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A. Definitions: For the purposes of this section, the words and phrases defined in this subsection shall have the meanings herein given them:
ERRATIC DRIVING: Driving a motor vehicle in an erratic manner, or the squealing of tires, grinding of gears, backfiring, or producing of loud noises with a vehicle in any manner whatsoever, except by an authorized emergency vehicle.
MOTOR VEHICLE: Every vehicle which is self-propelled and not deriving its power from overhead wires. "Motor vehicle" does not include an electric personal assistive mobility device or a vehicle moved solely by human power.
UNREASONABLE ACCELERATION: Acceleration of a motor vehicle which unnecessarily breaks traction between a tire or tires and the driving surface, thereby causing a prolonged squealing or screeching sound by the tires, or the unnecessary throwing of sand or gravel by the tire or tires of said vehicle or both. Prima facie evidence of such unreasonable acceleration shall be squealing or screeching sounds by the tire or tires or the unnecessary throwing of sand or gravel by the tire or tires, or both.
VEHICLE: Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or "electric personal assistive mobility device" as said term is defined in state statute or devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
B. Unreasonable Acceleration Prohibited; Nuisance Declared: Unreasonable acceleration by any motor vehicle upon any public or private street, road, parking lot, or driving way within the corporate limits of the city, as "unreasonable acceleration" is defined in this section, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and is prohibited.
C. Erratic Driving Prohibited: No person shall drive or operate a motor vehicle on a public highway or street, public or private parking lot, alley or other public property within the corporate limits of the city in an erratic manner.
D. Misdemeanor Violation; Penalties: Any person violating any provisions of this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as provided in section 1-4-1 of this code. (Ord. 1989-13, 8-7-1989; amd. 2005 Code)