CHAPTER XIV. TRAFFICCHAPTER XIV. TRAFFIC\ARTICLE 2. LOCAL TRAFFIC REGULATIONS

The Standard Traffic Ordinance as adopted is hereby modified by adding thereto the following:

The governing body may, by resolution, establish and fix the location of such traffic control devices as may be deemed necessary to guide and warn traffic under the provisions of this chapter, other traffic ordinances and the state laws.  The city shall place and maintain such traffic control signs, signals and devices when and as may be required by the authority of the governing body to make effective the provisions of this chapter and other ordinances for the regulation of traffic.  Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to this section shall be marked and labeled on a map of the City of Mount Hope for the purpose of displaying all such traffic control devices and shall be filed with the city clerk to be open to inspection and available to the public at all reasonable hours of business.

(Code 1994)

(a)   Truck means a vehicle designed for carrying property which vehicle has a licensed gross weight in excess of 12,000 pounds.

(b)   Trailer means a vehicle designed for carrying an actual gross weight in excess of 8,000 pounds.

(Ord. 83-7-5A, Sec. 1)

It is unlawful for any person to operate any truck or trailer as defined in section 14-202 over any street or alley within the city, except:

(a)   1st Street from Ohio to Daily.

(b)   Daily from 1st Street to Avenue A.

(c)   Avenue A from Daily to Thomas.

(d)   Thomas from Avenue A to Main.

(e)   Ohio within the corporate city limits.

(f)   Main within the corporate city limits.

(g)   Daily from Avenue E to city limits.

(h)   Avenue F from Daily to Ohio.

(i)    Avenue D from Ohio to Thomas.

(j)    West Second Street from Ohio to Sports Complex.

(k)   North Dean from Main to city limits.

(Ord. 48-1999; Sec. 2)

Those streets of the city over which truck or trailer traffic is prohibited by this article shall be marked by the placing of appropriate signs on such streets.

(Ord. 83-7-5A, Sec. 3)

This article shall not apply to:

(a)   Emergency vehicles responding to an emergency.

(b)   To the use of a street or alley by a truck or trailer as herein defined solely for access to adjacent property as is necessary to serve that property.

(Ord. 83-7-5A, Sec. 4)

(a)   It shall be unlawful to park a truck with a registered gross weight in excess of 12,000 pounds upon the streets within the fire zone of the city. The fire zone is designated as:

(1)   Ohio Street from 1st Street to Avenue A; and

(2)   Main Street from Daily to Thomas.

(b)   Exceptions to this section:

(1)   For loading or unloading merchandise, furniture or other goods, a truck may be parked for so long as is reasonably necessary to complete the same.

(2)   In case a vehicle is incapacitated or unable to move, a truck or trailer may be parked for so long as is reasonably necessary to remove the same, not to exceed 24 hours.

(Ord. 83-7-5A, Sec. 5)

It shall be unlawful to park a truck with a registered gross weight of over 12,000 pounds, or a bus, truck tractor, road tractor or semi-trailer, regardless of weight, upon the streets of the city for a period longer than two hours except as follows:

(a)   For loading or unloading merchandise, furniture or other goods, a truck may be parked for so long as is reasonably necessary to complete the same.

(b)   In case a vehicle is incapacitated or unable to move, a truck or trailer may be parked for so long as is reasonably necessary to remove the same, not to exceed 24 hours.

(Ord. 83-7-5A, Sec. 6)

It shall be unlawful for any motor vehicle used solely for the transportation of explosives, flammable liquids or liquified petroleum gases, which for such purpose is provided with a tank or tanks mounted on the frame or chassis of such vehicle or any vehicle without its own motive power but drawn by a motor vehicle, used for the transportation of explosives, flammable liquids or liquified petroleum gases and for which such purposes provided with a tank or tanks mounted thereon, to be parked or permitted to stand in any area in the city which has been designated a residential area, longer than is necessary to make a lawful delivery; provided that the standing of such vehicle made necessary by mechanical trouble, traffic conditions, made necessary by mechanical trouble, traffic conditions, accident on obedience to the direction of a police officer or traffic signals shall not be considered a violation of this section.  Fertilizer and ammonia trucks, hazardous gases of any kind are included.

(Ord. 83-7-5A, Sec. 7)

No person or operator shall leave a semitrailer or trailer parked or standing on any street or alley in the city unless the semitrailer or trailer is attached to a truck, tractor or other motor vehicle that is capable of moving the semitrailer or trailer.

(Ord. 90-12-18A, Sec. 1)

(a)   No person operating or occupying a motor vehicle on a street, highway, alley, parking lot, or driveway shall operate or permit the operation of any sound amplification system from within the vehicle so that the sound is plainly audible at a distance of 50 or more feet from the vehicle.

(b)   Sound Amplification System means any radio, tape player, compact disc player, loud speaker, or other electronic device used for the amplification of sound.

(c)   Plainly Audible means any sound produced by a sound amplification system from within the vehicle, which clearly can be heard at a distance of 50 feet or more.  Measurement standards shall be by the auditory senses, based upon direct line of sight.  Words or phrases need not be discernible and bass reverberations are included.  The motor vehicle may be stopped, standing, parked or moving on a street, highway, alley, parking lot or driveway, or may be on any public or private property.

(d)   It is an affirmative defense to a charge under this section that the operator was not otherwise prohibited by law from operating the sound amplification system, and that any of the following apply:

(1)   The system was being operated to request medical or vehicular assistance to warn of a hazardous road condition;

(2)   The vehicle was an emergency or public safety vehicle;

(3)   The vehicle was owned and operated by the city or a gas, electric, communications or refuse company;

(4)   The system was used for the purpose of giving instructions, directions, talks, addresses, lectures or transmitting music to any persons or assemblages of person in compliance with this code,

(5)   The vehicle was used in authorized public activities, such as parades, fireworks, sports events, musical productions and other activities which have the approval of the department of the city authorized to grant such approval.

Making loud unnecessary noise is an unclassified misdemeanor conviction of which may be punishable by up to 10 days in jail, a minimum fine of $50.00, and a maximum fine of $500.00 or both such fine and jail.

(Ord. 92-9-8; Ord. 216-2015)

(a)   No person shall operate or halt any vehicle in such a manner as to indicate a careless or heedless disregard for the rights or safety of others, or in such a manner as to endanger, or be likely to endanger, any person or property.  Any driver who does so shall be considered to be prima facie in violation of this section; provided, however, that this section shall not apply to a vehicle driven by a person upon property owned by him or her.

(b)   No driver while driving shall engage in any other activity which interferes with the safe control of his or her vehicle.

(c)   No person shall engage in any activity or commit any act which interferes with a driver’s safe operation of a vehicle.

(d)   Any person violating this section shall be sentenced in accordance with 14-103.

(Ord. 94-4-12A, Secs. 1:2)

(a)   DEFINITION. The term MECHANICAL ENGINE BRAKE as used herein means any device commonly known by that name, including but not limited to, engine brake, compression brake, Jake brake, Jacobs brake or mechanical brake, or any similar device used to slow a motor vehicle by engine compression causing a loud or excessive noise to be emitted through the vehicle’s exhaust system.

(b)   USE OF MECHANICAL ENGINE BRAKES PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle with a Mechanical Engine Brake system engaged within the corporate city limits of the City of Mount Hope, Kansas, except for emergency situations for the purpose of avoiding a collision with another object, person or vehicle of any nature or kind.

(c)   PENALTIES FOR VIOLATION. Any person convicted of a violation of this section will be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not more than $50.00 and shall pay the court costs as specified by the Court.

(Ord. 100-2003; Code 2013)

(a)   It shall be unlawful for any person operating a vehicle within the corporate city limits of Mount Hope, Kansas, to perform a “J-turn” on the streets and in the directions as follows:

(1)   traveling north on Ohio Street, between Avenue E and Third Street, to turn such vehicle into a parking space located on the west side of Ohio Street.

(2)   traveling south on Ohio Street, between Avenue E and Third Street, to turn such vehicle into a parking space located on the east side of Ohio Street.

(3)   to exit a parking space located on the west side of Ohio Street, between Avenue E and Third Street, into the northbound lane of traffic on Ohio Street.

(4)   to exit a parking space located on the east side of Ohio Street, between Avenue E and Third Street, into a southbound lane of traffic on Ohio Street.

(5)   traveling west on Main Street, between Pratt Street and Anderson Street, to turn such vehicle into a parking space located on the south side of Main Street.

(6)   traveling east on Main Street, between Pratt Street and Anderson Street, to turn such vehicle into a parking space located on the north side of Main Street.

(7)   to exit a parking space located on the south side of Main Street, between Pratt Street and Anderson Street, into westbound lane of traffic on Main Street.

(8)   to exit a parking space located on the north side of Main Street, between Pratt Street and Anderson Street, into the eastbound lane of traffic on Main Street.

(b)   Any person who is convicted of a violation of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and punished by a fine of not more than $30.00 and shall pay the court costs as specified by the Court.

(Ord. 101-2003; Code 2013)

(a)   Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with K.S.A. 8-1557, and amendments thereto, the speed limit in all alleys and alleyways of the City shall be 5 miles per hour.

(b)   Definition of Alley or Alleyway: A street or highway intended to provide access to the rear or side of lots or buildings in urban districts and not intended for the purpose of through vehicle traffic.

(c)   Penalty: violation of this section shall be an ordinance traffic infraction with a fine affixed by the Court, in accordance with section 14-103, not to exceed $500.

(Ord. 171-2009; Code 2013)