Chapter 9.24


9.24.010    Definitions.

9.24.015    California Vehicle Code applicable.

9.24.020    Driving unlawful without license.

9.24.030    Speed limit on private roads.

9.24.040    Stopping at intersections.

9.24.050    Following too closely.

9.24.060    Reckless driving.

9.24.070    Parking and standing vehicles.

9.24.080    Private ownership and maintenance of roads designated under this chapter.

9.24.010 Definitions.

“Private road” or “private roads,” as either term is used in this chapter, means and shall refer only to those privately owned roads which are shown as private roads on maps filed in the County Recorder’s office in the following Map Books: Volume 25, page 15; Volume 26, page 8; Volume 26, page 19; Volume 33, page 58; Volume 34, page 11; Volume 34, page 69; Volume 36, page 19; Volume 28, page 73; Volume 31, page 14. [Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 2350, 1976; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.010].

9.24.015 California Vehicle Code applicable.

Pursuant to California Vehicle Code Section 21107.5, the California Vehicle Code is hereby rendered applicable in its entirety (including, without limitation, the requirements set forth in the following sections) to the private roads described in SCCC 9.24.010. [Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989].

9.24.020 Driving unlawful without license.

No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon a private road unless they hold a driver’s license issued under the provisions of the California Vehicle Code, except such persons as are expressly exempted under the California Vehicle Code. [Ord. 5316 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.070].

9.24.030 Speed limit on private roads.

A prima facie speed limit of 25 miles per hour applies to private roads. [Ord. 5316 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.030].

9.24.040 Stopping at intersections.

Every person driving a vehicle upon a private road shall stop such vehicle at the nearest intersecting line of an intersecting roadway when a stop sign, substantially conforming to the requirements of the California Vehicle Code for such signs, is erected at such intersecting roadway, and shall not proceed until such movement can be made in safety. [Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.040].

9.24.050 Following too closely.

The driver of a vehicle upon a private road shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable or prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the roadway. [Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.050].

9.24.060 Reckless driving.

No person shall drive any vehicle upon private roads in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property. [Ord. 5316 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.050].

9.24.070 Parking and standing vehicles.

No person shall stop, park or leave standing any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, upon the main traveled portion of a private road, when it is practicable to stop, park or leave such vehicle off the main traveled portion. Whenever a vehicle is stopped on a private road, an unobstructed width adjacent to the standing vehicle shall be left for the free passage of other vehicles, and a clear view of the stopped vehicle shall be available from a distance of 200 feet in each direction along the roadway. This section shall not apply to the driver of any vehicle which is disabled. [Ord. 5316 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989; Ord. 732, 1961; prior code § 10.65.060].

9.24.080 Private ownership and maintenance of roads designated under this chapter.

The Director of the Department of Public Works may impose reasonable conditions on the use of private roads and may authorize the owners to erect traffic signs, signals, markings and devices which conform to the uniform standards and specifications adopted by the State Department of Transportation. The owners of any private road shall bear all reasonable costs associated with the signing, maintenance and operation of such road. [Ord. 5316 § 4, 2019; Ord. 3972 § 1, 1989].