For the purposes of this chapter, the following words and phrases shall have the following meanings:
- BUS STOP
- An area in the way set aside for the boarding or alighting from and parking of buses.
- That portion of a way ordinarily included within the prolongation or connection of curblines and property lines at intersections or at any portion of a way clearly indicated for pedestrian use by lines on the road surface or by other markings or signs.
- INTERSECTING WAY
- Any way which joins another at an angle, whether or not it crosses the other.
- A longitudinal division of a way into a strip of sufficient width to accommodate the passage of a single line of vehicles.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- All vehicles constructed and designed for propulsion by power other than muscular power.
- OFFICIAL STREET MARKING
- Any painted line, legend, marking or marker painted or placed upon any way by public authority which purports to direct or regulate traffic.
- Any person who operates a motor vehicle.
- A person, other than a lien holder, having title to a motor vehicle.
- The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading, in obedience to an officer or traffic signs or signals, while making emergency repairs or while making arrangements for removal of a disabled vehicle.
- POLICE OFFICER or OFFICER
- Any officer authorized to make arrests, provided that he is in uniform or he displays his badge of office.
- TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGN
- All signs, markings and devices placed by public authority for the purpose of guiding, directing, warning or regulating traffic.
- TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL
- Any device using colored lights placed by public authority, whether manually, electrically, electronically, or mechanically operated, by which traffic may be directed.
- Any vehicle or object on wheels having no motive power of its own, but which is drawn by, or used in combination with, a motor vehicle.
- Any public highway, private way laid out under authority of statute or way dedicated to public use.
The Town Council shall have the authority pursuant to MGL C. 40, § 22; C. 40, § 22A; and C. 90, § 20A1/2 to make ordinances, orders, rules and regulations for the regulation of motor vehicles used within the Town of Agawam, with penalties for the violation thereof not to exceed those specified in the Massachusetts General Laws.
Except as otherwise provided herein, it shall be the duty of police officers designated by the Chief of Police to enforce the provisions of this chapter. Such police officers are hereby authorized to direct all traffic either in person or by means of visible or audible signals in conformance with the provisions of this chapter, provided that, in the event of a fire or other emergency, officers of the Fire Department or other authorized public employees may direct traffic as conditions may require, notwithstanding the provisions of this chapter.
Closing streets. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized to close temporarily any way in an impending or existing emergency or for any lawful assemblage, demonstration or procession, provided that there is reasonable justification for the closing of the way.
Annual accident report. The Chief of Police shall make an annual written report of motor vehicle accidents to the Mayor on or before March 1 of the succeeding calendar year.
The Town Council shall designate, by majority vote, the location of all bus stops.
No person shall coast, course or slide with any sleigh, sled, or other vehicle on or across any way or on the sidewalks of any way.
No person while standing, walking or running within the limits of a way shall solicit verbally, by sign or by signal transportation for himself or for other persons in any motor vehicle except motor vehicles operated for carriage of passengers for hire.
No person shall, for the purpose of soliciting any alms, contribution or subscription or of selling any merchandise or ticket of admission to any game, show, exhibition, fair, ball, entertainment or public gathering, signal a moving motor vehicle on a way, cause the stopping of a motor vehicle on a way or accost any occupant of a motor vehicle stopped on a way at the direction of a traffic sign, traffic signal or police officer.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to persons actually engaged in work upon a way closed to travel or under construction or repair, to public officials engaged in the performance of public duties or to drivers of emergency vehicles while operating in an emergency when the nature of the work requires a departure from any part of this chapter.
If a motor vehicle is found upon any way in violation of any provision of this chapter and the identity of the operator cannot be determined, the owner of such motor vehicle shall be held prima facie responsible for such violation.
Unless otherwise specified herein, the penalty for any violation of this chapter shall be a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $200.