Chapter 10.04


10.04.010    Applicability.

10.04.020    Alley.

10.04.030    Brake.

10.04.040    Centerline.

10.04.050    County Road.

10.04.060    Crosswalk.

10.04.070    Highway.

10.04.080    Laned Highway.

10.04.090    Marked Crosswalk.

10.04.100    Motorcycle.

10.04.110    Motor Vehicle.

10.04.120    Multiple Lane Highway.

10.04.130    Operator or Driver.

10.04.140    Pedestrian.

10.04.150    Private Road or Driveway.

10.04.160    Public Highway.

10.04.170    Roadway.

10.04.180    School Bus.

10.04.190    Sidewalk.

10.04.200    Traffic.

10.04.210    Traffic-Control Devices and Official Traffic-Control Devices.

10.04.220    Traffic-Control Signal.

10.04.230    Vehicle.

10.04.010 Applicability.

The provisions of this Chapter shall apply to and govern the operation of vehicles and the conduct of pedestrians on every public highway, or part thereof, within Pierce County, except those public highways or portions thereof which are within the corporate limits of cities and towns. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010 (part))

10.04.020 Alley.

"Alley" means a public highway not designed for general travel and used primarily as a means of access to the rear of residences and business establishments. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010 (A))

10.04.030 Brake.

"Brake" means any device used for slowing, halting or stopping the movement of any motor vehicle. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(B))

10.04.040 Centerline.

"Centerline" means the line, marked or unmarked, parallel to and equidistant from the sides of the roadway of a public highway. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(C))

10.04.050 County Road.

"County road" means every public highway or part thereof, outside the limits of cities and towns publicly maintained, and which has not been designated as a state highway. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(D))

10.04.060 Crosswalk.

"Crosswalk" means the portion of a roadway between the intersection area and prolongation or connection of the farthest sidewalk line or in the event there are no sidewalks then between the intersection area and a line 10 feet therefrom, except as modified by a marked crosswalk. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code 46.04.010(E))

10.04.070 Highway.

"Highway" means the entire width between the boundary lines of every publicly maintained way when any part thereof is open to the public's use for purposes of vehicular travel. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(F))

10.04.080 Laned Highway.

"Laned highway" means a highway the roadway of which is divided into clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(G))

10.04.090 Marked Crosswalk.

"Marked crosswalk" means any portion of a roadway distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface thereof. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(H))

10.04.100 Motorcycle.

"Motorcycle" means every motor vehicle having a saddle for the rider's use and designed to travel on not more that three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a farm tractor. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(J))

10.04.110 Motor Vehicle.

"Motor vehicle" means every vehicle which is self-propelled and includes every device capable of being moved upon a public highway and in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported upon a county road. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(I))

10.04.120 Multiple Lane Highway.

"Multiple lane highway" means any public highway the roadway of which is of sufficient width to reasonably accommodate four or more separate lanes of vehicular traffic, two or more lanes in each direction, each lane of which shall be not less than eight feet in width and whether or not the lanes are marked and whether or not the lanes of opposite bound traffic are separated by a neutral zone or other centerline marking. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(K))

10.04.130 Operator or Driver.

"Operator" or "driver" means any person in actual physical control of a vehicle upon a public highway. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(L))

10.04.140 Pedestrian.

"Pedestrian" means any person afoot. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(M))

10.04.150 Private Road or Driveway.

"Private road or driveway" means every way or place in private ownership and used for travel of vehicles by the owner or those having permission from the owner, but not by other persons. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(N))

10.04.160 Public Highway.

"Public highway" means every way, lane, road, street, boulevard and place open as a matter of right to public vehicular traffic. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(O))

10.04.170 Roadway.

"Roadway" means the paved, improved, or proper driving portion of a public highway designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(P))

10.04.180 School Bus.

"School bus" means every motor vehicle used regularly to transport children to and from school or in connection with school activities, which is subject to the requirements set forth in the most recent edition of "Specifications for School Buses" published by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, but not including buses operated by common carriers in urban transportation of school children. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(Q))

10.04.190 Sidewalk.

"Sidewalk" means that property between the curb lines or the lateral lines of a roadway and the adjacent property, set aside and intended for the use of pedestrians, or private property parallel and in proximity to a public highway and dedicated to use by pedestrians. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(R))

10.04.200 Traffic.

"Traffic" means pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles and other conveyances either singly or together, while using any public highway for purpose of travel. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(S))

10.04.210 Traffic-Control Devices and Official Traffic-Control Devices.

"Traffic-control devices and official traffic-control devices" means all signs, signals, markings and devices placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(U))

10.04.220 Traffic-Control Signal.

"Traffic-control signal" means any traffic device, whether manually, electrically, or mechanically operated, by which traffic alternately is directed to stop or proceed or is otherwise controlled. (Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(T))

10.04.230 Vehicle.

"Vehicle" means every device capable of being moved upon a public highway and in, upon, or by which any persons or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway, including bicycles. The term does not include devices other than bicycles moved by human or animal power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. Bicycles shall not be considered vehicles for purposes of PCC 10.12.020, 10.12.030, and 10.12.040. (Ord. 93-128 § 1, 1994; Ord. 84-116 § 1 (part), 1984; prior Code § 46.04.010(V))