Chapter 8

Driving Rules And Regulations

6-8-1: Right-of-way At Intersections


A. Vehicle On Left To Yield Right-Of-Way: When two (2) vehicles enter or approach an unmarked or uncontrolled intersection from different streets at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right, except that when two (2) vehicles approach an unmarked or uncontrolled intersection where one highway ends when it meets a second highway not ending at that point of convergence from different directions at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the highway ending at the intersection shall yield the right-of-way to the other vehicle.


B. Vehicle Turning Left: The driver of any vehicle turning left at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is in the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute a hazard.


C. Yield To Bicycle: The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to a bicycle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.


D. Vehicle And Bicycle Traveling Same Direction: When a motor vehicle and a bicycle are traveling in the same direction on any highway, street or road, the operator of the motor vehicle overtaking such bicycle traveling on the right side of the roadway shall not turn to the right in front of the bicycle at an intersection, alley or driveway until such vehicle has overtaken the bicycle and has sufficient clearance to safely turn without requiring the bicyclist to brake or take evasive action to avoid a collision with the vehicle. (1952 Code § 10-10-01)

6-8-2: Right-of-way For Vehicles Entering Roadway And Leaving Curb


The driver of any vehicle entering a street or highway at a point other than a street or highway intersection or entering traffic on a roadway from a parked or angle parked position on such street or highway, shall look out for and yield the right-of-way to other vehicles on such roadway. (1952 Code § 10-10-02)

6-8-3: Operating All-terrain Vehicles In City


It shall be unlawful for any person to operate an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) within the City limits on any public street or highway, including controlled access highways, or upon any public property or private property open to the public, unless the vehicle is actively being used for snow removal purposes or for an agricultural, horticultural, dairy or livestock growing or feeding purpose. All other uses are strictly prohibited and a driver cited under this section shall be subject to an infraction violation, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code. (1952 Code § 10-10-10; amd. 2019 Code)

6-8-4: Driving Or Parking On Sidewalks Or Parkways


No vehicle shall drive or park upon any "sidewalk" or "parkway", as defined by section 7-3B-1 of this Code; provided, that vehicles may cross sidewalks or parkways at authorized curb cuts and at alleys. (1952 Code § 10-10-12)

6-8-5: Negligent Driving


It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle in a negligent manner over and along the highways, streets or alleys of this City. For the purpose of this section, to "operate in a negligent manner" shall be construed to mean the operation of a motor vehicle under any of the following conditions:


A. Speed Contest: The engaging in any motor vehicle speed contest or exhibition of speed.


B. Excessive Acceleration: Excessive, unreasonable, rapid acceleration of a motor vehicle.


C. Less Than Full Control: The operation of a motor vehicle where the operator has less than full control of the speed and direction of movement of the vehicle. The collision by a vehicle with any stationary object shall be prima facie evidence of a violation of this section. (1952 Code § 10-10-13)

6-8-6: Harassment Of Bicyclists And Pedestrians Prohibited


It shall be a misdemeanor, subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code, for any person, maliciously and with the specific intent to intimidate or harass or cause another person to crash, stumble or fall because that other person is walking along the roadway or operating a bicycle along the roadway, to: (1952 Code § 10-10-14; amd. 2019 Code)


A. Threatening: Threaten, by word or act, to cause physical injury to the pedestrian or bicyclist; or


B. Throwing Object: Throw or otherwise expel any object at or in the direction of the pedestrian or bicyclist. (1952 Code § 10-10-14)

6-8-7: Opening And Closing Vehicle Doors


No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. (1952 Code § 10-10-16)

6-8-8: Operating Motorized Vehicles On Bike Lanes And Bike Paths


No person shall drive a motorized vehicle upon any officially marked bike lane, bike path, foot path or other separate right-of-way specifically set aside for use by pedestrians or nonmotorized vehicles, except at an intersection or when entering or leaving a roadway at a driveway, private road or alley. Prior to crossing a nonmotorized right-of-way, the motorist shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian or nonmotorized vehicle operating thereon. This section shall not apply to authorized emergency vehicles meeting the conditions specified in Idaho Code section 49-123(2)(b) or section 6-1-1 of this title, or authorized maintenance and construction vehicles while actually engaged in work upon a roadway or nonmotorized right-of-way. (1952 Code § 10-10-17)

6-8-9: Use Of Private Property As Public Roadway Or Throughway Street


A. Prohibition: It shall be unlawful for the operator of any motor vehicle to drive upon or use any private driveway, private property or parking lot as a throughway to bypass an intersection controlled by a stop sign or traffic control signal.


B. Prima Facie Evidence Of Violation: It shall be prima facie evidence of bypassing an intersection in violation of subsection A of this section for an operator of a motor vehicle to enter private property from a highway and immediately thereafter exit private property without coming to a complete stop before re-entering a highway.


C. Penalty: Any violation of subsection A of this section shall be an infraction with a fixed penalty for moving traffic infractions set by the Idaho Infraction Rule 9(b)(5). (1952 Code § 10-10-18)