The Police Department shall keep a record of all violations of the traffic ordinances of the City or of the State vehicle laws of which any person has been charged, together with a record of the final disposition of all such alleged offenses. Such record shall be so maintained as to show all types of violations and the total of each. Said record shall accumulate during at least a five (5) year period and from that time on the record shall be maintained complete for at least the most recent five (5) year period.
All forms for records of violations and notices of violations shall be serially numbered. For each month and year a written record shall be kept available to the public showing the disposal of all such forms.
All such records and reports shall be public records.
It shall be the duty of the Police Department to investigate traffic accidents, to arrest and to assist in the prosecution of those persons charged with violations of law causing or contributing to such accidents.
The Police Department shall maintain a suitable system of filing traffic accident reports. Accident reports or cards referring to them shall be filed alphabetically by location.
The Police Department shall maintain a suitable record of all traffic accidents, warnings, arrests, convictions, and complaints reported for each driver, which shall be filed alphabetically under the name of the driver concerned.
The Police Department shall annually prepare a traffic report which shall be filed with the Mayor. Such report shall contain information on traffic matters in the City as follows:
The number of traffic accidents, the number of persons killed, the number of persons injured, and other pertinent traffic accident data.
The number of traffic accidents investigated and other pertinent data on the safety activities of the Police.
The plans and recommendations of the Police Department for future traffic safety activities.
The Police Department shall designate a type of pennant or other identifying insignia to be displayed upon, or other method to be employed to identify, the vehicles in funeral processions.
The office of City Traffic Engineer is established. The Chief of Police shall serve as City Traffic Engineer in addition to his/her other functions, and shall exercise the powers and duties with respect to traffic as provided in this Title.
The City Traffic Engineer shall determine the installation and proper timing and maintenance of traffic control devices, conduct engineering analyses of traffic accidents and devise remedial measures, conduct engineering investigation of traffic conditions, plan the operation of traffic on the streets and highways of the City, and cooperate with other City Officials in the development of ways and means to improve traffic conditions, and carry out the additional powers and duties imposed by ordinances of the City.
The Chief of Police is hereby empowered to make regulations necessary to make effective the provisions of the traffic ordinances of the City and to make and enforce temporary or experimental regulations to cover emergencies or special conditions. No such temporary or experimental regulation shall remain in effect for more than ninety (90) days.
The City Traffic Engineer may test traffic control devices under actual conditions of traffic.
[CC 1991 §23-36]
The Police Chief shall have the authority to erect emergency devices, including barricades, flares and warning signals upon any street where in his/her opinion there is a danger to motorists.
[CC 1991 §23-41; Ord. No. 98 §50, 12-21-1954]
The Police Chief is authorized, with the approval of the Mayor, to close any street, highway or public place and withdraw the same from public use temporarily and during such period as public work thereon or other public emergency or expediency shall make such action necessary. At each end of the portion withdrawn from public use, the Police Chief shall place a placard or sign having the following words printed thereon in letters three (3) inches high: "Street Closed. This street is closed to public use."
[CC 1991 §23-42]
Whenever any street in the City is in a soft condition due to thawing of frost, rains, new construction or other reason, the Police Chief shall have the authority to post notices at convenient and public places along and near such street, which notice shall state the maximum load of any vehicle that may be permitted on such street, and it shall be unlawful for any person to fail to comply with the limitation or restriction stated on such notice.
[CC 1991 §23-43]
The Police Chief, with the approval of the Mayor, shall have the authority to post notices on each end of any bridge in the City stating the maximum load of any vehicle that may be permitted on such bridge, and it shall be unlawful for any person to fail to comply with the limitation or restriction stated on such notice.