Chapter 3


6-3-1: Authority Of Police And Fire Department Officials

Officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand or signal in conformance with traffic laws; provided, that in the event of fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, officers of the Police Department may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws. Officers of the Fire Department, when at the scene of a fire, may direct or assist the police in directing traffic thereat or in the immediate vicinity. (1952 Code § 10-03-01)

6-3-2: Persons Propelling Push Carts Or Riding Animals To Obey Traffic Regulations

Every person propelling any push cart or riding an animal upon a roadway, and every person driving any animal drawn vehicle, shall be subject to the provisions of this title, except those which by their very nature can have no application. (1952 Code § 10-03-03)

6-3-3: Authorized Emergency Vehicles

A. Privileges: The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of law or when responding to but not upon returning from such alarm, may exercise the privileges set forth in this section, subject to the conditions herein stated, as well as those privileges set forth in Idaho Code. (1952 Code § 10-03-04; amd. 2019 Code)

B. Authority Of Driver: The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:

1. Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this title;

2. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;

3. Exceed the maximum speed limits;

4. Disregard regulations governing direction of the movement of traffic or turning in specified directions.

C. Applicability Of Exemptions: The exemptions herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any said vehicle while in motion sounds audible signals by bell, siren or exhaust whistle, as may be reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red or blue light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet (500') to the front of such vehicle, except that an authorized emergency vehicle operated as police vehicle need not be equipped with or display a red or blue light visible from in front of the vehicle.

D. Regard For Safety Required: The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others. (1952 Code § 10-03-04)

6-3-4: Compliance With State Law

The provisions of Idaho Code title 49, chapter 10, and all amendments thereof, shall be applicable to and shall apply to this City, and it shall be unlawful and punishable as herein provided to violate any provisions thereof within the corporate limits. (1952 Code § 10-03-11; amd. 2019 Code)

6-3-5: Penalty

Unless another penalty is specifically provided in this title or in any chapter thereof for the violation of any specific provision of a chapter of said title, any person violating any of the provisions of, or doing any act forbidden by, or failing to perform any act required in this title, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be subject to penalty as provided in section 1-4-1 of this Code. (1952 Code § 10-03-02; amd. 2019 Code)