Chapter 10.05
TRAFFIC CONTROL

Sections:

Article I. Motor Vehicle Act

10.05.010    Adoption of state provisions.

10.05.020    Citations to the code.

10.05.030    Prima facie speed – Posted streets.

10.05.040    Traffic control.

10.05.050    Stop and yield intersections.

10.05.060    Penalties.

10.05.070    Severability.

Article II. Additional Regulations

10.05.080    Driving animals on streets.

10.05.090    Truck routes.

10.05.100    Signs.

10.05.110    Prohibited acts.

10.05.120    Installation of additional speed bumps in city streets prohibited.

Article I. Motor Vehicle Act

10.05.010 Adoption of state provisions.

(1) Provisions of the Motor Vehicle Act Adopted. The Motor Vehicle Act, Title 41, Chapter 1a, Utah Code Annotated 1953, is hereby adopted as the traffic code for this city, except as such code may be altered or modified by the ordinances of this city, three copies of which have been filed for use and examination by the public in the office of the recorder. The foregoing notwithstanding, any provision of the Motor Vehicle Act which is punishable as a class B misdemeanor, a class A misdemeanor, or as a felony of any kind is not adopted under this article. [Amended during 2011 recodification. Code 1997 § 11-3-21.]

10.05.020 Citations to the code.

Where a citation or complaint is issued, it shall be sufficient to use the number of the Utah Code Annotated 1953 followed by “the ordinances of Riverton City” to show the section of the ordinance of the city which has been violated. [Code 1997 § 11-3-22.]

10.05.030 Prima facie speed – Posted streets.

(1) When appropriate street signs giving notice of the maximum permitted speed thereon are posted, the prima facie speed limits designated shall apply to the appropriate streets or portions of streets so posted.

(2) In the absence of any speed limit sign designating a speed limit applicable thereto, the prima facie speed limits on the streets of this city shall be 30 miles per hour. [Amended during 2011 recodification. Code 1997 § 11-3-23.]

10.05.040 Traffic control.

The traffic control and regulation of all public streets shall be as posted, regulated or controlled by appropriate traffic control devices, signs or other regulatory devices or controls. [Code 1997 § 11-3-24.]

10.05.050 Stop and yield intersections.

When appropriate traffic control or regulatory signs are posted at entrances to intersections identifying them as stop or yield entrances, such streets are hereby declared to be stop entrances as designated by the signs. [Code 1997 § 11-3-26.]

10.05.060 Penalties.

Any person violating, causing or permitting violation of any provision of this article shall be guilty of a class C misdemeanor. [Amended during 2011 recodification. Code 1997 § 11-3-28.]

10.05.070 Severability.

The provisions of this article and the provisions adopted or incorporated by reference are severable. [Code 1997 § 11-3-29.]

Article II. Additional Regulations

10.05.080 Driving animals on streets.

(1) Every person who drives any herd of sheep or band of horses, cattle or other animals upon any public street or highway without first obtaining a permit from the chief of police to do so is guilty of a class C misdemeanor.

(2) No person shall drive livestock through this city upon streets not designated for that purpose except upon permission and according to the direction of the chief of police. [Amended during 2011 recodification. Code 1997 § 11-3-31.]

10.05.090 Truck routes.

(1) Definitions. For purposes of this chapter, the following words shall have the meaning described below:

(a) “Park” means causing a vehicle to stand unattended for any amount of time or to stand attended for five minutes within 30 feet of the same point, or to permit a vehicle so to stand when it is within one’s power to prevent it from so standing. In determining whether a vehicle is parked, it is immaterial whether or not its motor is running. A vehicle is attended when its driver is inside it or within 20 feet of it.

(b) “Public street” means any street, road or public way, title to which is held by the city in fee or as a right-of-way, and which is used for vehicular traffic.

(c) “Truck” means a privately owned motor vehicle licensed for more than 24,000 pounds gross weight or with a rated capacity of two tons or more, or having a total length in excess of 24 feet. “Truck” also means any vehicle carrying more than 100 gallons of flammable liquid or more than five pounds of dynamite or other explosive of comparable blasting power, or more than 50 gallons or 50 pounds of highly corrosive freight. In determining the total gross weight or total length set forth in this definition, the length shall be measured from the most forward point of the vehicle or its load, and the length or weight of a trailer connected or attached to or in tandem with the motor vehicle shall be included.

(2) Designated Routes. The following public streets are designated truck routes:

Street

From

To

1300 West

12555 South

13650 South

2700 West

11800 South

13800 South

3600 West

11800 South

13400 South

4000 West

11800 South

13400 South

4570 West

12600 South

13800 South

Riverton Blvd

4570 West

13400 South

11800 South

Redwood

4600 West

12600 South

4000 West

4570 West

13200 South

1300 West

1700 West

13200 South

4000 West

5000 West

13400 South

Redwood

5200 West

13800 South

3600 West

4800 West

(3) Temporary Routes. The city manager may designate additional truck routes for temporary use during a period not exceeding 30 days when road repairs or other obstructions block any of the above established truck routes. The city manager has the discretion to establish such temporary truck routes; provided, that the designation is reported to the city council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

(4) General Prohibition. No truck shall move upon any public street not designated as a truck route, except as permitted in this section.

(5) Subdivision Construction. A truck may move upon any public street when such movement is necessary to arrive at the site of construction of a new subdivision; provided, that the subdivision has received preliminary plat approval from the city council.

(6) Construction of a Residence or Other Structure. A truck may move upon any public street when such movement is necessary to arrive at the site of construction of a new residence or other structure; provided, that the new residence or other structure has received a building permit from the planning department.

(7) Improvements to Real Property.

(a) A truck may move upon any public street when such movement is necessary to provide improvements to real property; provided, that no more than five truck loads may be transported to the property in a 30-day period.

(b) The city manager may, at his or her discretion, in writing, designate for temporary use an additional truck route for use during a period not to exceed 30 days, when such truck movement is necessary to provide improvements to real property; provided, that the truck owner agrees to hold harmless the city from any damage or expense incurred by the city from the use of the owner’s trucks on the streets of the city comprising the temporary truck route; and provided, that the designation is reported to the city council at its next regularly scheduled meeting.

(8) Pickup and Delivery. A truck may move upon any public street when such movement is necessary to pick up or deliver freight to or from locations not situated along a designated truck route. Garbage trucks and other public vehicles may move upon any public street.

(9) Truck Storage. The operator of a truck may operate the truck on a public street which is not a designated truck route under the following conditions:

(a) The operator of the truck is the owner or a tenant of property within Riverton City;

(b) The operator is operating the truck on a public street not designated as a truck route for the purpose of storing the truck on the operator’s property, or for the purpose of removing the vehicle from storage on the operator’s property;

(c) The route taken by the operator is the shortest possible distance of travel between the operator’s property and a designated truck route; and

(d) The operator of the truck is not otherwise prohibited from storing the truck on the operator’s property under Utah law or the Riverton City Code.

(10) Signs. Signs with the words “truck route” shall be posted on public streets designated truck routes at the point where such routes enter the city.

(11) Violation of this section shall be punishable as a class C misdemeanor. [Ord. 14-04 § 1; amended during 2011 recodification; Ord. 08-25 § 1; Ord. 08-23 § 1. Code 1997 § 11-3-35.]

10.05.100 Signs.

The city council may authorize or direct any person employed by the city to erect or install any sign or traffic control device required to enforce the provisions of this chapter. [Code 1997 § 11-3-42.]

10.05.110 Prohibited acts.

(1) It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle with such lack of due care and in such negligent manner as to cause the same to collide with any vehicle, person or object. This subsection shall be punishable as a class C misdemeanor.

(2) The following, together with or in addition to any other vehicles parked in violation of any ordinance of the city or the laws of the state of Utah, are hereby declared to be nuisances and punishable as an infraction:

(a) Any unattended vehicle stopped, standing or parked in violation of any of the provisions of this code;

(b) Any unattended vehicle found upon the streets or alleys of the city with faulty or defective equipment;

(c) Any vehicle left unattended upon any bridge, viaduct or at any subway where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic;

(d) Any vehicle left unattended upon a street or alley and so parked illegally as to constitute a definite hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic;

(e) Any vehicle left parked in the same place on any street or alley continuously for 21 hours;

(f) Any vehicle the driver of which has been taken into custody by the sheriff’s department under such circumstances as would leave such vehicle unattended in a street, alley or restricted parking area;

(g) Any vehicle found being driven on the streets not in a proper condition to be driven; or

(h) Any vehicle found so parked as to constitute a fire hazard or an obstruction to fire fighting apparatus.

(3) It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle on the streets of Riverton City without keeping a reasonable and proper lookout for other traffic, persons or objects. Violation of this subsection shall be punishable as a class C misdemeanor.

(4) It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle when it is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat such number of persons, exceeding three, as to obstruct the view of the driver to the front or sides of the vehicle or when the above conditions interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle. Moreover, no passenger in a vehicle shall ride in such position as to interfere with the driver’s view ahead or to the sides, or in such a way as to interfere with the driver’s control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle. Violation of this subsection shall be punishable as a class C misdemeanor. [Amended during 2011 recodification. Code 1997 §§ 11-3-47-2 – 11-3-47-5.]

10.05.120 Installation of additional speed bumps in city streets prohibited.

(1) The installation of additional speed humps, or speed bumps, or speed tables in any city street, whether a part of new residential development or under other circumstances, is hereby prohibited.

(2) The city public works director shall complete an inventory of speed humps and speed bumps already installed within city streets to ensure that all speed humps or speed bumps are recorded as existing upon the date of October 1, 2018.

(3) All speed humps found to have been installed in a city street after the date of October 1, 2018, shall be deemed unlawful and subject to removal by the city public works director. [Ord. 18-29 § 1.]