Article VII: Operation of Vehicles

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Section 1.

OVERTAKING OTHER VEHICLES – The operator of a vehicle shall not overtake and pass any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction at any intersection of a street, except that this provision shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by official traffic control signals, or by a police officer.


Section 2.

OVERTAKE ONLY WHEN THERE IS SPACE AHEAD – The driver of a vehicle shall not overtake and pass a vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless there is sufficient clear space ahead on the right side of the roadway, except that on a one-way street, operators shall not be restricted to the use of the right half of the roadway, but may have access to the entire width thereof, to permit the overtaking to be completed without impeding the safe operation of any vehicle ahead, or without causing the operator of any vehicle to change his speed or alter his course except as provided in the following section.


Section 3.

OPERATOR TO GIVE WAY TO OVERTAKING VEHICLE – The operator of a vehicle when about to be overtaken and passed by another vehicle approaching from the rear shall give way to the right when practicable in favor of the overtaking vehicle, and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.


Section 4.

OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC – No operator shall enter an intersection of a marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or crosswalk and on the right half of the roadway to accommodate the vehicle or the bus that he is operating without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding any traffic control signal indication to proceed.


Section 5.

FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY – The operator of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon and condition of the street or highway.


Section 6.

CARE IN STARTING, STOPPING, TURNING OR BACKING – The driver of any vehicle before starting, stopping turning from a direct line, or backing shall first see that such movement can be made in safety. If such movement cannot be made in safety or if interferes unduly with the normal movement of other traffic, said driver shall wait for a more favorable opportunity to make such a movement. If the operation of another vehicle should be affected by a stopping or turning movement, the driver of such other vehicle shall be given a plainly visible signal, as required by chapter 90, Section 14B of the General Laws (Ter. Ed.).


Section 7.

RIGHT TURN PROHIBITED – The operator of any vehicle or other conveyance shall not make a right turn from Lake street into Homestead Road, Littlejohn Street or Wilson Avenue. From 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Section 7A.

RIGHT TURN MUST TURN RIGHT -
        Massachusetts Avenue -- Eastbound at Pleasant Street    
        Massachusetts Avenue -- Westbound at Mystic Street      
        Mystic Street -- Southbound at Massachusetts    
        Pleasant Street -- Northbound at Massachusetts Avenue   


Section 8.

LEFT TURN PROHIBITED – The operator of any vehicle or other conveyance shall not make a Left Turn from Washington Street into Mountain Avenue or Broadway into Cleveland Street between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The operator of any vehicle or other conveyance shall not make a Left Turn from Lake Street into Newcomb Street, Freeman Street or Randolph Street, between the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays excluded.


Section 8A.

DO NOT ENTER – Venner Road 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Holidays Excluded. Newcomb Street, Freeman Street or Randolph Street from Orvis Road between the hours of 7:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m., Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays excluded.

TRAVEL PROHIBITED – The operator of any vehicle or other conveyance shall not enter Brooks Avenue Eastbound beyond the intersection of Chandler Street from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., Saturday, Sunday and Holidays excluded.


Section 9.

TURNING IN SIGNAL CONTROL AREA –

(a) The operator of a vehicle or other conveyance shall not make a U-turn within any area of a street where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals unless otherwise directed by a police officer or by a lawful regulating sign.

(b) This Section shall be effective only during such time as a sufficient number of official signs have been erected and maintained where this rule is to apply.


Section 10.

U-TURNS –

(a) It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to make a U-turn unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with any other traffic. Unless otherwise posted. A U-turn is prohibited at the following locations westbound at Medford Street and westbound at Franklin Street.

(b) No operator shall back or turn a vehicle so as to proceed in the direction opposite to that in which said vehicle is headed or traveling on Massachusetts Avenue from Daniels Street to a point opposite 1422 Massachusetts Avenue, and from Jason and Mill Streets to Franklin Street and Avon Place, in both directions.


Section 11.

OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNALS - Colors and arrow indications in traffic control signals shall have the commands ascribed to them in this section, and no other meanings, and every operator of a vehicle, or other conveyance shall comply therewith, except when other wise directed by an officer or by a lawful traffic regulation sign (other than a “stop” sign) signal or device, or except as provided in Article VII, Section 20 (b) (Funerals). In no case shall an operator enter or proceed through an intersection without due regard to the safety of other persons within the intersection regardless of what indications may be given by traffic control signals.

(a) GREEN: While the green lens is illuminated, operators facing the signal may proceed through the intersection, but shall yield the right of way to pedestrians and vehicles lawfully within a crosswalk or the intersection at the time such signal was exhibited. Operators of vehicles making a right or left turn shall yield the right of way to pedestrians crossing with the flow of traffic.

(b) RIGHT, LEFT AND VERTICAL GREEN ARROWS: When a right green arrow is illuminated, operators facing said signal may turn right. When a left green arrow is illuminated, operators facing said signal may turn left. When a vertical green arrow is illuminated, operators facing said signal may go straight ahead. When a green arrow is exhibited together with a red or yellow lens, operators may enter the intersection to make the movement permitted by the arrow, but shall yield the right of way to vehicles and pedestrians proceeding from another direction on a green indication.

(c) YELLOW: While the yellow lens is illuminated, waiting operators shall not proceed and any operator approaching the intersection or a marked stop line shall stop at such point unless so close to the intersection that a stop cannot be made in safety, provided, however, that if a green arrow is illuminated at the same time, operators may enter the intersection to make the movement permitted by such arrow.

(d) RIGHT ON RED: (1) RED – Traffic facing a steady Circular Red signal alone shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, or if none before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection and shall remain standing until an indication to proceed is shown except as allowed by chapter 89, Section 8 of the General Laws. (2) No driver of a vehicle facing a Circular Red signal indication shall make a right turn where official traffic signs are installed and maintained prohibiting such turn at the following intersections:

(e) RED AND YELLOW: (Walk – Don’t Walk) While the red and yellow lenses are illuminated together, operators shall not enter the intersection and during such time the intersection shall be reserved for the exclusive use of pedestrians.

(f) FLASHING RED: When a red lens is illuminated in a traffic control signal by rapid intermittent flashes, and it’s use has been specifically authorized by the Department of Public Works. Commonwealth of Massachusetts, drivers shall stop before entering the nearer line or crosswalk of the street intersection, or at a stop line when marked, and the right to proceed shall then be governed by provisions of Chapter 89, Section 8, of the General Laws.

(g) FLASHING YELLOW: A flashing yellow lens shall indicate the presence of a hazard and operators may proceed only with caution.

(h) FLASHING GREEN: A flashing green lens shall indicate an intersection or pedestrian crosswalk in use or subject to use by entering or crossing traffic. Operator may proceed only with caution and shall be prepared to comply with a change in the signal to a red or yellow and red indication.


Section 12.

(a) OBEDIENCE TO ISOLATED STOP SIGNS – In accordance with the Provisions of Chapter 89, Section 9 of the General Laws, the following streets are designated as stop streets at the intersection and the direction indicated.

This section shall not apply when the traffic is otherwise directed by an officer or by a lawful traffic regulating sign, signal, or device, or as provided in Article VII, Section 20 (b) (Funerals). In accordance with the foregoing, the erection and maintenance of official “STOP” signs or sign is authorized so as to face the streets of these Rules and Orders to which reference is made and which Schedule IV is specifically incorporated in this section.

(b) OBEDIENCE TO “YIELD” SIGNS – In accordance with the Provisions of Chapter 89, Section 9 of the General Laws, the following streets are designated as YIELD streets at the intersections and the direction indicated.

Every driver of a vehicle or other conveyance approaching an intersection of ways, where there exists facing him an official sign bearing the word “Yield,” said sign having been erected in accordance with the written approval of the Department of Public Works of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and such approval being in effect, shall surrender to oncoming traffic his right to enter the intersection until such time as he has brought his vehicle or other conveyance to a complete stop at a point between the said “Yield” sign and the nearer line of the street intersection, provided, however, that this requirement to stop before entering the intersection shall not apply when a driver approaching a “Yield” sign can enter the intersection in safety without causing interference to approaching traffic.

This section shall not apply when the traffic is otherwise directed by an officer or by a lawful traffic regulating sign, signal or device. In accordance with the foregoing, the erection and maintenance of official “Yield” signs are authorized so as to face: Northeast bound drivers on Medford Street at Chestnut Street; Northbound traffic on Oak Hill Drive at Ridge St. Rotary; Southbound traffic on Ridge Street at Ridge St. Rotary; Westbound traffic on Cutter Hill Road at Ridge St. Rotary; Eastbound traffic on Ridge Street at Ridge St. Rotary.


Section 13.

KEEP TO THE RIGHT OF ROADWAY DIVISION – Upon such roadways as are divided by a parkway, grass plot, reservation, or by any structure or area, operators shall keep to the right of such a division except when otherwise directed by an officer, signs, signals or markings.


Section 14.

OPERATION AT UNDER OR OVER PASSES AND AT INTERSECTIONS – At any junction or crossing of ways at which there are traffic islands, operators of vehicles shall proceed only as indicted by official signs, signals, or markings.


Section 15.

DRIVING ON ROAD SURFACES UNDER CONSTRUCTION OR REPAIR – No operator shall enter upon the road surfaces of any street or highway or section thereof, when by reason of construction, surface treatment, maintenance or the like, or because of some unprotected hazard, such road surface is closed to travel, and one or more signs, lights or signals have been erected to indicate that all or part of the road surface of the street or highway is not to be used or when so advised by an officer, watchman, member of a street or highway crew or employee of the town, either audibly or by signals.


Section 16.

NO DRIVING ON SIDEWALKS – The operator of a vehicle shall not drive upon any sidewalk except at a permanent or temporary driveway.


Section 17.

DELETED, NOT APPLICABLE (Street Cars).


Section 18.

NO DRIVING THROUGH SAFETY ZONES – Except on a signal from a police officer no operator shall drive a vehicle through or upon a safety zone.


Section 19.

FUNERALS TO BE PROPERLY IDENTIFIED – A funeral composed entirely or partly of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by means of black pennants bearing a purple symbol, or other suitable insignia, attached to both the first and last vehicle.


Section 20.

RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF OPERATORS IN FUNERALS AND OTHER PROCESSIONS –

(a) It shall be the duty of each operator in a funeral or other procession to keep as near to the right edge of the roadway as is feasible and to follow the vehicle ahead as closely as is practicable and safe

(b) At an intersection where a traffic control signal is operating or a stop sign is located, the operator of the first vehicles in a funeral or other procession shall be the only one governed by the traffic signal indication or the stop sign.

(c) No person or group of persons shall march or parade upon any street or part thereof except under a permit of the Chief of Police designating the route of such parade, and there shall be not deviation from the route designated by the Chief of Police. This rule shall not apply to the Police or Fire Department of the Town nor to units described in General Laws (Ter. Ed.) Chapter 33, Sections 47,49 and 50 dealing with the military and naval forces of the United States, the veterans and affiliated organizations.


Section 21.

CONSTRUCTION AND LOADING OF VEHICLES -

(a) No person shall operate or conduct any vehicle in such condition or so constructed or so loaded as to be likely to cause delay in traffic, or accident or injury to man, beast or property.

(b) No one shall so load a vehicle with iron or other material that may strike together without properly deadening it so that it will cause no unnecessary noise.


Section 22.

SPECIAL PERMITS FOR LOADING AND UNLOADING MATERIALS –

(a) No operator shall park a vehicle in any area in violation of existing parking restrictions for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise unless he holds a permit issued by the Chief of Police granting him the right to do so.

(b) No operator shall back a commercial vehicle into the curb anywhere for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise unless the operator holds a permit issued by the Chief of Police granting him the right to back into the curb and for the purpose and upon the conditions therein indicated.


Section 23.

PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO OBEY TRAFFIC REGULATIONS – The provisions of these Rules and Orders shall apply to the operator of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the Federal Government, this or any State in the Union, the Town of Arlington and County of Middlesex, and it shall be unlawful for the operator to violate any of the provisions of these Rules and Orders.


Section 24.

EXCLUSION OF HEAVY COMMERCIAL VEHICLES – No vehicle used or designed for the transportation of goods, wares or merchandise shall enter or pass over any of the following streets: Academy Street, Lake Street, Maple Street, Orvis Road, Brooks Avenue, Victoria Road, Alton Street and Brookdale Road, provided, however, that this restriction shall not apply to:

(1) Emergency vehicles, namely vehicles of the Fire and Police Departments, ambulances, emergency vehicles of Federal, State and Municipal Departments and emergency vehicles of public service corporations when responding to an emergency.

(2) Vehicles for the collection or delivery of goods; wares or merchandise from or to premises on said streets or parts of streets or on connecting streets not otherwise accessible.

(3) Vehicles used in connection with the construction, reconstruction, or repair of said streets, the water supply system, the sewers or drains, or the lines, pipes or conduits of any telephone, telegraph, gas or electric company, therein: and

(4) Any motor vehicles equipped with pneumatic tires which with its load, if any, weighs less than five thousand (5,000) pounds and has no trailer attached.


Section 25.

EMERGING FROM ALLEY OR PRIVATE DRIVEWAY – The operator of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving upon the sidewalk extending across such alley or driveway, and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching upon the roadway.


Section 26.

BACKING AROUND CORNERS – No operator of any vehicle shall back such vehicle around a corner at an intersection, or into an intersection of streets.