DIVISION I


MOTOR VEHICLES



SEC

13-001.00 Driving Vehicles Across Ditches


    It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any vehicle across any ditch except on a Parish bridge or crossing. (Ordinance of 11/17/15; Ordinance of 04/11/22)

SEC.

13-001.01 Vehicles Prohibited On Levees In Drainage District No. 4.


EDITORIAL NOTE: New Section 13-001.01 created under the authority of Ordinance No. 91-1471, adopted 07/18/91.

a) Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle across or upon the levees located within the boundaries of Drainage District No. 4.

b) Exemptions: Exempt herefrom are any law enforcement official(s) engaged in the pursuit of his duties, or individuals contracted by or representing Drainage District No. 4 in connec tion with the maintenance or preservation of such levees.

c) Violation: Any violation hereof shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable as is contained in Section 1-008.00 of this Code of Ordinances. (Ord. No. 91-1471, adopted 07/18/91)

CROSS REFERENCE: See Sec. 15-718.00 entitled Trespassing Prohibited On Levees Within Drainage District No. 4.


SEC.

13-001.01.1 Vehicles Prohibited around Meadow Lake Detention Pond


a) Prohibited: A “No Motorized Vehicles” zone is hereby established around Meadow Lake Detention Pond

b) Exemptions: Exempt herefrom are any law enforcement official(s) engaged in the pursuit of his duties, or individuals contracted by or representing St. Tammany Parish 4 in connection with the maintenance or preservation of such detention pond.

c) Violation: Any violation hereof shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable as is contained in Section 1-008.00 of this Code of Ordinances.
(Ord. No. 02-0499, adopted 07/11/2002)

SEC.

13-001.02 No Trespassing in Parish Detention Ponds and on Levees


a) Prohibited: It shall be unlawful for any person to be upon, within or around any parish owned detention pond or levee.

b) Exemptions: Exempt herefrom are any law enforcement officials engaged in the pursuit of their duties and parish personnel or authorized contractors in connection with the maintenance of said levees and detention ponds.

c) Violation: Any violation hereof shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable under the provisions of Section 1-008.00 of the Parish Code of Ordinances.(Ord. No. 02-0541, adopted 09/05/2002)

SEC.

13-002.00 Parking For Over Forty-Eight Hours


    (a)    It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to park or abandon a vehicle on any public street, highway or roadway for longer than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours.


    (b)    Vehicles parked or abandoned in excess of forty-eight (48) consecutive hours shall be removed from the street, highway or roadway by authorized personnel of the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury or the Sheriff's Office and stored in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 16 of Title 32 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

    (c) Violators of this Section shall be notified by the Sheriff's Office to answer before the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court.

    (d) The Police Jury shall provide suitable serially numbered forms in triplicate for notifying violators to appear in answer to charges of violating this Section, said forms to be given to the Sheriff's Office, which shall make the notification.

    (e) The disposition of any vehicle which may be impounded pursuant to the provisions of this Section shall be in accordance with the applicable provisions of Chapter 1 and Chapter 16 of Title 32 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes.

(Ord. No. 382, Bk. 5, P. 553; Ord. No. 82-385, adopted 06/17/82; Ord. No. 85-461, adopted 08/15/85; amended by Ord. No. 96-2423, adopted 05/16/96)

SEC.

13-002.01 Parking For Over Twenty-Four (24) Hours within Police Jury Districts (District 13)


EDITORIAL NOTE: New Section 13-002.01 is hereby created under the authority of Ordinance No. 90-1299, adopted 06/21/90.

    (a)    It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to park or abandon boats with trailers, trailers of any kind, motor homes, and/or vehicles in excess of six (6') feet in width for a period of over 24 hours.

    (b)    It shall be unlawful for any person or entity to park any vehicle in a roadway or parish right-of-way that hampers the flow of traffic or creates a traffic hazard whereby a moving vehicle must enter the oncoming traffic lane in order to pass; or in any way obstructs the vision of moving traffic or sight triangle of an intersection.

    (c)    Exemptions: Exempt herefrom are;

        
(i) disabled vehicles that must be moved within a reasonable period of time, but no longer than one (1) hour,

        (ii) construction and utility vehicles in use for a specific job, in which case such construction and utility vehicles required to be in the roadway and obstructing the flow of traffic must be clearly marked, have warning signs appropriately posted and have yellow or amber warning lights on and a flagman when necessary; and

        (iii) law enforcement, fire and medical emergency vehicles.

    
(d)    Vehicles found parked or abandoned for a period of time in excess of twenty-four (24) consecutive hours shall be removed from the street, highway, roadway or right-of-way by authorized personnel of the Sheriff's Office and stored where designated.

    (e)    Violators of this Section, whose vehicles are impounded, shall be notified by the Sheriff's Office to answer before the 22nd Judicial District Court.

    (f)    The Police Jury shall provide suitable serially numbered forms in triplicate for notifying violators to appear in answer to charges of violating this Section, said forms to be given to the Sheriff's Office, which shall make the notifications.

    (g)    Impounded vehicles will be surrendered to the duly identified owners upon payment of towing charges plus any storage fees to the agency or company contracted by the Sheriff providing the towing and storage of these vehicles.



    (h)    Vehicles remaining unclaimed ten (10) days after proper notification of one of the registered owners, or thirty (30) days after vehicle is impounded if the owners are unknown, shall be sold by the Sheriff's Office after advertising in the parish journal three (3) times within thirty (30) days and the net proceeds, after payment of advertising, costs, Sheriff's costs, and other fees, shall be paid into the Parish General Fund.

    
(i)    The following Police Jury District(s), Roads and/or Subdivisions are to be included:

ALL OF POLICE JURY DISTRICT 13 AS FOLLOWS:

    SUBDIVISIONS

    Abney Country Aire
    Avery Estates
    Bell Acres
    Cross Gates
    Doubloon Bayou
    Eden Isles
    Fox Hollow
    French Branch
    Frenchman's Estates
    Harmony Heights
    Holiday Acres
    Howzie Beach
    Kingspoint
    Lake Gardens
    Lindberg Glen
    Northshore
    Northshore Beach
    Oak Harbor
    Pine Shadows
    Pine Villa
    Quail Ridge
    River Oaks
    Robert Park
    
Snug Harbor
    Village Acadian
    Willow Wood

    ROADS

    Apple Pie Ridge
    Carr Drive
    East Howze Beach
    Home Lane
    Indian Village
    Northshore Drive
    Old River Road
    River Crest
    Salt Bayou
    Voters
    West Howze Beach
(Ord. No. 90-1299, adopted 06/21/90)

SEC.

13-002.02 No Parking in Designated Fire Zones and/or Designated Handicap Parking Spaces



    
a.    It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to park in an off-street designated handicap parking space, unless a valid handicap vehicle license or permit which is easily identified or openly displayed, has been issued by the State of Louisiana.

    b.    It shall be unlawful for any vehicle to park in an off-street fire safety zone around a commercial structure as designated by the State of Louisiana.

    c.    Issuance of Citation: A Sheriff's Deputy or any bona fide or deputized police officer shall have the right to issue a traffic citation to any driver or operator of any motorized vehicle which is parking in established off-street parking space or fire zone who is in violation of a or b.

    d.    Violation:    Any violation hereof shall constitute a misdemeanor punishable as is contained in Section 1-008.00 of the Code of Ordinances.
    (Ord. No. 96-2498, adopted 09/19/96)

SEC.

13-002.03 No Parking Zones


    Parking on parish roadways in general is prohibited by sections of this code. Any regulation required for a specific roadway or area of roadway shall be implemented by ordinance of the governing authority, however, same shall not be included within the Code of Ordinances. Records of all “No Parking Zones” or variations thereof, shall be retained by the Department of Public Works. (Ord. No. 98-2910, adopted 7/23/98)
    
SEC.

13-003.00 Traffic Signs, Signals, Etc., Ratified


    All signs, signals, markings and devices regulating traffic on roads and bridges which are part of the Parish Road System, including, but not limited to, speed limit signs, parking signs, stop signs, yield signs and weight limit signs, which are in place on the adoption date of this Code are hereby ratified and confirmed, and such signs shall be deemed to have been authorized by the Police Jury.

SEC.

13-004.00 No Thru Trucks


    Regulations of the “No Thru” operation of trucks and/or vehicles on parish roadways (or portions thereof) shall be implemented by ordinance of the governing authority, however, same shall not be included within the Code of Ordinances. Records of all “No Thru” zones or variations thereof, shall be retained by the Department of Public Works. (Ord. No. 98-2910, adopted 7/23/89)

SEC.

13-005.00 Defacing, Removing, Etc., Traffic Signs


    No person shall deface, destroy, remove, interfere with, tamper with or have in their possession any traffic-control signs, signals, devices or markings.

    (a)    Violations of this section shall constitute a misdemeanor, and anyone found guilty thereof, shall be fined and/or imprisoned therefor as is contained in Section 1-008.00 of the Code of Ordinances of St. Tammany Parish Louisiana. (Ord. No. 177, Bk. 3, P. 118; and Ord. No. 425, Bk. 7, P. 198; amended by Ord. No. 88-947, adopted 05/19/88)

SEC.

13-006.00 Allowing Contents Of Vehicle/Mud From Tires To Fall Onto Roadway Prohibited

;                  Closing Of Violator's Business; Other Penalties

    (a) No person, firm or corporation shall operate any truck or other vehicle on any Parish road in such a manner or condition that the contents can blow or fall out of such vehicle or that mud from its tires can fall upon the roadway.


    (b) If any person, firm or corporation owns and/or operates any business or enterprise within the Parish from which vehicles are operating and entering onto Parish roads, whereon mud or other debris is being deposited by any such vehicle, said business is subject to being closed at the direction of the Parish legislative body [Police Jury] by means of an injunction in any court of competent jurisdiction.

    (c) In addition to any civil remedy available to the Parish, any person, firm or corporation who shall be guilty of operating or allowing any person, firm or corporation to operate any vehicle in violation of this Section shall be punished by a fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days or by both such fine and imprisonment. For second and subsequent offenses, the punishment shall be by fine of not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days or by both such fine and imprisonment. (Ord. No. 1128, adopted 03/20/80, amended by Ord. No. 97-2634, adopted 04/17/94)

SEC.

13-007.00 Speed Limits In General


    (a) Established. Except as otherwise provided herein, no person shall operate or drive a vehicle or automobile upon any highway, road, street and/or bridge situated within the unincorporated limits of this Parish (Federal and State Highways excepted) at a speed greater than the following:

        (1)    Hard surface or concrete highways, roads, streets and/or bridges: Twenty-five (25) miles per hour unless otherwise posted. (amended by Ord. No. 88-945, amend ment adopted 05/19/88)

        (2)    All other highways, roads, streets and/or bridges: Twenty-five (25) miles per hour.

    (b) Speed to be governed by existing conditions. That no person shall operate or drive a vehicle or automobile upon the highways, streets, roads and/or bridges within this Parish at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the circumstances, conditions and potential hazards then existing, having due regard for traffic thereon, surface conditions, the width thereof and the condition of the weather. Whoever violates this paragraph shall be guilty of prima facie speeding.

    (c) Department of Engineering to determine Speed Limits.    The Parish Department of Engineering is herewith vested and delegated with the power, authority and discretion in application and furtherance of sound engineering and transportation principles and caution, to establish and designate a lower speed limit on any portion or all of any Parish highways, streets roads and/or bridges than is hereinabove shown; it shall also similarly have the power and authority to regulate the speed limits and to establish and designate same at a greater speed limit than that above shown, except that in no event shall said greater speed limit exceed fifty-five (55) miles per hour on hard surface or concrete Parish highways, roads, streets and/or bridges, nor forty-five (45) miles per hour on Parish highways, streets, roads and/or bridges otherwise surfaced. It shall be the responsibility of the Parish Department of Public Works to post the appropriate speed limit signs established by the Department of Engineering.

    (d) Speed to be governed by signs. No person shall operate or drive any vehicle or automobile upon any highway, street, road and/or bridge in this Parish (State and Federal highways excepted) at a speed greater than is posted thereon.

    (e) Authority to establish different speed limits for different vehicles. The Parish Department of Engineering shall have the authority to legally establish and post speed limits differing with the type of vehicle traversing the surface.

    (f) Authority to establish and post traffic-control devices. The Parish Department of Engineering is herewith vested with the authority to establish and post traffic-controls; e.g.,

stop, yield or slow signs, rumble bumps, or any such other controls and postings as it deems necessary. It shall be the responsibility of the Parish Department of Public Works to post the appropriate traffic control signs/measures established by the Department of Engineering.

    (g) Violation, penalties. Whoever shall violate any provision of this Section shall be fined not more than One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) or serve not more than thirty (30) days in the Parish Jail, or both. For second and subsequent convictions, the violator shall be fined not more than Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) or serve not more than ninety (90) days in the Parish Jail or both.

(Ord. No. 1103, adopted 01/17/80; Ord. No. 80-70, adopted 11/06/80; amended by Ord. No. 88-945, adopted 05/19/88; amended by Ord. No. 97-2730, adopted 09/25/97; amended by Ord. No. 98-2910, adopted 7/23/98)

SEC. 13-008.00 Dangerous, Distracting or Unreasonably Loud Noises From a Motor Vehicle

    (a) Prohibited Conduct: It shall be unlawful to operate any motor vehicle while emitting therefrom any unreasonably loud noises which may distract the operator of such vehicle, which may impair the ability of the operator to hear and respond to emergency vehicles or to the warning sounds of a horn from another vehicle, which may distract the operators of other vehicles or which may distract pedestrians. The operator of a motor vehicle is prohibited from operating a vehicle with a device or source that is actually emitting such unreasonably loud noises, which shall include, but are not limited to, radios, stereos or any other sound systems or devices, including those that are commonly referred to as “boom boxes”, and any vehicle that is not equipped with a muffler that is in good working order, or any vehicle being operated with a muffler that has been rendered inoperative.

    (1) The owner and/or occupants of any parked vehicle that is emitting therefrom any unreasonably loud noise while the vehicle is not being operated upon the roadway, shall be subject to all applicable nuisance provisions set forth in Chapter 14, including Section 14- 001.00 (d) and (e), Section 14-002.00 (e) and (f), and Section 14-035.00.

    (b) Motor Vehicle: Motor vehicle shall mean every device by which persons or things may be transported upon a public highway or bridge, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks, and includes a “motor vehicle”, which is commonly referred to as a car, any passenger vehicle, truck, tractor, tractor-trailer, truck- trailer, motor home, motorcycle, trailer or semi-trailer propelled or drawn by mechanical power.

    (c) Penalty: Any person who shall violate the provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not less than ONE HUNDRED ($100.00) DOLLARS nor more than FIVE HUNDRED ($500.00) DOLLARS, or by imprisonment for not more than THIRTY (30) DAYS in the parish jail, or both such fines and imprisonment.
(Ord. No. 04-0984, adopted 10/07/2004)    

SEC. 13-009.00- 13-016.00    Reserved