[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of County Commissioners of Worcester County 11-10-1987 as part of Bill No. 87-5. Amendments noted where applicable.]
SUBTITLE I Streets, Roads and Highways
SUBTITLE II Parking Safety
[Amended 1-12-1993 by Bill No. 92-20]
In order to promote traffic safety and to prevent accidents caused by the indiscriminate stopping or parking of vehicles on or along the highways in the county, the County Commissioners are authorized, by resolution, to restrict, limit or prohibit parking or stopping on or along any road or highway or portion thereof in the county; provided, however, that if such highway is a state highway, the County Commissioners shall first receive concurrence therefor from the State Highway Administration. The highways or sections thereof where parking or stopping is to be restricted, limited or prohibited shall be designated by appropriate signing. Any person violating a resolution of the County Commissioners relating to the parking or stopping of vehicles along any highway in the county shall be guilty of a civil infraction, and such civil infraction shall be a parking violation and processed as such.
[Amended 6-20-1989 by Bill No. 89-11]
Roadside sales prohibited without compliance. It shall be unlawful for any person to sell or offer for sale anything along the side of any road in Worcester County without first complying with the provisions of this section.
Requirements for roadside sales, permit. Any person wishing to sell or offer for sale anything along any roadside in Worcester County shall comply with the following requirements:
The activity must be permitted under the Zoning and Subdivision Control Article of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County.
The person wishing to conduct such activity shall obtain a permit from the State Highway Administration in the case of a state road and the County Commissioners in the case of a county road.
All roadside stands shall be subject to site plan review under § ZS 1-325 of the Zoning and Subdivision Control Article of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County.
Anyone wishing to conduct sales from a roadside stand shall first obtain a license from the County Commissioners and pay such fees as may be from time to time set by resolution of the County Commissioners.
Considerations. In determining whether or not roadside sales may be conducted along county roads in Worcester County and the granting of permission therefore, the County Commissioners shall consider patterns of ingress and egress to the proposed site, sufficiency of parking spaces for automobiles, surfacing of areas upon which parking is contemplated, and proximity to intersections, traffic signals, signs and the like.
Prohibitions. No roadside sales will be conducted in areas which constitute required parking for any structure or activity pursuant to the Zoning and Subdivision Control Article of the Code of Public Local Laws of Worcester County.
Violations. Any person who violates the provisions hereof shall be deemed guilty of a civil infraction.
[Added 1-12-1993 by Bill No. 92-20]
The following shall be stopping, standing and parking violations:
Parking on roadway.
On any highway outside of a business district or a residential district, a person may not:
Stop, park or leave standing on the roadway any vehicle, whether attended or unattended, if it is practicable to stop, park or leave the vehicle standing off the road.
Leave any vehicle standing without providing an unobstructed width of the roadway opposite the standing vehicle for the free passage of other vehicles.
Stop any vehicle unless it can be seen clearly from two hundred feet away in each direction on the roadway.
The provisions of this subsection do not apply to the driver of a vehicle that has become unintentionally so disabled while on the roadway that he cannot avoid stopping and temporarily leaving it there.
Stopping, standing or parking in front of public driveway. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle in front of a public driveway.
Sidewalks. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on a sidewalk.
Intersections. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle in an intersection.
Crosswalks. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on a crosswalk.
Safety zones. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the County Commissioners indicate a different length by signs or markings.
Highway excavations or obstructions. 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.
Bridges. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on any bridge or other elevated structure on a highway.
Highway tunnels. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle in a highway tunnel.
Places where stopping is prohibited by signs. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle at any place where stopping is prohibited by an official sign.
Entrance or exit ramps of highways. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on any exit or entrance ramp of any highway with two or more lanes for traffic moving in the same direction.
Standing or parking. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle in front of a private driveway without the consent of the owner or occupant of the premises.
Fire hydrants. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant.
Standing, etc., within thirty feet of approach to flashing signals, etc. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle within thirty feet on the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic control sign located at the side of a roadway.
Driveway entrances to fire stations. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle within twenty feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station on or the side of a highway opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five feet of the entrance, if properly signposted.
Standing or parking vehicles where standing prohibited by sign. A person may not stand or park a vehicle at any place where standing is prohibited by an official sign.
Standing or parking vehicles alongside of other stopped or parked vehicles. 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.
Certain curves or hills. 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.
Parking within fifty feet of railroad grade crossings. A person may not park a vehicle within fifty feet of the nearest railroad grade crossing.
Handicapped parking spaces. A person may not park a vehicle unless for the use of a handicapped individual in a space or zone marked as restricted for the use of handicapped individuals.
Parking at other places where parking prohibited by signs. A person may not park a vehicle at any other place where parking is prohibited by an official sign.
Moving the vehicle of another into a prohibited area. A person may not move a vehicle that he does not lawfully control into any prohibited area.
Moving vehicle away from curb for unlawful distance. A person may not move a vehicle that the person does not lawfully control away from a curb for an unlawful distance.
Parking in front of curb ramp. A person may not park a vehicle in front of a curb ramp.
Stopping, standing or parking on private property. A person may not stop, stand or park a vehicle on any private property not owned by the owner or driver of the vehicle unless the person has 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. Upon the request of the owner, his agent or his tenant, a police officer may issue a citation for the violation of the provisions of this subsection.
Fire lanes. A person may not park a vehicle in any duly designated fire lane.
Impeding traffic. A person may not park a vehicle in a way as to impede vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
Handicapped zones. A person may not park a motor vehicle in a space duly designated for the handicapped unless the vehicle bears a special registration plate or a valid permit issued by the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, another state or the District of Columbia.
[Added 1-12-1993 by Bill No. 92-20]
Manner of parking generally. 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 twelve inches of that curb or edge of the roadway.
Parking on one-way roadway. Except as otherwise provided by this section, 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, with its right-hand wheels within twelve inches of the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway or its left-hand wheels within twelve inches of the left-hand curb or edge of the roadway.
Angle parking. The County Commissioners 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.
Signs prohibiting or restricting stopping, standing or parking. The County Commissioners may place signs that prohibit or restrict the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles on any highway in its jurisdiction where to stop, stand or park would endanger those using the highway or interfere unduly with the free movement of traffic on the highway.
[Added 1-12-1993 by Bill No. 92-20]
Establishment of limited parking or no parking zones. The County Commissioners may by resolution adopt regulations for or designations of no parking or limited parking zones in areas where such are deemed necessary or appropriate by the County Commissioners and which said areas and zones shall include, without limitation, handicapped zones, fire lanes, areas of limited vehicular access or any other area deeded by the County Commissioners to be desirable as limited or no parking areas. Such designations may be upon public or quasi-public property.
Designation of limited parking or no parking zones. Any areas established as limited parking or no parking zones shall be posted with a sign or designated by a painted curb as determined by resolution of the County Commissioners.
Fire lanes. The proper posting and marking of fire lanes shall be the responsibility of the property owner if on private property. The property owner shall be responsible for providing and maintaining proper designation of such fire lane as required. It shall be unlawful for any person to obstruct or interfere or allow the obstruction or interference with the operation or access of any emergency vehicle or equipment within a fire lane or to any fire hydrant or any Fire Department connection or to permit or to engage in any activity within any designated fire lane which would interfere with the proper use of that fire lane by fire-fighting personnel and equipment.
[Added 1-12-1993 by Bill No. 92-20]
Any violation of this Subtitle or any resolution adopted hereunder shall constitute a civil infraction which shall be processed as a parking violation.