The State traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be applicable upon all streets within the Town, except that the Town may by ordinance declare and determine upon the basis of engineering and traffic investigation that certain speed regulations shall be applicable upon specified streets or in certain areas, in which event it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of any speed so declared when signs are in place giving notice thereof.
The Town Traffic Engineer is authorized to regulate the timing of traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds otherwise applicable within the district or at intersections and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof.
[Ord. No. 1149 § 5.030, 2-18-2014]
No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle (except emergency vehicles on emergency runs) or any other conveyance on any street, boulevard, thoroughfare, or public way, in this Town, at any time, at a rate of speed in excess of twenty-five (25) miles per hour except as a greater or lesser speed is hereinafter provided for certain streets, boulevards, thoroughfares, areas or public ways in the Town, and except as a greater or lesser speed is hereinafter provided for certain classes and types of motor vehicles and other conveyances.
No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle or other conveyance upon any designated roadway within three hundred (300) feet of any public or private school at a rate of speed in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour from 7:30 A.M. until 4:00 P.M. when such school is in session, except that the Town Council may adopt higher speed limits in a particular school zone upon a finding that such higher speed limits are appropriate in that particular instance, and the Town Council may change the number of feet before any public or private school within which no person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle or other conveyance upon a finding that such would be appropriate in a particular instance.
No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace Officers may enforce the provisions of this Section by directions to drivers, and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation by a driver is an ordinance violation.
No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon those portions of the roadways which are set forth and described in Schedule I at a rate of speed in excess of that speed limit set for such portions of the roadways by said Schedule.
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included at the end of Title III.
[Ord. No. 1149 § 5.040, 2-18-2014]
A. Whenever a zone in which the maximum speed at which a vehicle may be driven shall have been prescribed by ordinance, the Chief of Police shall cause appropriate signs to be placed in conspicuous positions on the street or part thereof embraced by such zone.
Every such sign shall show such maximum speed in letters and numerals against a contrasting background, and each of the numerals shall be at least five (5) inches high. Such signs shall be placed at such intervals from the beginning to the end of the zone as to be reasonably sufficient to inform drivers of vehicles of the speed limit. An appropriate sign calling a driver's attention to the fact that he/she is approaching a limited speed zone may be placed in an appropriate place or places.
Nothing in this Section shall be so construed as to prevent the enforcement of speed limitations prescribed for specified, general districts of the Town, whether or not maximum speed signs are placed or maintained in such districts.