The law states that it is unlawful for the driver or operator of any vehicle to operate or stop a vehicle in such a manner as to block or obstruct any roadway to prevent the free use of any roadway for the purpose of travel by other vehicles, either willfully or when such driver or operator is able to avoid doing so by ordinary care.
No driver shall enter an intersection or a marked crosswalk, unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle the person is operating without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding any traffic-control signal indication to proceed.
The offense for obstructing traffic or pedestrians is penalized with fines ranging from $35.00 to $125.00 in some states, such as Missouri.
Obstructing traffic is charged as a moving violation and goes on your driver’s license record. Most states that have the driver point system will assess a penalty of 2 points against your driver’s license.
When you are charged with obstructing traffic, you can normally pay a fine and be done with the ticket. However, if your actions caused an accident involving personal injury to others or property damage, the district attorney may charge you with a much harsher charge of reckless or careless driving. These are much more serious offenses and may result in large fines, points on your driver’s license and in extreme cases, jail time or community service may be required. An experienced criminal defense attorney specializing in traffic matters may be able to get the charge reduced by accepting a plea bargain.