City of Oswego, NY
Oswego County
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Every person propelling any pushcart or similar vehicle upon a street or highway within the city shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter applicable to the driver of any vehicle, except those provisions of this chapter which, by their very nature, can have no application.
[Amended 11-24-1997]
A. 
No person shall use or operate a play vehicle upon any public street, highway, public space, sidewalk or any public property in the City of Oswego:
(1) 
In a careless manner, without due caution or care toward themselves and others; or
(2) 
While acting in any manner that may create a risk of harm or danger to any person or property; or
(3) 
In any manner to impede or interfere with pedestrian or vehicular traffic; or
(4) 
In any areas where signs are legally posted forbidding such activity; or
(5) 
On any sidewalk, street or lands which, because of their condition or maintenance, are not safe or suitable for such activity.
B. 
Operators of play vehicles shall observe the following precautions:
(1) 
Every person operating a play vehicle shall operate the same in strict compliance with Article 34 of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law, in any provision that shall apply to said vehicle.
(2) 
The operator of a play vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall, upon approaching a sidewalk, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians.
(3) 
Whenever a play vehicle is operated upon a sidewalk, the operator shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians and shall give an audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
(4) 
Whenever a play vehicle is operated upon a public street, public space or roadway, the operator shall yield the right-of-way to any motor vehicle traffic.
(5) 
No person shall operate a play vehicle from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise unless such person is wearing reflective clothing, which shall be visible for a distance of not less than 50 feet or, when directly in front of the lawful beams of headlights on a motor vehicle, shall be visible for a distance of not less than 300 feet. Reflective clothing shall be described, for the purpose of this section, as any shirt, vest, jacket or other readily visible piece of clothing that shall be equipped with a reflective surface.
C. 
Violation of this section shall subject the violator to the following penalties:
(1) 
Any person violating any provision of this section shall be subject to the penalties provided in § 257-70 of the Code of the City of Oswego.
(2) 
In the event of a minor under the age of 16 years, the police are authorized to impound any play vehicle used in violation of these sections until the parent or guardian responsible for the minor shall appear at the Police Department with said minor.
A. 
Except in the case of an emergency, and then only with the permission of the Police Department, no street shall be closed to traffic to allow operation therein of equipment for any construction or demolition work or other work on private property.
B. 
When streets are closed to traffic on account of any public improvement or work by any public service corporation, previous notice thereof shall be given to the Police Department and the Fire Department.
C. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue permits to close off streets or sidewalks for street bazaars, block dances and the like, subject to notification of the Chief Engineer of the Fire Department, the Traffic Section and the Commissioner of Public Works.
A. 
In connection with construction work on private property, no person shall place any barricades or other obstructions adjacent to the curbline in the traveled portion of the streets to prevent the parking or standing of vehicles, except in an emergency and then only with the consent of the Police Department.
B. 
The Traffic Section, upon approval of the Police Department, is hereby authorized, upon request of an owner of property or contractor, to place, temporarily, signs banning parking or standing in streets or highways adjacent to construction or demolition work. Such signs shall remain the property of the City of Oswego and shall be returned in good condition at the completion of the project for which they were issued.
The Chief of Police is authorized to issue special permits to permit the backing of a vehicle to the curb for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or materials where reasonably necessary and when the same will not interfere with traffic or public safety and subject to terms and conditions set forth in such permit. Such permits may be issued either to the owner or lessee of real property or to the owner of the vehicle and shall grant to such person the privilege as therein stated and authorized herein, and it shall be unlawful for any permittee or other person to violate any of the special terms or conditions of any such permit. Such permits shall be issued to cover only extraordinary or emergency conditions and shall not be construed to apply to any arterial within the boundaries of the City of Oswego.
No driver of a vehicle, except an authorized emergency vehicle, shall drive between the vehicle comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while the same is in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated. This provision shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or police officers.
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to park overnight upon the streets of the city, without a permit from the Chief of Police, an unattended commercial, farm or construction vehicle or apparatus in such a manner that traffic may be obstructed or of such nature that children may be unduly attracted to it and thereby exposed to injury and unreasonable danger.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue a permit to the owner of a commercial, farm or construction vehicle or apparatus which will allow him to leave the same unattended upon the city street overnight; provided, however, that the vehicle or apparatus is incapable of being started, operated or moved in any manner and that it is well lighted and protected with suitable flares and barricades and other such safeguards as the Chief of Police may specify.
No person shall ride, drive or operate any vehicle along any public sidewalk or footpath intended for the use of pedestrians. This section shall not apply to children 10 years of age or under nor to invalids or cripples who cannot walk.
It shall be prohibited for any driver to sound his horn or cause or allow it to be sounded in any manner other than as a warning device. Specific restrictions are placed on wedding parties and other groups of vehicles traveling together as a means of celebration.
It shall be prohibited to blow or sound or cause or allow to be blown or sounded a whistle similar in sound to a police whistle which, by its very nature, might confuse other drivers of vehicles on any street where there is heavy traffic at the time or at any time in the congested district of the City of Oswego.
A. 
The use of loudspeakers and public address and sound systems shall be prohibited on any street outside the congested district between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 9:00 a.m.
B. 
The use of loudspeakers and public address and sound systems shall be prohibited on all streets and parts of streets in the congested district of this city between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. and between the hours of 11:45 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.
C. 
The Police Department or Fire Department shall be permitted the use of such speakers and sound systems required in the performance of their duty throughout the 24 hours of the day.
A. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue daily parking permits to contractors and their employees for the purpose of performing jobs. Such permits must be surrendered by the end of the day in which they are issued.
B. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue permanent parking permits to the personnel of the city or county government using city owned or county owned vehicles or vehicles owned by themselves in the process of performing their services to the county or the city. The personnel regularly working within departments of their government not requiring a vehicle for the performance of their duties are excluded from the use of such permits.
C. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue parking permits for one, two or three days for the purpose of conventions, conferences or for visiting dignitaries.
D. 
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue permanent parking permits to handicapped persons as specified in § 1203-a of the Vehicle and Traffic Law of New York. These permits must be renewed annually on January 1.
A permanent record shall be maintained by the Chief of Police as to all permits issued under § 257-59 of this chapter, and a monthly report shall be submitted to the Traffic Committee, by the 10th day of the following month, covering the number of permits issued, period of time required and the basis for the permit.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue one- , three- and fifteen-day permits to operators of sound trucks for the purpose of advertising upon the streets of this city under the provisions of § 257-58A and B of this chapter.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue one- , three- and fifteen-day permits to owners and managers of business places in this city for the purpose of advertising through the use of loudspeakers and public address systems under the provisions of § 257-58A and B of this chapter.
The Chief of Police shall have the authority to issue one- , three- and fifteen-day permits to owners and managers of business places in this city for the use of sound equipment in the playing of Easter and Christmas music.
The Chief of Police and the Mayor shall each have the authority to issue permits to organizations to parade through the streets of the city, provided that they meet the provisions of § 257-58A and B of this chapter. These permits may be revoked by both the Chief of Police and the Mayor acting together without prior notice.
The Chief of Police may revoke any permits issued under §§ 257-50C, 257-54B, 257-59, 257-62, 257-62, 257-63 and 257-64 of this chapter at any time after giving 24 hours' notice to the holder of the permit at the address given in the application.
It shall be unlawful for the directing officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of or to operate the same in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for the purposes of travel for a period longer than five minutes, except that this provision shall not apply to trains or cars in motion other than those engaged in switching.
[Added 11-8-2004 by Res. No. 424-2004[1]]
No motor vehicle shall be parked upon the streets of the city unless a valid certificate or certificates of inspection is or are displayed upon the automobile or affixed to the registration certificate and in accordance with § 306(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
[1]
Editor's Note: This resolution also provided for the amendment and renumbering of former §§ 257-67 through 257-71 as §§ 257-70 through 257-75, respectively.
[Added 11-8-2004 by Res. No. 424-2004]
No motor vehicle shall be parked upon a street of the city unless a valid certificate of registration is displayed upon the automobile and in accordance with § 401(l)(b) of the Vehicle and Traffic Law.
[Added 11-8-2004 by Res. No. 424-2004]
No person shall park any automobile or any other vehicle without a license plate, or with only one license plate, or an improper license plate attached to the automobile or vehicle, unless exempted by the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.