The Police Chief, with the approval of the Town Council, shall place and maintain, or cause to be placed and maintained, traffic control signs, signals, and devices required or authorized under this chapter and may place and maintain such additional traffic control devices as he or she may deem necessary to regulate traffic under this chapter or under state law or to guide or warn traffic, including angle parking signs and markings, turning markers, and signs prohibiting left, right or U-turns, the location of which he or she is authorized to determine. All signs or signals required or authorized hereunder shall, so far as practical, be uniform as to type and location throughout the Town. All traffic control signs, signals and devices so erected and not inconsistent with the provisions of state law or this chapter shall be official traffic control devices.
The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable to that vehicle and placed in accordance with this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exceptions granted to the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this chapter. No provision of this chapter for which signs are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if, at the time and place of the alleged violation, an official sign is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that signs are required, such section shall be effective even though no signs are erected or in place.
Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of any such sign, and, when authorized marks or other indications are placed within an intersection indicating the course to be traveled by vehicles turning, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of any such indication.
The Police Chief, with the approval of the Town Council, is hereby authorized:
Crosswalks. To designate and maintain, by appropriate devices, marks or lines upon the surface of the roadway, crosswalks at intersections where in his or her opinion there is particular danger to pedestrians crossing the roadway and at such other places as he or she may deem necessary.
Lanes. To mark lanes for parking and for traffic on street pavements at such places as he or she may deem advisable consistent with this chapter.
Bikeways. To designate and maintain bikeways by appropriate signs, devices, marks or lines upon the surface of the roadway.
Authority to erect.
The Police Chief shall place and maintain a stop sign at each location designated by this section.
Every such sign shall bear the word "Stop" in letters not less than six inches in height and shall be located as near as practicable to the line of the crosswalk furthest from the intersection or, if no crosswalk exists, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway.
Stop required. When stop signs are erected as provided by this section, every driver of a vehicle shall stop such vehicle at such sign, or at a clearly marked stop line, before entering the intersection, except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal.
Enter through street. After the driver of a vehicle has stopped in obedience to a stop sign at the entrance to a through street, such driver shall then proceed cautiously, yielding the right-of-way to vehicles which have entered the intersection from said through street or which are approaching so closely on such through street as to constitute an immediate hazard.
Stop signs or flashing red light locations. Stop signs or flashing red lights shall be erected and maintained on the entering street(s) at the following intersections in accordance with the following schedule:
Three-way stop intersections. Stop signs shall be erected at the following intersections on the enumerated entering streets:
Four-way stop intersections. Stop signs shall be erected at the following intersections on the enumerated entering streets:
Authority to erect.
The Police Chief shall place and maintain a yield sign at each location designated by this section.
Every such sign shall bear the word "Yield" in letters not less than six inches in height. Signs shall be located as near as practicable to the line of the crosswalk furthest from the intersection or, if no crosswalk exists, at the point nearest the intersecting roadway.
Yield required. The driver of any vehicle approaching a yield sign shall slow down to a speed reasonable for existing conditions and shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicles in the intersection or approaching on another roadway so closely as to constitute a hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection.
Yield sign locations. Yield signs shall be erected and maintained on the entering streets at the following intersections in accordance with the following schedule:
Signs, signals and markings. No person shall place, maintain, or display upon or in view of any highway any unauthorized sign, signal, marking, or device which purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles an official traffic control device, or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic, or which hides from view or interferes with the effectiveness of any official traffic control device, and no person shall place on any official traffic control device any commercial advertising, nor shall any public authority permit upon any highway any traffic sign or signal bearing thereon any commercial advertising. This shall not be deemed to prohibit the erection upon private property adjacent to highways of signs giving useful directional information and of a type that cannot be mistaken for official signs.
Public nuisance. Every such prohibited sign, signal, or marking is hereby declared to be a public nuisance, and the authority having jurisdiction over the highway is hereby empowered to remove or cause to be removed each such sign, signal or marking without notice.