Chapter 10.27


10.27.010    Declaration of purpose.

10.27.020    Scope and construction of terms.

10.27.030    Definitions.

10.27.040    Prohibited hours and areas.

10.27.050    Notice and posting of signs.

10.27.060    Violations - Penalty.

10.27.010 Declaration of purpose.

It is hereby declared by board of county commissioners, that the use of compression brakes in some residential areas within the corporate limits of Lewis County disturbs the peace and quiet and disturbs the residents of the county in their rest and in the enjoyment of their property, and by reason thereof, the board of county commissioners finds that the use of such brakes in designated areas to be a public nuisance. [Ord. 1182 § 2, 2003]

10.27.020 Scope and construction of terms.

Terms used in this chapter shall have that meaning given to them in this RCW Title 46, except as expressly defined herein; and where not defined herein shall have that meaning clearly indicated by the context in which such term is used. [Ord. 1182 § 2, 2003]

10.27.030 Definitions.

(1) “Brake” means any device used for slowing, halting or stopping the movement of any motor vehicle.

(2) “Compression brakes” means motor vehicle brakes which are activated or worked by the compression of the engine of the motor vehicle. [Ord. 1182 §2, 2003]

(3) “Motor vehicle” includes automobiles, tractors, trucks, trailers and transportation equipment of all kinds and sizes or any combination or combinations of the foregoing. [Ord. 1182 § 2, 2003]

10.27.040 Prohibited hours and areas.

Between the hours of 10:00 pm and 6:00 am Pacific Time, on each and every day of the year, the use of compression brakes in the following designated areas within the corporate limits of Lewis County is prohibited:

(1) Gore Road from the intersection of La Due Cemetery Road westerly to its terminus at Leonard Road. [Ord. 1182 § 2, 2003]

10.27.050 Notice and posting of signs.

(1) The Lewis County department of public works shall, as soon as possible following the effective date of the creation of a designated area for compression brake restrictions under LCC 10.27.040, but in any event, not more than 30 days thereafter, erect signs upon all county roads approaching or entering said compression brake restriction area.

(2) The signs shall be of a size and character to be readily visible and readable, declaring that “Compression Brake Use Prohibited between hours of 10 PM and 6 AM,” and referencing the county code chapter and briefly setting forth the penalty for violation. [Ord. 1182 § 2, 2003]

10.27.060 Violation - Penalty.

Violation of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished as provided for in RCW 9A.20.021(3). It shall not be deemed a misdemeanor if an emergency situation exists and the use of compression brakes is necessary for the protection of persons or property. [Ord. 1182 § 2, 2003]