Chapter 10.12
ENFORCEMENT AND OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

Sections:

10.12.010    Authority of public safety department officials.

10.12.020    Unauthorized persons shall not direct traffic.

10.12.030    Obedience to public safety or authorized officers.

10.12.040    Application to persons riding bicycles or animals.

10.12.050    Interference with officers.

10.12.060    Public employees.

10.12.070    Exemption of certain vehicles.

10.12.080    Report of damage to certain property.

10.12.090    Removal of vehicles.

10.12.010 Authority of public safety department officials.

Officers of the public safety department and such officers as are assigned by the director of public safety are authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, audible or other signal in conformance with traffic laws. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.010, 1979)

10.12.020 Unauthorized persons shall not direct traffic.

No person other than an officer of the public safety department, or a person authorized by the director of public safety, or a person authorized by law shall direct or attempt to direct traffic by voice, hand or other signal, except that persons may operate, when and as herein provided, any mechanical pushbutton signal erected by order of the city traffic engineer. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.020, 1979)

10.12.030 Obedience to public safety or authorized officers.

No person shall fail or refuse to comply with or to perform any act forbidden by any lawful order, signal, or direction of a traffic or public safety officer, or a person authorized by the public safety director by law. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.030, 1979)

10.12.040 Application to persons riding bicycles or animals.

Every person riding a bicycle or riding or driving an animal upon a highway or street has all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this title, except those provisions which by their very nature can have no application. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.040, 1979)

10.12.050 Interference with officers.

No person shall interfere with or obstruct in any way any public safety officer or other officer or employee of this city in their enforcement of the provisions of this title. The removal, obliteration or concealment of any chalk mark or other distinguishing mark used by any public safety officer or other employee or officer of this city in connection with the enforcement of the parking regulations of this title shall, if done for the purpose of evading the provisions of this title, constitute such interference or obstruction. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.050, 1979)

10.12.060 Public employees.

The provisions of this title shall apply to the operator of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, this state, any county or city, and it shall be unlawful for any said operator to violate any of the provisions of this title except as otherwise permitted in this title or by the Vehicle Code. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.060, 1979)

10.12.070 Exemption of certain vehicles.

A.    The provisions of this title regulating the operation, parking and standing of vehicles shall not apply to vehicles operated by the public safety department, any public ambulance or any public utility vehicle or any private ambulance, which public utility vehicle or private ambulance has qualified as an authorized emergency vehicle, when any vehicle mentioned in this section is operated in the manner specified by the Vehicle Code in response to an emergency call.

B.    The foregoing exemptions shall not, however, relieve the operator of any such vehicle from obligation to exercise due care for the safety of others or the consequences of his wilful disregard of the safety of others.

C.    The provisions of this title regulating the parking or standing of vehicles shall not apply to any vehicle of a city department or public utility while necessarily in use for construction or repair work or any vehicle owned or operated by the United States Post Office Department while in use for the collection, transportation or delivery of United States mail. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.070, 1979)

10.12.080 Report of damage to certain property.

A.    The operator of a vehicle or the person in charge of any animal involved in any accident resulting in damage to any property publicly owned or owned by a public utility, including, but not limited to, any fire hydrant, parking meter, lighting post, telephone pole, electric light or power pole, or resulting in damage to any tree, traffic-control device or other property of a like nature located in or along any street, shall within twenty-four hours after such accident make a written report of such accident to the police department of this city.

B.    Every such report shall state the time when and the place where the accident took place, the name and address of the person owning and of the person operating or in charge of such vehicle or animal, the license number of every such vehicle, and shall briefly describe the property damage in such accident.

C.    The operator of any vehicle involved in an accident shall not be subject to the requirements or penalties of this section if and during the time he is physically incapable of making a report, but in such event he shall make a report as required in subsection A of this section within twenty-four hours after regaining ability to make such report. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.080, 1979)

10.12.090 Removal of vehicles.

Any regularly employed and salaried officer of the public safety department of this city may remove or cause to be removed:

A.    Any vehicle that has been parked or left standing upon a street or highway for seventy-two or more consecutive hours;

B.    Any vehicle which is parked or left standing upon a street or highway between the hours of seven a.m. and seven p.m. when such parking or standing is prohibited by ordinance or resolution of this city and signs are posted giving notice of such removal;

C.    Any vehicle which is parked or left standing upon a street or highway where the use of such street or highway or a portion thereof is necessary for the cleaning, repair or construction of the street or highway or for the installation of underground utilities or where the use of the street or highway or any portion thereof is authorized for a purpose other than the normal flow of traffic or where the use of the street or highway or any portion thereof is necessary for the movement of equipment, articles or structures of unusual size, and the parking of such vehicle would prohibit or interfere with such use or movement; provided, that signs giving notice that such vehicle may be removed are erected or placed at least twenty-four hours prior to the removal. (Ord. 79-15 § 10.12.090, 1979)