[HISTORY: Adopted by the Police Commission of the Town of New Canaan 12-11-1965; effective 12-26-1965. Amendments noted where applicable.]
In interpreting these rules, the following definitions of words and phrases shall govern, namely:
- RIGHT HAND or LEFT HAND and RIGHT SIDE or LEFT SIDE and RIGHT or LEFT
- Shall be construed to indicate direction to the right or left as viewed by the driver of a vehicle when sitting in the driver's seat.
- Shall be deemed to include any road, highway, park or any other public place, and to embrace all area within the legal limits of such street or other public place.
- Shall be held to describe any place where two or more streets meet or cross each other.
- Shall be sufficient to define the status of any vehicle permitted to remain stationary on any street or other public place.
- Shall include any device used or suitable for use as a means of conveying, drawing or transporting persons or property.
- Shall be sufficient to designate the Police Commission, which is the Traffic Authority of the town.
The responsibility for the operation, placing or leaving a vehicle in any street in violation of these rules and regulations shall rest with the operator. Whenever there occurs a violation of the parking regulations established hereunder, proof of the registration number of any vehicle therein concerned shall be prima facie evidence in any criminal action that the owner was the operator thereof.
All operation or parking of vehicles, and the designation of all streets limited to one-way traffic, and all streets temporarily closed to traffic, and all other matters relating to the use of the streets by vehicles, shall conform to and be governed by these regulations and by such modifications thereof and amendments thereto as may, from time to time, be adopted by the Commission as evidenced by resolution or resolutions duly entered upon its minutes and as indicated by police regulation signs placed by such order of the Commission in various streets and other public places of the town.
Police regulation signs shall be of such construction, design and color as shall conform to the regulations of the State Traffic Commission and shall bear such lettering as shall plainly indicate the rule or regulation controlling traffic or parking in the locality where placed.
The Commission may, from time to time, by resolution, adopt and order the use of such lines placed upon the pavements or curbs, such stop and go and other lighting devices and such other means of indicating the manner in which streets shall be used by vehicles as the Commission may determine, and all such devices or means shall be sufficient notice of such regulation. Traffic control signals and speed limits shall comply with the requirements of the State Traffic Commission as provided in the General Statutes of Connecticut.
In all streets and other public places in which no police regulation signs or other notice of regulations are placed, the operation and parking of vehicles therein shall be governed by the General Statutes of Connecticut.
Wherever the use of a parking area shall be limited to a definite period, no vehicle which shall have been parked in any portion of that area for the time permitted shall be reparked in the same block within one hour thereafter.
Except where otherwise designated, all diagonal parking spaces shall be entered only by a turn from the direction in which the vehicle is moving, and upon leaving any such parking space, a vehicle shall proceed only in the direction in which it was moving before entering such parking space. Where diagonal parking spaces are indicated by lines painted on the pavement, all vehicles shall be parked approximately parallel with and equidistant between such parking lines, with the front wheel nearest the curb within six inches thereof.
Wherever parking is directed to be parallel with the curb, all vehicles shall be parked entirely within the area between the curb and a parking line placed on the pavement to designate the limits of such parking area. Except where otherwise designated, each vehicle shall be parked in said area in such manner that the right side of the vehicle is toward the curb.
No vehicle shall be parked overnight in any street or public place. Any vehicle parked over 30 minutes between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. shall be considered to have been parked overnight.
[Amended 10-13-1976; 9-1-1981, effective 9-1-1981]
Any person, firm or corporation who shall violate any of the regulations relating to parking established hereunder shall be served either in person or by attaching to such vehicle a notice directing the owner of such vehicle to surrender said notice at police headquarters and to pay the sum stated thereon. In the event that the owner shall fail to comply with such notice within 14 days from the date of issuance thereof, the penalty shall be increased by the sum of $10. If the total sum is not paid within 30 days, the owner shall also be subject to arrest and prosecution in accordance with Section 14-307 of the General Statutes of Connecticut.
Any person who shall violate any of these traffic regulations or any of the police regulation signs adopted by resolution of the Commission shall be subject to a fine not to exceed $25 for a single violation.
All rules heretofore in effect regulating traffic or parking in the streets or other public places in the Town are hereby repealed, except:
All resolutions heretofore adopted by this Commission or by the Commission of Public Safety relating to one-way traffic, police regulation signs and control devices shall remain in full force and effect as part of these regulations.
Any and all violations of any such previously enacted traffic regulations shall still be subject to prosecution and the imposition of fines or other penalties provided in such previous regulations.
[Added 10-17-2000, effective 12-4-2000]
Trucks are hereby excluded from streets or portions of streets that exceed the gross vehicle weight limit as designated in Schedule A, attached to and made a part of this chapter, except for the pickup and delivery/dropoff of materials or passengers on such streets.
This regulation shall not apply to public safety, educations municipal or municipal purpose vehicles, nor public utility companies in connection with the construction, installation, operation or maintenance of public facilities.