[CC 1997 §18.2]
It shall be the duty of the officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police to enforce all street traffic laws of the City and all of the State vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in the City.
Officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, or signal in conformance with traffic laws; provided that, in the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, officers of the Police Department may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws.
Officers of the Fire Department, when at the scene of a fire, may direct or assist the Police in directing traffic thereat or in the immediate vicinity.
[CC 1997 §18.3]
No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of a Police Officer or Fire Department Official.
[CC 1997 §18.4; Ord. No. 1606-83, 1-5-1983; Ord. No. 1886-86, 6-18-1986]
Every person propelling any push cart, riding an animal, or driving any animal-drawn vehicle upon any street or highway shall be subject to the provisions of this Title applicable to the driver of any vehicle, except those provisions of this Title which by their very nature can have no application.
No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, shall go upon any street or highway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk and when so crossing such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians. This Subsection shall not apply upon any street set aside as a play street as authorized by the City Traffic Engineer.
No person on roller skates, skateboards, or riding in or by means of any bicycle, coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device shall go upon a sidewalk within a business district.
[CC 1997 §18.6]
The provisions of this Title shall apply to the driver of any vehicles owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, this State, County, or City, and it shall be unlawful for any said driver to violate any of the provisions of this Title, except as otherwise permitted in this Title.
[CC 1997 §18.7]
The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or 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.
The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:
Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this Code.
Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation.
Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as he does not endanger life or property.
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
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 (1) lighted lamp displaying a red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle.
The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, such provisions shall not protect the driver from the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of others.
[CC 1997 §18.8; Ord. No. 4750-20, 4-1-2020]
Upon the immediate approach, from either behind or from the opposite direction, of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible and visual signals meeting the requirements of the laws of this State, or of a Police vehicle making use of an audible signal only, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right-hand edge or curb of the roadway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a Police Officer.
Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights or lighted amber or amber and white lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:
Reduce speed and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
On roadways not having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle or where changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible, proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions.
This Section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to operate the emergency vehicle with due regard for the safety of all persons using the roadways.
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 4750-20 also changed the title of this Section from "Operation of Vehicles On Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicles" to "Operation of Vehicles On Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicles or When Approaching Stationary Emergency Vehicles."
[Ord. No. 4764-20, 7-15-2020]
A person shall be deemed to commit the offense of "endangerment of a highway worker" upon conviction for any of the following when the offense occurs within a construction zone or work zone:
Exceeding the posted speed limit by fifteen (15) miles per hour or more;
Passing in violation of this Traffic Code;
Failure to stop for a work zone flagman or failure to obey traffic control devices erected in the construction zone or work zone for purposes of controlling the flow of motor vehicles through the zone;
Driving through or around a work zone by any lane not clearly designated to motorists for the flow of traffic through or around the work zone;
Physically assaulting, or attempting to assault, or threatening to assault a highway worker in a construction zone or work zone, with a motor vehicle or other instrument;
Intentionally striking, moving, or altering barrels, barriers, signs, or other devices erected to control the flow of traffic to protect workers and motorists in the work zone for a reason other than avoidance of an obstacle, an emergency, or to protect the health and safety of an occupant of the motor vehicle or of another person; or
Committing any of the following offenses for which points may be assessed under State law:
Leaving the scene of an accident;
Careless and imprudent driving;
Operating without a valid license;
Operating with a suspended or revoked license;
Driving while in an intoxicated condition or under the influence of controlled substances or drugs or driving with an excessive blood alcohol content;
Any felony involving the use of a motor vehicle.
Except for the offense established under Subsection (A)(6) of this Section, no person shall be deemed to commit the offense of endangerment of a highway worker except when the act or omission constituting the offense occurred when one (1) or more highway workers were in the construction zone or work zone.
No person shall be cited or convicted for endangerment of a highway worker for any act or omission otherwise constituting an offense under Subsection (A) of this Section, if such act or omission resulted in whole or in part from mechanical failure of the person's vehicle or from the negligence of another person or a highway worker.
[CC 1997 §18.122]
All written reports made by persons involved in accidents or by garages shall be without prejudice to the individual so reporting and shall be for the confidential use of the Police Department or other governmental agencies having use for the records for accident prevention purposes, except that the Police Department or other governmental agency may disclose the identity of a person involved in an accident when such identity is not otherwise known or when such person denies his presence at such accident.
No written reports forwarded under the provisions of this Section shall be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of an accident except that the Police Department shall furnish upon demand of any party to such trial, or upon demand of any court, a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or has not been made to the Department in compliance with law, and, if such report has been made, the date, time and location of the accident, the names and addresses of the drivers, the owners of the vehicles involved, and the investigating officers.
[Ord. No. 4523-16 §2, 12-21-2016]
A person commits the offense of leaving the scene of an accident when: (1) being the operator of a vehicle or a vessel involved in an accident resulting in injury or death to any person or damage to property of another person; and (2) having knowledge of such accident he or she leaves the place of the injury, death, damage, or accident without stopping and giving the following information to the injured party or property owner or a law enforcement officer, or if no law enforcement officer is in the vicinity then to the nearest law enforcement agency: (a) his or her name; (b) his or her complete residence address; (c) the registration or license number of his or her vehicle or vessel; and (d) his or her operator's license number if any.
For the purposes of this Section, all Peace Officers shall have jurisdiction, when invited by an injured person, to enter the premises of any such privately owned parking lot or parking facility for the purpose of investigating an accident and performing all necessary duties regarding such accident.