Traffic Ordinance

Town of Paris Traffic Ordinance Adopted February 13, 1995

Article 1....Words and Phrases

1.1...Definition of Words and Phrases

A.	The following words and phrases, when used in this Ordinance,
shall, for the purpose of this Ordinance, have the meanings
respectively ascribed to them in this Article, except when the context
otherwise requires.

B.	Whenever any words and phrases used herein are not defined in the
State Laws regulating the operation of vehicles, any such definition
therein shall be deemed to apply to such words and phrases used
herein, except when the context otherwise requires.

1.2...Alley

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 vehicular traffic.

1.3...Central Business District

All streets and portions of streets within the area designated.

1.4...Commercial Vehicle

Every vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for the
transportation of property.

1.5...Controlled Access Highway

Every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or
occupants of abutting lands and persons have no legal right of access
to or from the same except at such points and in such manner as may be
determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over such
highway, street or roadway.

1.6...Passenger, Freight Curb Loading Zones

Spaces adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles
during the loading or unloading of passengers, commercial freight, or
materials.

1.7...Driver

Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
1.8...Fire Department Officials Any fireman, fire warden, engineer,
volunteer and those appointed under special laws or emergencies.

1.9...Laned Roadway

A roadway which is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for
vehicular traffic.

1.10...Official Time Standard

Whenever certain hours are named herein they shall mean standard time
or daylight-savings time as may be current use in this municipality

1.11...Park

Means the leaving of a vehicle, whether occupied or unoccupied
otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually
engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.

1.12...Pedestrian

Any person afoot.

1.13...Person

Any natural person, firm, co-partnership, association or corporation.

1.14...Police Officer

Any Officer of the Police Department, any Constable, or any person
authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrested for
violations of traffic regulations.

1.15...Private Road or Driveway

Every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel
by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the
owner, but not by other persons.

1.16...Right of Way

The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner
in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such
circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to
danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.

1.17...Roadway That portion of a highway improved, designed or
ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or
shoulder. In the event a highway includes two or more separate
roadways, the term "roadway" as used herein shall refer to any such
roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.

1.18...Safety Zone

The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the
exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or
indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times
while set apart as a safety zone.

1.19...Sidewalk

The portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines
of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by
pedestrians.

1.20...Stand

Means the halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or unoccupied,
temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving
or discharging passengers.

1.21...Patrol/Traffic Unit

The Patrol/Traffic Unit of the Police Department of this municipality,
or in the event a Patrol/Traffic Unit is not established, then said
term whenever used herein shall be deemed to refer to the Police
Department of this town.

Article 2....Patrol/Traffic Administration

2.1...Police Department Established

Paris Police Department was established by a Maine State Legislative
Act in 1933....Acts and Resolves - Chapter 53, Page 503.

2.2...Police Administration

There is hereby established in the Police Department of this
municipality a Patrol/Traffic Unit to be under the control of an
Officer of Police appointed by and directly responsible to the Chief
of Police.

2.3...Duty of Patrol/Traffic Unit

The Patrol Traffic Unit with such assistance as may be rendered by the
other Divisions or Units within the Police Department shall:
A.	Enforce the traffic provisions of this Ordinance and the State
vehicle laws;

B.	Make arrests for traffic violations;

C.	Investigate accidents;

D.	Cooperate with the Traffic Engineer and other municipal officials
in the administration of traffic laws and in developing methods to
improve traffic conditions.

E.	Carry out those duties imposed upon it by this Ordinance.

2.4...Records of Traffic Violations

A.	The Police Department or the Patrol/Traffic Unit thereof shall keep
a record of violations of the Traffic Ordinance of this municipality
or of the State vehicle laws of which any person has been convicted, a
record shall be so maintained as to show all types of violations and
the total of each. Said record shall accumulate during at least a
three (3) year period and from that time on the record shall be
maintained complete for at least the most recent three (3) year
period.

B.	All such records and reports shall be public records.

2.5...Patrol/Traffic Unit to Investigate Accidents

It shall be the duty of the Patrol/Traffic Unit, assisted by other
Police Officers in the Department, to investigate traffic accidents,
to arrest and to assist in the prosecution of those persons charged
with violations of law causing or contributing to such accidents.

2.6...Traffic Accident Studies

Whenever the accidents at any particular location become numerous, the
Patrol/Traffic Unit shall cooperate with the Traffic Engineer in
conducting studies of such accidents and determining remedial
measures. (The Maine State Department of Transportation provides
technical assistance on request.)

2.7...Traffic Accident Reports

The Patrol/Traffic Unit shall maintain a suitable system of filing
traffic accident reports. Accident reports or cards referring to them
shall be filed alphabetically by location. Such reports shall be
available for the use and information of the Traffic Engineer.

2.8...Drivers' Files to be Maintained

A.	The Police Department or the Patrol/Traffic Unit thereof shall
maintain a suitable record of all traffic accidents, warnings,
arrests, convictions and complaints reported for each driver, which
shall be filed alphabetically under the name of the driver concerned.

B.	Said Unit shall study the cases of all such drivers charged with
frequent or serious violations of the traffic laws or involved in
frequent traffic accidents or any serious accident and report such
information to the Department of Motor Vehicles or other appropriate
State agencies.

C.	Such records shall accumulate during at least a three (3) year
period and from that time on, such records shall be maintained
complete for at least the most recent three (3) year period.

2.9...Patrol/Traffic Unit shall annually prepare a traffic report
which shall be incorporated into the annual police report. Such report
shall contain information on traffic matters in the municipality as
follows:

1.	The number of traffic accidents, the number of persons killed, the
number of persons injured, and other pertinent traffic accident data;

2. 	The number of traffic accidents investigated and other
pertinent data on the safety activities of the police;

3.	The plans and recommendations of the Unit for future traffic safety
activities.

2.10...Patrol/Traffic Unit to designate method of identifying insignia
to be displayed upon, or other method to be employed to identify the
vehicles in funeral processions.

The Traffic Unit shall recommend a type of pennant or other
identifying insignia to be employed to identify the vehicles in
funeral processions.

2.11...Traffic Engineers

The Office of Traffic Engineers is hereby established. The Police
Chief and road Commissioner shall serve as Traffic Engineers in
addition to his other functions, and shall exercise the powers and
duties with respect to traffic as provided in this Ordinance.

2.12...Emergency and Experimental Regulations

A.	The Chief of police, by and with the approval of the Board of
Selectmen and the State Department of Transportation is hereby
empowered to make regulations necessary to make effective the
provisions of the Traffic Ordinances of this Town and to make and
enforce temporary or experimental regulations to cover emergencies or
special conditions. No such temporary or experimental regulation shall
remain in effect for more than ninety (90) days.

B.	The Traffic Engineer may test traffic-control devices under actual
conditions of traffic.

2.13...Powers and Duties The Board of Selectmen will receive
complaints having to do with traffic matters.

Complaints or actions before them will receive a response within a
thirty (30) day period.

Article 3....Enforcement and Obedience To Traffic Regulations

3.1...Authority of Police and Fire Department Officials

A.	It shall be the duty of any Police Officer to enforce all traffic
laws of this municipality and all of the State vehicle laws.

B.	Police Officers are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by
voice, hand or signal in conformance with traffic laws, provided that
in the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to
safeguard pedestrians, Police Officers may direct traffic as
conditions may require, notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic
laws

C.	Officers of the Fire Department, when at the scene of a fire, may
direct or assist the Police in directing traffic there at or in the
immediate vicinity.

3.2...Required Obedience to Traffic Ordinance

It is unlawful and an infraction for any person to do any act
forbidden or fail to perform any act required in this Ordinance.

3.3...Obedience to Police and Fire Officials

No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful
order or direction of any Police Officer or Fire Department official.

3.4...Public Employees to Obey Traffic Regulations

The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to the drivers of all
vehicles owned or operated by the United States, this State, or any
County, Town, District, or any other political subdivision of the
State, subject to such specific exceptions as are set forth in this
Ordinance or in the State Vehicle Code.

3.5...Authorized Emergency Vehicles

A.	The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to
an emergency call, or when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected
violator of the law, or when responding to but not upon returning from
a fire alarm, may park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of
this Ordinance.

B.	The foregoing provision shall not relieve the driver of an
authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to park or stand with due
regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provision protect
the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the
safety of others.

3.6...Certain Non-motorized Traffic Regulations

A.	Every person propelling any push cart upon a roadway shall be
granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties
applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this Ordinance and by the
rules of the road portion of the State Vehicle Code, except these
provisions which by their nature have no application.

B.	Every person riding an animal or driving an animal-drawn vehicle
upon a roadway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject
to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a vehicle by this
Ordinance, except those provisions of this Ordinance which by their
very nature can have no application.

3.7...Use of Coasters, Roller Skates, Skateboards, Motorized Toys and
Similar Devices Restricted

No person upon roller skates, skateboards, or riding in or by means of
any coaster, toy vehicle, motorized toy vehicle, or similar device,
shall go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a
crosswalk and when so crossing, such person shall be granted all of
the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to
pedestrians. This Section shall only apply to streets listed in
schedule 8.

Article 4....Traffic-Control Devices

4.1...Authority to Install Traffic-Control Devices

The Traffic Engineer shall place and maintain official traffic-control
devices when and as required under the Traffic Ordinances of this
municipality to make effective the provisions of said Ordinances and
may place and maintain such additional; official traffic-control
devices as he may deem necessary to regulate, warn, or guide traffic
under the Traffic Ordinances of this municipality or the State Vehicle
Code. The installation of traffic-control devices on State-aid and
State highways shall be subject to State Department of Transportation
approval.

4.2...Specifications for Traffic-Control Devices

All traffic-control signs, signals and devices shall conform to
specifications approved by the State Department of Transportation. All
signs and signals required hereunder for a particular purpose shall,
so far as practicable, be uniform as to type and location throughout
the location throughout the municipality. All traffic-control devices
so erected and not inconsistent with the provisions of State law or
this Ordinance shall be official traffic-control devices.

4.3...Obedience to Official Traffic-Control Devices The driver of any
vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic-control
device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of
this Ordinance, unless otherwise directed by a Police Officer subject
to the exemptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency
vehicle.

4.4...When Official Traffic-Control Devices Required For Enforcement
Purposes

A.	No provision of this Ordinance for which official traffic-control
devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if
at the time and place of the alleged violation an official device is
not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an
ordinarily observant person.

B.	When a particular section does not state that official
traffic-control devices are required, such section shall be effective
even though no devices are erected or in place.

4.5... Official Traffic-Control Devices - Presumption of Legality

Whenever official traffic-control devices are placed in position
approximately conforming to the requirements of this Ordinance, such
devices shall hereby be determined to have been so placed by the
official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary
shall be established by competent evidence.

4.6...Board of Selectmen are hereby authorized:

1.	To designate and maintain, by appropriate devices, marks, or lines
upon the surface of the roadway, crosswalks at intersections where in
their opinion there is a particular danger to pedestrians crossing the
roadway, and at such other places as they may deem necessary.

2.	On State-aid and State highways the authority of the Board of
Selectmen is subject to approval by the State Department of
Transportation.

4.7...Traffic Lanes

The Board of Selectmen are hereby authorized to mark traffic lanes
upon the roadway of any street or highway where a regular alignment of
traffic is necessary. On State-aid and State highways, the authority
of the Board of Selectmen is subject to State Department of
Transportation approval.

Article 5....Speed Regulation

5.1...State Speed Laws Applicable

The State traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be
applicable upon all streets within this municipality.

5.2...Regulation of Speed by Traffic Signals

The Traffic Engineer is authorized, subject to State Department of
Transportation and State Police approval, to regulate the timing of
traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly
and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds
otherwise applicable with the district or at intersections and shall
erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof.

Article 6....Turning Movements

6.1...Authority to Place Devices Altering Normal Course for Turns

The Traffic Engineer is authorized to place official traffic-control
devices within or adjacent to intersections, and such course to be
traveled as so indicated may conform to or be other than as prescribed
by law. On State-aid and State highways, the authority of the Traffic
Engineer is subject to State Department of Transportation approval and
the Board of Selectmen.

6.2...Authority to Place Restricted Turn Signs

The Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to determine those
intersections at which drivers of vehicles shall not make a right,
left, or U-turn, and shall place proper signs at such intersections.
The making of such turns may be prohibited between certain hours of
any days and permitted at other hours, in which event the same shall
be plainly indicated on the signs, or the signs may be removed when
such turns are permitted. On State-aid and State highways, the
authority of the Traffic Engineer is subject to State Department of
Transportation approval and the Board of Selectmen.

Article 7....One Way Streets and Alleys

7.1....Authority to Sign One Way Streets and Alleys

Whenever any Ordinance of this municipality designates any one-way
street or alley, the Traffic Engineer and the Board of Selectmen shall
place and maintain signs giving notice thereof, and no such regulation
shall be effective unless such signs are in place. Signs indicating
the direction of lawful traffic movement shall be placed at every
intersection where movement of traffic is prohibited. 7.2...One Way
Streets and Alleys

Upon those streets and parts of streets of streets and in those alleys
so designated, vehicular traffic shall move only in the indicated
direction when signs indicating the direction of traffic are erected
and maintained at every intersection where movement in the opposite
direction is prohibited.

7.3...State Approval

On State-aid and State highways, installation of one way street signs
is subject to State Department of Transportation approval.

Article 8....Stop and Yield Intersections

8.1...Through Streets Designated

Those streets and parts of streets described in Schedule 2 and made a
part hereof, are hereby declared to be through streets for the purpose
of this Section.

8.2...Signs Required at Through Streets

Whenever this Ordinance designates and describes a through street, it
shall be the duty of the Traffic Engineer and the Board of Selectmen
to place and maintain a stop sign, or on the basis of an engineering
and traffic investigation at any intersection a yield sign, on each
and every street intersecting such through street unless traffic at
any such intersection is controlled at all times by traffic-controlled
signals; provided, however, that at the intersection of through street
and a heavy traffic street not so designated, stop signs shall be
erected at the approaches of either of said streets as may be
determined by the Traffic Engineer upon the basis of an engineering
and traffic study.

8.3...Other Intersections Where Stop or Yield Required

The Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized to determine and designate
intersections where a particular hazard exists upon other than through
streets and to determine:

A.	Whether vehicles shall stop at one or more entrances to any such
intersection, in which event he shall cause to be erected a stop sign
at every such place where a stop is required, or:

B.	Whether Vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles on a
different street at such intersection, in which event he shall cause
to be erected a yield sign at every place where obedience is required.

8.4...State Approval

On State-aid and State highways, the designation of through streets
and the installation of stop and yield signs are subject to State
Department of Transportation approval.

Article 9....Miscellaneous Driving Rules

9.1...Stop When Traffic Obstructed

No driver shall enter an intersection or a marked crosswalk unless
there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or
sidewalk to accommodate the vehicle he is operating without
obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians,
notwithstanding any traffic-control signal to proceed.

9.2...Driving Through Funeral or other Procession

No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a
funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and
when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this
Ordinance. This provision shall not apply at intersections where
traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or police officers.

9.3...Funeral Processions to be Identified

A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as
such by a pennant or other identifying technique, i.e., headlights on,
or by such other method as may be recommended by the patrol/traffic
unit.

9.4...When Permits Required for Parades and Processions

Any organized procession or parade except the Armed Forces of the
United States, the military forces of this State, the Police
Department and Fire Department, shall occupy, march or proceed along
any way except in accordance with a permit issued by the Chief of
police and such other regulations as are set forth herein may apply.

9.5...Boarding or Alighting from Vehicles

No person shall board or alight from any vehicle while such vehicle is
in motion.

9.6...Unlawful Riding

No person shall ride in any vehicle, upon any portion thereof not
designed or intended for the use of passengers. This provision shall
not apply to any employee engaged in the necessary discharge of a duty
or to persons riding within truck bodies in space intended for
merchandise.

Article 10....Pedestrian's Rights and Duties

10.1... Crossing at Right Angles Except where otherwise indicated by a
crosswalk or other official traffic-control device, a pedestrian shall
cross a roadway at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route
to the opposite curb.

10.2...Prohibited Crossing

In accordance with applicable State Law.

10.3...Drivers to Exercise Due Care to Pedestrians

In accordance with applicable State Law.

Article 11....Regulation for Bicycles

11.1...General

No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any public street,
highway or across any sidewalk except in a careful and prudent manner
and at a reasonable rate of speed. Persons riding bicycles shall
observe all traffic rules and regulations applicable thereto; signal
for all turns, ride at the right hand side of any street or highway,
pass only to the left when passing slow moving vehicles with the
exception that a pass may be made to the right when slow moving
vehicles are about to make left hand turns. No person shall operate or
propel any bicycle without having at least one hand on the handlebars
thereof. No person shall ride or propel a bicycle with any passenger
where said bicycle is designed to carry only one person. No bicycle
shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for
which it is designated and equipped.

No person riding or operating a bicycle shall hold on to any vehicle
while said vehicle is in a moving motion. No person shall ride or
propel a bicycle on any street or highway of the Town after dark
unless the same shall be equipped with sufficient light, attached to
the front of said bicycle, visible from the front of said bicycle,
visible from the front thereof not less than 200 feet and properly
lighted, nor without a rear taillight, or in lieu of, a reflector
attached to and visible from the rear of said bicycle for a distance
of 50 feet. No person shall ride or propel a bicycle upon any street
or highway or access any sidewalk in the business district, abreast or
to the left of any person so riding or propelling another bicycle.

11.2...Parking

No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the
roadway against the curb or upon the sidewalk in a rack to support the
bicycle or against a building or at the curb, in such a manner as to
afford the least obstruction to pedestrian traffic.

11.3...Riding on Sidewalks

A.	No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business
district.

B.	The Chief of Police is authorized to erect signs on any sidewalk or
roadway prohibiting the riding of bicycles thereon by any person and
when such signs are in place, no person shall disobey the same.

C.	Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such
person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give
an audible signal before overtaking and passing such a pedestrian.

11.4...Removal of Numbers

No person shall willfully or maliciously remove, destroy, mutilate or
alter the number of any bicycle frame registered pursuant to this
section.

11.5...Destruction of Stickers

No person shall remove, destroy, mutilate or alter any registration
sticker, seal or registration card during the time in which such
sticker, seal or registration card is operative. Nothing in this
section shall prohibit the Police Department from stamping numbers on
the frames of bicycles on which no serial numbers can be found or on
which the number is illegible or insufficient for identification
purposes.

11.6...Fees

There shall be no fee for bicycle registration.

11.7...Impoundment of Bicycles

The Paris Police Department, or any member thereof, may impound and
retain possession of any bicycle operated in violation of any of the
provisions of this Ordinance.

11.8...Unclaimed Bicycles

Any bicycle that has been in the possession of the Paris Police
Department for a period of ninety (90) days, and is not claimed by the
owner, will be disposed of by the direction of the Chief of Police of
Paris. One item will be printed in the local newspaper(s) for one week
prior to the disposal of said bicycle or bicycles giving a complete
description of bicycle or bicycles, and that the said bicycles will be
disposed of if not claimed by a given date. The Chief of Police will
cause to have printed in the local newspaper a list of disposed
bicycles, indicating description of bicycle and place of disposition,
i.e., charity organization, etc.

11.9.Penalties

	Any person or person maliciously removing, destroying,
mutilating or altering any registration card, fender stickers or seals
during which time such registration cards, fender stickers or seals
are operative, shall be summoned to the District Court, Paris on such;
and if found guilty will be subject to a fine of not more than ten
($10.00). Any portion of this fine shall be used to reimburse the
owner of said bicycle who may have suffered such loss of said bicycle.

	Any person of the age of seventeen (17) or over who violates
any of the provisions of this Town Ordinance shall, upon conviction,
be punished by a fine of not more than ten dollars ($10.00). The Chief
of Police, when satisfied that a juvenile under the age of seventeen
(17) years has ridden a bicycle in violation of any of the provisions
of this Ordinance, may impound the bicycle for a period not to exceed
five (5) days for the first offense and for a period not to exceed
thirty (30) days for any subsequent offense.

Article 12..Angle Parking 12.1.Signs for Marking Indicating Angle
Parking

A.	The Traffic Engineer and Board of Selectmen shall determine upon
what streets angle parking shall be permitted and shall mark or sign
such streets, but such angle parking shall not be indicated upon any
State-Aid or State Highway within the municipality unless the State
Department of Transportation has determined by resolution or order
entered in its minutes that the roadway is of sufficient width to
permit angle parking without interfering with the free movement of
traffic.

B.	Angle parking shall not be indicated or permitted at any place
where passing traffic would thereby be caused or required to drive
upon the left side of the street.

12.2.Obedience to Angle Parking Signs or Markings

	On those streets which have been signed or marked by the
Traffic Engineer and Board of Selectmen for angle parking, no person
shall park or stand a vehicle other than at an angle to the curb or
edge of the roadway indicated by such signs or markings.

Article 13..Stopping, Standing, or Parking Prohibited in Specified
Places

13.1.All Night Parking Prohibited Between the Dates of November
15th-April 15th 

	No person shall park a vehicle on any street for a period of
time longer than thirty (30) minutes between the hours of 12:00 a.m.
and 7:00 a.m.

13.2.Parking for Certain Purposes Prohibited

	No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the
principle purpose of:

1.	Displaying such vehicle for sale.

2.	Washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle except repair
necessitated by an emergency within a reasonable time.

13.3.Parking Adjacent to Schools

A.	The Traffic Engineer and the Board of Selectmen is hereby
authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon either or both
sides of any street adjacent to any school property when such parking
would, in his opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous
situation.

B.	When official signs are erected indicating no parking upon either
side of a street, adjacent to any school property as authorized
herein, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated space.

13.4.Parking Prohibited on Narrow Streets

A.	The Traffic Engineer and the Board of Selectmen is hereby
authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon any street when
the width of the roadway does not exceed twenty (20) feet, or upon one
side of a street as indicated by such signs when the width of the
roadway does not exceed thirty (30) feet. B.	When official signs
prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized
herein, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in
violation of any such sign.

13.5...Standing or Parking on One-Way Streets

	The Traffic Engineer and the Board of Selectmen is authorized
is authorized to erect signs upon the left-hand side of any one-way
street to prohibit the standing or parking of vehicles, and when such
signs are in place, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon such
left hand side in violation of any such sign.

13.6...Standing or Parking on One-Way Roadways

	In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate
roadways and traffic restricted to one direction upon any such
roadway, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon the left hand
side of such one-way roadway unless signs are erected to permit such
standing or parking. The Traffic Engineer is authorized to determine
when standing or parking may be permitted upon the left-hand side of
any such one-way roadway and to erect signs giving notice thereof.

13.7... No Stopping, Standing, or Parking Near Hazardous or Congested
Places\

	A.	The Traffic Engineer and the Board of Selectmen is hereby
authorized to determine and designate by proper signs placed not
exceeding 100 feet apart in which the stopping, standing or parking of
vehicles would create unusual delay to traffic.

	B.	When official signs are erected at hazardous or congested
places as authorized herein, no person shall stop, stand or park a
vehicle in any such designated areas.

Article 14....Stopping, Standing or Parking Restricted  or Prohibited
on Certain Streets

14.1... Application of this Article

	The provisions of this article prohibiting the standing or
parking of a vehicle shall apply at all times or at those times herein
specified or as indicated on official signs except when it is
necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or in
compliance with the directions of a Police Officer or official
traffic-control device. 14.2...Regulations not Exclusive

	The provisions of this article imposing a time limit on
parking shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other
and more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping,
standing or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specific
times.

14.3...Parking Prohibited at All Times on Certain Streets

	When signs are erected in each block giving notice thereof, no
person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets
described in Schedule 4, and made a part of this Ordinance.

14.4...Parking Prohibited During Certain Hours on Certain Streets

	When signs are erected in each block giving notice thereof, no
person shall park a vehicle between the hours specified in Schedule 5,
or any day except Sundays and public holidays within the district or
upon any of the streets described in said Schedule 5, and made part of
this Ordinance.

14.5...Parking Time Limited on Certain Streets

	When signs are erected in each block giving notice thereof, no
person shall park a vehicle for longer than two (2) hours at any time
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays
within the district or upon any of the streets described in Schedule
6.

14.5A...Parking Time Limited on Certain Streets

	When signs are erected in each block giving notice thereof, no
person shall park a vehicle for longer than one (1) hour at any time
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. of any day except Sundays
within the district or upon any of the streets described in Schedule
6.

14.6...Parking Time Limited on Certain Streets

	When signs are erected in each block giving notice thereof, no
person shall park a vehicle for longer than thirty (30) minutes at any
time between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. of any day except
Sundays within the district or upon any of the streets described in
Schedule 7.

14.7...Parking Signs Required

	Whenever by this or any other Ordinance of this municipality,
any parking is prohibited on designated streets, it shall be the duty
of the Traffic Engineer to erect appropriate signs giving notice
thereof and no such regulations shall be effective unless said signs
are erected and in place at the time of any alleged offense.

14.8...Prohibited Parking

	Parking prohibited during snow emergency along routes
designated as snow emergency routes by Traffic Engineer (Police
Chief).

Article 15....Regulating the Kinds of Classes of Traffic on Certain
Highways

15.1...Commercial Vehicles prohibited for Using Certain Streets

	When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall
operate any commercial vehicle exceeding 20,000 pounds gross weight at
any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in
Schedule 8, made a part of the Ordinance, except that such vehicles
may be operated thereon for the purpose of delivering or picking up
materials or merchandise and then only by entering such street at the
intersection nearest the destination of the vehicle and proceeding
thereon no further than the nearest intersection thereafter.

15.2...State Approval

	On State-aid and State highway, the installation of signs is
subject to State Department of Transportation approval.

Article 16....Penalties

16.1...Penalties

	Unless other penalty is expressly provided by state law, every
person found guilty of a violation of any provision of this Ordinance
shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars
($100.00) and not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) for each offense;
provided however, for parking violations, a person may elect in lieu
of such penalty, to waive his right to a court appearance by paying
the applicable parking ticket waiver fee listed below:

1.	No Parking
Zone........................................................	$10.00
2.	Wrong Side of
Street..................................................	$10.00 3.	Too
Close to
Hydrant.................................................	$25.00
4.	Double
Parking..........................................................	$15*
5.	All Night
Parking.......................................................	$15.00
6.	Blocking
Driveway....................................................	$10.00
7.	Parking in
Crosswalk.................................................	$15.00
8.	Improper
Parking.......................................................	$10.00
9.	Overtime
Parking.......................................................	$10.00
10.	Parking in Designated Handicap Spaces...................	$50.00
11.	Other............................................................*
12.	Snow
Emergency.......................................................	$25.*
13.	Unreasonable
Deposit-Snow/Ice................................	$50.00 14.	Impeding
Traffic........................................................	$10.00
15.	Vehicular
Trespassing................................................	$15.00
16.	Fire
Lane.................................................................*
	All fines and penalties collected under this Traffic Ordinance
shall be paid into the Town treasury, and the Board of Selectmen are
authorized to employ all such procedures authorized by law which they
deem prudent to collect the same.

16.2...Obedience to Ordinance Required

	It shall be unlawful and in violation of this chapter for any
person to cause, allow, or suffer any vehicle registered in the name
of or operated by such person to do any act forbidden or fail to
perform any act required in this Ordinance; provided, the fact that a
vehicle is unlawfully parked shall be prima facie evidence of the
unlawful parking of such vehicle by the person in whose name such
vehicle is registered. Further, any vehicle parked in violation of
this ordinance (whether because of length of time, place, or the
manner in which said vehicle is parked) is declared to be an
obstruction in such street or public way and a menace to the safe and
proper regulation of traffic.

16.3...Obedience to Police, Fire Officials Required

	No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any
lawful order or direction of a police officer or fire department
official.

16.4...General Authority of Police, Fire Department Officials to
Enforce Laws and Direct Traffic

	a)	It shall be the duty of the officers of the police
department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police to
enforce all street traffic laws of the Town and all of the state
vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in the Town. 

	b)	Officers of the police department or such officers as are
assigned by the Chief of police are hereby authorized to direct all
traffic by voice, hand or signal in conformance with traffic laws;
provided that in the event of fire or other emergency or to expedite
traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, officers of the police department
may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the
provisions of the traffic laws.

C)	Officers of the fire department, when at the scene of a fire or
similar public safely incident. may direct or assist the police in
directing traffic or similar public safety incident in the immediate
vicinity.

16.5...	Town to provide books containing numbered citation forms;
police chiefs duties regarding books.

(a)	The Town shall provide books or forms to include traffic citation
forms for notifying alleged violators to appear and answer charges of
violating traffic laws and ordinances in the district court. Such
hooks may include serially numbered sets of citations in the form
prescribed by the chief of police.

(b)	The chief of police shall be responsible for the issuance of such
books to individual members of the police department. The chief shall
require a written receipt for every book SO issued and shall maintain
a record of every such book and each set of citations contained
therein.

16.6...Procedure of police upon stopping alleged violator citation to
specify violation.

Except when authorized or directed under state law to immediately take
a person before a magistrate or other court official for the violation
of any traffic laws, a police officer who halts a person for such
violation, other than for the purpose of giving him a warning or
warning notice, and does not lake such person into custody under
arrest, shall take such person's name, address, the operator's license
number, the registered number of the motor vehicle involved and such
other pertinent information as may be necessary. The officer shall
then issue to such person in writing on the original form provided by
the Town. a traffic citation containing a notice to answer to the
charge against him in the district court as soon as practicable. after
such alleged violation. The alleged violation shall he specified in
this citation.

16.7...	Duty to deposit copy of citation with superior officer:
disposition of citation: chief to record disposition of charges,
warrant; altering defacing citations, records.

(a)	Every police officer Upon issuing an original traffic citation to
an alleged violator of any provision of the motor vehicle laws of this
state or of any traffic ordinance of the city shall deposit the copy
of the citation with his immediate Superior officer, who shall make a
police blotter record of it.

(b)	The citation shall be disposed of in accordance with those laws of
the state which govern the procedures in the district court.

c)	The chief of police shall also maintain or cause to he maintained
in connection with every traffic citation issued by a member of the
police department a record of the disposition of the charge by the
district court or its traffic violations bureau.

(d)	The chief of police shall also maintain or cause to he maintained
a record of all warrants issued by the district court or by any other
court on traffic violation charges and which are delivered to the
police department for service, and of the final disposition of all
such warrants.

16.8...Removal of tickets, notices or citations from vehicles.

No person shall remove from any vehicle a traffic law violation
ticket, notice or citation placed on or in such vehicle by a police
officer of the Town, except for the purpose of answering such notice
or citation as required therein.

16.9	Police officer's duty upon finding illegally parked vehicle
without driver.

Whenever any motor vehicle without a driver is found parked or stopped
in violation of any of the restrictions imposed by ordinance of the
town or by state law, the officer finding such vehicle shall take its
registration number and may take any other information displayed on
the vehicle which may identify its user. and shall conspicuously affix
to such vehicle a traffic citation, on a form provided by the Town.

16.10...Impoundment (a)	Members of the police department are hereby
authorized to remove a vehicle from a Street or highways to the
nearest garage or other place of safety, or to a garage designated or
maintained by the police department. or otherwise maintained by the
town under the circumstances hereinafter enumerated:

(1)	When any vehicle is left unattended upon a bridge, viaduct or
causeway, where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic;

(2)	When a vehicle upon a highway is so disabled as to constitute an
obstruction to traffic and the person or persons in charge of the
vehicle are by reason of physical injury  incapacitated to such an
extent as to he unable to provide for its custody of removal;

(3)	When a vehicle is parked in a manner obstructing snow removal

(h)	Whenever an officer removes a vehicle from a street as authorized
in this section and the officer knows or is able to ascertain from the
registration records in the vehicle the name and address of the owner
thereof, such officer shall immediately give or cause to be given
notice in writing to such owner of the fact of such removal the
reasons therefor and the place to which such vehicle has been removed.
In the event any such vehicle is stored in a public garage, a copy of
such notice shall he given to the proprietor of such garage.

(C)	Whenever an officer removes a vehicle from a street under this
section and does not know and is not able to ascertain the name of the
owner, or for any other reason is unable to give the notice to the
owner as hereinbefore provided, and in the event the vehicle is not
returned to the owner within a period of three (3) days. then and in
that event the officer shall immediately send or cause to he sent a
written report of such removal by mail to the state department whose
duty it is to register motor vehicles. and shall file a copy of such
notice with the proprietor of any public garage in which the vehicle
may he stored. Such notice shall include, a complete description of
the vehicle, the date, time and place from which removed, the reasons
her such removal and the name of the garage or place where the vehicle
is stored.

(d)	In the event of any impoundment under this section, the owner of
the vehicle must pay all outstanding charges assessed against him
under this Traffic Ordinance: including, but not limited to,
reasonable towing and impoundment fees.

ARTICLE 17....MISCELLANEOUS

17.	1....Standing or parking close to the curb

No person shall stand or park a vehicle in a roadway other than
parallel with the edge of the roadway, headed in the direction of
traffic, and with the curbside wheels of the vehicle within twelve
(12) inches of the edge of the roadway, except as provided elsewhere
in the Ordinance.

17. 2....Stopping, standing or parking prohibited in specified places

No person shall stop, stand, park a vehicle, except when necessary to
avoid conflict with other traffic, when there exists an emergency,
etc.. or in compliance with any direction of a Police Officer or
traffic-control device, in any of the following places:

1.	On a sidewalk

2.	In front of a public or private driveway

3.	Within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant

4.	On a crosswalk

5.	Within twenty (20) feet of the near corner of the curbs at an
intersection

6.	Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when
such stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic

7.	On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or
curl, of a street or double parked. so-called

8.	Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway

9.	At any place where official signs prohibit parking or slopping

10. Trespassing - Parking of vehicle by trespassing on private or
Town-owned property is prohibited

11.Impeding Traffic - No vehicle shall he permitted to remain
stationary within the limits of the street or public ways of the Town
in such a manner as to constitute a traffic hazard or to impede or to
obstruct the free movement of traffic thereon.

17.3	Emerging from a private driveway

The driver of a vehicle emerging from a private driveway, automobile
service station or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior
to driving onto the sidewalk and upon entering the roadway shall yield
the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.

17.4	Motor Vehicles shall not he driven on the sidewalk

The driver of any motor vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk
area except at a permanent or temporary driveway.

17.5	Clinging to moving vehicles

Any person riding, clinging, or therefore being dragged upon any
motorcycle, coaster, sled, skis, toboggan, roller skates, skateboard,
or any toy vehicle shall not attach the same or him/herself to any
moving vehicle upon any roadway.

17.6	Crossing fire hose

No vehicle shall he driven over any unprotected hose of a Fire
Department when laid down on any street or private driveway, to be
used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire
Department official in command.

17.7...	Unlawful parking

No vehicle or combination of vehicles, except when permission of the
Chief of Police is granted, in excess of twenty (20) feet in length
shall remain parked in controlled or regulated parking areas
prohibited in Schedules 5, 6 and 7 for more than twenty (20) minutes
on any public way within the urban limits of the Town.

17.8...	Loud, unusual or unnecessary noise

No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon any street or way, or in
any other place, so as to make a loud, unusual, unnecessary noise
against the peace, quiet or good order of the Town.

17.9	The transportation of rubbish, refuse, ashes and other waste
material

No person shall operate or cause to be operated upon any public way a
vehicle with a load, unless such load is fastened, secured, confined
or loaded to prevent any possibility, reasonably to be anticipated, or
any portion of said load from falling to the ground. The word "load'
as used in this paragraph shall include, but shall not he limited to,
paper, wood products, rubbish, refuse, ashes, garbage, or other waste
material.

17.10	Unreasonable deposit of snow or ice

Whoever unreasonably deposits or drops snow or ice within the traveled
way of any highway, street, or roadway, or immediately adjacent to the
travelway, so as to obstruct or potentially obstruct shoulders,
ditches, culverts or catch basins, within the Town of Paris, except
upon the written authority of the municipal officers, shall be
punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00).

ARTICLE	18....EFFECT OF AND SHORT TITLE OF ORDINANCE
18.	l....Application

The provisions of this Ordinance relating to the operation of vehicles
refer exclusively to the operation of vehicles upon highways except
where a different place is specifically referred to in a given
section.

18.2.... Uniformity of interpretation

This Ordinance shall be so interpreted and construed as to effectuate
its general purpose to make uniform the law of those local authorities
which enact it.

18.3...Effect of headings

Article and section headings contained herein shall not he deemed to
govern, limit, modify or in any manner affect the scope, meaning or
extent of the provisions of any Article or section hereof.

18. 4....Short title

This Ordinance may he known and cited as the Paris Traffic Ordinance.

18.5.... Ordinance not retroactive This Ordinance shall not have a
retroactive effect and shall not apply to any traffic accident or
judgment arising therefrom, or to any violation of the motor vehicle
Ordinance of this Town, occurring prior to the effective date of this
Ordinance.

18.6.... Effect of partial invalidity

If any part or parts of this Ordinance are for any reason held to he
invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining
portions of this Ordinance.

18.7.... Publication of Ordinance

The clerk shall certify to the passage of this Ordinance (and cause
all or such parts hereof to be published as may be required by the
Constitution and laws of this State).

18.8.... Repeal

The (existing Ordinances covering the same matters as embraced in this
Ordinance) are hereby repealed and all Ordinances or parts of
Ordinances inconsistent with the provisions of this Ordinance are
hereby repealed.

TRAFFIC ORDINANCE SCHEDULES

Schedule 1 - Through Streets

-none-

Schedule 2 - Parking Prohibited

a.	One-Way Streets

Market Square

	In front of Preb's Pharmacy 

Barrows Street 	Right side - entire length of street 

Church Street 	Left side - entire length of street

b.	Two-Way Streets

Maple Street 	Eastbound - from Market Square for 60 feet 	Westbound
- entire length of street

Pine Street 	Eastbound - railroad crossing to the Junior High School
	Westbound - Market Square corner to the Junior High School

Gothic Street 	Eastbound - crest of hill to High Street corner
	Westbound - High Street to Myrtle Street

Park Street 	Northbound - Baptist Church parking lot to first
driveway past the Post Office

Schedule 3 - Parking Prohibited Certain Hours

-	none-

Schedule 4 - Two Hour Parking Zones

Market Square 	all spaces from Church Street to High Street
	all spaces from Main Street Fire Station entrance to Barrows
Street

Schedule 4a - Three Hour Parking Zones

Market Square 	spaces from Maple Street to Bolsters parking lot

Schedule 5 - One Hour Parking Zones

-none-

Schedule 6 - One-Half Hour Parking Zones

-none-

Schedule 7 - Weight Limit Streets

Brett Hill Road Christian Ridge Road Durgin Road East Oxford Road
Ellingwood Road Elm Hill Road Halls Pond Road Hooper Ledge Road King
Hill Road Military Road Nichol Street Mt. Mica Road Oxford Street
Paris Hill Road Parsons Road Reservoir Road Streaked Mountain Road
Stock Farm Road Sumner Road Swallow Road Thayer Road Twitchell Road
Upper Swallow Road

Schedule 9 - Coasters, Rollerskates, Skateboards, etc. Prohibited

Route 26 Route 117 Route 119 High Street Park Street Paris Hill Road