Town of Deerfield, MA
Franklin County
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When any roadway has been divided into lanes, a driver of a vehicle shall so drive as to be entirely within a single lane and shall not move from the lane in which he is operating or driving, until he has first ascertained that such movement may be safely made.
Upon all roadways, the driver of a vehicle shall drive in the lane nearest the right side of the roadway, when the said lane is available for travel, except when overtaking another vehicle or when preparing for a left turn.
The driver of a vehicle shall not overtake and pass a vehicle, proceeding in the same direction, unless and until there is sufficient space ahead on the right side of the roadway to permit the overtaking to be completed without impeding the safe operation of any vehicle ahead.
The driver of a vehicle, when about to be overtaken and passed by another vehicle, approaching from the rear, shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle, upon suitable and audible signal being given by the driver of the overtaking vehicle; and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle unless and until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
No person shall drive in such a manner as unnecessarily to obstruct the normal movement of the traffic upon any street or highway. Police officers are hereby authorized to require the driver who fails to comply with this section to drive to the side of the roadway and to wait until such traffic, as has been delayed, has passed.
No driver shall enter an intersection of a marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or crosswalk and on the right half of the roadway, to accommodate the vehicle which he is operating, without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding any traffic control signal indication to proceed.
The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the street or the highway.
Upon roadways less than 27 feet in width, and upon which vehicular traffic is permitted to move in both directions, the driver of a slow moving vehicle, when driving outside the business or residential district, shall not follow another slow moving vehicle within 200 feet, but this shall not be construed to prevent slow-moving vehicles from overtaking and passing other slow-moving vehicles. This section shall not apply to funerals and to other lawful processions.
The driver of any vehicle, before starting, stopping, turning from a direct line or backing, shall first see that such movement can be made with safety. If such movement cannot be made with safety, or if it interferes unduly with the normal movement of other traffic, said driver shall wait for a more favorable opportunity to make such movement. If the operation of another vehicle should be affected by a stopping or by a turning movement, the driver of such other vehicle shall be given a plainly visible signal. The driver of a vehicle shall not back the vehicle around a corner, or into an intersecting way or street or intersection; and shall not, in any event, or in any place, back a vehicle, unless and until such backing movement can be made with reasonable safety.
No operator shall back or turn a vehicle so as to proceed in a direction opposite to that in which said vehicle is headed or traveling, in the one-way laterals described in § 207-53.
The driver of a vehicle, emerging from an alley or driveway or garage, shall stop such vehicle, immediately prior to driving on to a sidewalk or on to the sidewalk area, extending across the alley way or driveway.
Upon such roadways as are divided by a parkway, grass plot, reservation or by any structure or area, drivers shall keep to the right of such division, except when directed by a police officer, signs, signals or markings.
No operator shall enter upon the road surface of any street or highway or section thereof, when, by reason of construction, surface treatment, maintenance or the like or because of some unprotected hazard, such road surface is closed to travel, and one or more signs, lights, signals have been erected and maintained to indicate that all or part of the road surface is closed to travel, or that the highway is not to be used, or when so advised by an officer, a watchman, member of a street highway gang or crew or employee of the Town, either audibly or by signs and signals.
The driver of a vehicle shall not drive upon any sidewalk, except with the express permission of an officer or otherwise than at a temporary or permanent driveway.
Whenever any vehicle is stopped to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of another vehicle, approaching from the rear, shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle, notwithstanding the provisions of any other section.
A funeral procession, composed partly or entirely of a procession of vehicles, shall be identified as such by means of black pennants, bearing a purple cross, or by other suitable insignia, attached to the first and to the last vehicles of such procession.
It shall be the duty of each driver in a funeral procession or other processions, to keep as near to the right edge of the roadway, as is feasible and to follow the vehicle ahead as closely as is practicable and safe so to do. At an intersection where a stop sign is indicated, that is, located, the operator of the first vehicle in a funeral procession or other procession shall be the only one governed by the stop sign.
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No person shall operate a vehicle in such condition, or so constructed or so loaded, as to be likely to cause delay in traffic or accident or injury to man, beast or property.
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No person shall operate any vehicle loaded with material extending more than four feet beyond the rear or front of such vehicle, unless there is attached thereto a red flag of sufficient size, during the hours of daylight, and a red light, during the hours of darkness, both of which shall be plainly visible.
The driver of a vehicle emerging from a private road, driveway or garage shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving upon the sidewalk area extending across such driveway or garage, and where no such sidewalk exists, the stop shall be made at the building or property line, as the case may be, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right of way to vehicles approaching on the roadway.
[Added 12-10-1980]
All vehicles are prohibited from driving on so-called Keith Cross Road from November 15 to April 15 in each year.
[Added 6-24-1981]
Vehicular traffic is restricted to vehicles authorized by the Selectmen on the portion of Old Albany Road and Boyden Lane in the Village of Old Deerfield.