Town of Snow Hill, MD
Worcester County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
[HISTORY: Adopted by the Mayor and Council of the Town of Snow Hill as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Penalties, fees, fines and other charges — See Ch. 131.
Trailers and mobile homes — See Ch. 174.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 182.
[Adopted 11-14-2000 by Ord. No. 2000-7]
This article shall be entitled "Parking Regulations."
This article shall create a new ordinance governing the parking of vehicles in Snow Hill, Maryland.
This article shall regulate the parking of vehicles on publicly owned streets, highways, alleys, parking lots, parks and other publicly owned property; privately owned retail and commercial property open to the general public; privately owned streets and alleys used by the general public; the parking of commercial motor vehicles and other vehicles over certain sizes in certain areas of Town; the operation of refrigeration units on motor vehicles in certain areas of Town; and provide for the issuance of a citation or other penalty as provided herein.
A. 
This article may be enforced by any police or peace officer, or any person, other than a police officer, who is authorized by the Chief of Police to issue a citation for a violation of this article. The Town may also designate certain violations or areas as subjecting the vehicle to towing and impounding.
B. 
An officer who discovers a vehicle parked in violation of this article shall deliver a copy of the citation to the driver or, if the vehicle is unattended, attach a copy of the citation to the vehicle in a conspicuous place; and keep a copy of the citation bearing his certification under the penalty of perjury that the facts stated in the citation are true and correct to the best of his knowledge, information and belief. In the absence of the driver, the registered owner of the vehicle is presumed to be the person receiving the citation.
A. 
The person receiving a citation under this article shall pay the fine directly to the Town of Snow Hill, or elect to stand trial for the violation. If a person elects to stand trial for the violation, the Town of Snow Hill must receive a notice of intention to stand trial at least five days before the fine is due.
B. 
If a person elects to stand trial and desires the presence of the issuing officer at the trial, the person shall notify the Town of Snow Hill at the time of the election to stand trial. If the Town does not receive proper notification, the officer need not appear at the trial, and the copy of the citation bearing the certification of the officer is prima facie evidence of the facts stated in it.
A. 
A citation shall be due and payable at Town Hall within 20 days from the date of issuance unless an election to stand trial has been made as provided in this article. Payment may be made by cash, check or money order made payable to the Town of Snow Hill.
B. 
A check or money order returned for insufficient funds, account closed or stopped payment shall be treated as if no payment has been received. The Town shall impose a returned check fee of $25, in addition to any fee charged to the Town by the bank for the returned check.
The maximum fine that may be incurred for a violation of this article shall be $500 plus court costs, if applicable. The Mayor and Council may set or modify initial fine amounts for the issuance of parking citations from time to time by resolution.
A. 
In addition to any original fine amount shown on the citation, the fine due and payable shall increase by the amount of the original fine every thirty-day period beginning after the original due date, until the fine is received by the Town, up to the maximum fine amount prescribed by this article. This section does not apply if a request to stand trial was received in a timely manner.
B. 
The Town of Snow Hill may also participate in the Maryland vehicle flagging system as provided for in the Maryland Vehicle Law.
A. 
General rule. The provisions of this section apply except as necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or the directions of a police officer or traffic control device.
B. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle within five feet of the entrance of a public or private driveway.
C. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on a sidewalk.
D. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle in any intersection, or within 15 feet of any intersection.
E. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on a crosswalk.
F. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle alongside or opposite any highway excavation or obstruction if to do so would obstruct traffic.
G. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on any bridge or other elevated structure on a highway.
H. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle at any place where stopping, standing or parking is prohibited by an official sign, yellow painted curb, official marking or control device.
I. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on any entrance or exit ramp of any highway or roadway, unless it is disabled.
J. 
A person may not stand or park a vehicle within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
K. 
A person may not stand or park a vehicle within 20 feet of a crosswalk at an intersection.
L. 
A person may not stand or park a vehicle within 30 feet on the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.
M. 
A person may not stand or park a vehicle within 20 feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station, or on the side of a highway opposite the entrance to any fire station within 75 feet of the entrance, if properly signposted.
N. 
A person may not stand or park a vehicle on the roadway side of any other vehicle that is stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a highway (also known as "double parking").
O. 
A person may not stand or park a vehicle on a curve or hill where solid lines on the surface of the roadway indicate a zone in which passing is prohibited.
P. 
A person may not park a vehicle within 50 feet of the nearest rail in a railroad grade crossing.
Q. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle unless for the use of an individual with a disability, in a space or zone marked as restricted for the use of individuals with disabilities. A vehicle shall display a current special registration plate, removable windshield placard or temporary removable placard issued by the Motor Vehicle Administration of this state or any other state or country while occupying the space.
R. 
A person may not park a vehicle at any other place where parking is prohibited by an official sign.
S. 
A person may not park a vehicle at any other place where an official sign designates restricted parking, if the person or vehicle does not comply with the posted restriction.
T. 
A person may not move a vehicle that the person does not lawfully control.
U. 
A person may not park a vehicle in front of a curb ramp designed for the use of individuals with disabilities.
V. 
A person may not park a vehicle in front of or on a passenger loading zone designed or marked for the use of individuals with disabilities.
A. 
Except as otherwise provided in this section, a vehicle that is stopped or parked on a two-way roadway shall be stopped or parked parallel to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, with its right-hand wheels within 12 inches of that curb or edge of the roadway.
B. 
A vehicle that is stopped or parked on a one-way roadway shall be stopped or parked parallel to the curb or edge of the roadway, in the direction of authorized traffic movement, with:
(1) 
Its right-hand wheels within 12 inches of the right hand curb or edge of the roadway; or
(2) 
Its left-hand wheels within 12 inches of the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
C. 
The Mayor and Council may permit angle parking on the roadway of any highway in its jurisdiction, if the roadway has been determined to be wide enough to permit angle parking without interfering with the free movement of traffic.
(1) 
A vehicle whose length or width will not allow the vehicle to fit entirely within the parking space lines may not park in an area designated for angle parking.
(2) 
A vehicle may not back into a space permitting angle parking so that the driver would have to pull out facing oncoming traffic.
D. 
A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on any private property not owned by the owner of the vehicle or driver of the vehicle unless the person has the express or implied permission from the property owner, his tenant or his agent to stop, stand or park the vehicle, as the case may be. An officer may issue a citation upon request of the property owner, his tenant or agent.
E. 
On any street, alley, highway, publicly owned parking lot or property, which has parking spaces marked on the pavement or adjacent curbline, a person may not park a vehicle so that it protrudes into any other space or portion thereof, unless the vehicle size will not permit the vehicle to fit within a single space.
F. 
A person may not park a vehicle in any area designated for safety as a fire lane or emergency vehicle lane.
G. 
A person may not park or allow a vehicle to remain in any metered parking space displaying an expired time limit. The Mayor and Council may establish by resolution such times and days as it may choose, if any, to waive the paying of the parking meters.
H. 
A person may not park a vehicle in any parking space or lot for any time in excess of any posted time limit.
I. 
A person may not park a vehicle in any parking space requiring the display of a parking permit without obtaining and displaying a valid permit in a conspicuous location. The Mayor and Council may also establish by resolution such times and days as it may choose, if any, to waive the permit requirement.
J. 
A person may not park a vehicle in any designated loading or unloading zone unless actually engaged in the loading or unloading of cargo or produce.
K. 
A person may not park a vehicle on any highway, street or alley or part thereof, if the highway, street or alley has been temporarily closed to parking or traffic by the Police Department for any public event, parade or emergency. If the owner or operator of a vehicle cannot be located within a reasonable time under the circumstances to move the vehicle, the Police Department may have the vehicle towed at the owner's expense to allow access to the area.
A. 
A person may not park a vehicle on any grass area in any park in Town, unless the owner or operator of the vehicle or the special event coordinator has obtained permission in advance from the Town to do so, except where parking is permitted by official sign.
B. 
A person may not park a vehicle so as to block or restrict access to any park facility, restroom, boat slip, dock, boat ramp, parking lot or space, handicapped access ramp or space, foot trail, bicycle trail or driveway of any type.
A. 
A person may not park any combination commercial motor vehicle, trailer of any type or description, truck cab, bus, farm tractor, motor home, truck camper or any vehicle three-fourths-ton gross vehicle weight or larger on any residential street in Snow Hill from 8:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., except while actually loading or unloading or providing emergency services, without a permit issued by the Town Manager or Police Department. The permit shall only be issued for good cause and for a period not to exceed 48 hours. The Mayor and Council may issue or renew a permit for a period not to exceed 90 days; such permit may only be issued for good cause.
B. 
A person may not park any vehicle or trailer equipped with a mechanical cooling or refrigeration unit in operation for more than two hours (whether or not it cycles on and off) in any residential area of Town or within 250 feet of the nearest residence, unless it is waiting in a line of vehicles to deliver a perishable product and attended by the driver. In this section a "residence" shall include a hotel, motel or other lodging place, if the rooms are occupied at the time.
The terms in this article have the following meanings as indicated in this section. All other terms used in this article have the same meanings as defined or used in the Maryland Vehicle Code, as amended from time to time.
A. 
Where used in a mandatory sense, the complete cessation from movement; and
B. 
Where used in a prohibitory sense, to halt, even momentarily, a vehicle, whether or not it is occupied, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device.
STAND
To halt a vehicle, whether or not it is occupied, momentarily, only:
A. 
When necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device; or
B. 
For the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
PARK
To halt a vehicle, whether or not it is occupied, other than momentarily:
A. 
When necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or a traffic control device; or
B. 
For the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
[Adopted 12-13-2011 by Ord. No. 2011-04]
The following article be and the same hereby is adopted recognizing speed monitoring systems within school zones and work zones with the Town of Snow Hill, as well as adopting the areas within a one-half-mile radius of any school be designated as a "school zone." (Refer to attached map that shows the school zone designation.[1])
[1]
Editor's Note: Said map is on file in the Town offices.
In general: In this article, the following terms have the meanings indicated.
A. 
For school zone speed monitoring systems, State Code Transportation Article § 21-809; and
B. 
For work zones speed control systems, State Code Transportation Article § 21-810.
SPEED MONITORING SYSTEM
Either or both:
A. 
A school zone speed monitoring system established under State Code Transportation Article § 21-809; and
B. 
A work zone speed control system established under State Code Transportation Article § 21-810.
The use and enforcement of speed monitoring systems in school zones and work zones is authorized.
A speed monitoring system may not be used except in accordance with and subject to the standards, procedures, requirements, limitations and other provisions of:
A. 
The state enabling law; and
B. 
This article and the rules and regulations adopted under this article.
A violation recorded by a speed monitoring system may be enforced as provided in the state enabling law.
A. 
In general. The Police Department may develop and, with the approval of the Town Council, adopt rules and regulations to govern the implementation and use of speed monitoring systems.
B. 
Coverage. These rules and regulations may, among other things, establish procedures and standards for:
(1) 
The procurement of system devices;
(2) 
The employment or procurement of system operators;
(3) 
The placement and operation of system devices.
C. 
To be compliant with enabling law. All rules and regulations adopted under this section must be compliant with the state enabling law, and must be approved by the Town Council before implementation.
D. 
As part of the Town Council's approval of rules and regulations adopted hereunder, the Town Council may choose to contract with a private contractor to install, maintain, and monitor the speed monitoring system, and in the case as part of the approval process, the Town Council shall approve any contractual arrangements between said private contractor and the Town.
A. 
For the initial 30 days after the first school zone speed monitoring system is activated in any school zone, a violation recorded by it may be enforced only by issuance of a warning; and
B. 
For the initial 30 days after the first work zone speed control system is activated in any work zone, a violation recorded by it or any other work zone speed control system may be enforced only by issuance of a warning.