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[–] flarflar 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I know around my parts you can get a ticket unless you park. I always pull my phone out and check it. If I get pulled over I can say I was checking my phone and I wasn't going to do it when driving and it's worked but it is different in every place

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[–] wahala 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Depends on your state, but for most places, the answer is it likely illegal, but there are a lot of qualifiers.

Although, I have to thank you for asking this question. It prompted me to look up the law in my state (Georgia) and I just learned that it is only illegal to cut through a parking lot if the owner of the lot has put up signs saying that cutting through is illegal or has otherwise made it known their lot is private. If you're in GA, it's likely a school would post such a sign. You know, 'for the children.'

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[–] IAmYourDemons [S] 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

New York.

There are no signs that say anything about entering/exiting the parking lot at specific times. I guess I'll have to check the law here.

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[–] wahala 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago  (edited ago)

NY! Isn't everything illegal there? LOL

Your State's code, does indeed, say it is a violation of the law to avoid a traffic-control device:

§ 1225. Avoiding  intersection  or  traffic-control  device. 

No person shall drive across or upon a sidewalk, driveway, parking lot or private property,
or otherwise drive off a roadway, in order to avoid an intersection or traffic-control device. (Source)

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[–] ForUs 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Circumvention of a traffic control device is also frequently illegal. This is intended to prevent traffic from rerouting through parking lots to avoid delays at stop signs and lights.

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[–] Fenrirwulf 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

It is normally illegal to cut through a park lot to avoid a traffic light.

http://law.justia.com/codes/new-york/2012/vat/title-7/article-33/1225

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[–] AutisticInTech ago 

Depends, some places a 'No through traffic' sign is required. Otherwise, the police have jack and shit to say if it is private property and a property owner isn't complaining to them. The cops just can't go about enforcing parking lot safety.

That said, the traffic laws involving schools, and in particular when children are present, make it so doing anything in a car is a ticketable offense with how broadly they are written. Also, yeah most places make avoiding a traffic signal illegal.

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[–] 6432366? ago  (edited ago)

Someone may come in to shed a better light than me, but I believe that the teacher was just trying to scare you from doing it again. I don't think that it's against the law, I think she was just trying to deter you from doing it in the future. I also think she was stressed out having to deal with herding children and unfortunately you are the person she let her stress out on. Children can be difficult especially en masse. The best thing to do would be to call the non-emergency line to your local sheriff's office and ask them, as laws change from state to state and city to City. It very well could be a traffic ticket.

Edit: you handled that situation very well good job

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[–] Thisismyvoatusername 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

It actually is commonly illegal to cut through a parking lot to avoid traffic situations. That doesn't hold true universally, but it is common enough that unless you know for a fact where you live it is okay, you are best off not doing it.

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[–] 6433796? ago 

Thank you for your correction.