Chapter 10.04
TRAFFIC CODE

Sections:

10.04.010    Adoption of State Uniform Traffic Laws.

10.04.012    Adoption of State Uniform Traffic Bail Schedule.

10.04.013    State surcharges.

10.04.015    Starting parked vehicle.

10.04.020    Chief of police regulation authority.

10.04.030    Hazardous materials.

10.04.035    Handicapped parking.

10.04.040    Snow vehicles.

10.04.045    Off-highway vehicles.

10.04.050    Parking prohibitions during winter months.

10.04.055    Towing.

10.04.060    No-parking areas – Identification.

10.04.070    Additional regulations – Promulgation authority.

10.04.080    Prohibiting parking for longer than 24 hours.

10.04.090    Prohibiting parking that obstructs traffic.

10.04.100    Prohibiting parking in construction zones.

10.04.110    Use of compression or engine braking by vehicles prohibited.

10.04.120    Parking of trailers restricted.

10.04.130    Utility connections to vehicles prohibited.

10.04.150    Violation – Penalty.

10.04.010 Adoption of State Uniform Traffic Laws.

The city adopts all vehicle and traffic statutes and regulations of the state of Alaska, as they presently exist and as they may be revised in the future, as the traffic code for the city. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 383 § 3, 1988; Ord. 233 § 1, 1979; Ord. 214 § 3, 1978; Ord. 198 § 1, 1976; Ord. 190 § 1, 1974; 1978 code § 10.1)

10.04.012 Adoption of State Uniform Traffic Bail Schedule.

A. The city adopts as its traffic fine schedule the “Traffic Bail Forfeiture Schedule” and the “Oversize Vehicle Bail Forfeiture Schedule” in Administrative Rules 43.1 and 43.6 of the Alaska Rules of Court and any other bail forfeiture schedules relating to vehicles adopted by the Alaska Supreme Court.

B. In addition, the city adopts all amendments of those schedules that become effective after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter.

C. Citations for offenses listed on these schedules may be disposed of as provided in AS 12.25.195 through 12.25.230, without a court appearance, upon payment of the amounts listed plus the state surcharge required by AS 12.55.039 and 29.25.074.

D. If a person charged with one of these offenses appears in court and is found guilty, the penalty imposed for the offense may not exceed the amount listed for that offense on the schedule.

E. Citations charging these offenses must meet the requirements of Minor Offense Rule 3 of the Alaska Rules of Court.

F. If an offense is not listed on the fine schedule, the defendant must appear in court to answer to the charges. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 383 § 4, 1988)

10.04.013 State surcharges.

The city police may notify persons charged with motor vehicle violations that the state has imposed surcharges on traffic fines as stated in AS 12.55.039 and 28.05.151(c). (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 492 § 3, 1996)

10.04.015 Starting parked vehicle.

Repealed by Ord. 14-029. (Ord. 233 § 2, 1979)

10.04.020 Chief of police regulation authority.

A. The chief of police is empowered to enact traffic regulations for the city and to make and enforce temporary or experimental regulations to cover parking control or emergencies or special conditions.

B. Except for parking regulations, no such temporary or experimental regulations shall remain in effect for more than 90 days.

1. Every such temporary or experimental regulation shall be submitted to the city council at the council’s regular meeting prior to the enforcement of such regulation, and, in the event the council disapproves its enforcement, the police department shall not thereafter enforce such regulation. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 190 § 1, 1974; 1978 code § 10.200)

10.04.030 Hazardous materials.

Repealed by Ord. 14-029. (Ord. 525 § 8(1), 1997; Ord. 192 § 1, 1975; Ord. 190 § 1, 1974; 1978 code § 10.3)

10.04.035 Handicapped parking.

Repealed by Ord. 14-029. (Ord. 308 § 3, 1985)

10.04.040 Snow vehicles.

A. Snow vehicles, as defined by the regulations of the state, shall be transported or operated on public rights-of-way and public or private property only during such times and in such manner as is set forth in snow vehicle regulations proposed by the city manager and approved by the city council, but in no event shall snow vehicles be operated, equipped, licensed or registered other than in accordance with the statutes and regulations of the state pertaining to such vehicles and the drivers thereof.

B. Trailers used to transport snow vehicles shall comply with all applicable state licenses, equipment and operation regulations pertaining to such trailers.

C. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted fine schedule. (Ord. 16-004 § 3, 2016; Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 190 § 1, 1974; 1978 code § 10.2)

10.04.045 Off-highway vehicles.

A. Off-highway vehicles, as defined by the regulations of the state, shall be transported or operated on public rights-of-way and public or private property only during such times and in such manner as is set forth in off-highway vehicle regulations proposed by the city manager and approved by the city council, but in no event shall off-highway vehicles be operated, equipped, licensed or registered other than in accordance with the statutes and regulations of the state pertaining to such vehicles and the drivers thereof.

B. Trailers used to transport off-highway vehicles shall comply with all applicable state licenses, equipment and operation regulations pertaining to such trailers.

C. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted fine schedule. (Ord. 16-004 § 4, 2016; Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 244 § 1, 1981)

10.04.050 Parking prohibitions during winter months.

A. When an accumulation of two or more inches of snowfall or drifting snow conditions exist, overnight parking is prohibited during the period of 2:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. on all city streets and rights-of-way in commercial, industrial, or public districts to facilitate snow removal.

B. When an accumulation of two or more inches of snowfall or drifting snow conditions exist, parking is prohibited on all city streets and rights-of-way in all residential districts to facilitate snow removal.

C. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-039 § 3, 2015; Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 08-012 § 3, 2010; Ord. 497 § 3, 1996; Ord. 417 § 3, 1990; Ord. 331 § 3, 1986; Ord. 256 § 3, 1982; Ord. 198 § 1, 1976; Ord. 190 § 1, 1974; 1978 code § 10.300)

10.04.055 Towing.

A. Any vehicle in a city right-of-way parked in violation of PMC 10.04.050, 10.04.080, 10.04.090, or 10.04.100 shall be subject to impoundment by the city.

B. The costs of impounding, towing and storage of such vehicles will be charged or assessed by the city against the vehicle, the registered owner of the vehicle, any person who has acquired legal title to the vehicle from or through the registered owner and any person who has violated PMC 10.04.050, 10.04.080, 10.04.090, or 10.04.100.

C. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 577 § 3, 2001; Ord. 497 § 4,1996)

10.04.060 No-parking areas – Identification.

A. On city streets, roadways and alleys, the city shall paint the curb adjoining all no-parking and prohibited-parking areas yellow or shall post signs prohibiting parking on the curb adjoining no-parking and prohibited-parking areas in order to identify such restricted zones.

B. It is unlawful for any other person to paint the curbs or post no-parking signs in such restricted zones unless the person is given authority to do so by the city council.

C. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 376 § 3, 1987)

10.04.070 Additional regulations – Promulgation authority.

The city manager may promulgate additional regulations, provided, however, they are consistent with the 1984 Traffic Study as amended. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 376 § 4, 1987)

10.04.080 Prohibiting parking for longer than 24 hours.

A. No person may park a vehicle in any parking lot owned by the city, on any street or public right-of-way for longer than 24 consecutive hours, excluding Friday from 6:00 p.m. through Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

B. Residential Districts. Overnight parking of vehicles on any residential street or right-of-way without a designated parking lane is restricted to no more than 12 hours in any 48-hour period.

C. Overnight parking of commercial vehicles in excess of 16,000 pounds curb weight is prohibited in residential subdivisions.

D. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 08-012 § 4, 2010; Ord. 577 § 4, 2001)

10.04.090 Prohibiting parking that obstructs traffic.

A. City Streets. No person may park any vehicle on a street in a manner or under such conditions as to leave less than 14 feet of the roadway available for the free movement of vehicular traffic.

B. Alleys. No person may park a vehicle in an alley in a manner or under such conditions as to leave less than 14 feet of the alley available for the free movement of vehicular traffic.

C. Sidewalks. No person shall park a vehicle, whether attended or unattended, on a sidewalk except in compliance with the directions of a police officer.

D. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 08-012 § 5, 2010; Ord. 577 § 4, 2001)

10.04.100 Prohibiting parking in construction zones.

A. Parking is prohibited in marked construction zones.

B. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 14-029 § 3, 2014; Ord. 577 § 4, 2001)

10.04.110 Use of compression or engine braking by vehicles prohibited.

A. No person may use compression or engine braking, commonly known as “Jake” braking, while operating a motor vehicle within the Palmer city limits, unless such use is necessary to avoid imminent danger. For the purpose of this section, compression or engine braking refers to an engine attachment which converts a diesel engine into a power absorbing air compressor and when engaged operates to slow the vehicle.

B. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current, adopted budget. (Ord. 16-003 § 3, 2016)

10.04.120 Parking of trailers restricted.

A. No trailer or recreational vehicle of any sort shall be parked on any city street, alley, or right-of-way from 10:00 p.m. through 8:00 a.m.

B. This section does not apply from Friday evenings at 10:00 p.m. through Monday mornings at 8:00 a.m.

C. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current adopted budget. (Ord. 16-007 § 3, 2016)

10.04.130 Utility connections to vehicles prohibited.

A. No person shall permit, cause, or allow any electrical, water, sewer, gas, telephone or other utility connection (such as electrical cords, extension cords, hoses, cables, or other items) to encroach into any public right-of-way including across or above any street or sidewalk from a residential or commercial property, or a generator, to a vehicle.

B. A violation of this section is an offense punishable by the fine established in the current adopted budget. (Ord. 16-007 § 3, 2016)

10.04.150 Violation – Penalty.

Repealed by Ord. 14-029. (Ord. 376 § 5, 1987; Ord. 256 § 3, 1982)