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Embargo and Parking Laws

September 12, 2017
by Anna Veltri , Emmetsburg News

Today's article is a continuation of the Emmetsburg Traffic Ordinances that have run in the past two issues of the newspaper. This article will address the final chapters regarding vehicular laws in Emmetsburg.

Chapter 66 includes load and weight restrictions in Emmetsburg. A temporary embargo may be declared when a road begins to deteriorate due to rain, slow, or other climactic conditions. If the road is unable to bear the weight of certain vehicles without being damaged or destroyed, the city may declare it unusable.

The Police Chief may grant a special permit to any vehicle operator whose size or weight exceeds the maximum as specified by law for streets or bridges. The driver of the vehicle must apply for such a special permit in order to receive written permission.

Chapter 67 addresses pedestrians in Emmetsburg. When walking in the streets of the city, a person must always walk on the left side of the street. No person shall stand in the travel portion of the street in order to solicit a ride from the driver of any privately owned vehicles. All pedestrians must cross the street within a marked or unmarked crosswalk at an intersection. If a person crosses at any other point in the roadway, he must yield the right-of-way to all vehicles on the road.

Chapter 69 of the Code of Ordinances explicates parking regulations in Emmetsburg. When parking adjacent to a curb, no person shall park a vehicle other than parallel with the edge of the roadway headed in the direction of traffic movement. The left-hand wheels must be within 18 inches of the curb or the edge of the roadway.

Angled or diagonal parking is permitted in the following locations: 600,700, and 800 blocks of Broadway Street; 2000 and 2100 blocks of 11th Street; 2000, 2100, and 2200 blocks of 10th Street; 800 Block of Union Street.

On the streets that permit angle parking, "no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than at an angle to the curb or edge of the roadway or in the center of the roadway as indicated by such signs and markings. No part of any vehicle, or the load thereon, when parked within a diagonal parking district, shall extend into the roadway more than a distance of 16 feet when measured at right angles to the adjacent or edge of roadway."

It is illegal for a person to park a vehicle on public property for more than 48 hours unless for reasons including sale, repair, advertising, or merchandise sales.

Parking is prohibited on crosswalks, in front of mailboxes, blocking a public or private driveway, in front of a fire hydrant, at a stop sign or signal, at a railroad crossing, or within 20 feet of the driveway entrance of a fire station. No car shall occupy more than one parking space.

During snow removal months, no person shall park, abandon, or leave any vehicle unattended on a public or city owned street or off-street unless the snow has already been removed from said area and the snow has stopped falling.

Finally, chapter 70 explains traffic code enforcement procedures. If an officer has reasonable cause to believe that a person has violated any of the Emmetsburg traffic laws, he may immediately arrest that person or issue a citation.

A person may be fined $5.00 for improper parking unless they illegally park in a person with disabilities parking spot at which point the fine will be raised to $100. If a person fails to pay the fine, they could be subject the filing of a complaint in District Court.

If a person leaves their vehicle unattended while in violation of Emmetsburg traffic laws, a notice of fine or citation shall be attached to the vehicle in a conspicuous location.

This article completes the Emmetsburg Traffic Code series that we have run over the last three newspapers.



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