Words and phrases, when used in this chapter, except for articles to which different or additional definitions apply, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in the Vehicle Code of Pennsylvania (75 Pa.C.S.A. § 101 et seq.), as now in force or as hereafter amended, enacted or reenacted, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning. In this chapter, the word "street" may be used interchangeably with the word "highway" and shall have the same meaning as the word "highway" as defined in the Vehicle Code.
The term "legal holidays," as used in this chapter, shall mean and include the following: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, or days celebrated as such.
In this chapter, the singular shall include the plural; the plural shall include the singular; and the masculine shall include the feminine and the neuter.
All traffic and parking regulations of a permanent nature shall be enacted as ordinances or parts of ordinances or as amendments to ordinances of the Township of Willistown.
The Board of Supervisors shall have the following powers to regulate traffic and parking temporarily and in time of emergency:
In the case of fire, flood, storm or other emergency, to establish temporary traffic and/or parking regulations.
In the case of emergency or to facilitate public works, or in the conduct of parades, processions or public events, to restrict or prohibit traffic and/or parking in limited areas for periods of not more than 72 hours.
Such temporary and emergency regulations shall be enforced by the Board of Supervisors and the Police Department in the same manner as permanent regulations. Any person who shall operate or park a vehicle or tractor in violation of any such regulation or who shall move, remove, destroy, injure or deface any sign or marking erected, posted or made to give notice of any such regulation shall, upon conviction thereof, be liable to the penalty set forth in the law or elsewhere in this chapter for a violation of such nature.
The Board of Supervisors and the Police Department may, from time to time, designate places upon and along the highways in the township where, for a period of not more than 90 days, specific traffic and/or parking regulations, prohibitions and restrictions shall be in force and effect, and shall designate such locations by proper signs and markings. Such regulations, prohibitions and restrictions shall be effective just as if they had been specified in this chapter. No person shall operate or park a vehicle or tractor in violation of any such regulation, prohibition or restriction, and no person shall move, remove, destroy or deface any sign or marking erected, posted or made by authority of this section.
The purpose of this section is to allow for the test and experimental determination of the feasibility and desirability of permanent changes in the ordinances of the township relative to traffic and parking.
The Board of Supervisors shall have authority to close any street or specific part of a street to vehicular traffic and to place barriers or station police officers at each end of the closed portion while construction or maintenance work is under way or a special event is being conducted on the closed portion. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle upon any such closed portion.
The Board of Supervisors shall have authority to establish a restricted traffic area upon any street where construction or maintenance work is under way and to station flagmen at each end of the restricted portion. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle upon any such restricted traffic area at any time when the flagman is displaying a sign directing that vehicle to stop or is signaling that vehicle, by a flag or other device, not to proceed.
This chapter shall be enforced by the Chief of Police and the police officers of the Township of Willistown, who are hereby given authority to direct traffic on the highways and intersections of the township in accordance with the provisions of this chapter and the laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.