CHAPTER 52:
TRAFFIC RULES

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 70.01  EMERGENCY REGULATIONS.

     (A)   Authority of Traffic Commission.  The County Traffic Commission is hereby authorized to make temporary rules regulating traffic along all county roads and highways under the jurisdiction of the Commission, including the placing of stop signs and yield right-of-way signs at highway or road intersections.

(`83 Code,  70.10)

     (B)  Duration of temporary regulations.  No temporary rule or regulation adopted by the County Traffic Commission nor any traffic regulation sign adopted pursuant to division (A) shall remain in force and effect for more than 30 days from its adoption.

(`83 Code,  70.11)  (Ord. 1977‑26, passed 8‑1‑77)

 70.02  PLACEMENT OF TRAFFIC SIGNS.

     The County Highway Department is hereby authorized to post traffic signs at or upon all entrances or intersections of any county road or part thereof as may be appropriate.

(`83 Code,  70.01(A))  (Ord. 1971‑8, passed 7‑19‑71)

 70.03  DAMAGING SIGNS, MARKERS OR ROADS.

     It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully or maliciously damage, disfigure, displace, deface, obliterate, mar, remove, injure or destroy any sign, road marker or other road in the county.

(`83 Code,  70.03)  (Ord. 1971‑8, passed 7‑19‑71)  Penalty, see  10.99

 70.04  COMPLIANCE WITH STOP SIGNS.

     The driver of a vehicle shall stop in obedience to a stop sign at all intersections where a stop sign is erected and shall proceed cautiously, yielding the right-of-way to vehicles approaching on the county roads and not so obliged to stop.

(`83 Code,  70.01(B)) (Ord. 1971‑8, passed 7‑19‑71)  Penalty, see  10.99

 70.05  EMERGING FROM PRIVATE ROAD

OR DRIVEWAY.

     The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a county road from a private road or driveway shall bring his or her vehicle to a stop before entering or crossing the county road.

(`83 Code,  70.02)  (Ord. 1971‑8, passed 7‑19‑71)  Penalty, see  10.99

 70.06  VISIBILITY AT INTERSECTIONS.

     (A)   Definitions.  For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

     COMMERCIAL EXIT.  Any vehicular exit from any automobile service station, shopping center, store, medical or professional center, or other similar public place.

     CRITICAL VISIBILITY ZONE.  The area within which the presence of obstructions to vision such as trees, vegetation and signs could prevent the driver of a motor vehicle which is stopped behind the stop line of any road, highway or commercial exit at its intersection with any other road or highway from seeing any other vehicle which is approaching on the intersecting road or highway and is within 200 feet of the intersection.

     SIGN.  Any temporary or permanent structure, banner, pennant or string of pennants used for advertising or decorative purposes.

     STOP LINE.  The actual obedience line if there be one.  If there is none, one shall be assumed to exist four feet before the nearest edge of the intersecting road or highway.

     TREE.  A large, woody perennial plant having a clearly recognizable trunk.

     VEGETATION.  Any bush, hedge, flowering or ornamental plant, weed growth, low-growing evergreen, standing agricultural field crops, or other form of vegetation.

(`83 Code,  93.01)

     (B)  Regulation of signs.  It shall be unlawful for any person to place or cause to be placed in any critical visibility zone within the county any sign of which any part thereof is higher than 36 inches above grade level, unless the lowest portion of the sign exclusive of a supporting structure is no wider than 12 inches in its greatest dimension and is at least eight feet above grade level.

(`83 Code,  93.02)

     (C)  Regulation of trees and vegetation.

         (1)   It shall be unlawful for any person owning or controlling property within the county to cause or permit any tree within any critical visibility zone to remain untrimmed below a height of eight feet above the ground, or to permit any shrubbery within any critical visibility zone to grow to a height greater than 36 inches above ground.

         (2)   It shall be unlawful for any person owning or controlling property within the county to permit the foliage of any tree or vegetation growing on the property or obscure any driver's view of any lawfully-placed stop sign or traffic-control signal or sign during any part of the last 200 feet of his or her approach to the sign or traffic-control device.

(`83 Code,  93.03)

     (D)  Notice.  Any person violating any provision of this section shall, upon receipt of official notification from the Traffic Commission that a violation has taken place, correct the cause of the violation within 14 days from the date of notification or be subject to the penalties provided in  10.99.

(`83 Code,  93.04)  (Ord. passed 10‑17‑77)  Penalty, see 10.99

 70.07  SNOWMOBILES PROHIBITED ON CERTAIN HIGHWAYS.

     (A)   Snowmobiles, as that term is defined under state law, shall be prohibited from traveling within the right-of-way of 250S, also known as Alto Road, from its intersection with U.S. 31 and continuing in a westerly direction to and including the intersection of 750W.

(B)  Such prohibition shall be suspended and held in abeyance during the time that any validly declared snow emergency effecting the county is in effect.

    (C)  Nothing in this section shall be construed to endorse or designate any other property or highway rights-of-way in the county as snowmobile routes, or to imply that snowmobiles may be ridden safely in any other areas within the boundaries of the county, or to otherwise recommend or maintain areas for the purpose of snowmobile riding or operation.

(BCC Ord. 1988‑24, passed 9‑12‑88)  Penalty, see  10.99

70.08  PARKING NOT TO OBSTRUCT TRAFFIC.

     (A)   Definitions.  For the purpose of this section, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

     BUS.  A motor vehicle designed for carrying more than ten passengers exclusive of the driver.

     INTERSECTION.  The area embraced within:

         (1) The prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two streets that join at, or approximately at, right angles; or

         (2) The area within which vehicles traveling upon different streets joining at any other angle may come in conflict.

     RECREATIONAL VEHICLE.  A vehicle with or without motive power equipped exclusively for living quarters for persons traveling on public streets.

     SEMITRAILER.  A vehicle without motive power, designed for carrying property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle, and so constructed that some part of the weight of the semitrailer and the semitrailers load rests upon, or is carried by another vehicle.

     STREET.  The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part of the way is open to the use of the public for the purposes of vehicular travel.  The term includes an "alley".

     TRACTOR.  A motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing or propelling trailers, semitrailers, or vehicles of any kind.

     TRAILER.  A vehicle without motive power, designed for carrying persons or property; designed for being drawn by a motor vehicle; and, so constructed that no part of the weight of the trailer rests upon the towing vehicle.

     TRUCK.  A motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.

     VEHICLE.  Except as otherwise provided, a device in or upon, or by which a person or property is, or may be, transported or drawn upon a street, alley, or highway.  The term includes an automobile, a motorcycle, a truck, a trailer, a semitrailer, a tractor, a bus, a school bus, a recreational vehicle, or a motorized bicycle.

     (B)  Parking not to obstruct traffic.

         (1)   No person shall park any vehicle on the street or alley in such a manner or under such conditions as would leave available less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of traffic.

         (2)   No person shall park a truck that is wider than 8 feet or higher than 10 feet or longer than 28 feet, which dimensions shall include any load carried thereon on any street, except when loading or unloading as provided by this chapter or other ordinances of the county.

         (3)   No person shall park a semitrailer, either alone or coupled to a tractor on any street, that is when alone or coupled to a tractor, wider than 8 feet or higher than 10 feet or longer than 36 feet, which dimensions shall include any load carried thereon, except when loading or unloading as provided by this chapter or other ordinances of the county.


         (4)   No person shall park a bus that is wider than 8 feet or higher than 10 feet or longer than 26 feet on any street, except when loading or unloading as provided by this chapter or other ordinances of the county.

         (5)   No person shall park any vehicle whose gross weight, including any load, exceeds 7,000 pounds on any street, except when loading or unloading as provided by this chapter or other ordinances of the county.

         (6)   No person shall park any vehicle over 7 feet high within 80 feet of any intersection except when loading or unloading as provided by this chapter or other ordinances of the county.

         (7)   The provisions of divisions (2), (3), (4), and (5) above shall not apply to any state highway within the county, nor to any vehicle which incurs mechanical failure when the person in charge of the disabled vehicle has placed at least one lighted flare or other illuminated or reflective warning device at least 100 feet in front of such vehicle, and a similar warning device 100 feet to the rear of such vehicle.

         (8)   No person shall park a recreational vehicle, or trailer of any kind or type on any street for a continuous period in excess of 72 hours.

         (9)   The Sheriff or the Howard Traffic Commission may for specific purposes, and for a limited time, grant approval for parking of vehicles not in compliance with this section.

     (C)  Penalties.  Violations of this section shall be subject to the penalties set out at 10.99.  Each day a violation is permitted to continue in violation of the terms of this section shall be considered a separate offense.

(BCC Ord. 2001-59, passed 12-3-01)  Penalty, see 10.99


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