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Old 11-08-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Did I break the rules in AZ ?

We left Tucson going north on Hwy 79 towards Florence Az. and it was getting late and time to find a spot for the night.

I noticed there were LOTS of small unofficial, unpaved but reasonably flat turn outs where obviously there has been traffic in the recent past. So I picked one and had an uneventful night.

It did cross my mind as to "WHY" there were so many spots
1. lots of snowbirds in that area ?
2. Lots of hunters use these spots ?
3. I have no idea. Do you ?

But my real question is did I break any laws by spending the night between the pavement and the ranchers fence ? FWIW there was an easy 100' between me and the asphalt
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Between Oracle Junction and Florence on Hwy 79 it is State Land. Normally you need a permit to go onto state land in Arizona but I know those well-used areas you're talking about and yes, they are used by RVers as they travel through. I've never heard of an issue using them as they are along the highway. We always thought they'd be a nice spot to spend a night but we were never ready to stop for the night when passing through. Glad you enjoyed the quiet night!
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Old 11-08-2016, 10:52 PM   #3
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Before gps I ended up in Tuba City AZ. You do not want to stay there.
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Old 11-09-2016, 11:50 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies. I thought that would be the case.
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Because that's a two lane highway, those pull outs are considered of value for flat tire repair, potty stops, and other very temporary stops! I don't think you broke any laws, just not something that's done on a regular basis!


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The bad news: I can not answer your question.

The GOOD news... Though I have met the occasional exception, Even had one "Cop" give me tickets that were very clearly NOT deserved (And which were ultimatly dismissed by the judge for cause) Most of the law Enforcement Officers, Be they State, City or County, are downright nice people. And a side effect of what I did for a living is that I know a rather large number of LEOs (Of course I got paid to tell 'em where to go you see, Still do (Get paid) just don't have to tell 'em where to go any more,, I'm a Retired Police Dispatcher).


IF, you decide to spend the night somewhere you should not.. Odds are the first time the nice officer will simply suggest you move on (Verbal Warning) and not cite you (Issue a ticket) or arrest.

That said.. There are the less than 1/2 of one percent. Like the officer who gave me a ticket for disregarding a Traffic Control Device.. THAT DID NOT EXIST!!!!.

After she dismissed it I ask the judge who I should contact to rectify the missing sign and 3 weeks later noticed it had been erected, Properly.
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Gotta have broken some law!

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Thanks for all your thoughts and input.

I'm gonna stay with my original feeling that overnight was "ok" but I would not have tried to spend a week there.
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We also use many of those turnouts to park our trucks and rzr trailers while we tear up the desert
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while we tear up the desert

So sad to hear that!!!
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If you're worried about breaking a law or getting a ticket, why not just call the state police and ask them?
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Lot of those pullouts are results of folks getting over, out of travel lane to stop and wait out the dust storms
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So sad to hear that!!!

Why?
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