[HISTORY: Adopted by the President and Board of Trustees of the Village of Sidney 7-2-1956 by Ord. No. 16. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES
- Every vehicle designated as an authorized emergency vehicle under the statutes of the State of Illinois.
- Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
- The area of pavement or roadway where two or more streets join or cross within which vehicles normally move in turning from one street to another.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Every vehicle which is self-propelled.
- OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
- All signs, signals, lines, markings, or other devices placed or erected by authority of the Village Board, or other public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating, guiding, or warning traffic.
- Any human individual afoot.
- Every human individual, firm, copartnership, association, society, company, or corporation.
- POLICE OFFICER
- The Village Marshal, and every officer of the Sheriff's force and State Police force, and any other officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violation of traffic regulations.
- STOP or STOPPING
- The complete cessation of movement of traffic or any of its component parts.
- STREET OR HIGHWAY
- The entire width between property lines of every way or place, of whatever nature, when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter of right, for purposes of vehicular travel.
- THROUGH STREET
- A specifically designated street at which all traffic, except pedestrians and except authorized emergency vehicles, as hereinabove provided, is required to stop before entering or crossing.
- Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, and other conveyances, either singly or together, while using any street or highway for purposes of travel.
- TRAFFIC SIGNAL
- Any device officially installed, whether electrically, mechanically, or manually operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop or to proceed.
- A turning movement of any vehicle through an angle of essentially 180°.
The driver of any vehicle shall obey the indications of any official traffic control device applicable thereto unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exemptions granted the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle when operating in an emergency.
No provisions of this chapter for which signs are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if at the time of the alleged violation an official sign is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section of this chapter does not state that signs are required, such section shall be effective without signs being erected.
[Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I)]
Whenever authorized stop signs or caution signs are placed at school crossings, all persons driving vehicles shall obey said signs while they are in place. Whenever stop signs are placed at crossings, vehicles shall be brought to a complete stop and shall not proceed until the crossing is cleared of pedestrians.
Whenever official signs are erected indicating that no right turn, left turn, or U-turn is permitted, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of any such signs. When official lines, marks, buttons or other indicators are placed within an intersection indicating the course to be traveled by vehicles, no driver shall disobey the directions of such indicators.
[Amended 11-1-1993 by Ord. No. 93-03]
Obedience to stop signs. Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic-control signal, every driver of a vehicle or motor vehicle, and every rider of a bicycle or animal approaching said intersection when stop signs are in place, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if no stop line exists, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if no crosswalk exists, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another roadway or which is approaching so closely on the roadway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection, but said driver having so yielded, may proceed at such time as a safe interval occurs.
Stop signs shall be posted at the intersections noted below, and all vehicles of every kind, including bicycle traffic, except authorized emergency vehicles exempted under § 224-8D of this chapter, shall be brought to a stop before proceeding across the intersection in accordance with Subsection A above:
Whenever official signs prohibiting parking are erected or displayed on any street or part of street, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in any such designated place.
Parking in alleys. It shall be unlawful to permit any vehicle to stand or be parked within any public alley in the Village of Sidney, Illinois, except as follows:
[Added 10-3-1983 by Ord. No. 99]
When stopping in compliance with traffic laws or to avoid conflict with other traffic.
In compliance with the direction of a police officer.
When necessary for the loading or unloading of passengers, not to exceed three minutes, and for loading and unloading material, not to exceed 10 minutes.
[Amended 8-7-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-07]
Parking shall be prohibited in the following locations; signs and/or yellow painted curb markings prohibiting or restricting vehicular parking at these locations, in conformance with Illinois traffic and parking regulation signage requirements, shall be erected:
Penalties and enforcement.
In addition to the penalties found in § 224-9 of this chapter, the Village may, but is not obligated to, tow or cause the towing of any vehicle parked in violation of the provisions of this section, if authorized by Illinois law, including 625 ILCS 5/11-1301 and 5/11-1302. It shall be the obligation and liability of the vehicle operator or owner to pay the necessary towing charge to retrieve said vehicle.
Prosecution under state statute or Village ordinance. Any motor vehicle operator violating the requirements of this section may be prosecuted under applicable Illinois law regulating motor vehicles, to wit, 625 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq., including 625 ILCS 5/11-1303, or such violations may instead be prosecuted by the Village as violations of this chapter.
Anyone who parks in violation of this section can, in the discretion of the Village authorities, in lieu of being charged with an ordinance violation, be ticketed and prosecuted for violation of applicable State of Illinois traffic statutes regarding illegal parking, in which case the fine therefor will be as provided by state law.
If and to the extent authorized by law, any vehicle parking in violation of this section may, in the discretion of the Village authorities, be towed and the offender shall be liable for the cost of such towing service and shall pay said cost before reclaiming said vehicle.
[Added 6-2-2008 by Ord. No. 2008-03; amended 9-9-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-06]
Trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds, including the weight of the truck cab, trailer and load, are prohibited from all Village public streets and alleys, except those streets designated in Subsection B of this section.
Trucks weighing in excess of 10,000 pounds, as provided in Subsection A hereof, may not, during the period starting December 16 and ending August 31 of each year, travel on the following public streets in the Village of Sidney, Illinois:
The Village staff shall, in consultation with Illinois Department of Transportation officials, post proper signage at road entrances to the Village identifying the truck routes designated in Subsection B of this section, and stating that trucks are otherwise prohibited on Village streets.
Any person operating a vehicle in violation of the provisions of this section is subject to a fine of $500 for each violation.
Misdemeanor. It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or to fail to perform any act required by this chapter.
Obedience to police officers. No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of a police officer.
Obedience by public employees. The provisions of this chapter shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States, or any state, county, municipality, or other governmental unit. It shall be unlawful for any such driver to violate any of the provisions of this chapter, except as may be permitted by this chapter or by provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5).
[Amended 11-5-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-07]
Exemptions for authorized emergency vehicles. The provisions of this chapter regulating the operation and stopping of vehicles shall apply to authorized emergency vehicles except when the authorized emergency vehicle is being operated in an emergency, as provided by the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5). This chapter shall not protect the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the consequences of reckless disregard for the safety of others, nor is such a driver entitled to the privilege of this exemption when not operating in an emergency.
[Amended 11-5-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-07]
[Amended 11-5-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-07]
Any person violating the provisions of this chapter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $50 and not more than $750 for each violation, and the Village Attorney may prosecute such violations in the name of the Village in any court of competent jurisdiction.