viva, I suspect it has something to do with some ordinance concerning the grass and watering because of the drought. Sounds like the cops are looking for any reason to increase revenue. (What parking laws aren’t)
Side note: I once hosted a party in college at my house where all the drunks were driven home, except one. His car was parked on the street, keys in the ignition, not running and the doors were locked. We couldn’t wake him for nothing. But since the keys were in the ignition, he could still get nailed for being in control (the same as DUI here and in OH, trust me I know). Anyway, we wrestled the car onto my lawn to get him off the street.
Sure enough, I and those staying over were treated by a visit about 2 hours later by the cops. They were curious why we hadn’t reported the accident. (They thought he jumped the curb and we didn’t know) When we explained the situation the lead officer gave me a glare. You see, they can’t nail you unless you’re on a public road or not wanted on the private property. Neither if any of them sees you on said road or property. In addition, they couldn’t take our story to a prosecutor as we were all shitfaced and the claim would never stand up in court.
In the end we asked if they could jimmy the lock so we could drag him in the house to keep an eye on him and make sure he didn’t wake up and try to drive. They did this, thank God. I was still coherent enough to worry about my Homeowner’s liability if he went and killed someone.
While the cop was leaving he gave me a stern look and said, “We’ll be watching this place.”
Last party I ever had at that house.