A LAWYER has uncovered certain circumstances where motorists might want to reconsider sleeping in their vehicles.
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Zach Parry (@Lawyers-plus) posted a video about the important laws drivers should know about sleeping in a vehicle.
“Often it is necessary to stop and sleep in the car. Sometimes you just need a little break,” reads the clip’s caption.
“Regardless of your circumstances, you need to know if it’s legal to sleep in your car given the specific circumstances you’re in.”
The attorney first introduced the video by informing viewers that it is not generally illegal to sleep in the car.
He said his vehicle can be used for naps and, under certain circumstances, even for the night.
There is one obvious exception to being able to sleep in the car, for example someone cannot sleep in their car while driving it.
“But you could get a ticket or face far more serious consequences,” Parry said.
“You could cause serious harm to other people if you fall asleep at the wheel.”
Of course, in these cases, it’s okay to stop and take a nap if you’re feeling drowsy.
“Maybe in your car at a rest stop or somewhere safe,” Parry suggested.
Another instance where someone is not allowed to sleep in their car is when they are trespassing on someone else’s property.
“If you commit trespassing, you may be fined or fined for trespassing on someone else’s property,” the attorney said.
Numerous counties across the US have curfews in place, including several that Parry mentioned in Las Vegas.
The curfews he mentioned apply to people under the age of 18.
“So in such circumstances, as a minor, you shouldn’t be in your car as you could still be breaking the curfew,” the legal expert advised.
“Don’t sleep in your car if you’re drunk,” Parry warned.
“Especially not sleeping in the driver’s seat.”
He shared, “Not operating the vehicle does not protect you from driving under the influence of alcohol.”
“You could get a ticket even if the car isn’t running,” he said.
In general, according to Parry, drivers are allowed to sleep in their cars as long as they do not break these rules.