City of Albany, NY
Albany County
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The following terms, whenever used herein, except as otherwise specifically indicated, shall be defined to have and shall be held to include each of the meanings hereinbelow respectively set forth, and any such terms used in the singular number shall be held to include the plural:
CURB
The lateral boundaries of that portion of a street designated for the use of vehicles, whether marked by curbstones or not so marked.
ROADWAY
That portion of any street which is included between the curb or curblines thereof and is designed for the use of vehicles.
STREET
Every avenue, boulevard, highway, roadway, cartway, lane, alley, strip, path, square or place used by or laid out for the use of vehicles.
VEHICLE
Every wagon, carriage, omnibus, sleigh, pushcart, bicycle, tricycle or other conveyances (except baby carriages), in whatever manner or by whatever force or power the same may be driven, ridden or propelled, which is or may be used for or adapted to pleasure riding or the transportation of passengers, baggage or merchandise upon the street; and every draught and riding animal, whether driven, ridden or led, except that an animal or animals attached to any "vehicle" shall, with such vehicle, constitute one "vehicle."
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
A. 
Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
(1) 
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
(2) 
When overtaking or passing pedestrians, animals or obstructions on the right half of the roadway;
(3) 
When an obstruction exists making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway, provided that any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;
(4) 
Where travel on the shoulder or slope is permitted by § 359-23 of this chapter.
(5) 
Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Laws applicable thereon; or
(6) 
Upon a roadway restricted to one-way traffic.
B. 
In addition, upon all roadways, any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic at the time and place and under the conditions then existing shall be driven in the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction or when preparing for a left turn at an intersection or into a private road or driveway.
C. 
Upon any roadway having four or more lanes for moving traffic and providing for two-way movement of traffic, no vehicle shall be driven to the left of the center lane of the roadway, except when authorized by signs or markings designating certain lanes to the left side of the center of the roadway for use by traffic not otherwise permitted to use such lanes, or except as permitted under Subsection A(2) hereof.
Vehicles overtaking others shall, in passing, keep to the left.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
No person shall move a vehicle which is stopped, standing or parked unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to those limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:
A. 
The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.
B. 
Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows:
A. 
Right turns. Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or, when travel on the shoulder or slope has been authorized, from the shoulder or slope.
B. 
Left turns on two-way roadways. At any intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each roadway entering the intersection, an approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the center line thereof and by passing to the right of such center line where it enters the intersection, and, after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered. Whenever practicable, the left turn shall be made in that portion of the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection.
C. 
Left turns on other than two-way roadways. At any intersection where traffic is restricted to one direction on one or more of the roadways, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any such intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane of the roadway lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle or, where travel on the shoulder or slope has been authorized, from the shoulder or slope, and, after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection, as nearly as practicable, in the left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered.
D. 
When markers, buttons, signs or other marking are placed within or adjacent to intersections and thereby require and direct that a different course from that specified in this section be traveled by vehicles turning at an intersection, no driver of a vehicle shall turn a vehicle at an intersection other than as directed and required by such markers, buttons, signs or other markings.
E. 
U-Turns. U-Turns shall be made from and to that portion of the highway nearest the marked center line. Where more than one lane of a highway has been designated for left turns, U-turns shall be made only from the lane so designated that is adjacent to the marked center line.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
A. 
No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection unless the vehicle is in proper position upon the roadway as required in § 359-44 or turn a vehicle to enter a private road or driveway, or otherwise turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway unless or until such movement can be made with reasonable safety. No person shall so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided.
B. 
A signal of intention to turn right or left when required shall be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning.
C. 
No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the speed of a vehicle without first giving an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear when there is opportunity to give such signal.
D. 
The signals provided for in § 1164 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York shall be used to indicate an intention to turn, change lanes or start from a parked position and not be flashed on one side only on a parked or disabled vehicle, or flashed as a courtesy or "do pass" signal to operators of other vehicles approaching from the rear.
E. 
The driver of a vehicle equipped with simultaneously flashing signals as provided for in Subdivision 18 of § 375 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York shall use such signals when the vehicle is stopped or disabled on a public highway, except when such vehicle is stopped in compliance with a traffic control device or when legally parked. The driver of a vehicle so equipped may use such signals whenever necessary to warn the operators of following vehicles of the presence of a traffic hazard ahead of the signaling vehicle, or to warn the operators of other vehicles that the signaling vehicle may itself constitute a traffic hazard, taking into account traffic and highway conditions. No person shall use such signals for any other purpose.
In no case shall a vehicle remain backed up to the curb, except when actually loading or unloading, nor stop with its left side to the curb for a longer period than five minutes.
Unless in an emergency or to allow another vehicle (as provided in § 359-53) or pedestrian to cross its path, no vehicle shall stop in any public street or highway of this City except close to the curbline.
No vehicle shall stop for the purpose of taking or setting down a passenger or loading or unloading freight, or for any other purpose except in case of accident or other emergency, or when directed to stop by the police, in such a way as to obstruct any street or crossing.
No vehicle shall stop or stand within the intersection of any street, nor within 10 feet of a street corner.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former §§ 359-50 and 359-51, Stopping near corners, and Surface cars taking or discharging passengers, respectively, were repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former §§ 359-50 and 359-51, Stopping near corners, and Surface cars taking or discharging passengers, respectively, were repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995; 5-20-1996 by Ord. No. 9.51.96]
The employees of the Department of General Services, with their apparatus and vehicles of all kinds, when engaged in the work of cleaning the street or removing therefrom snow or refuse, and those persons with whom the City has contracted to perform such services, shall have the right-of-way in any street, and all other vehicles shall move in such a manner and to such positions as shall permit said apparatus and vehicle and the persons in charge thereof to clean the entire street.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 359-53, Right-of-way cars, was repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.
Vehicles moving slowly shall keep as close as possible to the curbline on the right, so as to allow faster moving vehicles free passage on the left.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 359-55, Lights, and § 359-56, Exceptions, were repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former § 359-55, Lights, and § 359-56, Exceptions, were repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
No person shall drive a motor vehicle on or across a sidewalk, except that a vehicle may be driven at a reasonable speed, but not more than five miles per hour, on or across a sidewalk in such manner as not to interfere with the safety and passage of pedestrians thereon, who shall have the right-of-way, when it is reasonable and necessary:
A. 
To gain access to a public highway, private way or lands or buildings adjacent to such highway or way;
B. 
In the conduct of work upon a highway, or upon a private way or lands or buildings adjacent to such highway or way; or
C. 
To plow snow or perform any other public service, for hire, or otherwise, which could not otherwise be reasonably and properly performed.
[Amended 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995]
The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway, private road or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk extending across any alleyway, building entrance, road or driveway or, in the event that there is no sidewalk, shall stop at the point nearest the roadway to be entered where the driver has a view of approaching traffic thereon.
Nothing contained herein or omitted herefrom shall be construed or held to relieve any person using or traveling or being upon any street, for any purpose whatever, from exercising all reasonable care to avoid or prevent injury through collision with all other persons and vehicles.
A. 
No vehicle shall be allowed to remain upon or be driven through any street of the City of Albany so as to willfully blockade or obstruct the traffic of that street.
B. 
No vehicle shall be so overloaded that the horse or horses are unable to draw it.
The Police Department shall see that this article is posted in all public stables and at the hack, cab and truck stands and shall keep copies of it at all of its stations and issue them on application.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former §§ 359-62, Penalties for offenses, and 359-63, Repealer, were repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.
[1]
Editor's Note: Former §§ 359-62, Penalties for offenses, and 359-63, Repealer, were repealed 8-7-1995 by L.L. No. 6-1995.