Chapter 10.48
TRAFFIC CONGESTION AREAS – CRUISING

Sections:

10.48.010    Definitions.

10.48.020    Designation of Traffic Congestion Areas.

10.48.030    Traffic Congestion Areas – Posting of Signs.

10.48.040    Traffic Congestion Areas Designation – Duration.

10.48.050    Traffic Congestion Areas – Violation.

10.48.060    Exemptions.

10.48.070    Violation – Penalty.

10.48.010 Definitions.

A.    "Cruising" is the repeated passage of a motor vehicle on or across a portion of a street or way open to the public.

B.    "Traffic congestion area" is any portion of a street or way open to the public affected by traffic congestion caused in whole or in part by cruising and declared to be a "traffic congestion area" by the Pierce County Sheriff, or his or her designee.

(Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)

10.48.020 Designation of Traffic Congestion Areas.

The Pierce County Sheriff, or his or her designee, shall declare all or a portion of a street or way open to the public to be a "traffic congestion area" when, in his or her discretion:

A.    Cruising has slowed average vehicular speed to less than one-half of the posted speed limit; or

B.    Cruising interferes with the ingress and egress of any vehicle being driven into and out of any location (e.g., parking lot) within a designated traffic congestion area; or

C.    Cruising interferes with buses or taxi cabs in areas containing public transit routes or stops.

D.    Cruising is likely to delay emergency vehicles from responding to locations within the designated traffic congestion area.

(Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)

10.48.030 Traffic Congestion Areas – Posting of Signs.

A.    When a street or way open to the public is designated a traffic congestion area pursuant to this Chapter, officers of the Pierce County Sheriff's Department shall post along the street or way so designated, in a conspicuous position, signs identifying the street or way open to the public as a traffic congestion area.

B.    The signs shall be placed so as to reasonably notify passing drivers that a motor vehicle passing through a designated traffic congestion area more than two times in the same direction within a 2-hour period is a violation of law.

C.    Signs identifying an area as a traffic congestion area shall be at least three feet by three feet and shall state: "NOTICE -- THIS IS A TRAFFIC CONGESTION AREA. THE DRIVER OF ANY VEHICLE PASSING THROUGH THIS AREA IN THE SAME DIRECTION MORE THAN TWO TIMES IN ANY 2-HOUR PERIOD SHALL BE GUILTY OF A MISDEMEANOR AND SUBJECT TO A PENALTY OF $250.00."

D.    The lettering of the phrase contained on the signs erected pursuant to this Chapter shall be two and a half inches in height and two inches in width and shall be of a reflective material so as to be visible in the evening hours.

(Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)

10.48.040 Traffic Congestion Areas Designation – Duration.

The designation of a street or a way open to the public as a traffic congestion area shall remain in effect for a period of 4 hours in any given 24 hour period, and may be extended for an additional 4-hour period by the Pierce County Sheriff when, in his or her discretion, such an extension will serve the public's health and/or safety interests. (Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)

10.48.050 Traffic Congestion Areas – Violation.

Except as provided for in PCC 10.48.060, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive or permit a motor vehicle under his or her control to pass more than two times in the same direction within any 2-hour period on a street or way open to the public and designated as a traffic congestion area in accordance with this Chapter. (Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)

10.48.060 Exemptions.

This Chapter shall not apply to:

A.    Any publicly-owned vehicle of any city, county, public district, state, or federal agency; or

B.    Any vehicle licensed for the purpose of public transportation, including but not limited to, buses and taxi cabs; or

C.    Any emergency vehicle, including but not limited to police cars, fire engines, ambulances, or tow trucks; or

D.    Any vehicle being driven within a designated traffic congestion area for necessary commercial or medical reasons; or

E.    Any person who can demonstrate that he or she lives within a designated traffic congestion area.

(Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)

10.48.070 Violation – Penalty.

Violation of this Chapter shall be a misdemeanor subject to a maximum penalty of $250.00. (Ord. 89-100 § 1 (part), 1989)