Article II: Authorities and Duties of Police

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Section 1.

OFFICERS TO DIRECT TRAFFIC – It shall be the duty of officers designated by the Chief of Police to enforce the provisions of these Rules and Orders.

Such officers are hereby authorized to direct all traffic either in person or by means of visible or audible signals in conformance with the provisions of these Rules and Orders, provided that in the event of a fire or other emergency and for the purpose of expediting traffic or safeguarding pedestrians, the officers and members of the Fire Department may direct traffic, as circumstances may require, notwithstanding the provisions of these Rules and orders.


Section 2.

STREETS MAY BE CLOSED TEMPORARILY – The Chief of Police is authorized to close, temporarily, any street or highway or part thereof in an impending or existing emergency, or for the lawful assemblage, demonstration or procession provided he deems there is justification for closing such streets.


Section 3.

PARKING MAY BE PROHIBITED TEMPORARILY – The Chief of Police is authorized to prohibit, temporarily, parking on any street or highway or part thereof in an impeding or existing emergency, or for lawful assemblage, demonstration or procession or in the event of extraordinary circumstances provided there is reasonable justification for such prohibition. Vehicles parked in places where parking is prohibited temporarily may be moved by or under the direction of an officer.


Section 4.

EXEMPTIONS – The provisions of these Rules and Orders shall not apply to operators actually engaged in work upon a street or highway closed to travel or under construction or repair, to officers when engaged in the performance of public duties, when the nature of these necessitates a departure from any part of these Rules and Orders. These exemptions shall not, however, protect the operator from the consequences of any disregard of the safety of others.


Section 5.

OPERATOR FILE – The Police Department shall keep a file in which shall be recorded the names of all operators involved in traffic accidents, causing personal injuries, within the municipal limits of the Town of Arlington.