Chapter 10.20
CRUISING*

Sections:

10.20.010    Definitions.

10.20.020    Acts constituting cruising prohibited.

10.20.030    No-cruising areas – Determination.

10.20.040    No-cruising areas – City Council resolution required.

10.20.050    No-cruising areas – Posting of signs.

10.20.060    Third passage constitutes violation.

10.20.070    Exceptions.

10.20.080    Violation – Penalty.

*Prior legislation: Ord. 63-98.

10.20.010 Definitions.

As used within this chapter, the following words and terms have the following definitions:

(1) “No-cruising area” means an area designated by the Police Chief or his designee and by City Council resolution, in which acts constituting cruising, as set forth in CMC 10.20.020, are prohibited.

(2) “Traffic control point” means any point or points within a no-cruising area established by the police department for the purpose of monitoring cruising. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.020 Acts constituting cruising prohibited.

Between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., no person shall drive or permit a motor vehicle under his care, custody or control to be driven past a traffic control point more than two times in the same direction of travel within a one-hour period in or around a posted no-cruising area so as to contribute to traffic congestion, obstruction of streets, sidewalks or parking lots, impediment of access to shopping centers or other buildings open to the public, or interference with the use of property or conduct of business in the area adjacent thereto. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.030 No-cruising areas – Determination.

The Police Chief or his designee shall determine when an area has become so congested by traffic as to present a danger of traffic congestion, obstruction of streets, sidewalks or parking lots, impediment of access to shopping centers or other buildings open to the public, or interference with the use of property or conduct of business in the area adjacent thereto or that emergency vehicles cannot respond in that area within a reasonable period of time. The Police Chief or his designee shall then direct that the no-cruising signs shall be erected or installed and maintained until the congestion has lessened to an acceptable degree, as determined by the Police Chief or his designee. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.040 No-cruising areas – City Council resolution required.

No area shall be designated or posted as a no-cruising area except upon the passage of a resolution by the City Council specifically mandating said designation and posting for a particular area. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.050 No-cruising areas – Posting of signs.

At every point where a public street or alley becomes or provides ingress to a no-cruising area, there shall be posted a sign which designates the no-cruising area. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.060 Third passage constitutes violation.

No violation of this chapter shall occur except upon the third passage by the same traffic-control point in the same direction of travel within the aforementioned one-hour period between the hours of 7:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.070 Exceptions.

This chapter shall not apply to:

(1) Any publicly owned vehicle of any city, County, public district, State or Federal agency;

(2) Any vehicle licensed for public transportation, including but not limited to buses and taxi cabs;

(3) Any in-service emergency vehicle; and

(4) Any vehicle being driven for necessary commercial or medical reasons. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)

10.20.080 Violation – Penalty.

A violation of this chapter shall be a civil infraction and shall be punished by a fine of $75.00, inclusive of statutory assessments. (Ord. 67-98 § 1)