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Town of Caroga
Local Law #2 of 2017

A local law to Amend Local Law #1 of 2014 a Law to Regulate Traffic in the Town of Caroga.

Section 1. Title

  1. The title of this Local Law is “A local law to Regulate Traffic in the Town of Caroga, New York”.

Section 2. Purpose

  1. The purpose of this Local Law is to preserve the good order of the Town.

Section 3. Applicability

  1. This Local Law shall apply to all territory within the confines of the Town.

Section 4. Definitions

  1. In this Local Law the words “owner”, “parked” and “vehicle have the meanings assigned them by the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law.

Section 5. Removal and Storage of Vehicles

  1. The Town shall provide for the removal and storage of vehicles that are
    1. Parked or abandoned in any town and county streets and highways in violation of the provisions of this Local Law.
    2. Parked or abandoned on public highways during snowstorms, floods, fires or other public emergencies
    3. Found unattended where they constitute an obstruction to traffic.
    4. Found at any location where stopping, standing, or parking is prohibited.
  2. In addition to the payment of any penalty, the owner or operator of any such vehicle shall be liable for payment of all expenses actually and necessarily incurred in effecting such removal and storage thereof.

Section 6. Temporary Emergency Restrictions

  1. The Highway Superintendent is authorized to prohibit or limit parking in any designated area, where he determines that there is a serious traffic problem.
  2. The order of the Highway Superintendent shall prohibit or limit parking no longer than fourteen (14) days. In the event the Highway Superintendent desires to limit or prohibit parking, suitable signs or other instructions specifying the limitations must be placed in the area in order to inform the motorists of the prohibition or limitation.

Section 7. Parking for Certain Purposes Prohibited

  1. No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:
    1. Displaying such vehicle for sale.
    2. Washing, greasing, or repairing such vehicle, except repairs necessitated by an emergency.

Section 8. Blocking Highways and Driveways

  1. No person shall park any vehicle in such a manner as to block a town highway, entrance to a public parking lot or any private driveway.

Section 9. Winter Parking

  1. In order to facilitate snow removal operations on all public highways, the parking of vehicles is prohibited on all town and county streets and highways during the period of December 1st through April 1 except and unless special permission in writing, be provided by the Town Highway superintendent, and then only in the case of an emergency.

Section 10. Interference with Snow Removal

  1. It shall be unlawful for any person to delay, hinder or obstruct any Town vehicle or equipment while the same is engaged in plowing or removing snow from the highways or public places of the Town, and the owner or person in control of any vehicle standing in any highway or public place in the Town shall move or cause the same to be moved to permit the plowing or removal of snow at the request of any authorized agent or the Town.

Section 11. Exceptions

  1. The provisions of the Local Law shall not apply to commercial vehicles while stopped for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or to operator of a vehicle who has been granted special permission by the Town Highway Superintendent.
  2. When there is a special event taking place within the Town of Caroga the Town Highway Superintendent may lift the winter parking ban on roads, with a request 15 days prior notice from the person or groups sponsoring the event.

Section 12. Penalties for Offense

  1. Any person violating any of the provisions of this article may be punished upon conviction for the first offense by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100.00) and, for the second offense a two hundred and fifty ($250.00) fine within the time frame of eighteen months, and for the third offense a three hundred and fifty dollars ($350.00) fine within the time frame of eighteen months; or by imprisonment not exceeding fifteen (15) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

Section 13. Severability

  1. If any clause, sentence paragraph, subdivision, section or part of this Local Law shall be adjudged by any Court of Competent jurisdiction to be invalid, such judgement shall not effect, impair or invalidate the remainder thereof.

Section 14. Effective Date

  1. This Local Law shall become effective immediately upon its filing with the New York Department of State.