Chapter 10.12
ENFORCEMENT AND OBEDIENCE
TO TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

Sections:

10.12.010    Traffic direction—Police and fire department officials authority.

10.12.020    Persons other than officials shall not direct traffic.

10.12.030    Obedience to traffic regulations—Required.

10.12.040    Obedience to traffic regulations—Persons riding bicycles or animals.

10.12.050    Obstruction or interference with police or authorized officers prohibited.

10.12.060    Public employees to obey traffic regulations.

10.12.070    Exemption of certain vehicles.

10.12.080    Report of damage to certain property required.

10.12.090    Removal of vehicles from street by police officers permitted when.

10.12.100    Vehicles deemed in violation of Section 10.12.090 if not moved a minimum of five hundred feet from initial parking space before being parked again.

10.12.010 Traffic direction—Police and fire department officials authority.

Officers of the police department and such employees as are assigned by the chief of police are authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, audible or other signals in conformance with traffic laws, except that in the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians officers and employees of the police department, or members of the fire department, may direct traffic as conditions may require, notwithstanding that provisions to the contrary are contained in this title or the Vehicle Code. (Prior code § 3202)

10.12.020 Persons other than officials shall not direct traffic.

No person other than an officer of the police department or members of the fire department or a person authorized by the chief of police 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 provided in this title, any mechanical pushbutton signal erected by order of the public works director or their designee(s). (Ord. 1628 § 4, 2016: prior code § 3202.1)

10.12.030 Obedience to traffic regulations—Required.

It is a misdemeanor or infraction for any person driving any vehicle or other conveyance upon any street, or any pedestrian, to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required as applicable to any such person under this title. (Prior code § 3202.2)

10.12.040 Obedience to traffic regulations—Persons riding bicycles or animals.

Every person riding a bicycle or riding or driving an animal upon a highway shall be granted 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. (Prior code § 3202.3)

10.12.050 Obstruction or interference with police or authorized officers prohibited.

No person shall interfere with or obstruct in any way any police 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 police 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. (Prior code § 3202.4)

10.12.060 Public employees to obey traffic regulations.

The provisions of this title shall apply to the operation of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States government, this state, any county or city, and it is 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. (Prior code § 3202.5)

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 police or fire departments, 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 subsection is operated in the manner specified in the Vehicle Code in response to an emergency call.

B. The exemption set out in subsection A of this section 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 or her wilful disregard to 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 Postal Service while in use for the collection, transportation or delivery of the United States mail. (Prior code § 3202.6)

10.12.080 Report of damage to certain property required.

A. The operator of any 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 or she is physically incapable of making a report, but in such event he or she shall make a report as required in subsection A of this section within twenty-four hours after regaining ability to make such report. (Prior code § 3202.7)

10.12.090 Removal of vehicles from street by police officers permitted when.

Any regularly employed and salaried officer or designated employee of the police 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 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 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 vehicles 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;

D. Any vehicle which is blocking designated fire lanes or alleys where parking is prohibited. (Prior code § 3202.8)

10.12.100 Vehicles deemed in violation of Section 10.12.090 if not moved a minimum of five hundred feet from initial parking place before being parked again.

For the purposes of enforcement of Section 10.12.090, a vehicle is in violation if, once it has been parked or left standing upon a street, it is not moved a minimum distance of five hundred feet from the initial parking place before being again parked. (Prior code § 3202.9)