Town of Woodbridge, CT
New Haven County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Selectmen of the Town of Woodbridge 5-2-1983 as Ch. 4, Art. X, of the 1983 Code[1]; amended 2-19-1992; 12-9-1998, effective 1-9-1999. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Citation hearing procedure — See Ch. 15.
New Haven Transit District — See Ch. 80.
Hawking and peddling — See Ch. 258.
Delinquent motor vehicle taxes — See Ch. 382, Art. V.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 375.
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Editor's Note: This chapter was originally adopted by the Board of Selectmen 3-12-1980.

§ 397-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE
A motorized vehicle, not suitable for operation on a highway, that is not more than 50 inches in width; has a dry weight of not more than 600 pounds; travels on three or more low-pressure tires; and has a seat or saddle designed to be straddled by the operator.
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE
Any vehicle designed or used to transport merchandise, freight, or employees of the registrant or other passengers with their necessary personal belongings.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
Any vehicles other than those registered as passenger vehicles.
HIGHWAY
Any state or other public highway, road, street, avenue, alley, driveway, parkway, or place, under the control of the state or any political subdivision of the state, dedicated, appropriated, or opened to public travel or other use.
INTERSECTING HIGHWAY
Any public highway which joins another at an angle, whether or not it crosses the other.
LOCAL AUTHORITIES
Includes the Board of Selectmen, Chief of Police, local Traffic Authority, or other officials having authority for the enactment or enforcement of traffic regulations within the Town of Woodbridge.
OWNER
Any person holding title to a vehicle, or having the legal right to register the same, including purchases under conditional bills of sale.
PARKED VEHICLE
Any vehicle in a stationary position within the limit of a public highway.
PARKING
Leaving of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon a highway otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of, and while actually engaged in, receiving or discharging passengers, or loading or unloading merchandise (other than from vehicle to vehicle), or in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs and signals.
PASSENGER AND COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE
A motor vehicle used for passenger and commercial purposes.
STANDING
Same as parking.
TRAILER
Any rubber tired vehicle without motive power drawn or propelled by a motor vehicle.
VEHICLE
Any combustion engine vehicle, device, or trailer used for conveyance, drawing, or other transportation of persons or property when on a public highway.

§ 397-2 Parking restricted during storms.

A. 
No vehicle may park on any highway of the Town of Woodbridge so as to interfere with operations for the removal of snow and/or the sanding of highways during the time of falling snow, sleet, or freezing rain and thereafter until the highway has been cleared of snow or sanded.
B. 
In addition to the fine assessed for the violation, any police officer of this municipality, by the direction of the Chief of Police, upon discovery of any vehicle in violation of this chapter, may remove this vehicle and cause this vehicle to be stored at a designated garage. All charges relating to the towing and storage of this vehicle will be the responsibility of the registered owner of the vehicle.

§ 397-3 Parking of commercial vehicles and trailers.

A. 
No commercial vehicle may remain parked on any highway of the Town of Woodbridge between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. in an area designated by the Zoning Regulations of the Town as a "Residence A" zone.
[Amended 10-14-2009, effective 11-13-2009]
B. 
No commercial vehicle, having a gross vehicular weight in excess of 7,500 pounds, may remain parked on any highway of the Town of Woodbridge, other than set forth in Subsection A of this section, between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m.
C. 
No commercial vehicle may remain parked on any highway of the Town of Woodbridge at any time for the purpose of loading and/or unloading personal property from vehicle to vehicle.
D. 
No commercial vehicle may remain parked on any highway of the Town of Woodbridge at any time for the purpose of loading or unloading construction equipment onto the highway.
E. 
No trailer may remain parked on any highway in the Town of Woodbridge, whether attached or detached to a motor vehicle, so as to impair or obstruct vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

§ 397-4 Operation of motor vehicles on Town-owned property.

Motor vehicles, including any motor-operated vehicle such as minibikes, motorcycles, mopeds, dirt bikes, snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles, will not be allowed on any property owned by the Town of Woodbridge or any open space under the jurisdiction of the Town, except that motor vehicles may enter areas owned by or under the jurisdiction of the Town where allowed by posting or delineation to park in designated areas.

§ 397-5 Impoundment; redemption; notice.

A. 
Illegally parked vehicle. Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked in any parking space overtime and beyond the period of legal parking time established for such place by the Traffic Authority, or shall be found parked therein during any period when parking is prohibited, or shall be found parked in such a manner as to interfere with or hamper the effective removal of snow from streets and highways of the Town as provided under § 397-2, or shall be found parking in violation of any of the provisions of any resolution, rule, regulation or order of the Traffic Authority, the vehicle may be removed or conveyed, by or under direction of the Department of Police, by means of towing the same, or otherwise, to a commercial or public garage or its premises, and such removal shall be at the risk and expense of the owner. The registered owner of a vehicle shall be presumed to be prima facie responsible for compliance with any requirement of this chapter and to be prima facie responsible for any violation hereof, except that it shall be a defense that the vehicle has been previously reported to the Police Department as stolen.
[Amended 10-14-2009, effective 11-13-2009]
B. 
Removal by Town. The Town's Traffic Authority is authorized and empowered to cause the removal from any highway, Town road, or property coming under the jurisdiction of the Town of Woodbridge, or from any state highway, except limited access highways, within the territorial limits within the Town of Woodbridge, any abandoned or unregistered motor vehicle, and motor vehicles which are a menace to traffic, or public health, or safety. In doing so, the procedure for such removal as set forth in § 14-145 or 14-150 of the Connecticut General Statutes is applicable.
C. 
Redemption. Before the owner or person in charge of vehicle shall be permitted to remove the same from the custody of the Department of Police, he shall furnish evidence of his identity and ownership or right to possession and shall sign a receipt for the vehicle. All costs of the towing, and any subsequent storage charges, shall be the liability of the registered owner of the vehicle, and shall be paid to the owner of the commercial or public garage to which the vehicle shall have been removed. However, a police officer may, in lieu of towing the vehicle to the commercial or public garage or its premises, serve upon the owner or operator of the vehicle, or attach to the vehicle, a notice directing the owner or operator thereof to appear at the office of police headquarters of the Town before the time specified in the notice.

§ 397-6 Enforcement; penalties for offenses; hearing procedures for parking violations.

Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not more than $100. The Board of Selectmen shall have the authority to establish a schedule of fines for voluntary payment for a violation of any section of this chapter.
A. 
If voluntary appearance and payment are made within the specified period of 10 calendar days at the Record Division of the Woodbridge Police Department, 4 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge, CT, between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, or if payment is by use of the postal service within said period, acceptance of such payment by this Town shall constitute a waiver of the right to further prosecution of each such violation.
B. 
In the event the penalties set forth herein are not paid in full within 10 calendar days following the date of the violation, said penalty shall double. Nothing in this section shall prevent the Town from prosecuting and levying fines up to the maximum provided in state statutes for violations of traffic regulations, or pursuing lawful civil remedies whenever the requirements of this section are not fully complied with.
C. 
The parking violation hearing procedure as set forth in Chapter 15, Citation Hearing Procedure, of this Code and in § 7-152b of the General Statutes of the State of Connecticut is hereby adopted by the Town of Woodbridge as its hearing procedure, and the First Selectman and the Traffic Authority of the Town of Woodbridge are hereby directed to implement and follow said procedure in the enforcement of this chapter, except that this procedure as adopted for abandoned, unregistered motor vehicles and motor vehicles which are a menace to traffic shall be handled in accordance with statutes pertaining specifically to those violations as referenced in § 397-5B.
D. 
The Traffic Authority is authorized and empowered to adopt and amend, as necessary, a schedule of fines for violations of the provisions of this chapter and/or the rules, regulations, or restrictions adopted by the Traffic Authority pursuant to this chapter. The Traffic Authority shall give consideration to the severity of the fine and the danger posed to the public when adopting such fine schedule. No fine shall be less than $15 or more than $100 for any single violation. The Traffic Authority shall file with the Woodbridge Town Clerk any schedule of fines, rules, regulations, or restrictions adopted or amended pursuant to this chapter.
[Amended 10-14-2009, effective 11-13-2009]

§ 397-7 Penalties for parking and operation on Town property offenses.

[Amended 10-14-2009, effective 11-13-2009]
No person shall operate any vehicle in violation of § 397-4 nor shall any person stop, stand or leave any vehicle in any of the following places or cause a violation of any of the following restrictions, subject to the penalty indicated:
A. 
Group I: penalty of $15 for violation of parking provisions:
(1) 
Parking in restricted area.
(2) 
Parking heading against traffic.
(3) 
Obstructing entrance to public building.
(4) 
Parking in bus stop.
(5) 
Parking on sidewalk.
B. 
Group II: penalty of $25 for violation of parking provisions:
(1) 
Parking within 25 feet of intersection.
(2) 
Parking as to obstruct driveway.
(3) 
Parking within 25 feet of stop sign.
(4) 
Parking on highway constituting traffic hazard.
(5) 
Parking within 10 feet of fire hydrant.
(6) 
Parking in designated fire lane.
(7) 
Obstructing snow removal.
(8) 
First Selectman's proclamation.
C. 
Group III: penalty of $35 for violation of parking provisions:
(1) 
Commercial vehicle parked.
(2) 
Residential area.
(3) 
Commercial vehicle unloading.
(4) 
Equipment on highway.
(5) 
Unattended trailer on highway.
D. 
Group IV: penalty of $50 for violation of parking provisions:
(1) 
Handicapped parking zone.
E. 
Group V: penalty of $100, operation of prohibited motor vehicle on Town property:
(1) 
Any person operating a motor vehicle prohibited from operating on Town-owned property or property under the jurisdiction of the Town.

§ 397-8 Exceptions.

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply when any vehicle is held stationary by order of any police officer; or to any vehicle while responding to an emergency.

§ 397-9 Prohibition on blocking intersections.

[Added 7-14-2011, effective 8-15-2011]
This section is enacted in accordance with Connecticut Public Act No. 09-171.
A. 
No operator of a motor vehicle, other than a tractor-trailer unit, as defined in Connecticut General Statutes Section 14-1, shall proceed into any intersection that has been designated in Subsection C herein, except when making a turn, unless there is sufficient space on the opposite side of the intersection to accommodate such motor vehicle without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding the indication of a traffic control signal that would permit such operator to proceed into the intersection.
B. 
The Town of Woodbridge shall:
(1) 
Post signs at each designated intersection indicating that blocking the intersection is prohibited and violators are subject to a fine; and
(2) 
Mark, in white paint, the boundary of such designated intersections with a line not less than one foot in width and the area within such boundary line with parallel diagonal lines not less than one foot in width.
C. 
The provisions of Subsections A and B shall apply to the following designated intersections within the Town of Woodbridge:
(1) 
Litchfield Turnpike (Route 69) at Lucy Street.
D. 
Any person who violates the provisions of Subsection A of this section shall have committed an infraction and shall be subject to penalties established by the State of Connecticut for such offense.