City of Mendota, IL
La Salle County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Mendota as Ch. 41 of the 1998 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Railroads — See Ch. 236.
Taxicabs — See Ch. 274.
Impounding of vehicles — See Ch. 310.
Attachment 1 - Designated Snowmobile Routes

§ 305-1 Definitions.

§ 305-2 Adoption of Illinois Vehicle Code provisions.

§ 305-3 Through streets.

§ 305-4 One-way streets or alleys.

§ 305-5 Reckless, negligent or careless driving.

§ 305-6 Stop streets.

§ 305-7 Lights on vehicles.

§ 305-8 Yield right-of-way streets.

§ 305-9 Posting signs.

§ 305-10 U-turns.

§ 305-11 No left or right turns.

§ 305-12 Traffic not to be obstructed.

§ 305-13 Bicycles on sidewalks.

§ 305-14 Bicycle coasting.

§ 305-15 Riding on bicycles and motorcycles.

§ 305-16 Safe bicycle operation.

§ 305-17 Bicycle use regulations.

§ 305-18 Use of snowmobiles.

§ 305-19 Clinging to vehicles.

§ 305-20 Use of coasters, roller skates and similar devices.

§ 305-21 Parking at curbs.

§ 305-22 Funeral or other processions.

§ 305-23 Semi-truck or other vehicle parking.

§ 305-24 Other parking restrictions.

§ 305-25 Limited-load streets.

§ 305-26 Vehicles for sale.

§ 305-27 Cab stands and bus stops.

§ 305-28 Lights.

§ 305-29 Towing of vehicles in violation.

§ 305-30 Responsibility of owner.

§ 305-31 Gas and smoke emissions.

§ 305-32 Driving unsafe vehicles.

§ 305-33 Spilling loads.

§ 305-34 Tires.

§ 305-35 Unnecessary noise.

§ 305-36 Clear vision.

§ 305-37 Speed limits; park weight limits.

§ 305-38 All-night parking.

§ 305-39 Parking after snowfall.

§ 305-40 Parking during street cleaning.

§ 305-41 Limited parking.

§ 305-42 Parking in alleys.

§ 305-43 Parking on private property.

§ 305-44 Parking signs.

§ 305-45 No parking.

§ 305-46 Parking prohibited in certain places.

§ 305-47 Stopping or parking near hazardous or congested places.

§ 305-48 Parking adjacent to schools.

§ 305-49 Parking on narrow streets.

§ 305-50 Prohibited parking.

§ 305-51 Time-limit parking.

§ 305-52 Handicapped persons parking.

§ 305-53 Obedience to police.

§ 305-54 Scene of fire.

§ 305-55 Signs and signals.

§ 305-56 Ambulances and rescue vehicles.

§ 305-57 Animals.

§ 305-58 Exemptions.

§ 305-59 Rules for driving.

§ 305-60 Unattended vehicles.

§ 305-61 Railroad grade crossings.

§ 305-62 Backing.

§ 305-63 Restricted access.

§ 305-64 School buses.

§ 305-65 Following too closely.

§ 305-66 Pedestrians.

§ 305-67 No-parking places.

§ 305-68 Loading zones; standing restrictions.

§ 305-69 Brakes.

§ 305-70 Audible signaling devices.

§ 305-71 Nonskid devices.

§ 305-72 Width, length and height of vehicles; projecting loads.

§ 305-73 Weight of vehicles.

§ 305-74 Liquor or drugs.

§ 305-75 Accidents.

§ 305-76 Citations and complaints.

§ 305-77 Violations and penalties.

§ 305-78 Bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller skis and play vehicles.

§ 305-1 Definitions. [1]

Words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in Chapter 1 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/1-100 et seq.), as amended.
ALLEY
A public way within a block generally giving access to the rear of lots or buildings, and not used for general traffic circulation.
AMBULANCE
Any publicly or privately owned vehicle which is specifically designed, constructed or modified and equipped, and is intended to be used for, and is maintained or operated for the emergency transportation of persons who are sick, injured, wounded or otherwise incapacitated or helpless.
BICYCLE
Every device propelled by human power, upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices.
BUSINESS DISTRICT
The territory of any city, village or incorporated town contiguous to and including a highway when, within any 600 feet along such highway, there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including but not limited to hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations, and public buildings which occupy at least 300 feet of frontage on one side or 300 feet collectively on both sides of the highway.
CONTROLLED-ACCESS HIGHWAY
Every street or highway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at such points only as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over such street or highway.
A. 
That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway, and in the absence of a sidewalk on one side of the highway, that part of the highway included within the extension of the lateral line of the existing sidewalk to the side of the highway without the sidewalk, with such extension forming a right angle to the center line of the highway
B. 
Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface placed in accordance with the provisions in the Manual adopted by the Department of Transportation as authorized in 625 ILCS 5/11-301.
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
EMERGENCY VEHICLE
Police vehicles, vehicles of the Fire Department, ambulances, vehicles carrying a state, county or municipal officer or employee in response to an emergency call, and emergency vehicles of public service corporations on an emergency call.
EXPLOSIVE
Any chemical compound or mechanical mixture that is commonly used or intended for the purpose of producing an explosion and which contains any oxidizing and combustive units or other ingredients in such proportions, quantities, or packing that ignition by fire, by friction, by concussion, by percussion, or by a detonator of any part of the compound or mixture may cause such a sudden generation of high-heated gases that the resultant gaseous pressures are capable of producing destructible effects on contiguous objects or of destroying life or limb.
FLAMMABLE LIQUIDS
Any liquid which has a flash point of 70° F. or less, as determined by tagliabue or equivalent closed-cup test device.
IMPROVED HIGHWAY
A roadway of concrete, brick, asphalt, macadam or gravel.
A. 
The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curblines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different roadways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.
B. 
Where a highway includes two roadways 40 feet or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
C. 
The junction of an alley with a street or highway does not constitute an intersection.
LANED ROADWAY
A street, the roadway of which is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
LOADING ZONE
The space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.
MOTORCYCLE
Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Every vehicle which is self-propelled and every vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead wires, but not operated upon rails, except for vehicles moved solely by human power, motorized wheelchairs, low-speed electric bicycles, and low-speed gas bicycles. For purposes of this chapter, motor vehicles are divided into two divisions:
A. 
First Division: those motor vehicles which are designed for the carrying of not more than 10 persons.
B. 
Second Division: those motor vehicles which are designed for carrying more than 10 persons, those motor vehicles designed or used for living quarters, those motor vehicles which are designed for pulling or carrying freight, cargo or implements of husbandry, and those motor vehicles of the First Division remodelled for use and used as motor vehicles of the Second Division.
PARK
To stand a vehicle, whether occupied or not, for a period of time greater than is reasonably necessary for the actual loading or unloading of persons or merchandise.
PEDESTRIAN
Any person afoot or wearing in-line speed skates, including a person with a physical, hearing or visual disability.
PNEUMATIC TIRE
Every tire in which compressed air is designed to support the load.
PROPERTY LINE
The line marking the boundary between any street and the lots or property abutting thereon.
PUBLIC BUILDING
A building used by the municipality, the county, any park district, school district, the State of Illinois, or the United States Government.
RESCUE VEHICLE
Any publicly or privately owned vehicle which is specifically designed, configured, and equipped for the performance of access and extrication of persons from hazardous or life-endangering situations, as well as for the emergency transportation of persons who are sick, injured, wounded or otherwise incapacitated or helpless.
RESIDENCE DISTRICT
The territory of any city, village, or incorporated town contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on such highway for a distance of 300 feet or more is in the main improved with residences and buildings in use for business. For purposes of establishing maximum speed limits, a residence district shall be at least a quarter of a mile long, with residences or residences and buildings in use for businesses spaced no more than 500 feet apart.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
The privilege of the immediate use of the roadway.
SAFETY ZONE
The area of space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.
A. 
Every motor vehicle, except as provided in Subsection B of this definition, owned or operated by or for any of the following entities for the transportation of persons regularly enrolled as students in grade 12 or below in connection with any activity of such entity:
(1) 
Any public or private primary or secondary school;
(2) 
Any primary or secondary school operated by a religious institution; or
(3) 
Any public, private or religious nursery school.
B. 
This definition shall not include the following:
(1) 
A bus operated by a public utility, municipal corporation or common carrier authorized to conduct local or interurban transportation of passengers when such bus is not traveling a specific school bus route but is:
(a) 
On a regularly scheduled route for the transportation of other fare-paying passengers;
(b) 
Furnishing charter service for the transportation of groups on field trips or other special trips or in connection with other special events; or
(c) 
Being used for shuttle service between attendance centers or other educational facilities.
(2) 
A motor vehicle of the First Division.
(3) 
A multifunction school-activity bus.
SEMI-TRAILER
Every vehicle without motive power designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that some part of its weight and that of its load rests upon or is carried by another vehicle.
SIDEWALK
That portion of a street between the curbline or roadway and the adjacent property line designated for pedestrian use.
SOLID TIRE
Every tire of rubber or other resilient material which does not depend upon compressed air for the support of the load.
STREET or HIGHWAY
The entire width between property lines or every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter of right, for the purpose of vehicular traffic.
THROUGH HIGHWAY
Every highway or portion thereof at the entrance to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to stop before entering or crossing the same and when stop signs are erected as provided in this chapter.
TRAFFIC
Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles and other conveyances, whether singly or together, while using any highway for the purpose of travel.
TRAILER
Every vehicle without motive power designed for carrying passengers or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.
TRUCK TRACTOR
Every motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.
URBAN DISTRICT
The territory contiguous to and including any street which is built up with structures devoted to business, industry or dwelling houses situated at intervals of less than 100 feet for a distance of 1/4 mile or more.
A. 
Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway or requiring a certificate of title under 625 ILCS 5/3-101(d), except devices moved by human power, devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks and snowmobiles as defined in the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act (625 ILCS 40/1-1 et seq.).
B. 
For the purposes of this chapter, unless otherwise prescribed, a device shall be considered to be a vehicle until such time as it either comes within the definition of a junk vehicle, as defined under this chapter, or a junking certificate is issued for it.
C. 
For purposes of this chapter, vehicles are divided into two divisions:
(1) 
First Division: those motor vehicles which are designed for the carrying of not more than 10 persons.
(2) 
Second Division: those vehicles which are designed for carrying more than 10 persons, those designed or used for living quarters and those vehicles which are designed for pulling or carrying property, freight or cargo, those motor vehicles of the First Division remodelled for use and used as motor vehicles of the Second Division, and those motor vehicles of the First Division used and registered as school buses.
YIELD RIGHT-OF-WAY
When required by an official sign, the act of granting the privilege of the immediate use of the intersection roadway, provided that when the roadway is clear the vehicle may proceed into the intersection.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-2 Adoption of Illinois Vehicle Code provisions.

The applicable sections of the Illinois Vehicle Code, Chapter 625 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes, as amended, exclusive of any provisions thereof relating to the penalties or the punishment to be imposed for violations of such sections, are adopted and by reference made a part of this code with the same force and effect as though "section" shall mean this chapter of this code, whenever necessary to effectuate the meaning of this section.

§ 305-3 Through streets.

The streets and parts of streets of the City designated by ordinance as through streets are hereby declared to be through streets. The driver of a vehicle shall stop at the entrance to a through street and shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles which have entered the intersection or which are approaching so close on the through street as to constitute an immediate hazard unless directed otherwise by a traffic officer or a traffic control signal.

§ 305-4 One-way streets or alleys.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle on any streets or alleys designated as one-way streets or alleys by ordinance in any direction other than that so designated.

§ 305-5 Reckless, negligent or careless driving.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle in the City in a careless, reckless, negligent or wanton manner, or carelessly so as to endanger life or property.

§ 305-6 Stop streets.

The driver of a vehicle shall stop in obedience to a stop sign at an intersection where a stop sign is erected pursuant to ordinance at one or more entrances thereto, and shall proceed cautiously, yielding to the vehicles not so obliged to stop which are within the intersection or approaching so close as to constitute an immediate hazard, unless traffic at such intersection is controlled by a police officer on duty, in which event the directions of the police officer shall be complied with.

§ 305-7 Lights on vehicles. [1]

In accordance with 625 ILCS 5/12-201 and 5/12-205:
A. 
When operated upon any highway in this state, every motorcycle shall at all times exhibit at least one lighted lamp, showing a white light visible for at least 500 feet in the direction in which the motorcycle is proceeding. However, in lieu of such lighted lamp, a motorcycle may be equipped with and use a means of modulating the upper beam of the head lamp between high and a lower brightness. No such head lamp shall be modulated, except to otherwise comply with this code, during times when lighted lamps are required for other motor vehicles.
B. 
All other motor vehicles shall exhibit at least two lighted head lamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, which satisfy United States Department of Transportation requirements, showing white lights, including that emitted by high-intensity discharge (HID) lamps, or lights of a yellow or amber tint, during the period from sunset to sunrise, at times when rain, snow, fog, or other atmospheric conditions require the use of windshield wipers, and at any other times when, due to insufficient light or unfavorable atmospheric conditions, persons and vehicles on the highway are not clearly discernible at a distance of 1,000 feet. Parking lamps may be used in addition to but not in lieu of such head lamps. Every motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer shall also exhibit at least two lighted lamps, commonly known as "tail lamps," which shall be mounted on the left rear and right rear of the vehicle so as to throw a red light visible for at least 500 feet in the reverse direction, except that a truck tractor or road tractor manufactured before January 1, 1968, and all motorcycles need be equipped with only one such tail lamp.
C. 
Either a tail lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light a rear registration plate when required and render it clearly legible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear. Any tail lamp or tail lamps, together with any separate lamp or lamps for illuminating a rear registration plate, shall be so wired as to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted.
D. 
A person shall install only head lamps that satisfy United States Department of Transportation regulations and show white light, including that emitted by HID lamps, or light of a yellow or amber tint for use by a motor vehicle.
E. 
Every vehicle, including animal-drawn vehicles, referred to in Subsection B, not specifically required by the provisions of this chapter to be equipped with lamps or other lighting devices, shall at all times specified in Subsections A through D be equipped with at least two lamps on the power or towing unit, displaying a white light visible from a distance of not less than 1,000 feet to the front of such vehicle and shall also be equipped with two lamps each displaying a red light visible from a distance of not less than 1,000 feet to the rear of such vehicle.
(1) 
Where the towed unit or any load thereon partially or totally obscures the two lamps displaying red light to the rear of the towing unit, the rearmost towed unit shall be equipped with two lamps displaying red light visible from a distance of not less than 1,000 feet to the rear of such towed unit which are positioned in such a manner as to not obstruct the visibility of the red light to any vehicle operator approaching from the rear of such vehicle or combination of vehicles.
(2) 
Where the two lamps displaying red light are not obscured by the towed unit or its load, then either towing unit or towed unit, or both, may be equipped with the two lamps displaying red light as required.
(3) 
The preceding subsection does not apply to antique vehicles, expanded-use antique vehicles, custom vehicles, or street rods. An antique vehicle or expanded-use antique vehicle shall be equipped with lamps of the same type originally installed by the manufacturer as original equipment and in working order.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-8 Yield right-of-way streets.

A. 
Any street designated by ordinance as a yield right-of-way street and so posted is hereby declared to be a yield right-of-way street.
B. 
The driver of a vehicle in obedience to a yield right-of-way sign shall reduce the speed of his vehicle to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles which have entered the intersecting street either from the right or left or which are approaching so closely on such intersection as to constitute a hazard; but said driver, having so yielded, may proceed at such time as a safe interval occurs.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
If a driver is involved in a collision at an intersection or interferes with the movement of other vehicles after driving past a yield right-of-way sign, such collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver's failure to yield the right-of-way.

§ 305-9 Posting signs.

Appropriate signs shall be posted to show all through, stop and yield right-of-way streets; all one-way streets and alleys; and all stop intersections.

§ 305-10 U-turns.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to make a U-turn at any place where such turns are prohibited by ordinance or resolution of the City Council. Such prohibition shall be indicated by appropriate signs.

§ 305-11 No left or right turns.

It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to turn left or right at any place where such turns are prohibited by ordinance or resolution of the City Council. Such prohibition shall be indicated by appropriate signs.

§ 305-12 Traffic not to be obstructed.

No vehicle shall be operated or allowed to remain upon the street in such a manner as to form an unreasonable obstruction to the traffic thereon.

§ 305-13 Bicycles on sidewalks.

No person shall ride any bicycle upon any sidewalk, parking lot or berm within the City.

§ 305-14 Bicycle coasting.

No person shall ride any bicycle in any street, alley or other public place within this City with both hands off the handlebars or both feet off the pedals in the manner known as "coasting."

§ 305-15 Riding on bicycles and motorcycles.

It shall be unlawful for more than one person to ride upon any bicycle propelled by human power upon any street, or for any person to ride upon any motorcycle other than upon a seat permanently attached to the vehicle to the right or rear of the operator.

§ 305-16 Safe bicycle operation.

A bicycle shall at no time be ridden within the City at a greater rate of speed than is reasonable and proper, having regard to the traffic and use of the way, or so as to endanger the life or limb or injure the property of any person. Bicycles, when used either in the day or nighttime, shall be provided with and use the usual warning signals, such as lamp, bell or horn, and in meeting or passing other vehicles or persons, these signals shall be used by the person riding such vehicle, to give notice of the approach of such bicycle.

§ 305-17 Bicycle use regulations. [1]

A. 
Effect of regulations.
(1) 
It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any act forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this section.
(2) 
The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this section.
(3) 
The regulations applicable to bicycles shall apply whenever any bicycle is operated upon any highway or public way or upon any path set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles subject to those exceptions stated herein.
B. 
Traffic laws apply to persons riding bicycles. Every person riding a bicycle upon a roadway shall be subject to the provisions of the traffic ordinances of the City of Mendota applicable to the driver of a vehicle except as to special regulations of this chapter and except as to those provisions of the ordinances which by their nature can have no application.
C. 
Equipment on bicycles.
(1) 
Brakes on bicycles. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake adequate to control the movement of and to stop such bicycle whenever necessary.
(2) 
Lamps and reflectors on bicycles. Every bicycle shall be equipped with a lamp on the front exhibiting a white light visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the Department of Transportation. Every such reflector shall be so designed and maintained as to be visible at night from all distances from 100 feet to 600 feet from such bicycle when directly in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawfully lighted low-beam head lamps. A lamp exhibiting a red light visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear may be used in addition to the rear reflector.
(3) 
Audible signal. At the option of the owner, it is permissible to have a horn or bell; no siren or whistle is allowed.
D. 
Operation of bicycles.
(1) 
Riding on bicycles. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than upon or astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, nor carry any other person upon such bicycle other than upon a firmly attached and regular seat thereon, nor shall any person ride upon a bicycle other than as above authorized. No bicycle shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it is designed and equipped, except that an adult rider may carry a child securely attached to his or her person in a backpack or sling.
(2) 
Speed of bicycles. No person riding a bicycle shall ride faster than is reasonable and proper in regard to the safety of the rider and others.
(3) 
Clinging to vehicles. No person riding upon a bicycle shall attach the same or himself to any moving vehicle upon a roadway.
(4) 
Riding in a group. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles.
(5) 
Carrying articles. No person riding a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle or article which prevents the use of both hands in the control and operation of the bicycle. A person operating a bicycle shall keep at least one hand on the handlebars at all times.
(6) 
Trick riding. No rider of a bicycle shall remove both hands from the handlebars, or feet from the pedals, or practice any acrobatic or fancy riding on any street; nor shall any person operating a bicycle upon a public highway participate in any race for speed or endurance contest with any other vehicle, except under permit from and under the supervision of the Chief of Police.
(7) 
Parking bicycles. No person shall park a bicycle upon a roadway. Bicycles parked in an alley, in a public driveway, on a sidewalk, or on a public path must be in such a position as not to interfere with the safety or movement of the vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
E. 
Bicycle dealers. All persons engaged in the business of buying or selling new or secondhand bicycles are required to make a written report each month to the Chief of Police, giving the name and address of the person from or to whom each bicycle is purchased or sold, the description thereof and the frame number thereof.
F. 
The Police Department is hereby authorized to seize and impound the bicycle of any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this section and require said violator to acquaint himself or herself with the rules of the road or of this section pertaining to the violation for which the bicycle was impounded before the same is released.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-18 Use of snowmobiles.

[Amended by Ord. No. 12-18-00B]
A. 
Application and jurisdiction. The Department of Natural Resources shall, for purposes of this section, have the power, duty, and authority to administer and enforce all statutes, rules and regulations, except as otherwise provided by statute, relating to the operation and use of snowmobiles within this state. [Source: 625 ILCS 40/1-1 et seq. (P.A. 77-1312)][1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Terms used in this section shall be as defined in the Illinois Vehicle Code, Snowmobile Registration Safety Act (625 ILCS 40/1-1 et seq.), and as follows:
LOCAL AUTHORITY
Every county, municipal, and other local board or body having authority to adopt local police regulations under the constitution and laws of this state. [Source: 625 ILCS 40/1-2.07 (P.A. 78-856)]
OPERATE
To ride in or on, other than as passenger, use or control the operation of a snowmobile in any manner, whether or not the snowmobile is under way. [Source: 625 ILCS 40/1-2.09 (P.A. 78-856)]
OPERATOR
Every person who operates or is in actual physical control of a snowmobile. [Source: 625 ILCS 40/1-2.10 (P.A. 78-856)]
SNOWMOBILE
A self-propelled device designed for travel on snow or ice or natural terrain steered by skis or runners, and supported in part by skis, belts or cleats. [Source: 625 ILCS 40/1-2.15 (P.A. 77-1312)]
C. 
Regulations.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile within the City of Mendota except on designated routes located in Addendum 1.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Addendum 1, Designated Snowmobile Routes, is included as an attachment to this chapter.
(2) 
All persons operating a snowmobile within the City of Mendota must use only designated streets. However, a resident of the City of Mendota may operate a snowmobile, which has been properly registered, upon other streets, provided the resident is using the most direct route between his or her residence and the designated streets.
(3) 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile under the following circumstances:
(a) 
On private property of another without the express permission to do so by the owner or occupant of said property.
(b) 
On public school grounds, park property, playgrounds, recreational areas and golf courses without express provision or permission to do so by the proper public authority.
(c) 
In a manner so as to create loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons.
(d) 
In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the safety of any person, or property of another.
(e) 
No person shall operate a snowmobile without having such snowmobile registered as provided by state statute, except that this provision shall not apply to the operation of a snowmobile on the private property of the owner or a member of his immediate family.
(f) 
No person shall operate or ride on any snowmobile with any firearm in his possession unless the firearm is unloaded and in a case.
(g) 
No person shall operate or ride on any snowmobile with any bow in his possession unless the bow is unstrung in a carrying case.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(h) 
No person or other person having charge or control of a snowmobile shall knowingly authorize or permit any person to operate such snowmobile who is incapable, by reason of age, physical or mental disability, or who is under the influence of alcohol or drugs as described in Illinois Vehicle Code 625 ILCS 5/11-501.
(i) 
It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator to leave or allow a snowmobile to be or remain unattended on public property while the motor is running or with the keys for starting the vehicle left in the ignition.
D. 
Equipment. All snowmobiles operated within the City limits of Mendota shall be equipped with the following equipment:
(1) 
At least one white head lamp having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a white light plainly visible from a distance of at least 500 feet ahead during hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions.
(2) 
At least one red tail lamp having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear during hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions.
(3) 
A brake system in good mechanical condition.
(4) 
Reflective material of a minimum area of 16 square inches mounted on each side of the cowling. Identifying numbers may be included in computing the required sixteen-inch area.
(5) 
Adequate sound suppression equipment.
E. 
Traffic regulations.
(1) 
Each person operating a snowmobile shall strictly observe all traffic signs and signals and all other traffic regulations applicable thereto, and shall obey the orders and directions of any police officer, county sheriff or state police officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic.
(2) 
Each person operating a snowmobile shall at all times yield the right-of-way to all vehicles and pedestrians while operating his or her snowmobile on any street within the City of Mendota.
(3) 
Each person operating a snowmobile on a street within the City of Mendota shall ride as close to the right side or curb edge of the roadway as practical.
(4) 
Each person operating a snowmobile on a street within the City of Mendota, when traveling with a group of two or more, must ride single file at all times.
(5) 
Unless some other speed restriction is established by the posting of speed limit signs under the authority of the City Council, the maximum speed limit for snowmobiles within the City limits of the City of Mendota is as follows:
(a) 
In a residential area: 20 miles per hour.
(b) 
In any business area: 20 miles per hour.
(c) 
In an alley: 15 miles per hour.
(6) 
No person shall drive a snowmobile at such a low speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when such reduction is necessary for safe operation of the snowmobile or in compliance with the direction of a peace officer.
(7) 
No person shall operate a snowmobile upon a state highway within the City of Mendota, except to cross said state highway at a ninety-degree angle yielding to all traffic and pedestrians.
F. 
Adoption of state statutes.
(1) 
All provisions of the Snowmobile Registration and Safety Act (625 ILCS 40/1-1 et seq.), as amended, are hereby adopted and shall apply within the City of Mendota. However, pursuant to the authority provided in Section 5-2B of said Act, the ten-foot separation requirement is omitted and snowmobiles are authorized to be operated upon the designated streets.
(2) 
Notwithstanding the provisions of Subsection A of this section, it shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile upon the state highways within the City of Mendota in a way other than as expressly provided for by state law.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Original Section 6, setting penalties for violations of restrictions on the use of snowmobiles, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-19 Clinging to vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any person on any street riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or any toy vehicle to cling to or attach himself or his vehicle to any moving motor vehicle or wagon. No person shall ride on the running board, fender or outside step of any vehicle.

§ 305-20 Use of coasters, roller skates and similar devices.

It shall be unlawful for any person upon skates, a coaster, sled or other toy vehicle to go upon any roadway other than at a crosswalk.

§ 305-21 Parking at curbs.

No vehicle shall be parked with the left side of such vehicle next to the curb, except on one-way streets, and it shall be unlawful to stand or park any vehicle in a street other than parallel with the curb and with the two right wheels of the vehicle within 12 inches of the regularly established curbline, except that upon those streets that have been marked for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked at the angle to the curb indicated by such marks.

§ 305-22 Funeral or other processions.

A. 
No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this chapter.
B. 
Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as practical and shall follow the vehicle ahead as close as practical and safe.
C. 
A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia and by having the lights and hazard lights of each vehicle lighted.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-23 Semi-truck or other vehicle parking.

[Amended by Ord. No. 07-18-05B]
No person shall park, stop or leave standing any semi-trailer, any semi-tractor, or any vehicle with more than two axles in any residential district or on any public street or public parking lot, except that such commercial vehicles may be parked thereon for the minimum period of time necessary for delivering or picking up materials or merchandise; and except that a semi-tractor may be parked on private property in a residential district, provided, however, that such semi-tractor may not idle for a period of time longer than 15 minutes.

§ 305-24 Other parking restrictions.

[Amended by Ord. No. 07-18-05B]
A. 
No trailers, truck campers or motor home shall be allowed to stand or park upon any street, alley, or City parking lot, except in an emergency, unless loading or unloading from or to an actual premises on a normal, continuous basis.
B. 
A "commercial vehicle" is defined, for the purpose of this chapter, to be any truck rated one ton or more, tractor, trailer or similar unit that is used for the transportation of merchandise or from which merchandise is sold.
C. 
"Premises' is defined to be a residence, business, commercial, industrial or manufacturing location.

§ 305-25 Limited-load streets.

[Amended by Ord. No. 07-18-05B]
It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle on any street in the City when the gross weight on the surface of the road through any axle of such vehicle exceeds 16,000 pounds. Where lower limits are imposed by ordinance and signs indicating such limitations are posted, it shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle in excess of such weight on such streets, except for the purposes of making a delivery or picking up a load, in which case such vehicle may be driven on such streets for not more than the minimum distance necessary.

§ 305-26 Vehicles for sale.

It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle upon any street for the purpose of displaying it for sale, or to park any vehicle upon any business street from which vehicle merchandise is peddled or to park any vehicle upon any street without state license plates for the current year upon it, issued for such vehicle, to the owner of the vehicle, in accordance with the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

§ 305-27 Cab stands and bus stops.

No vehicle, other than a licensed taxicab, shall be parked in any area designated by ordinance as a cab stand; and no vehicle, other than a bus, shall be parked in a place so designated as a bus loading zone.

§ 305-28 Lights.

It shall be unlawful to operate or park on any street any vehicle not equipped with adequate lights conforming to the requirements of the state law, provided that vehicles may be parked at nighttime without lights on any street or portion thereof where streetlights are lighted.

§ 305-29 Towing of vehicles in violation. [1]

The Police Department and all members thereof assigned to traffic duty are hereby authorized to remove and tow away or have removed and towed away by commercial towing service any car or other vehicle illegally parked in any place where such parked vehicle creates or constitutes a traffic hazard, blocks the use of a fire hydrant or obstructs or may obstruct the movement of any emergency vehicle; or any vehicle which has been parked in any public street or other public place for a period of 12 consecutive hours or which violates any section of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: See also Ch. 310, Vehicles, Impounding of.

§ 305-30 Responsibility of owner.

The fact that a vehicle is registered in a person's name shall be prima facie proof that such person was responsible for any violation of any parking regulation of this chapter involving such vehicle.

§ 305-31 Gas and smoke emissions.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle which emits dense smoke or such an amount of smoke or fumes as to be dangerous to the health of persons or as to endanger the drivers of other vehicles.

§ 305-32 Driving unsafe vehicles.

It is unlawful for any person to drive or move or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required by the Illinois Compiled Statutes, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of the statutes.

§ 305-33 Spilling loads.

No vehicle shall be so loaded that any part of its load spills or drops on any street or alley in the City.

§ 305-34 Tires.

It shall be unlawful to operate on any street any motor vehicle which is not equipped with tires conforming to the requirements of Chapter 625 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes.

§ 305-35 Unnecessary noise.

It shall be unlawful to make unusually loud or unnecessary noise with a motor vehicle.
A. 
Mufflers, prevention of noise or smoke. Every motor vehicle driven or operated upon the highways of this City shall at all times be equipped with an adequate muffler or exhaust system in constant operation and properly maintained to prevent any excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke. No such muffler or exhaust system shall be equipped with a cutout, bypass or similar device. No person shall modify the exhaust system of a motor vehicle in a manner which will amplify or increase the noise of such vehicle above that emitted by the muffler originally installed on the vehicle, and such original muffler shall comply with all the requirements of this chapter.
B. 
As used in this chapter, "muffler" means a device consisting of a series of chambers or baffle plates or other mechanical design for the purpose of receiving exhaust gas from an internal combustion engine or turbine wheels for the purpose of receiving exhaust gas from a diesel engine, all of which are effective in reducing noise.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-36 Clear vision.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle which is so loaded or in such a condition that the operator does not have a clear vision of all parts of the roadway essential to the safe operation of the vehicle. Any vehicles with the view of the roadway to the rear so obstructed shall be equipped with a mirror so attached as to give him a view of the roadway behind him.

§ 305-37 Speed limits; park weight limits.

A. 
Speed limit for motor vehicles on and along Meriden Street.
(1) 
The maximum speed limit for any vehicle traveling on or along one certain roadway, designated "Meriden Street," between its intersections with U.S. Route 51 and 52 and Main Street, situated in the City of Mendota, County of LaSalle and State of Illinois, is hereby declared to be 25 miles per hour.
(2) 
The above-mentioned maximum speed limit has been determined to be a reasonable and safe speed limit for said roadway according to an engineering and traffic investigation made heretofore.
B. 
Maximum speed limits for all motorized vehicles shall be 15 miles per hour on the authorized roadways in all parks owned by the City of Mendota.
C. 
The maximum weight limit for any vehicle using the authorized roadways in the parks owned by the City of Mendota shall be 12,000 pounds.
D. 
Any speed limit regulations that are authorized and posted through the authority of the City Council of the City of Mendota are herein a part of this chapter.

§ 305-38 All-night parking.

No person shall park any vehicle between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. of any day, except physicians on emergency calls, on any streets in the City.

§ 305-39 Parking after snowfall.

[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A[1]]
It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street in the City at any time after a snowfall of two inches or more has occurred, unless the snow has ceased and has been plowed off or otherwise removed from the street.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-40 Parking during street cleaning.

It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle on any public street or portion thereof in the City at any time when such street is being cleaned. Signs indicating that a street or portion thereof is being cleaned shall be posted immediately before the cleaning of the street, and shall be removed after the cleaning of the street is finished.

§ 305-41 Limited parking.

Except on Sundays or holidays, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle for any consecutive period of time longer than the time designated during the times designated, in any area designated by ordinance or resolution of the City Council as a restricted parking area.

§ 305-42 Parking in alleys.

No person shall park a vehicle within any alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than 10 feet of the width of the roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic, and no person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle within an alley in such a position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property.

§ 305-43 Parking on private property.

It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any private property without the consent of the owner of the property.

§ 305-44 Parking signs.

Appropriate signs shall be posted in all areas where parking is limited or prohibited, indicating such limitations or prohibitions.

§ 305-45 No parking.

When signs are erected giving notice thereof, it shall be unlawful to park any vehicle in any area where parking is prohibited by ordinance or resolution of the City Council.

§ 305-46 Parking prohibited in certain places.

No person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle upon a street, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than 15 feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic, except that a driver may stop temporarily during the actual loading or unloading of passengers or when necessary in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or a police officer. All parking upon berms is prohibited.

§ 305-47 Stopping or parking near hazardous or congested places.

When signs are erected upon approach to hazardous or congested places, no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any such designated place.

§ 305-48 Parking adjacent to schools.

When signs are erected indicating no parking upon that side of the street adjacent to any school property, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place.

§ 305-49 Parking on narrow streets.

When signs prohibiting parking are erected on narrow streets, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place.

§ 305-50 Prohibited parking.

A. 
Truck parking south of Blackstone School. It shall be unlawful to park any trucks, semi-tractors or trailers on the north side of Route 34 (Washington Street) in the area south of Blackstone School for a distance of 100 feet east of the east curbline of 14th Avenue. The above no-parking area shall be posted with the proper "no parking" sign. Parking shall be permitted east of the above no-parking area on Washington Street, but shall be at least six feet in from the edge of the street pavement.
B. 
Any parking regulations that are authorized and posted through the authority of the City Council of the City of Mendota are herein a part of this chapter.
[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A]
C. 
Parking prohibitions. Automobiles, trucks and other vehicles shall be prohibited from parking at all times in the following locations:
Street
Side
Limits
6th Avenue
[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A]
East
From 2nd Street to 5th Street
13th Avenue (U.S. 52/IL 251)
Both
Within the limits of the improvement from the U.S. 52/IL 251 intersection southerly on 13th Avenue to Burlington Street, a distance of approximately 5,000 feet
All side streets
Both
30 feet in advance of stop signs within the limits of the intersection of 13th Avenue (U.S. 52/IL 251)
First Avenue
[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A]
Both
Entire length
Main Street
[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A]
East
From 6th Street to Washington Street
Meriden Street
Both
Between 13th Avenue and Main Street
Meriden Street
Both
From 14th Avenue east to Wisconsin Avenue
Routes 51 and 52
West
From Meriden Street north to the intersection of Routes 51 and 52
Washington Street
[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A]
Both
From Iowa Street to U.S. Route 51 (13th Avenue)
Washington Street
[Amended by Ord. No. 01-19-09A]
South
From Pennsylvania Avenue to Iowa Street

§ 305-51 Time-limit parking.

[Amended by Ord. No. 05-20-02A; Ord. No. 08-19-02A]
A. 
Two-hour parking limit established. The following streets or parts of streets are hereby established as one-hundred-twenty-minute or two-hour time limit parking, except driveways, spaces for public building entrances and exits, and spaces designated with "No Parking" signs or "Limited Time" signs:
Name of Street
Side
Location
8th Avenue
Both
6th Street north to Washington Street
Illinois Avenue
Both
Washington Street north to Jefferson Street
Jefferson Street
South
Main Street to Illinois Avenue
Main Street
West
6th Street north to Jefferson Street
Washington Street
Both
Main Street west to Indiana Avenue
B. 
Fifteen-minute parking.
(1) 
There shall be fifteen-minute parking where designated on 8th Avenue between 5th Street and 6th Street.
(2) 
No vehicle shall stand, stop or park for a period of time longer than 15 consecutive minutes on the west side of Guiles Avenue between 17th Street and 19th Street. The fifteen-minute parking restriction referred to herein is limited to daytime hours only when Northbrook School is in session.
(3) 
There has been posted a fifteen-minute parking sign on the west side of Guiles Avenue at the intersection of Guiles Avenue and 16th Street. Another fifteen-minute parking sign is posted on Guiles Avenue halfway between the above aforementioned signs.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection (f), setting penalties for violations of limited-time parking restrictions, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-52 Handicapped persons parking.

[Amended by Ord. No. 09-05-06; Ord. No. 02-03-14]
A. 
The following streets or parts of streets shall have a limited number of parking spaces designated as "handicapped parking" and shall have thereon a one-hundred-twenty-minute or two-hour time limit: The City may designate said handicapped parking places on any or all of the streets within the designated area.
Name of Street
Location
6th Street
From 9th Avenue to 6th Avenue
8th Avenue
From 6th Street to Washington Street
Illinois Avenue
From Washington Street to Monroe Street
Jefferson Street
From alley between Illinois Avenue and Indiana Avenue to Main Street
Main Street
From 6th Street to Monroe Street
Michigan Avenue
From Jefferson Street to Monroe Street
Washington Street
From 9th Avenue to Main Street
B. 
Penalties.
(1) 
Anyone parking a vehicle in a parking place hereinafter reserved for physically handicapped persons or disabled veterans (sometimes referred to herein as "handicapped parking" or "parking program") using a motor vehicle not bearing registration in a place as specified by 625 ILCS 5/11, Sections 11-1301.1, 1301.2 and 1301.3, and/or a decal issued by the Secretary of State and/or the City of Mendota in conjunction with 625 ILCS 5/11-1301.2 showing that said vehicles are operated for a handicapped person or disabled veteran, shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $500 for each offense, in addition to any costs or charges connected with the removal or storage of any motor vehicle. Said decals issued shall be placed on the right front windshield of the vehicle.
(2) 
In addition to the foregoing, any unqualified person found guilty of displaying and using a disability license plate or a parking decal or device issued to a qualified person with a disability under 625 ILCS 5/3-616, 11-1301.1, 11-1301.2 or 5/3-609 shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $500 for each such offense.
C. 
Special permits.
(1) 
Upon permit, handicapped persons shall be allowed to be transported on City of Mendota park areas in golf carts and other related recreational vehicles intended for transportation on grass surfaces. When permitted on City parks, the maximum speed limits for all such recreational vehicles shall be 15 miles per hour.
(2) 
Handicapped persons, or their representatives, must apply for a special permit to the Mayor of the City of Mendota for such privilege to be transported in recreational vehicles. Upon approval of said applicant, the Mayor shall notify the Mendota Police Department of such permit.
D. 
Police enforcement on private property. Police shall have clear authority to enforce the provisions of the parking program for persons with disabilities and provisions of this section on private property, such as at a mall, school, grocery or retail store.
E. 
Unlawful display for vehicle in motion. It is unlawful to display a parking placard on the rearview mirror while the vehicle is in motion.
F. 
Photo identification. Upon request of a police officer, a parking program user must present photo identification to verify that he or she is the authorized holder of the disability plates or parking placard.
G. 
Nontransferability of placards. Placards are not transferable. The authorized holder of disability plates or a placard must be present and must enter or exit the vehicle at the time the parking privileges are being used.
H. 
Access aisle parking prohibited. Parking is not allowed in an access aisle of a parking space. Police may ticket any vehicle parked in the access aisle, whether or not it is displaying disability plates or a placard.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: The paragraph establishing additional penalties for violations of this section, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-53 Obedience to police.

Members of the Police Department and special police assigned to traffic duty are hereby authorized to direct all traffic in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, or in emergencies as public safety or convenience may require, and it shall be unlawful for any person to fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order, signal or direction of a policeman. Except in case of emergency, it shall be unlawful for any person not authorized by law to direct or attempt to direct traffic.

§ 305-54 Scene of fire.

The Fire Department officer in command or any fireman designated by him may exercise the powers and authority of a policeman in directing traffic at the scene of any fire or where the Fire Department has responded to an emergency call for so long as Fire Department equipment is on the scene, in the absence of or in assisting the police.

§ 305-55 Signs and signals. [1]

It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to disobey the instructions of any traffic sign or signal or any weight limit signs placed in view by authority of the Mayor and Council or in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois, except on direction of a police officer. All signs and signals established by direction of the governing body shall conform to the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices for Streets and Highways.[2]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
[2]
Editor's Note: Original § 41.55 of the 1998 Code, Traffic-control signal legend, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-56 Ambulances and rescue vehicles. [1]

No person shall operate an ambulance or rescue vehicle, as defined in § 305-1 of this chapter, in any manner not conforming to a provision of the motor vehicle laws and regulations of this state or ordinances of this City as such provision applies to motor vehicles in general, except in compliance with the following conditions:
A. 
The person operating the ambulance shall be either responding to a bona fide emergency call or specifically directed by a licensed physician to disregard traffic laws in operating the ambulance during and for the purpose of the specific trip or journey that is involved.
B. 
The ambulance or rescue vehicle shall be equipped with a siren producing an audible signal of an intensity of 100 decibels at a distance of 50 feet from said siren, and with a lamp or lamps emitting an oscillating, rotating or flashing red beam directed in part toward the front of the vehicle, and these lamps shall have sufficient intensity to be visible at 500 feet in normal sunlight; and in addition to other lighting requirements may also operate with a lamp or lamps emitting an oscillating, rotating, or flashing green light.
C. 
The aforesaid siren and lamp shall be in operation at all times when it is reasonably necessary to warn pedestrians and other drivers of the approach thereof during such trip or journey.
D. 
Whenever the ambulance or rescue vehicle is operated at a speed in excess of 40 miles per hour, the ambulance or rescue vehicle shall be operated in complete conformance with every other motor vehicle law and regulation of this state and ordinance of this City in which the ambulance or rescue vehicle is operated, relating to the operation of motor vehicles, as such provision applies to motor vehicles in general, except laws and regulations pertaining to compliance with official traffic-control devices or to vehicular operation upon the right half of the roadway.
E. 
The ambulance shall display registration plates identifying the vehicle as an ambulance.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-57 Animals. [1]

Any person riding an animal, or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon any street, shall be subject to the provision of this chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those provisions which can have no application to one driving or riding an animal.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-58 Exemptions.

A. 
The provisions of this chapter regulating the movement or parking of vehicles shall not apply to the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle when responding to an emergency call, but such driver, when approaching, shall slow down as necessary for safety, but may proceed cautiously past a red or stop sign or signal. At other times, drivers of authorized emergency vehicles shall stop in obedience to a stop sign or signal.
B. 
No driver of any authorized emergency vehicle shall assume any special privileges except when such vehicle is operated in response to an emergency call or in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law.
C. 
The provisions of this chapter regulating the movement and parking of vehicles shall not apply to persons, equipment or vehicles while actually engaged in installing, repairing, or otherwise improving streets or street pavements.

§ 305-59 Rules for driving. [1]

A. 
Turning at intersections. The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows:
(1) 
The approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, or as indicated by traffic markers or signs.
(2) 
At any intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each roadway entering the intersection, an approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the center line thereof and by passing to the right of such center line where it enters the intersection; and after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered. Whenever practicable, the left turn shall be made in that portion of the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection, or as indicated by traffic markers or signs.
(3) 
At any intersection where traffic is restricted to one direction on one or more of the roadways, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any such intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle; and after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection, as nearly as practicable, in the left lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered, or as indicated by traffic markers or signs.
(4) 
The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from a private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said highway.
B. 
Turning on the crest of a hill. No vehicle shall be turned so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve, or upon the approach to, or near the crest of a grade, where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction within 500 feet.
C. 
Starting parked vehicle. No person shall start a vehicle which is stopped, standing, or parked unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.
D. 
Driver's signal. No driver of a vehicle shall suddenly start, slow down, stop or attempt to turn without first giving a suitable signal in such a manner as to apprise others who might be affected by his action.
(1) 
No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course upon a highway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety. No person may so turn any vehicle without giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided.
(2) 
A signal or intention to turn right or left shall be given during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning within a business or residence district, and such signal must be given continuously during not less than the last 200 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning outside a business or residence district.
(a) 
The signals herein required shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by an electric turn signal device, but when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle, then said signals must be given by such electric turn signal device.
(b) 
All signals herein required given by hand and arm shall be given from the left side of the vehicle in the following manner and such signals shall indicate as follows:
[1] 
Left turn: hand and arm extended horizontally.
[2] 
Right turn: hand and arm extended upward.
[3] 
Stop or decrease of speed: hand and arm extended downward.
E. 
Driving from alleys, driveways or garages. The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway or garage shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk, or across a sidewalk line projected across such alley, and shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian as may be necessary to avoid collision and exercise extreme care in driving upon said sidewalk or across such lines.
F. 
Vehicle not to be driven on sidewalk or in safety zones. No driver of a vehicle shall drive within any sidewalk area except at a permanent or temporary driveway, nor at any time into or upon any portion of a roadway marked as a safety zone.
G. 
Right-of-way. Except as otherwise herein provided, the driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway; and when two vehicles enter an intersection from a different highway at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
H. 
Vehicle turning left. The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, but said driver, having so yielded, may proceed at such time as a safe interval occurs.
I. 
Limitations on turning around. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without backing into traffic or otherwise interfering with traffic.
J. 
Fire Department vehicles and equipment.
(1) 
Upon the approach of a Fire Department vehicle, drivers of vehicles shall comply with the provision of this chapter relating to the approach of authorized emergency vehicles.
(2) 
It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than one on official business, to follow any fire apparatus in response to a fire alarm, closer than 500 feet, or to park any vehicle within 500 feet of any fire apparatus stopped to answer a fire alarm.
(3) 
It shall be further unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to drive over an unprotected hose of the Fire Department when laid down on any street, private road or driveway to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire Chief or the assistant in command.
K. 
Driving on right side of roadway.
(1) 
Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway except as follows:
(a) 
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
(b) 
When an obstruction exists, making it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the roadway; provided any person so doing shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the roadway within such distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;
(c) 
Upon a roadway divided into three marked lanes for traffic under the rules applicable thereon; or
(d) 
Upon a roadway designated and sign posted for one-way traffic.
(2) 
Whenever there is a single-track paved road on one side of the public highway and two vehicles meet thereon, the driver on whose right is the wider shoulder shall give the right-of-way on such pavement to the other vehicle.
L. 
Passing vehicles. Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right; and upon roadways having width for not more than one lane of traffic in each direction, each driver shall give to the other at least 1/2 of the main traveled portion of the roadway as nearly as possible.
M. 
Overtaking vehicles. The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:
(1) 
The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the pavement or the main traveled portion of the roadway.
(2) 
Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
(3) 
The driver of a two-wheeled vehicle may not, in passing upon the left of any vehicle proceeding in the same direction, pass upon the right of any vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless there is an unobstructed lane of traffic available to permit such passing maneuver safely.
(4) 
The operator of a motor vehicle overtaking a bicycle or individual proceeding in the same direction on a highway shall leave a safe distance, but not less than three feet, when passing the bicycle or individual and shall maintain that distance until safely past the overtaken bicycle or individual.
(5) 
A person driving a motor vehicle shall not, in a reckless manner, drive the motor vehicle unnecessarily close to, toward, or near a bicyclist, pedestrian, or a person riding a horse or driving an animal-drawn vehicle.
N. 
Overtaking vehicles on the right.
(1) 
The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle which is making or about to make a left turn.
(2) 
The driver of a vehicle may overtake and, allowing sufficient clearance, pass another vehicle proceeding in the same direction either upon the left or upon the right on a roadway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for four or more lanes of moving traffic when such movement can be made in safety. No person shall drive off the pavement or upon the shoulder of a roadway in overtaking or passing on the right.
(3) 
The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right on a one-way street or on any street on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement where the roadway is free from obstruction and of sufficient width for two or more lanes of moving vehicles.
(4) 
The driver of a two-wheeled vehicle may not pass upon the right of any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless the unobstructed pavement to the right of the vehicle being passed is of a width of not less than eight feet. This subsection does not apply to devices propelled by human power.
O. 
Limitations on overtaking on the left.
(1) 
No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken. In every event, the overtaking vehicle must return to the right-hand side of the roadway as soon as practicable and, in the event the passing movement involves the use of a lane authorized for vehicles approaching from the opposite direction, before coming within 200 feet of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.
(2) 
No vehicle shall, in overtaking and passing another vehicle, or at any other time, be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:
(a) 
When approaching the crest of a grade or upon a curve in the highway where the driver's view is obstructed within sufficient distance as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction.
(b) 
When approaching within 100 feet of or traversing any intersection or railroad grade crossing.
(c) 
When official signs are in place directing that traffic keep to the right, or a distinctive line also so directs traffic as declared in the sign manual adopted by the Illinois State Department of Transportation.
(3) 
The limitations in Subsection O(2)(a) and (b) shall not apply upon a one-way street, or upon a street with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two or more lanes of moving traffic in each direction nor to the driver of a vehicle turning left into or from an alley, private road or driveway when such movement can be made with safety.
P. 
One-way roadways and rotary traffic islands.
(1) 
Upon a roadway designated and sign posted for one-way traffic, a vehicle shall be driven only in the direction designated.
(2) 
A vehicle passing around a rotary traffic island shall be driven on the right of such island.
Q. 
Driving on roadways laned for traffic. Whenever any roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent herewith, shall apply:
(1) 
A vehicle shall be driven, as nearly as practical, entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
(2) 
Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes and provides for two-way movement of traffic, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle traveling in the same direction where such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for a left turn or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction in which the vehicle is proceeding and is sign posted to give notice of such allocation.
(3) 
Official signs may be erected directing specific traffic to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway, and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of such signs. On multi-lane controlled-access highways with three or more lanes in one direction or on any multi-lane highway with two or more lanes in one direction, the Department may designate lanes of traffic to be used by different types of motor vehicles. Drivers must obey lane designation signing except when it is necessary to use a different lane to make a turning maneuver.
(4) 
Official traffic control devices may be installed prohibiting the changing of lanes on sections of roadways, and drivers of vehicles shall obey such signs.
R. 
Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles.
(1) 
Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle, when the driver is giving audible and visual signals meeting the requirements of the Traffic Code, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to, the right-hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection and shall, if necessary to permit the safe passage of the emergency vehicle, stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.
(2) 
This subsection shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.
S. 
Speed restrictions.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle on any street not under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Department of Transportation or the county, in an urban district within the City at a speed in excess of 30 miles per hour, or in an alley at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.
(2) 
It shall be unlawful to drive any vehicle on any highway outside the urban district at a speed of more than 55 miles per hour.
(3) 
It shall be unlawful to drive any vehicle of the First Division towing another vehicle:
(a) 
Outside of an urban district, at more than 55 miles per hour;
(b) 
In an urban district, at more than 30 miles per hour; or
(c) 
In an alley, at more than 15 miles per hour.
(4) 
If the Mayor and City Council by ordinance set other limits as provided by statute (625 ILCS 5/11-604) after an engineering or traffic survey, then such limits shall govern the rate of speed on the streets indicated in such ordinance. Appropriate signs shall be posted showing such speed limits.
(5) 
The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway or when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic by reason of weather or highway condition; and speed shall be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
(6) 
It shall be unlawful to drive any vehicle on any street or highway within the City under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Transportation, or of the county, at a speed exceeding that lawfully set for such street.
(7) 
The speed of all vehicles of the Second Division as defined by statute shall be as follows:
(a) 
If the vehicle is designed and used for pulling or carrying freight and has a gross weight of 8,000 pounds or less (including the weight of the vehicle and maximum load), and is equipped with pneumatic tires, the maximum speed is 55 miles per hour outside of an urban district, 30 miles per hour in an urban district, and 15 miles per hour in an alley.
(b) 
If the vehicle is designed and used for pulling or carrying freight and has a gross weight of more than 8,000 pounds (including the weight of the vehicle and maximum load), and is equipped with pneumatic tires, the maximum speed is 50 miles per hour outside of an urban district, 30 miles per hour in an urban district, and 15 miles per hour in an alley; but if such vehicle is equipped with two or more solid tires, the maximum is 10 miles per hour at all times and in all locations. All vehicles shall have pneumatic tires unless exempted in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/12-401.
(c) 
If the vehicle is designed and used for carrying more than seven passengers, and is equipped with pneumatic tires, the maximum speed is 60 miles per hour.
T. 
Special speed limits while passing schools. No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour while passing a school zone or while traveling upon any public thoroughfare on or across which children pass going to and from school during school days when school children are present. Appropriate signs shall be posted to indicate this restriction.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-60 Unattended vehicles.

A. 
No vehicle shall be left unattended while the motor of such vehicle is running; and no vehicle shall be left without a driver on any hill or incline unless the vehicle is secured against moving.
B. 
Whenever any police officer finds a vehicle unattended upon any bridge or crossway or in any tunnel where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic, such officer is hereby authorized to provide for the removal of such vehicle to the nearest garage or other place of safety.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 41.61 of the 1998 Code, Unattended animals, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-61 Railroad grade crossings. [1]

A. 
Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing where the driver is not always required to stop, the person must exercise due care and caution as the existence of a railroad track across a highway is a warning of danger, and under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver shall stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of the railroad and shall not proceed until the tracks are clear and he or she can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:
(1) 
A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train or railroad track equipment.
(2) 
A crossing gate is lowered or a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train or railroad track equipment.
(3) 
A railroad train or railroad track equipment approaching a highway crossing emits a warning signal and such railroad train or railroad track equipment, by reason of its speed or nearness to such crossing, is an immediate hazard.
(4) 
An approaching railroad train or railroad track equipment is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.
(5) 
A railroad train or railroad track equipment is approaching so closely that an immediate hazard is created.
B. 
Whenever a person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing where the driver is not always required to stop but must slow down, the person must exercise due care and caution as the existence of a railroad track across a highway is a warning of danger, and under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver shall slow down within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of the railroad and shall not proceed until he or she checks that the tracks are clear of an approaching train or railroad track equipment.
C. 
No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.
D. 
The Department, and local authorities with the approval of the Department, are hereby authorized to designate particularly dangerous highway grade crossings of railroads and to erect stop signs thereat. When such stop signs are erected, the driver of any vehicle shall stop within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and shall proceed only upon exercising due care.
E. 
At any railroad grade crossing provided with railroad crossbuck signs, without automatic, electric, or mechanical signal devices, crossing gates, or a human flagman giving a signal of the approach or passage of a train or railroad track equipment, the driver of a vehicle shall, in obedience to the railroad crossbuck sign, yield the right-of-way and slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and shall stop, if required for safety, at a clearly marked stopped line, or if no stop line, within 50 feet but not less than 15 feet from the nearest rail of the railroad and shall not proceed until he or she can do so safely. If a driver is involved in a collision at a railroad crossing or interferes with the movement of a train or railroad track equipment after driving past the railroad crossbuck sign, the collision or interference is prima facie evidence of the driver's failure to yield the right-of-way.
F. 
No person shall, while driving a commercial motor vehicle, fail to negotiate a railroad-highway grade railroad crossing because of insufficient undercarriage clearance.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-62 Backing. [1]

The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interference with other traffic. The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same upon any shoulder or roadway of any controlled-access highway.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-63 Restricted access.

No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any controlled-access or limited controlled-access roadway except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.

§ 305-64 School buses.

The driver of a vehicle on any street or highway, upon meeting or overtaking, from either direction, any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children, shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on the bus a visual signal as required by statute for operation while the bus is transporting pupils; provided that the driver of a vehicle upon a street or highway of which the roadways for traffic moving in opposite directions are separated by a strip of ground at least four feet wide which is not surface or suitable for vehicle traffic, or on a controlled-access highway where pedestrians are not permitted to cross, need not stop his vehicle upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on the opposite roadway.

§ 305-65 Following too closely.

A. 
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the street.
B. 
The driver of any truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a street outside of a business or residence district and which is following another truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle shall, whenever conditions permit, leave sufficient space so that an overtaking vehicle may enter and occupy such space without danger. The provisions of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent a truck or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle from overtaking and passing any vehicle or combination of vehicles.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
C. 
Motor vehicles being driven upon any street outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade, whether or not towing other vehicles, shall be operated so as to allow sufficient space between each vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions.

§ 305-66 Pedestrians.

A. 
Right-of-way.[1]
(1) 
Where traffic control signals or pedestrian control signals provided for in this chapter are not in place or in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway or street within a crosswalk or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(2) 
Whenever stop signals or flashing red signals are in place at an intersection or a marked crosswalk between intersections, the pedestrian shall have the right-of-way over drivers of vehicles; and at such marked places, drivers of vehicles shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk and any pedestrian within or entering the crosswalk at either edge of the roadway shall have the right-of-way over any vehicle so stopped.
(3) 
The driver of a vehicle shall stop before entering any crosswalk when any vehicle proceeding in the same direction is stopped at such crosswalk for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross.
(4) 
Right-of-way at crosswalks and in school zones. For the purpose of this subsection, "school" has the meaning ascribed to that term in 625 ILCS 5/11-605.
(a) 
On a school day when school children are present and so close thereto that a potential hazard exists because of the close proximity of the motorized traffic and when traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation, the driver of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrian is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.
(b) 
For the purpose of this subsection, a school day shall begin at 7:00 a.m. and shall conclude at 4:00 p.m.
(c) 
This subsection shall not be applicable unless appropriate signs are posted in accordance with 625 ILCS 5/11-605.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
B. 
Pedestrians crossing roadway.
(1) 
At no place shall the pedestrian cross any roadway other than by the most direct route to the opposite curbing; and when crossing at any place other than a crosswalk, he shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.
(2) 
No person shall stand or loiter in any roadway other than in a safety zone, if such act interferes with the lawful movement of traffic.
C. 
Signals. At intersections where traffic is directed by a policeman or by a stop-and-go signal, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to cross the roadway other than with released traffic, if such crossing interferes with the lawful movement of traffic.
D. 
Standing on sidewalk. It shall be unlawful for a pedestrian to stand upon any sidewalk except as near as reasonably possible to the building line or curbline, if such standing interferes with the use of said sidewalk by other pedestrians.
E. 
Pedestrian crossing.
(1) 
Between adjacent intersections at which traffic-control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a crosswalk.
(2) 
No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than at a crosswalk in any business district.
(3) 
Pedestrians with disabilities may cross a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk where the intersection is physically inaccessible to them, but they shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
F. 
Pedestrians walking along roadways.
(1) 
Where sidewalks are provided and their use is practicable, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
(2) 
Where sidewalks are not provided, any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall, when practicable, walk only on the left side of the roadway or its shoulder facing traffic, and upon meeting a vehicle shall step off to the left.
(3) 
No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.
G. 
The driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian with clearly visible disabilities.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-67 No-parking places.

It shall be unlawful to permit any vehicle to stand at any time in any of the following places, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a policeman or traffic control device:
A. 
In any intersection.
B. 
In a crosswalk.
C. 
Upon any bridge or elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
D. 
Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within 30 feet of a point of a curb immediately opposite the end of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by signs or markings.[2]
[2]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
E. 
Within 30 feet of a traffic signal, beacon, or sign on the approaching side.
F. 
Within 20 feet of any intersection or crosswalk.
G. 
At any place where the standing of a vehicle will reduce the usable width of the roadway for moving traffic to less than 18 feet.
H. 
Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
I. 
At any place where the vehicle would block the use of a driveway.
J. 
Within 50 feet of the nearest rail of a railroad grade crossing.
K. 
Within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any Fire Department station and on the side of the street opposite the entrance to any such station within 75 feet of such entrance when properly sign posted.
L. 
On any sidewalk or parkway.
M. 
At any place where official signs prohibit parking.
N. 
On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street.[3]
[3]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
O. 
Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic.[4]
[4]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
P. 
On any railroad tracks.[5]
[5]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
Q. 
On any controlled-access highway.[6]
[6]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).
R. 
In the area between roadways of a divided highway, including crossovers.[7]
[7]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-68 Loading zones; standing restrictions. [1]

It shall be unlawful for the driver of a vehicle to stand a passenger vehicle for a period of time longer than is necessary for the loading or unloading of passengers or property, not to exceed 30 minutes, in any place designated by the City Council as a loading zone marked as such, or in any of the following designated places:
A. 
At any place not to exceed 75 feet along the curb before the entrance to any hospital or hotel at any time.
B. 
At any place not to exceed 75 feet along the curbline before the entrance to a public building between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., except on a Sunday.
C. 
Directly in front of the entrance to any theater at any time that theater is open.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-69 Brakes.

It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle upon a street unless such vehicle is equipped with good and sufficient brakes in good working condition, as required by the Illinois Vehicle Code, or to operate any vehicle which is so loaded that the operator does not have ready access to the mechanics operating the brakes of such vehicles.

§ 305-70 Audible signaling devices.

A. 
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a good and sufficient audible signaling device in efficient working condition. Such signaling device shall be sounded when necessary to give timely warning of the approach of a vehicle, but such horn or other signaling device shall not be sounded for any purpose other than as a warning of impending danger.
B. 
No motor vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be equipped with a siren or ongoing signaling device.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original § 41.72 of the 1998 Code, Lights and lamps on vehicles, which immediately followed this section, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I). See now § 305-7.

§ 305-71 Nonskid devices.

It shall be unlawful to operate upon any street any motor vehicle equipped with any nonskid device so constructed that any rigid or nonflexible portion thereof comes into contact with the pavement or roadway.

§ 305-72 Width, length and height of vehicles; projecting loads.

A. 
The maximum width, length and height of any vehicle and its load shall not exceed the limits expressed in the Illinois Vehicle Code.
B. 
No passenger-type vehicle shall be operated on the streets with a load extending beyond the line of the fenders on the left side of the vehicle nor extending more than six inches beyond the line of the fenders on the right side thereof.

§ 305-73 Weight of vehicles.

It shall be unlawful to drive on any street any motor vehicle with a weight, including load, in excess of that permitted by the Illinois Vehicle Code for driving on improved highways, or with weight distributed in a manner not conforming to such law, or in violation of special weight limits provided for by ordinance and sign posted.

§ 305-74 Liquor or drugs. [1]

A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this state while:
A. 
The alcohol concentration in the person's blood or breath is 0.08 or more based on the definition of blood and breath units in 625 ILCS 5/11-501.2;
B. 
Under the influence of alcohol;
C. 
Under the influence of any intoxicating compound or combination of intoxicating compounds to a degree that renders the person incapable of driving safely;
D. 
Under the influence of any other drug or combination of drugs to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving;
E. 
Under the combined influence of alcohol, other drug or drugs, or intoxicating compound or compounds to a degree that renders the person incapable of safely driving; or
F. 
There is any amount of a drug, substance, or compound in the person's breath, blood, or urine resulting from the unlawful use or consumption of cannabis listed in the Cannabis Control Act (720 ILCS 550/1 et seq.), a controlled substance listed in the Illinois Controlled Substances Act (720 ILCS 570/100 et seq.), an intoxicating compound listed in the Use of Intoxicating Compounds Act (720 ILCS 690/1 et seq.), or methamphetamine as listed in the Methamphetamine Control and Community Protection Act (720 ILCS 646/1 et seq.). Subject to all other requirements and provisions under this section, this Subsection F does not apply to the lawful consumption of cannabis by a qualifying patient licensed under the Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act (410 ILCS 130/1 et seq.) who is in possession of a valid registry card issued under that Act, unless that person is impaired by the use of cannabis.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-75 Accidents. [1]

A. 
The driver of any vehicle involved in a motor vehicle accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or damage to any vehicle which is driven or attended by any person shall give the driver's name, address, registration number and owner of the vehicle the driver is operating and shall, upon request and if available, exhibit such driver's license to the person struck or the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle collided with and shall render to any person injured in such accident reasonable assistance, including the carrying or the making of arrangements for the carrying of such person to a physician, surgeon or hospital for medical or surgical treatment, if it is apparent that such treatment is necessary or if such carrying is requested by the injured person.
B. 
If none of the persons entitled to information pursuant to this section are in condition to receive and understand such information and no police officer is present, such driver, after rendering reasonable assistance, shall forthwith report such motor vehicle accident at the nearest office of a duly authorized police authority, disclosing the information required by this section.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-76 Citations and complaints. [1]

A. 
It shall be the duty of the police officers of this City to report to the Police Department thereof:
(1) 
The state license number of any vehicle that has been parked in violation of and contrary to any of the provisions of this chapter.
(2) 
The time such vehicle parked in violation of any of the provisions of this chapter.
B. 
Citations.
(1) 
Whenever a police officer is authorized to arrest a person without a warrant because of a violation of an ordinance in respect to any of the following subjects, prohibiting the parking of a vehicle in a designated area; restricting the length of time a vehicle may be parked there; said police officer may, in lieu of the filing of a complaint in court, in the first instance, issue to such alleged violator, a citation:
(a) 
Advising said person that he has violated a specified ordinance;
(b) 
Requesting him to make payment in an amount applicable to said alleged violation as set forth in this section as settlement of said violation claim; and
(c) 
Informing him that upon failure to settle, a complaint will be filed in the Circuit Court of LaSalle County, charging him with such violation.
(2) 
Pursuant to said citation, the person so accused of said violation may settle and comprise the violation claim in respect of such ordinance violation by paying to the City the applicable amount as shown in the schedule set forth in this section within a period to be specified in said citation.
(3) 
In the event that the person to whom said citation is issued fails to settle and pay said violation claim within the prescribed time, the officer is authorized to cause a notice to be served upon said alleged violator and is authorized to file a complaint and to prosecute the same in the Circuit Court of LaSalle County.
C. 
All persons who are not guilty of the offense indicated may deliver the citation in person to the Police Department of the City of Mendota at the Police Station within 48 hours after the date and hour indicated thereon. Arrangements for hearing will be made by such Police Department.
D. 
Nothing herein contained shall prevent the filing of a complaint in the first instance in the Circuit Court of LaSalle County and the payment of any fine and costs which shall be determined and established by the Circuit Court of LaSalle County in the event of trial in the Circuit Court of LaSalle County.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-77 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person, firm or corporation violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be fined as set forth in Chapter 1, Article III, Penalties and Enforcement, of the City Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).

§ 305-78 Bicycles, skateboards, roller skates, roller skis and play vehicles. [1]

A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or ride a bicycle, tricycle, skateboard, roller skates, roller skis or play vehicle in any of the following places:
(1) 
On any sidewalk or street in the business district of the City.
(2) 
On any public property where signs are posted prohibiting such use, such as parking lots.
(3) 
On private property where a sign prohibiting such items has been posted by the owner, lessee or person in charge of the property.
B. 
Bicyclists and operators of skateboards, roller skates, roller skis or play vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to other pedestrians using public sidewalks, and shall not otherwise endanger or interfere with pedestrian traffic on those sidewalks.
C. 
Violations and penalties.
(1) 
For a first offense, a written warning shall be issued to the offender, and no fine shall be imposed. If the offender is under the age of 18 years, a parent or guardian of the offender shall be notified and shall be handed or mailed a copy of the written warning.
(2) 
Any person violating the provisions of this section again, after a written warning, shall be fined not less than $10 nor more than $25 for each offense.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I).