ever arrived home to find a vehicle blocking or obstructing access to your driveway, you know what’s stirring up the debate.

This is enough of a common occurrence around the city that the council is sizing-up a fix.

Right now, the law allows officers to ticket or call for a tow if a car completely blocks a person's driveway. A new plan under consideration would put specific distances in play, allowing someone to park no closer than something on the order of three feet from the entrance.

A few people spoke to the council on Tuesday and one of them said the driveway offenders are putting lives in jeopardy.

Richard Zajic said, “I have two friends that have had accidents when they have tried to exit this driveway, with people parking too close and the hill."

When it comes to enforcement, Councilman Gary Gernandt said several times that this would be a complaint-based offense, meaning police would only ticket people if a call was made. Police would not be going around measuring cars from driveways. They would only come out to a parked car if someone made a complaint.

A vote on the proposed ordinance is set to take place next Tuesday.

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