Judges of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down a law prohibiting people from sleeping overnight in their vehicles. The judges said that the law is too vague. Several defendants were included in the appeal. People were arrested for having a sleeping bag in the car, for stopping to shop because they looked like there possessions were in the car, and other activities when they were not spending the night in their car or an RV. One woman was driving her RV when she was stopped and cited.
The judges remarked that the law was so vague that an RVer driving through Venice could be stopped and cited. It was not clear - to either citizens or the police - on what violated the law. You can see a summary of the decision in the Courthouse New Service bulletin.
RVers have complained that police in Flagstaff, Arizona also hassle and ticket RVers who have no intention of spending the night. Many RVers now avoid the city and refuse to spend any money there. Good for them.
Certainly people parked on the streets can be a health hazard, but harassing residents and tourists who are not actually sleeping in their vehicles at night should not be permitted. Jaimie Hall Bruzenak