ARTICLE XV


VEHICLES DURING FLOOD STAGE



EDITORIAL NOTE: Article XV was created by the authority of Ord. No. 95-2251 and 95-2252, both adopted on 07/20/95)

SEC.

15-975.00 Operation of Vehicles/Watercraft Upon Flooded Streets


.     Whenever facts and circumstances exist which result in the full or partial flooding of a street, a person shall not operate or permit the operation of a vehicle or watercraft upon such affected street in a manner which endangers or may likely endanger a person (s) or property thereon or in proximity thereto. For the Purposes of this paragraph, which is or may be damaged by the intentional or negligent operation of the vehicle or watercraft.

.     Any law enforcement officer duly authorized to enforce the ordinances of the governing authority of St. Tammany Parish, shall be authorized to enforce the provisions of this ordinance.

.     Any person who observes a violation of this ordinance is authorized to notify the appropriate law enforcement authority of such violation within twenty-four (24) hours of the violation. Said person by affidavit shall provide the authority with the description of the

offender and/or the offending vehicle or watercraft and, if known, the license or registration number of the offending vehicle or watercraft.

.     Said authority may issue a citation to the offender and/or the owner of the vehicle or watercraft involved or, in the case of a leased vehicle, the lessee of the vehicle involved, on the bases of the information provided by the person as set forth in the aforementioned paragraph.

.     Any person convicted of violating this ordinance shall be subject to the penalty provision which is set forth in Section 1-008.00 of the Code of Ordinances for the Parish of St. Tammany.
(Ord. No. 95-2251, adopted 07/20/95)

SEC.

15-976.00 Use of Local Waterways During Flood Stage


.     Upon the declaration by the Director of Emergency Preparedness of a State of Emergency for all or a portion of a waterway in St. Tammany Parish, a person shall not operate or permit the operation of a watercraft on a waterway in St. Tammany Parish in a manner which endangers or may likely endanger a person (s) or property thereon or in proximity thereto. Such operator shall proceed only at a speed that is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and potential hazards existing and shall have due regard for the marine traffic and property thereon or nearby and other relevant atmospheric, waterway, lighting, and geographical conditions. For the purpose of this paragraph, property, and corporeal and incorporeal property, any of which is or may be damaged by the intentional or negligent operation of the water craft.

.     Any law enforcement officer duly authorized to enforce the ordinances of the governing authority of St. Tammany Parish shall be authorized to enforce the provisions of this ordinance.

.     Any person who observes a violation of this ordinance is authorized to notify the appropriate law enforcement authority of such violation within twenty-four (24) hours of the violation. Said person by affidavit shall provide the authority with the description of the offender and/or the offending water craft and, if known, the registration number of the offending water craft.

.     Any person convicted of violating this ordinance shall be subject to the penalty provision set forth in Section 1-008.00 of this Code of Ordinances for the Parish of St. Tammany.
(Ord. No. 95-2252, adopted 07/20/95)