Chapter 10.20


10.20.010    Driving through funeral or other procession.

10.20.020    Operators in a procession.

10.20.030    Funeral procession identification.

10.20.040    Parade and procession permits.

10.20.050    Driving on sidewalk.

10.20.060    Opening and closing vehicle doors.

10.20.070    Clinging to moving vehicles.

10.20.080    Repealed.

10.20.090    Authorized emergency vehicles.

10.20.100    Boarding or alighting from vehicles.

10.20.110    Unlawful riding.

10.20.120    Railroad trains not to block streets.

10.20.130    Mandatory liability insurance.

10.20.140    Compression brakes prohibited.

10.20.150    Inattentive driving.

10.20.160    Temporary street closure in undeveloped plat areas authorized.

10.20.010 Driving through funeral or other procession.

No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession when 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 intersection to direct traffic so as to preserve the continuity of the funeral procession. (Ord. 1522 § 40, 1968).

10.20.020 Operators in a procession.

Each operator in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand edge of the roadway as practical and shall follow the vehicle ahead as close as is practical and safe. (Ord. 1522 § 41, 1968).

10.20.030 Funeral procession identification.

A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia or by such other method as may be determined and designated by the traffic division. (Ord. 1522 § 42, 1968).

10.20.040 Parade and procession permits.

With the exception of funeral processions and parades of the armed forces of the United States or the military forces of this state, no processions or parades shall be conducted on the city streets and the persons or groups to whom such permits are issued shall only occupy, march, or proceed along any street in accordance with a permit issued by the chief of police and other regulations as are set forth herein which may be applicable. (Ord. 1522 § 43, 1968).

10.20.050 Driving on sidewalk.

The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except at a permanent or temporary driveway. (Ord. 1522 § 44, 1968).

10.20.060 Opening and closing vehicle doors.

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. (Ord. 1522 § 44.1, 1968).

10.20.070 Clinging to moving vehicles.

Any person riding upon any bicycle, motorcycle, coaster, sled, roller skates, or any toy vehicle shall not attach the same or himself to any moving vehicle upon any roadway. (Ord. 1522 § 45, 1968).

10.20.080 Use of coasters, roller skates, and similar devices.

Repealed by Ord. 2625. (Ord. 1522 § 11, 1968).

10.20.090 Authorized emergency vehicles.

(1) The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call of when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or when responding to but not upon returning from a fire alarm, may exercise the privileges set forth in this section, but subject to the conditions herein stated.

(2) The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:

(a) Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this title;

(b) Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;

(c) Exceed the speed limits prescribed herein so long as he does not endanger life or property;

(d) Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified direction.

(3) The exemptions herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any said vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren, or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of 500 feet to the front of such vehicle, except that an authorized emergency vehicle operated as a police vehicle need not be equipped with or display a red light visible from in front of the vehicle. (Ord. 1522 § 12, 1968).

10.20.100 Boarding or alighting from vehicles.

No person shall board or alight from any vehicle while such vehicle is in motion. (Ord. 1522 § 46, 1968).

10.20.110 Unlawful riding.

No person shall ride on any vehicle upon any portion thereof not designated or intended for the use of passengers. This provision shall not apply to an employee engaged in the necessary discharge of a duty, or to persons riding within truck bodies intended for merchandise. (Ord. 1522 § 47, 1968).

10.20.120 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. 1522 § 48, 1968).

10.20.130 Mandatory liability insurance.

The following provisions of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), as existing on the effective date of the ordinance codified in this section, and as hereafter amended, are adopted by reference as part of this chapter in all respects as though such sections were set forth herein in full: RCW 46.30.010, 46.30.020, 46.30.030, 46.30.040, 46.30.900 and 46.30.901. (Ord. 2228 § 1, 1990).

10.20.140 Compression brakes prohibited.

(1) No person shall use motor vehicle brakes within the city limits of the city of Puyallup which are in any way activated or operated by the compression of the engine of any such motor vehicle or any unit or part thereof. It shall be an affirmative defense to prosecution under this section that said compression brakes were applied in an emergency and were necessary for the protection of persons and/or property.

(2) Any person violating the provisions of this section shall have committed a traffic infraction with a penalty not to exceed $150.00.

(3) The city engineer is authorized and directed to post appropriate signs consistent with the provisions of this section. (Ord. 2229 §§ 1 – 3, 1990).

10.20.150 Inattentive driving.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in an inattentive manner over any public rights-of-way of the city.

(2) For purposes of this section, the phrase “inattentive driving” shall be given its common meaning, to include, without limitation, the operation of a vehicle upon the public rights-of-way of the city in a manner that can be described as showing no interest; careless; negligent; thoughtless; unmindful; unobservant; heedless; absentminded; distracted; unaware; lax; or slack.

(3) The offense of operating a vehicle in an inattentive manner shall be considered to be a lesser offense than, but included in the offense of, operating a vehicle in a negligent manner.

(4) A violation of this section shall be a traffic infraction punishable by a monetary penalty of $250.00. (Ord. 2836 § 1, 2005).

10.20.160 Temporary street closure in undeveloped plat areas authorized.

The city manager or his designee is authorized to direct the temporary closure of any public street, or portion thereof, in an undeveloped plat area when such temporary closure is deemed necessary to protect the public health, safety, peace and welfare. Such temporary closure of a public street, or portion thereof, may be made by fence or other reasonable means authorized by the city manager or his or her designee, and shall be posted on or adjacent to any fence, gate, barricade, or other means of street closure utilized to prohibit individuals from entering or remaining on said public streets.

Individuals entering or remaining on any public street closed pursuant to the authority of this section shall be deemed to be trespassing; provided, however, this provision shall not apply to the owner, or an authorized agent or invitee of the owner, of an undeveloped parcel served by said closed street. (Ord. 2931 § 2, 2009).