Chapter 6

Speed Regulations

6-6-1: State Speed Laws Applicable

The State traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be applicable upon all streets within this City, except as this chapter, as authorized by State law, hereby declares and determines regulations shall be applicable upon specified streets or in certain areas, in which event it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of any speed so declared in this chapter when signs are in place giving notice hereof. (1952 Code § 10-05-01)

6-6-2: Prima Facie Speed Limits

Except when a special hazard exists that requires lower speed for compliance with this chapter, the limits specified in this section or established as hereinafter authorized shall be lawful speeds, and any speed in excess of the limits specified shall be prima facie evidence that such speed is not reasonable or prudent, and that it is unlawful. (1952 Code § 10-05-03; amd. 2019 Code)

A. Ten (10) miles per hour in any alley.

B. Fifteen (15) miles per hour in any public park.

C. Twenty (20) miles per hour when passing any school building or when crossing any marked school zone, such zone to extend one hundred fifty feet (150'), unless otherwise posted, in either direction from any marked school crossing when appropriate signs giving notice thereof are erected, and any of the following exist:

1. A school speed limit sign with flashing lights attached and the words "when flashing" included and the lights are activated; or

2. A school speed limit sign with "when children are present" included thereon, and there is a child or children present.

a. "When children are present" shall be defined to mean whenever one or more children are on the roadway, sidewalk, pathway, road shoulder, in front of school buildings, or on adjacent school grounds. This definition applies to children present on the same side of the street as the school building, as well as across the street from the school building in any direction within the marked school zone, and is not restricted to school days or hours.

3. A school speed limit sign with "7:00 A.M. to 4:30 P.M." included thereon.

4. On streets where the maximum speed limit is twenty (20) miles per hour, a school zone will be identified by a sign stating "school". (1952 Code § 10-05-03)

D. Thirty (30) miles per hour upon through streets when "Stop" or "Yield" signs are in place. (1952 Code § 10-05-03; amd. 2019 Code)

E. Twenty (20) miles per hour upon all other streets in the City. (1952 Code § 10-05-03)

6-6-3: Minimum Speed

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic at the point of operation thereof, except when a reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with any law, rule or regulation. (1952 Code § 10-05-05)

6-6-4: Speeding Within School Zone

No person shall operate a vehicle on a highway in a marked school zone in excess of the speed limit as established in subsection 6-6-2C of this chapter. Any person that violates this section shall be assessed a penalty as provided in section 1-4-2 of this Code, excluding court costs and fees. An infraction is a civil public offense, not constituting a crime, which is punishable only by a penalty and for which no period of incarceration may be imposed. There is no right to a trial by jury of a citation or complaint for an infraction and such trials shall be held before the court without a jury. (1952 Code § 10-05-06)