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Speed and Vehicular Laws in Emmetsburg

September 7, 2017
by Anna Veltri , Emmetsburg News

This ordinance column is a continuation of the Emmetsburg Traffic Ordinances that began in The Reporter on Tuesday, September 5. The Code of Traffic spans across chapters 60-70 in the Emmetsburg Book of Ordinances.

Chapter 63 in the Code of Ordinances addresses speed regulations in Emmetsburg. In general, "every driver of a motor vehicle on a street shall drive the same, at a careful and prudent speed not greater than nor less than is reasonable and proper, having due regard to traffic, surface and width of the street and or any other conditions then existing and no person shall drive a vehicle on any street at a speed greater than will permit said driver to bring it to a stop within the assured clear distance ahead, such driver having the right to assume, however, that all persons using said street will observe the law."

The State Code says that in a business district no one is to exceed 20 miles per hour; in a residential or school district no one shall exceed 25 miles per hour; in a suburban district no one should exceed 45 miles per hour; in a public park, cemetery, or parking lot, no one should exceed 15 miles per hour unless otherwise posted as a special speed zone.

Emmetsburg's special speed zones include: the entire business district which is posted at 25 miles per hour; Main Street from Monroe St to 900 Block of Main Street is posted as 35 mph; Main Street from Madison to King Street is posted as 35 mph; Broadway from 14th street to 25th Street is posted as 35 mph; College Drive from U.S. Highway 18 and Iowa Highway 4 to North Lawler Street is posted as 35 mph; Huron Street from Main Street to 360th Street is 35 mph; Main Street from the 400 Block to College Drive is posted as 50 mph.

A person shall not drive a motor vehicle so slow that it impedes or blocks normal and reasonable movement of traffic.

Chapter 64 explains turning regulations in Emmetsburg. When a driver attempts to make a right turn, "the right turn shall be made as close as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway." A left turn shall be executed as to keep the car to the right of the centerline of the roadway.

Stop and Yield Ordinances are explained in chapter 65. According to this ordinance, "every driver of a vehicle shall stop, unless a yield is permitted by this chapter, before entering an intersection with the following designated through streets: U.S. Highway 18 and Iowa Highway 4." Even if a stop sign is not on display, a person must still stop before turning onto either of these highways.

In a school-crossing zone, a driver must make his vehicle come to a complete stop no less than 10 feet from the approach side of the crosswalk marked by an authorized school stop sign. In order to keep the children of Emmetsburg safe, the driver should then proceed in a careful and prudent manner until clear of the school-crossing zone.

Finally, chapter 65 addresses pedestrians in a crosswalk, "the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping, if need be, to yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within any marked crosswalk or within any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection."

There are many crosswalks around town and it is important to maintain vigilance for pedestrians in any of these crossing areas.

The Emmetsburg Traffic Ordinances will continue in The Reporter on Tuesday, September 12, 2017.



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