CHAPTER XIV. TRAFFICCHAPTER XIV. TRAFFIC\ARTICLE 2. LOCAL TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

No person operating a railroad train or engine into or through the city shall permit any train or car to remain across any street crossing or sidewalk of the city so as to block or interfere with the lawful passage of vehicles and pedestrians for a longer period than five minutes; and in case it shall be necessary for any such train to remain or car to be left for a longer period than five minutes, the same shall be uncoupled at such crossing and the train or cars separated so that vehicles and pedestrians may pass.

(Code 1972, 21-5)

Any person running or operating railroad trains upon any track along or across Broadway Street in the city shall maintain at the curb line of the street a flashing type crossing signal equipped with electric signal bell of such type as shall meet the lawful requirements of the state highway commission or any other public agency having jurisdiction over the streets and highway in or through the city and which signals shall give reasonable notice and warning of the approach of any railroad engine, car or train along or across Broadway Street as the case may be.

(Code 1972, 21-6)

Appearance bonds are authorized for certain infractions and offenses pursuant to a schedule set by the Municipal Judge.

(Ord. 2039, Secs. 1, 2; Code 1984; Code 2014)

(a)   No person shall operate a vehicle within a school zone, as established herein, within the city, at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour at any time from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. during the days Monday through Friday when school is in session.

(b)   The following intersections and streets within the city are hereby designated as lying within school zones and the speed limits imposed herein shall apply to those operating vehicles on these intersections and streets during the times specified herein: East Monroe Street, from and including the intersection of East Monroe and Fifth Streets running East of the intersection of East Monroe Street and Fourth Street; Fourth Street, from and including the intersection of Fourth Street and East Monroe Street running south to the intersection of Fourth Street and East Jackson Street; East Jackson Street, from and including the intersection at East Jackson and Fourth Streets running west to the intersection of East Jackson and Fifth Streets; Fifth Street, from and including the intersection of Fifth and East Jackson Streets, running north to the intersection of Fifth and East Monroe Streets; and. East Washington Street, from and including the intersection of East Washington and Fifth Streets, running east to the intersection of East Washington and Fourth Streets; Fourth Street, from and including the intersection of Fourth and East Washington Streets, running north to Cleveland Avenue; and Fifth Street, from and including the intersection of Fifth and East Washington Streets, running north to Cleveland Avenue.

(c)   There is hereby designated a school crossing zone at the intersection of Washington Street and Broadway Street in the City of Sterling, Kansas. It is further ordained that school zone traffic signals shall be placed at approximately 250 feet north and 250 feet south of said intersection; and when such traffic signals are flashing, the speed limit between said traffic signals shall be 20 miles per hour.

(Ord. 2132; Ord. 2410)

Every licensee shall have his or her driver's license in his or her immediate possession at all times when operating a motor vehicle, and shall display the same, upon demand of any officer of a court of competent jurisdiction or any peace officer, examiner or officer of the division of vehicles. However, no person charged with violating this section shall be convicted if such person produces in court or the office of the arresting officer a driver's Iicel1se theretofore issued to such person and valid at the time of arrest.

(K.S.A. 8-244; Code 1984)

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in any manner in violation of the restrictions imposed in a restricted driver's license issued to such person.

(K.S.A. 8-245; Code 1984)

(Code 1984; Code 2014)

(a)   No person who is under the age of 18 years shall drive any school bus transporting school children or any motor vehicle when in use for the transportation of persons for a fee or when in use for the transportation of property, other than property owned or sold by the owner or lessee of such vehicle, for compensation unless such person has had at least one year of driving experience prior thereto and has filed with the division one or more certificates signed by a total of at least three responsible people to whom he or she is well known, certifying as to his or her good character and habits and the director of vehicles to fully satisfied as to such person's competency and fitness to be so employed.

(b)   Notwithstanding any of the foregoing provisions of this section to the contrary, the division of vehicles, upon written application signed by a majority of the members of a board of education of any school district or by a majority of the members of the governing authority if any non-public school may issue a restricted Class B driver's license to a minor over 16 years of age who has been approved and recommended in such application if the minor named therein shall successfully pass the examination required by 8-234a et seq. for the issuance of such license. Any restricted driver's license issued pursuant to this subsection shall entitle the holder thereof to operate all Class C motor vehicles, but such person shall not be entitled to drive any other vehicles or combination of vehicles in Class B except a school.

(K.S.A. 8-238; Code 1984)

When the provisions of Article I of Chapter 8 of the Kansas Statutes Annotated concerning Proportional Fleet Registration, K.S.A. 8-1,100 to 8-1,123, inclusive, and acts amendatory thereof, are found to apply to any person in the city, it shall be unlawful for such person to fail to comply with or violate any of the provisions set forth therein.

(Code 1984)

Other than as may be officially designated, it shall be unlawful for any person to park or cause to be parked any trailer or semi-trailer as defined in K.S.A. 8-126 owned and operated by or under the physical control of such person, upon any street or highway within the city limits of the city for any extended period of time over one hour; provided further however, that the chief of police may authorize the parking of any semi-trailer for any period of time exceeding one hour upon the showing of good cause or necessity.

(Code 1984; Ord. 2378)

No person shall operate or halt any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate a careless or heedless disregard for the rights or the safety of others, or in such a manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger, any person or property.

(Ord. 2147, Sec. 1)

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to turn such vehicle across the center line of any of such streets as set forth herein for the purpose of proceeding in the opposite direction, commonly referred to as a U-turn, or for the purpose of parking at or alongside the opposite side of the street or highway, commonly referred to as a J-turn. This section shall only apply to the operation of vehicles upon the following described streets: Broadway Street from the intersection of Forest Avenue to the intersection of Garfield Avenue, and Main Street from the intersection of Sixth Street to the intersection of Seventh Street.

(Ord. 2152; Ord. 2385)

It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to use or operate or cause to be used or operated within the city any mechanical exhaust devise designed to aid in the stopping or braking of a vehicle, in a manner so as to create excessive, loud, or unusual explosive noise from a vehicle. This prohibition shall include, but not be limited to, the procedure commonly known as jake-braking.

(Ord. 2286, Sec. 1)

The speed limit on Cleveland Avenue shall be 30 miles per hour.

(Ord. 2295, Sec. 1)

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a truck, trailer, or semi-trailer with a registered gross vehicle weight in excess of 20,000 pounds, on any street within the city limits other than the following designated truck routes:

(a)   Highway K96 from south city limits to the north city limits;

(b)   Garfield from the west city limits to the east city limits;

(c)   1st Street from the south city limits to the north city limits;

(d)   11th Street from the south city limits to the north city limits;

(e)   Cleveland Avenue from the west city limits to the east city limits.

Exceptions. Notwithstanding any provisions to the contrary, intra-city deliveries shall be made via the most direct route between origin and destination using truck routes whenever possible. Trucks making multiple deliveries shall use truck routes whenever possible to reach their initial destination; trucks may leave truck routes using the most direct route between stops and back to a truck route. Appropriate signs shall be posted upon such truck routes.

(Ord. 2273, Sec. 1)

It shall be unlawful to park any truck as stated in section 14- 215 within the city limits except in the following designated truck park area: On Jackson Street (Market Street) between Broadway and Seventh Street, as marked.

(Ord. 2273, Sec. 2)

The city clerk and chief of police shall keep and maintain accurate maps setting out truck routes on which truck traffic is permitted; the maps shall be kept on file in the office of the city clerk and shall be available to the public for inspection.

(Ord. 2273, Sec. 3)

(a)   Except as set forth herein, it shall be illegal for anyone to stop, stand or park any vehicle, trailer, or implement of husbandry, as they are defined in the Uniform Standard Traffic Ordinance, upon any lawn or yard within any residential district, as established by the zoning regulation, within the City of Sterling, Kansas, except in the following situations:

(1)   Vehicles parked within a clearly and permanently established parking area or driveway which is surfaced with an all-weather material such as, asphalt, concrete, brick, rock, gravel, etc.

(2)   Vehicles which are parked in permanently established parking areas or driveways prior to the adoption of the ordinance and by continuous usage regardless of the type of surface material.

(3)   Vehicles parked upon one's own property and adjacent to a platted alley within the City.

(4)   Vehicles temporarily parked upon any lawn or yard when being used for moving purposes.

(b)   Whenever any vehicle, trailer or implement of husbandry is found in violation of this ordinance and the driver thereof cannot be determined, the officer shall take the registration number, and any other information displayed upon such vehicle that may be used to identify it, and shall conspicuously affix to such vehicle a traffic citation.

(c)   Penalties.

(1)   If a violator of this section does not appear in response to the traffic citation within a 5 day period from the date of the issuance of the citation, or a longer period of time, if the next regularly scheduled Municipal Court date is beyond such 5 day period, then the Clerk shall send to the owner of such vehicle, trailer or implement of husbandry a letter informing the owner of the violation of this ordinance and warning that in the event the letter is disregarded for the period of time stated in the letter, a warrant of arrest shall be issued.

(2)   Upon a first violation of this section the violator shall be fined an amount of $10.00. Upon a second violation of this section the violator shall be fined an amount of $20.00. Third and subsequent violations shall be assessed a fine of $30.00.

(3)   In any prosecution charging a violation of this section, each 5 day period shall constitute a separate violation.

(d)   For purposes of prosecution of violations of this section, proof that a particular vehicle was parked in violation of this section, together with proof that the person named on the traffic citation is the registered owner of such vehicle, shall constitute a prima facie presumption that the registered owner of such vehicle was the person who parked such vehicle at the place and time the citation was issued.

(Ord. 2391)