Chapter 8 - Motor Vehicles & Traffic
Sections
Article I - General Provisions
1 Definitions
2 Illinois Vehicle Code
3 Signs and Signals
4 Interference with Signs
5 Animals and Bicycles
6 Exemptions
Article II - Rules of Driving
12 Driver's license required
13 Driving while intoxicated or drugged
14 Speed in school zones
15 Speed generally
16 Duty to keep to the Right
17 Overtaking
18 Reckless driving
19 One-Way Stop Streets
20 Two-Way Stop Streets
21 Three-way Stop Streets
24 Yield right-of-way intersections
25 Right-of-way when emerging from alley, building, private road, driveway
26 Pedestrians' right-of-way on sidewalks
27 Required position and method of turning at intersections
28 Right-of-way when vehicle turning left
29 Driver's signal required
30 Following, parking near fire apparatus prohibited
31 Crossing fire hose
32 Driving upon sidewalk
33 Traffic not to be obstructed
34 Limitations on backing
Article III - Parking, Stopping and Standing
50 Presumption of liability for violation
51 Signs required
52 Places prohibited
54 Manner of parking
55 Parking on private property
56 Duties when leaving vehicle unattended
58 Penalty
59 Payment of fine
137 Amendment
Article IV - Pedestrians
70 Right of way
71 Pedestrians using roadway
72 Signals
Article V - Vehicle Equipment and Condition
80 Driving unsafe, unequipped vehicles
81 Obstructions to vision
82 Lights generally
83 Signal lamps and devices
84 Unnecessary noise
85 Emission of gas, smoke
86 Horns and warning devices
87 Width, length, height of vehicle and load
88 Brakes
89 Tires
90 Weight
91 Equipment on bicycles
92 Required equipment on motorcycles
93 Squealing tires
Article VI - Snowmobiles
130 Routes
131 Speed
132 Snowmobilers living withing the city limits
133 Parking
134 General conduct
135 Routes
136 Violators
Article VII - Golf carts and UTV's
138 General rules and regulations
139 Required equipment
140 Permits
141 Enforcement

Article I - General Provisions

Sec. 8-1  Definitions.

Whenever in this chapter the following terms are used they shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section.

Crosswalk.  That portion of the roadway included within the prolongation of the sidewalk lines at street intersections.

Emergency vehicle.  Vehicles of any police, sheriff or law enforcement agency; fire fighting trucks and vehicles; ambulances; any vehicle conveying a Village official or employee in response to any official emergency call.

Park.  To stand a vehicle, whether occupied or not, for a period of time greater than is reasonably necessary for actual loading or unloading of persons or merchandise.

Roadway.  That portion of a street designed or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, exclusive of the shoulder.

School Zone.  That portion of a street adjoining or near school grounds where authorized signs are erected, designating or indicating a school.

Sidewalk.  That portion of a street between the curb line and the adjacent property line.

Vehicle.  Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, including bicycles but not including perambulators or toy vehicles.

All other terms used herein shall have the meanings ascribed to them by Statute.

Sec. 8-2  Illinois Vehicle Code.

In all matters affecting motor vehicles not herein referred to, and where applicable, the provisions of Chapter 95-1/2 of the Illinois Revised Statutes, entitled "The Illinois Vehicle Code" and revisions thereto shall govern, and such Act is hereby incorporated by reference.

Sec. 8-3  Signs and Signals.

It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to disobey the instructions of any traffic sign or signal placed in view by the authority of the President and Board of Trustees or in accordance with the laws of the State of Illinois.

Sec. 8-4  Interference with Signs.

It shall be unlawful for any person to deface, injure, move or interfere with any official traffic sign or signal.

Sec. 8-5  Animals and Bicycles.

Every person riding a bicycle or any animal, or driving any animal drawing a vehicle upon any street shall be subject to the provisions of this chapter applicable to the driver of a vehicle, except those provisions which can have an application to riding a bicycle or driving or riding an animal.

Sec. 8-6  Exemptions.

The provisions of the Article regulating the movement or parking of vehicles shall not apply to emergency vehicles while the driver thereof is engaged in the performance of emergency duties, nor shall such provisions apply to persons engaged in repairing or otherwise improving the street under the authority of the Village Board or of the State of Illinois.

ARTICLE II.  RULES OF DRIVING.

Sec. 8-12  Driver's license required.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle in the village if he has not been issued a valid operator's license under state law.

Sec. 8-13  Driving while intoxicated or drugged.

(a) No person who is under the influence of intoxicating liquor may drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this Village.

(b) No person who is an habitual user of or under the influence of any narcotic drug or who is under the influence of any other drug to a degree which renders him incapable of safely driving a vehicle may drive or be in actual physical control of any vehicle within this village.  The fact that a person charged with a violation of this subsection (b) is or has been entitled to use such drug under the law of this state does not constitute a defense against any charge of violation of this subsection(b).

Sec. 8-14  Speed in school zones.

No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour while passing a school zone or while traveling upon any public thoroughfare on or across while children pass along to and from school during school days when schoolchildren are present.

This section shall not be applicable unless appropriate signs are posted to indicate this restriction.  Such signs shall give proper due warning that a school zone is being approached and shall indicate the school zone and the maximum speed limit in effect during school days when schoolchildren are present.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap.95-1/2, Sec. 11-605.

Sec. 8-15  Speed generally.

(a) It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle on any street within the village limits of Pearl City in excess of 30 miles per hour.

(b)  If the president and board of trustees by ordinance sets other limits as provided by statute, then such limits shall govern the rate of speed on the streets indicated in such ordinances.  The street department shall post appropriate signs showing such speed limits.

(c)  The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hillcrest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway or when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic, by reason of weather or highway conditions, and speed shall be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.

(d)  It shall be unlawful for any motor vehicle to exceed the speed limit of 20 mph on Summit from North to Walgren Rd.  amended 10-4-94 

State law reference--Alteration of state speed limits by local authorities, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95-1/2, Sec. 11-604.

Sec. 8-16  Duty to keep to the Right.

Any driver of a vehicle upon meeting another vehicle shall turn to the right side of the roadway as far as may be necessary in order to avoid collision with such vehicle, and it shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle upon the left side of any roadway, except where necessary because of obstructions.

Sec. 8-17  Overtaking.

Any driver of a vehicle, upon overtaking another vehicle, shall pass on the left side of the overtaken vehicle.  On audible signal, any driver of a vehicle traveling upon any street in the Village shall as soon as practicable turn to the right, so as to allow any overtaking vehicle free passage to the left of the overtaken vehicle.

Sec. 8-18  Reckless driving.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle in the Village in a reckless or wanton manner or so as to unnecessarily endanger life or property.

Sec. 8-19  One-Way Stop Streets.

The streets hereinafter described are hereby designated one-way stop streets and when properly sign-posted on the corner of the intersection of the designated streets, no vehicle shall travel into the intersection without first coming to a full and complete stop:  Intersections of Main and Pearl City Road, Main and Center, Main and John, Main and Green, Main and North, Main and Walgren, First and South, East and South, First and Devore, First and North, First and Green, First and Mill.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95-1/2, Sec. 11-701.

Sec. 8-20  Two-Way Stop Streets.

The streets hereinafter described are hereby designated two-way stop streets, and when properly sign-posted no vehicle shall travel from the designated street into the intersection without first coming to a full and complete stop, and it is further provided that at the intersection traffic proceeding on the street wherein the vehicle is not required to stop shall have preference over traffic traveling on the street designated as a stop street:  Intersections of Main and Mill, Main and Grant, Main and Devore, Main and South, First and Grant.

Sec. 8-21  Three-way Stop Streets. amended 10-4-93

The streets hereinafter described are hereby designated three-way stop streets and when signs are properly posted no vehicles shall be driven from the designated street into the intersection without first coming to a full and complete stop and then proceeding carefully and cautiously, yielding to any other vehicle which has already stopped at another stop sign at such intersection:  Intersections of Summit and Devore, Summit and South, Summit and LuMar.

Sec. 8-24  Yield right-of-way intersections.

(a) Yield right-of-way signs shall be erected at the intersections, and preference to traffic through such intersections shall be allowed as follows: Intersection of John and East.

(b)  The driver of a vehicle in obedience to a yield right-of-way sign shall reduce the speed of his vehicle to not more than twenty(20) miles per hour and shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles which have entered the intersecting highway either for the right or left or which are approaching so closely on said intersecting highway as to constitute an immediate hazard; but said driver having so yielded may proceed at such time as a safe interval occurs.

(c)  If a driver is involved in a collision at an intersection or interferes with the movement of other vehicles after driving past a yield right-of-way sign, such collision or interference shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver's failure to yield the right-of-way. 

Sec. 8-25  Right-of-way when emerging from alley, building, private road, driveway.

The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, building, private road or driveway shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving into the sidewalk area extending across such alley, building entrance, road or driveway, or in the event there is no sidewalk area, shall stop at the point nearest the street to be entered where the driver has a view of approaching traffic thereon, and shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian as may be necessary to avoid collision, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap 95 ½, Sec. 11-1205.

Sec. 8-26  Pedestrians' right-of-way on sidewalks.

The driver of a vehicle emerging from or entering an alley, building, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian approaching on any sidewalk or any sidewalk area extending across such alley, building entrance, road or driveway.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1007.1

Sec. 8-27  Required position and method of turning at intersections.

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows:

(a) Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close a practical to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

(b) The driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle, and after entering the intersection, the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection in a lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered.  Whenever practicable the left turn shall be made in that portion of the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection.

(c) The village board may cause official traffic-control devices to be placed within or adjacent to intersections and thereby require and direct that a different course from that specified in this section be traveled by vehicles turning at an intersection other than as directed and required by such devices.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-801; authority to regulate turns, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-208(9).

Sec. 8-28  Right-of-way when vehicle turning left.

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard, but said driver, having so yielded may proceed at such time as a safe interval occurs.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap 95-1/2, Sec. 11-902.

Sec. 8-29  Driver's signal required.

No driver of a vehicle shall suddenly start, slow down, stop or attempt to stop or turn without first giving a suitable signal in such manner as to apprise others who might be affected by his action.

The signal herein required shall be given either by means of the hand and arm signal or by a signal lamp or other signal device, but when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle, then said signals must be given by such lamp or device.

All signals required, given by hand and arm signal, shall be given from the left side of the vehicle and in the following manner and such signals shall indicate:

(1) Left turn - hand and arm extended horizontally.

(2) Right turn - hand and arm extended upward or moved with a sweeping motion from the rear to the front.

(3) Stop or decrease speed - hand and arm extended downward.

Sec. 8-30  Following, parking near fire apparatus prohibited.

The driver of any vehicle other than one on official business shall not follow any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm closer than five hundred (500) feet or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1411.

Sec. 8-31 Crossing fire hose.

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

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap,.95 ½, Sec. 11-1412.

Sec. 8-32 Driving upon sidewalk.

No person shall drive any motor-driven vehicle upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway, or for routine maintenance, utility or emergency service, or for special delivery or pick-up involving goods or customer services.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1412.1.

Sec. 8-33 Traffic not to be obstructed.

No vehicle shall be operated or allowed to remain upon the street in such a manner as to form an unreasonable obstruction to the traffic thereon.

Sec. 8-34 Limitations on backing.

The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1402.

Sec. 8-40 -- 8-49 Reserved.

Article III - Parking, Stopping and Standing

Sec. 8-50  Presumption of liability for violation.

The fact that an automobile which is illegally parked is registered in the name of a person shall be considered prima facie proof that such person was in control of the automobile at the time of such parking.

Sec. 8-51  Signs required.

The president and board of trustees shall cause signs to be posted in all areas where parking is limited or prohibited, indicating such limitations or prohibitions.

Sec. 8-52  Places prohibited.

No person shall park a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic-control device, in any of the following places:

(a) On a sidewalk;

(b) In front of a public or private driveway;

(c) Within an intersection;

(d) Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;

(e) On a crosswalk;

(f) Within twenty (20) feet upon the approach to any flashing beacon, stop sign, or traffic-control signal located at the side of a roadway;   

(h) Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the state, county or village authorities under their respective jurisdiction indicate a different length by signs or markings;

(I) Within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad grade crossing;

(j) Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of said entrance when properly sign-posted;

(k) Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when such parking would obstruct traffic;

(l) On the roadway side of any vehicle parked at the edge or curb of a street;

(m) Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;

(n) At any place where official signs prohibit parking.

(o) No person shall park a vehicle on any street within the limits of the VIllage of Pearl City for longer than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½ , Sec. 11-1303.

Sec. 8-54  Manner of parking.

No vehicle shall be parked with the left side of such vehicle next to the curb, except on one-way streets, and it shall be unlawful to stand or park and vehicle in a street other than parallel with the curb and with the two(2) right wheels of the vehicle within twelve (12) inches of the regularly established curbline, except that upon those streets that have been marked for angle parking, vehicles shall be parked at the angel to the curb indicated by such marks.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1304.

Sec. 8-55  Parking on private property.

It shall be unlawful to park any motor vehicle on any private property without the consent of the owner of the property.

Sec. 8-56  Duties when leaving vehicle unattended.

No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition and removing the key, or when standing upon any perceptible grade without effectively setting the brake and turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1401.

Sec. 8-58  Penalty.

Any person violating any of the restricted, limited or no parking spaces shall be fined not less than five dollars ($10.00) nor more than Two Hundred dollars ($200.00) for such offense.

Sec. 8-59  Payment of fine.

Parking fines may be place in the drop box located at the village building at 302 STation Street, or a stamp may be placed on the ticket by the violator and mailed.  If such fine is not paid before noon on the tenth working day after such offense is committed, then such fine shall be not less than ten dollars ($20.00) nor more than two hundred ($200.00) for such offense.

Sec. 8-137 Amendment.

Chapter 8 amended by the addition of Sections 8-58 and 8-59 passed by the village Board of Pearl City, Illinois on November 3, 1986.  Effective date November 3, 1986.

Secs. 8-60 -- 8-67.  Reserved.

Article IV - Pedestrians

Sec. 8-70  Right of way.

(a) It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to drive onto any crosswalk without the exercise of due and proper care in view of the special use made thereof by pedestrians.

(b) It shall be unlawful to drive any vehicle into any crosswalk while there is in such crosswalk upon the half of the roadway upon which such vehicle is traveling any pedestrian shall  have engaged in crossing the roadway until such pedestrian shall have passed beyond the path of such vehicle, when the pedestrian shall indicate his intention to cross. 

(c) The driver of a vehicle shall stop before entering any crosswalk when any other vehicle proceeding the same direction is stopped at such crosswalk for the purpose of permitting a pedestrian to cross.

Sec. 8-71  Pedestrians using roadway.

(a) At no place shall a pedestrian cross any roadway other than by the most direct routed to the opposite curbing, and when crossing at any place other than a crosswalk he shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

(b) No person shall stand or loiter in any roadway other than in a safety zone, if such act interferes with the lawful movement of traffic.

(c) It shall be unlawful for any person to stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

Sec.  8-72  Signals.

At intersections where traffic is directed by a policeman or by a stop and go signal, it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to cross the roadway, other than with released traffic.

Article V - Vehicle Equipment and Condition

Sec. 8-80  Driving unsafe, unequipped vehicles.

It is unlawful for any person to drive or move or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit to be riven or moved on any highway any vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any person or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with lamps and other equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required in this article, or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this article.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-101.

Sec. 8-81  Obstructions to vision.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle which is so loaded or in such a condition that the operator does not have a clear vision of all parts of the roadway essential to the safe operation of the vehicle.  Any vehicle with the view of the roadway to the rear so obstructed shall be equipped with a mirror so attached as to give him a view of the roadway behind him.

Sec. 8-82  Lights generally.

It shall be unlawful to operate or park on any street any vehicle not equipped with adequate lights conforming to the requirements of the state law.

State law reference--Lights required, Ill. Rev. State., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-201 et seq.

Sec. 8-83  Signal lamps and devices.

(a) Every vehicle other than an antique vehicle displaying an antique plate operated in this village shall be equipped with a stop lamp or lamps on the rear of the vehicle which shall display a red light visible from a distance of not less than five hundred (500) feet to the rear in normal sunlight and which shall be actuated upon application of the service (foot) brake, and which may but need not be incorporated with other rear lamps.  During times when lighted lamps are not required, an antique vehicle may be equipped with a stop lamp or lamps on the rear of such vehicle of the same type originally installed by the manufacturer as original equipment and in working order.  However, at all other times, such antique vehicles must be equipped with stop lamps meeting the requirements of this section.

(b) Every motor vehicle other than an antique vehicle displaying an antique plate shall be equipped with an electric turn signal device which shall indicate the intention of the driver to turn to the right or to the left in the form of flashing lights located at and showing to the front and rear of the vehicle on the side of the vehicle toward which the turn is to be made.  The lamps showing to the front shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable and, when signaling, shall emit a white or amber light, or any shade of light between white and amber.  The lamps showing to the rear shall be mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable and, when signaling, shall emit a red light.  An antique vehicle shall be equipped with a turn signal device of the same type originally installed by the manufacturer as original equipment and in working order.

(c) Every trailer and semitrailer shall be equipped with an electric turn signal device which indicates the intention of the driver in the power unit to turn to the right or to the left in the form of flashing red lights located at the rear of the vehicle on the side toward which the turn is to be made and mounted on the same level and as widely spaced laterally as practicable.

(d) Turn signal lamps must be visible from a distance of not less than three hundred (300) feet in normal sunlight.

(e) Motorcycles and motor-driven cycles need not be equipped with electric turn signals.  Antique vehicles need not be equipped with turn signals unless such were installed by the manufacturer as original equipment.

State law reference--Signal devices, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap.   95 ½, Sec. 12-208.

Sec. 8-84  Unnecessary noise.

It shall be unlawful to operate a vehicle which makes unusually loud or unnecessary noise.

Sec. 8-85  Emission of gas, smoke.

It shall be unlawful to operate any vehicle which emits dense smoke or such an amount of smoke or fumes as to be dangerous to the health of persons or as to endanger the drivers of other vehicles.

State law reference--Prevention of smoke, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-121.

Sec. 8-86  Horns and warning devices.

(a) Every motor vehicle when operated upon a highway shall be equipped with a horn in good working order and capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from  a distance of not less than two hundred (200) feet, but no horn or other warning device shall emit an unreasonable loud or harsh sound or a whistle.  The driver of a motor vehicle shall when reasonable necessary to insure safe operation give audible warning with his horn but shall not otherwise use such horn when upon a highway.

(b) No vehicle shall be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a vehicle any siren, whistle, or bell, except as otherwise permitted in this section.  Any authorized emergency vehicle may be equipped with a siren, whistle, or bell, capable of emitting sound audible under normal conditions from a distance of not less than five hundred (500) feet, but such siren, whistle or bell, shall not be used except when such vehicle is operated in response to an emergency call or in the immediate pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law in which said latter events the driver of such vehicle shall sound said siren, whistle or bell, when necessary to warn pedestrians, and other drivers of the approach thereof.

(c) No bicycle shall be equipped with nor shall any person use upon a bicycle any siren, or whistle.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-601.

Sec. 8-87  Width, length, height of vehicle and load.

(a) The maximum width, length and height of any vehicle and it's load shall not exceed the limits expressed in the Illinois State Traffic Law.

(b) No passenger type vehicle shall be operated on the streets with a load extending beyond the line of the fender on the left side of the vehicle nor extending more than six (6) inches beyond the line of the fenders on the right side thereof.

(c) No combination of vehicles coupled together shall consist of more than two (2) units, but such limitation shall not apply to vehicles operated in daytime when transporting pipes, poles, machinery and other objects which cannot be readily dismembered, nor to such vehicles operated at nighttime by a public utility when engaged in emergency repair work, but such loads carried at night shall be clearly marked with sufficient lights to show the full dimensions of the load.

(d) No part of the load of a vehicle shall extend more than three (3) feet in front of the extreme front portion of the vehicle.

State law reference--Vehicle, size, weight, load, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 15-101 et seq.

Sec. 8-88  Brakes.

It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle upon a street unless such vehicle is equipped with good and sufficient brakes in good working condition, as required by the state traffic law, or to operate any vehicle which is so loaded that the operator does not have ready access to the mechanics operating the brakes of such vehicle.
 
State law reference--Brakes required, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-301.

Sec. 8-89  Tires.

It shall be unlawful to operate on any street any motor vehicle which is not equipped with tires conforming to the requirements of the Illinois State Traffic Law.

State law reference--Restrictions as to tire equipment, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-401.

Sec. 8-90  Weight.

It shall be unlawful to drive on any street any motor vehicle with a weight, including load, excess of that permitted by the state traffic law for driving on improved highways, or with weight distributed in a manner not conforming to such law, or in violation of special weight limits provided for by ordinance and signposted.

State law reference--Weight limitations, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 15-111.

Sec. 8-91  Equipment on bicycles.

(a) Every bicycle, when in use during the period when lighted lamps are required under Section 12-102 of Illinois Revised Statutes, Chapter 95 ½, shall be equipped on the front with a lamp which shall be emitting a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front and with a red reflector on the rear of a type approved by the secretary of state.  A lamp emitting a red light visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear may be used in lieu of a red reflector.

(b) Every bicycle shall be equipped with a brake which will enable the operator to make the braked wheels skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

(c) The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any provision of this section.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 12-206.

Sec. 8-92  Required equipment on motorcycles.

(a) No person shall operate any motorcycle with handlebars more than fifteen (15) inches in height above that portion of the seat or saddle occupied by the operator.

(b) Any motorcycle carrying a passenger, other than in a sidecar or enclosed cab, shall be equipped with permanent handgrips on the seat or saddle carrying such passenger, and with footrests adjusted to fit such passenger.

State law reference--Similar provisions, Ill. Rev. Stat., Chap. 95 ½, Sec. 11-1405.

Sec. 8-93  Squealing tires.

It shall be unlawful for any motor vehicle to squeal its tires for any reason except in an emergency.

Sec. 8-94 -- 8-102.  Reserved.

Article VI - Snowmobiles

Sec. 8-130 Routes.

Travel by groups or individual snowmobilers shall be restricted to proposed routes, except in emergency situations.

Sec. 8-131 Speed.

Speed limit of all snowmobiles within the city limits shall not exceed 15 miles per hour.

Sec. 8-132 Snowmobilers living withing the city limits.

Persons living within the city limits should use the safest route from their home to the proposed snowmobile routes.

Sec. 8-133 Parking.

Parking areas for snowmobiles shall be designated as such but permission for such parking should also be secured from owners of designated areas.  Only emergency parking will be allowed in any other areas.

Sec. 8-134 General conduct.

General conduct of snowmobile operation:

(a) All persons shall operate their snowmobile in the  safest manner possible while within the city limits.

(b)  Hours of snowmobile operation within the city limits shall be Sunday through Thursday, 7:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday 7:00 a.m. through 11:59 p.m.

(c) All other Village ordinances shall be adhered to by snowmobile operators.

Sec. 8-135 Routes.

Snowmobile routes will be as follows and will be posted as such.  All routes will be defined as leaving the American Legion parking area.

(a) WEST ROUTE - Leaving parking proceed in a  northwesterly direction to the south property line of Keith  Werkheiser, proceed north across Allen Brady property to Gold Mine Road and proceed west.

(b) EAST AND NORTH ROUTE - Leaving parking area and  proceed across Route 73 to North Street, continue East or  North on marked trails which are zoned agricultural.

(c) SOUTH ROUTE - Leaving parking area and proceed South via alley between Route 73 and First Street to second alley and proceed West across First Street to Summit Street, proceed South on Summit across Devore Street and South Street to BradMar Drive, proceed West to property owned by Jay Mitchell.

(d) Service area - The area adjacent to the D&R Hardware with the exception of Route 73 is designated as a service area for snowmobiles and operators should take the safest routes possible to and from this area.

 

Sec. 8-136 Violators

Violators of this chapter shall be prosecuted in accordance with the laws adopted by the Village of Pearl City.  Any violation of this chapter is considered a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine of not less than Fifty dollars ($50.00) and not more than Two Hundred dollars ($200.00) for each violation thereof.

 

Article VII - Golf carts and UTV's

General rules and regulations

Policy Statement: This ordinance is adopted in the interest of public safety. Golf carts and UTV's are not designed or manufactured to be used on public streets and roads, and the Village of Pearl City in no way advocates or endorses their operation on streets or roadways. The Village, by regulating such operation, is merely addressing safety issues. This ordinance is not to be relied upon as a determination that operation on streets is safe or advisable even if done in accordance with this ordinance. All persons operating golf carts and UTV's must be observant of and attentive to the safety of themselves and others, including their passengers, other motorists, bicyclists, and other pedestrians. All persons who operate or ride golf carts and UTV's on streets inside the Village of Pearl City do so at their own risk and peril. The Village of Pearl City has no liability under any theory of liability, for permitting golf carts and UTV's to be operated on the streets of the Village.

Golf Carts and UTV's, may only be operated on streets within the Village of Pearl City in accordance with the following rules and regulations:

(A) Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV in the Village of Pearl City takes full responsibility for all liability associated with operating a golf cart or UTV.

(B) Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV must be at least eighteen (18) years of age and possess a valid driver's license to operate a motor vehicle issued by Illinois or any other state.

(C) No person shall operate, and no owner shall permit another person to operate a golf cart or UTV on a village street unless: (1) the golf cart or UTV is covered by a liability insurance policy as required by Section 7-601 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/7-601); and (2) the operator of the golf cart or UTV carries with him proof of liability insurance as required by Section 7-602 of the Illinois Vehicle Code (625 ILCS 5/7-602).

(D) Golf carts or UTV's shall only be allowed to be operated on village streets between one-half hour before sunrise, and one-half hour after sunset, as established by the National Weather Service.

Golf carts may be operated at any time of day or night if equipped with a yellow flashing light visible for at least 100' from the rear of the vehicle.

(E) No person shall operate a golf cart or UTV on a village street in excess of the posted speed limits.

(F) Golf carts or UTV's may not be operated on State Highway 73 except to cross said highway at intersections, in a path 90 degrees or as direct as possible across said highway, to the nearest intersecting street.

(G) Golf carts and UTV's shall have their headlights and taillights lighted at all times when operated on village streets.

(H) Golf carts and UTV's may not be operated when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog, or other conditions or at any time when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons and vehicles on the roadway at a distance of 500 feet.

(I) Golf carts and UTV's may not be operated on the sidewalk.

(J) Golf cart and UTV drivers must yield the right-of-way to overtaking vehicles at all times.

(K) Any person who operates a golf cart or UTV on the streets of the Village of Pearl City must adhere to all applicable state laws concerning the possession and use of alcoholic beverages and all illegal drugs, as well as all other state traffic laws.

(L) The maximum occupancy of golf carts and UTV's traveling on village streets shall be equal to the amount of safety belts or passenger restraints in the golf cart or UTV.

(M) Each driver and passenger of a golf cart or UTV shall wear a properly fastened and adjusted seat safety belt. Children must be secured in a child restraint system as required pursuant to the Child Passenger Protection Act (625 ILCS 25/1 et seq.).

(N) Golf carts and UTV's are only allowed to park in handicapped parking spaces if the driver or at least one passenger has a valid handicapped parking sticker.

(O) The operator of a golf cart or UTV shall obey all ordinances of the Village of Pearl City and all provisions of the Illinois Vehicle Code, as amended from time to time.

(P) The parents of any operator who is a minor, who violates the provisions of this ordinance, shall be subject to the penalties imposed by this ordinance.

Required Equipment:

A golf cart or UTV operated on a village street shall have the following equipment in good working condition at all times:

(a) Brakes
(b) Steering apparatus
(c) Tires
(d) Rearview mirror
(e) A slow moving emblem as required by 625 ILCS 5/12-709 attached to the rear
(f) Headlights that emit white light visible from at least 500 feet to the front
(g) Taillights that emit red light visible from at least 100 feet from the rear
(h) Brake lights on the rear
(i) Turn signals on the front and rear
(j) Seat belts for each passenger
(k) A yellow flashing light visible for at least 100 feet from the rear of the vehicle, if operated between one half hour after sunset and one half hour before sunrise.

Permits:

(A) No person shall operate a motorized golf cart or UTV without obtaining a permit from the Village of Pearl City Police Department as provided in this section.

(B) Permits shall be granted for a period of ownership of the vehicle by the person who received the permit and will remain valid for that vehicle only as long as it continues to meet all of the aforementioned requirements.

(C) The annual cost of a permit is $20.00 per golf cart or UTV, to cover the costs of implementing and maintaining this ordinance, and shall be paid to the Village of Pearl City by the applicant. Insurance coverage shall be verified as in effect by the Police Department when issuing or renewing a permit.

(D) After completion of the application and payment of the requisite fee, the applicant shall present the golf cart or UTV to the Chief of Police, or his designee, for an inspection to determine whether the golf cart or UTV may be operated on a village street. If the applicant and golf cart or UTV are qualified under the terms and conditions of this ordinance, a license shall be issued to the applicant which must be kept on the vehicle at all times. The Police Department shall issue a sticker as visible proof of compliance, which shall be valid for a period of the duration of the ownership of the vehicle by the person receiving the permit, and which must be displayed on the "slow moving" emblem located at the rear of the golf cart or UTV at all times.

(E) Golf cart or UTV owners must complete a permit application form, which may be obtained from the Village of Pearl City Police Department. The completed forms will be maintained by the Village of Pearl City Police Department.

Enforcement:

(A) The Village of Pearl City may prosecute violators for any act constituting a violation of this Ordinance. Any person who violates any provisions of this ordinance shall be guilty of a petty offense and shall be punished by a fine of not less that $50.00 and not more than $100.00, unless otherwise specified elsewhere in the Village Code, plus costs of prosecution.

(B) The license of an operator of a golf cart or UTV issued pursuant to this ordinance may be suspended by the Chief of Police, or his designee, if (1) there is any material misrepresentation made by the applicant on the application or (2) the required liability insurance is no longer in full force and effect or (3) there is evidence that the license holder can no longer safely operate the golf cart or UTV or (4) for any reason that he feels is appropriate to insure the safety and well-being of the citizens of the Village of Pearl City.

(C) The Chief of Police, or his designee, shall issue a notice of suspension of a license in writing and either hand deliver the notice to the license holder or send the notice by certified mail to the license holder at the address on the application. The suspension of a license shall be effective immediately after personal service, or on the third day after the post mark of the certified mail receipt.

(D) Upon investigation by the recommendation of the Village of Pearl City Police Department the Village Board may suspend or revoke a permit granted hereunder upon a finding that there is evidence that the Permitee cannot safety operate the golf cart or UTV on Village streets or for any reason that they feels is appropriate to insure the safety and well-being of the citizens of the Village of Pearl City.

(E) Repeat offenders may have the privileges granted by this Article revoked by the Village Board of Pearl City.

Application Forms may be obtained from the Village of Pearl City Police Department.