Sec. 26.1 Uniform Rules of the Road; Adoption by References
Pursuant to Georgia Code Annotated, Title 40, Sections 68A-1503 through Sections 68A-1507, Chapters
68A-1 to 68A-15, inclusive, of that title known as the "Uniform Rules Of the Road" are hereby adopted as and for the traffic regulations of this municipality with the like effect as if recited herin.
Sec. 26.2 Violation of License Provisions, Driver's Licensing Act; Adoption by Reference
Pursuant to Georgia Code Annotated, section 68B-405, the provisions of Chapter 68B-4 designated as section 68B-401 through section 68B-405, inclusive,known as the "Violation of license Provisions," are hereby adopted by reference as and for the local law and ordinance of the municipality with like effect as if recited herein.
Sec 26. 3 Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Repartions Act; Adoption by Reference
Pursuant to Georgia Code Annotated Section 56-3415b, the provisions of Georgia Code Annotated Section 46-9915.2 known as "Penalties for Violation of chapter 56-34B, the Georgia Motor Vehicle Accident Reparations Act" are hereby adopted by reference as and for the local law and ordinance of the municipalitywith like effect as if recited herein.
Sec. 26.4 Penalties- Punishment; Procedure
1. Punishment for violation of chapter: Unless another penalty is expressly provided by law, every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punished as provided in section 1.8 of the City Charter for the City Charter of Emerson
2. Forms of notice to violaters: forms for notifying violaters to appear and answer to charges of violating traffic laws and ordinances shall be approved by the city superintendent and chief of police.
3. Failure to obey summons: Any person who violates a notice to appear given by an officer upon arrest for any traffic violation is guilty of an offense regardless of the diposition of the charge on which he was originally arrested.
4. Duty of police as to illegally parked vehicles; notice attached to vehicle: Whenever any motor vehicle without a driver is found parked or stopped in violation of any of the restrictions imposed by this chapter or other ordinance of the city or by the state law.
Sec.26.5 Same - Impounding of Vehicles:
1. Authority to Establish Vehicle Pounds: The chief of Police is hereby authorized to create a vehicle pound to which automobiles and other vehicles may be removed by police officers. Such pound may be located at such places as may be designated by the chief of police.
2. When Vehicle May Be Impounded: Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked in any place within the city where parking is not permitted at that time, or whenever any vehicle shall be found parked in violation of the terms of this chapter or any other ordinance relating to traffic, such vehicle may be removed and conveyed by any member of the police department, by means of towing the same, or otherwise, to a vehicle pound.
3. Immediate Record of Impounding to be Made: It shall be the duty of the officer so impounding a vehicle to immediatly report the fact of such impounding, together with any other information which will defiantly identify the vehicle, to the chief of police, who shall cause a permanent record to be made thereof.
4. Impounding Fees, Etc: Fees for removal, impounding and storage of vehicles shall be determined by the city superintendent.
5. Release of Impounded Vehicles- When Fees Paid: Any person claiming any impounded vehicle shall produce evidence of his identiity and ownership or right of possession to the chief of police and pay to the operator of the pound the fees for removal and storage, for which a receipt shall be given. An order shall then be issued by the chief of police to the operator of the pound to discharge the vehicle and to deliver the same to such person. Thereupon the impounded vehicle shall be surrendered by the operator of the pound who shall take a receipt in duplicate for such impounded vehicle, which receipt shall defiantly identify the vehicle, one copy of which shall become a permanent record of the police department.
6. Same- When Payment of Fees Protested: In case protest is made against the payment of any impounding or storage fee, the chief of police may authorize the person in charge of the impounded vehicle to discharge the same upon the following terms and conditions:
A. The person making such protest shall be charged with a violation of this chapter or other traffic ordinance and required to make bond for his appearance and trial before the reorder. Therupon, the chief of police shall authorize the person in charge of the impounded vehicle to deliver it to such person.
B. If such person is convicted of violating this chapter or other traffic ordinance by the recorder, in addition to other costs, the recorder shall assess as costs the fees for removal and storage which have accumulated in connection with the impounding of such vehicle.
7. Dipostion of Unclaimed Vehicles: In the event of any impounded car is not claimed within sixty (60) days from the date it is impounded, the chief of police shall proceed to sell such car as provided by law, and from the proceeds of such sale pay the accrued storage charges and pay the balance, if any, to the city treasurer.
8. Pound Records Generally: It shall be the duty of the chief of police to keep a permanent record of all vehicles committed to the pound, the names and addresses of the owners of such vehicles, the numbers of their state license tags and the nature and circumstances of each violation, as well as the disposition of each case.
9. Impounding Not to Preclude Other Prosecution: The impounding of a vehicle shall not prevent or preclude prosecution for violations of the penal provisions of this chapter or any other ordinance relating to traffic.
Sec. 26. 6 Speed Limits
The maximum speed of motor vehicles using the streets shall be as provided in the rules of the road adopted by the section 26.1. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of such limits.
Sec.26.7 Bicycles- Prohibited on Sidewalks, and Paths in Parks
No bicycle operated upon any public sidewalk, or upon any pedestrian path in the public parks.
No person operating a bicycle upon a public street shall participate in any race or speed or endurance contest with any other vehicle.
Sec. 26.9 Same-Acrobatic Riding
No rider of a bicycle shall remove both ahnds from the handlebars, or feet from the pedals, or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street.
Sec. 26.10 Roller Skating or Skateboarding- Prohibited on the Streets
It shall be unlawful for any person to roller skate or to skateboard on the streets orpublic squares.
Sec.26.28 Backing to Curb
It shall be unlawful for any person to back a vehicle into a curb for the pupose of loading or unloading without the written persmission from the police.
Sec.26.29 Designating and Marking Parking Prohibitions, Limitations and Restrictions
The mayor, with the approval of the council , is authorized to designate streets or portions therof upon which is prohibited, limited or otherwise restricted. The mayor shall have signs or markings erected giving notice of such prohibition, limitation or restriction; and it shall be unlawful for any person to park a vehicle in violation of such signs or markings.
Sec. 26.36 Maximum time for Blocking Streets
It shall be unlawful for any railroad operating trains or cars into, out of, or through the city to allow, permit or cause any of the rolling stock of any such railroad to be and remain on any of the streets of said city for a longer time than ten (10) minutes at any one time, so as to block other vehicular traffic or travel along any of such streets.
Sec. 26.37 Speed Limits
Trains and Locomotives while being operated through the city shall not operate or be run at a speed which is in excess of forty-five (45) miles per hour.