Chapter 10.20


10.20.010    Use of coasters, roller skates, and similar devices restricted.

10.20.020    Display of unauthorized signs, signals or markings.

10.20.030    Backing vehicle into or out of alley.

10.20.040    Railroad trains not to block streets.

10.20.060    Horses prohibited on arterials.

10.20.070    Jaywalking prohibited.

10.20.080    Driving through funeral or other procession.

10.20.090    Avoiding compliance with traffic devices prohibited.

10.20.110    Drinking in a public conveyance.

10.20.120    Inattentive driving.

10.20.130    State traffic statute adopted by reference.

10.20.010 Use of coasters, roller skates, and similar devices restricted.

No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicles, or similar device, shall go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk and when so crossing such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 920 § 3, 1979).

10.20.020 Display of unauthorized signs, signals or markings.

A.    This section shall not be deemed to prohibit the erection upon private property adjacent to streets or highways of signs giving useful directional information and of a type that cannot be mistaken for an official sign.

B.    Every sign, signal or marking prohibited by this section is declared to be a public nuisance and the city council is empowered to remove the same or cause it to be removed without notice.

C.    No sign(s) and/or advertising display(s) shall be so situated adjacent to the public right-of-way so as to impair vision affecting the safe flow of traffic upon the public right-of-way, and this section shall apply whether or not said sign(s) and/or display(s) shall be located on or off private property, and in the event said sign(s) and/or display(s) be located on private property, then subsection D of this section shall be applicable.

D.    No person shall place, or authorize to be placed, or allow the continued placement of any temporary sign on any part of the public right-of-way except an approved traffic-control device or street sign under the provisions of this code. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996).

10.20.030 Backing vehicle into or out of alley.

No operator shall back a vehicle into or out of an alley except when same is obstructed. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 920 § 3, 1979).

10.20.040 Railroad trains not to block streets.

It is unlawful for the directing officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of or to operate the same in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for purposes of travel for a period of time longer than five minutes, except that this provision shall not apply to trains or cars in motion other than those engaged in switching. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 920 § 3, 1979).

10.20.060 Horses prohibited on arterials.

No person shall ride, lead or drive any horse, whether shod or not, upon any street or sidewalk within the right-of-way of any traffic arterial except where signs are erected by the city giving notice of horse crossing, or when otherwise permitted by the public works director. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1218 § 2, 1986; Ord. 920 § 3, 1979).

10.20.070 Jaywalking prohibited.

Pedestrians shall not cross the roadway at any point between intersections in the central business district, or any arterial or between adjacent intersections of streets governed by stop signs, except at marked crosswalks or other places specifically provided. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996).

10.20.080 Driving through funeral or other procession.

No operator of a vehicle shall drive between or follow at such close proximity as to appear to be a part of any vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this title. This provision shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic-control signals unless a police officer is present at such intersections to direct traffic so as to preserve the continuity of the funeral or other authorized procession. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 920 § 3, 1979).

10.20.090 Avoiding compliance with traffic devices prohibited.

No person shall drive a motor vehicle over public or private property in order to avoid compliance with a traffic-control device. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 983 § 6, 1980).

10.20.110 Drinking in a public conveyance.

Every person who drinks any intoxicating liquor in any public conveyance, except in a compartment or place where sold or served under the authority of a license lawfully issued, is guilty of a misdemeanor. With respect to a public conveyance that is commercially chartered for group use, and with respect to a for-hire vehicle licensed under city, county or state law, this section applies only to the driver of the vehicle. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1089 § 3, 1983).

10.20.120 Inattentive driving.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle within the city in an inattentive manner. For the purposes of this section, “inattentive manner” means the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner which evidences a lack of the degree of attentiveness required to safely operate the vehicle under the prevailing conditions, including but not limited to the nature and condition of the roadway, presence of other traffic, presence of pedestrians and weather conditions. The offense of operating a motor vehicle in an inattentive manner shall be considered to be a lesser offense than, but included in the offense of, operating a motor vehicle in a negligent manner, and shall be an infraction subject to the penalty provided in the applicable bail schedule adopted by the district court. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1156 § 1, 1984).

10.20.130 State traffic statute adopted by reference.

The following state traffic statutes are hereby adopted by reference:

A.    RCW 46.61.688, Safety belts, use required – Penalties – Exemptions.

B.    RCW 46.30.020, Liability insurance or other financial responsibility required – Violations – Exceptions.

C.    RCW 46.30.040, Display of identification card or proof of financial responsibility – Penalty for falsification.

D.    Chapter 210, Section 4 of the Laws of 1990. (Ord. 1627 § 1, 1996; Ord. 1386 § 1, 1990; Ord. 1376 § 1, 1990; Ord. 1248 § 1, 1987).