Article III: Traffic Signs, Signals, Markings and Zones

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Section 1.

TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS -

(a) The Chief of Police is hereby authorized and as to those signs and signals required hereunder, it shall be his duty to place and maintain or cause to be placed and maintained, all official traffic signs, signals, markings, and safety zones.  All signs, signals, markings and safety zones shall conform to the standards as prescribed by the Department of Public Works of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

(b) Section 2 and 3 of Article II and Section 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7A, 8, 9, 10, and 15 of Article V relating to PARKING, and Sections 7, 8, and 9 of Article VII relating to prohibited turns, and Section 23 relating to the exclusion of commercial vehicles shall be effective only during such time as a sufficient number of signs are erected and maintained designating the provisions in these sections contained and located so as to be easily visible to approaching operators.

(c)Section l of Article VI relating to one-way streets shall be effective only during such time as a sufficient number of official signs are erected and maintained at each of the exits of each one-way street so that at least one sign will be clearly visible for a distance of at least seventy-five (75) feet to operators approaching such exit.


Section 2.

DISPLAY OF UNAUTHORIZED SIGNS, SIGNALS AND MARKINGS PROHIBITED – No person shall place or maintain or display upon or in view of any street any unofficial sign, signal, device or marking which purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles an official traffic sign, signal, device or marking, or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic or which hides from view any official sign or signal.  The Chief of Police is empowered and directed to remove every such prohibited sign, signal, device or marking or cause it to be removed without notice.


Section 3.

INTERFERENCE WITH SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND MARKINGS PROHIBITED – Any person who willfully defaces, injures, moves, obstructs or interferes with any official traffic sign, signal, device or marking shall be liable to a penalty not exceeding twenty (20) dollars for each and every offense.


Section 4.

LOCATION OF BUS STOPS, TAXICAB STANDS AND LOADING ZONES – The location and the length of all bus stops shall be designated by the Board of Selectmen.  The location of all taxicab stands and loading zones shall be designated by the Board of Selectmen.


Section 5.

OBEDIENCE TO THE POLICE AND TRAFFIC SIGNS AND SIGNALS - The operator of any vehicle or bicycle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control sign, signal, device, marking or legend, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.  Every such operator shall comply with the order, signal, or direction of a police officer, any rule in these Rules and Orders to the contrary notwithstanding.