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The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this title, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES: Vehicles of fire departments, ambulances, County sheriff vehicles of sheriffs and full time commissioned deputies and police vehicles, including vehicles owned or operated by the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation or by any local organization for civil defense; such vehicles shall be equipped with sirens capable of giving an audible signal, as required by law, and flashing red lights as authorized by law.
AUTOMOBILE: Every motor vehicle of the type constructed and used for the transportation of persons for purposes other than for hire or compensation. This shall include all vehicles of the station wagon type, whether the vehicles are called station wagons, ranch wagons, van wagons, except those used for commercial purposes, suburbans, town and country, or by any other name, except when owned and used as a school bus or motor bus by a school district or a religious corporation or society as provided by law.
BICYCLE 1 : A device upon which any person or persons may ride, propelled solely by human power through a belt, chain, or gears, and having two (2) or more wheels. As used in this title, "bicycle" shall include tricycles, quadcycles, or similar powered devices, electric-assisted bicycles, and motorized bicycles unless otherwise specifically indicated.
BUS: Every motor vehicle designed for carrying more than ten (10) passengers and used for the transportation of persons; and every motor vehicle, other than a taxicab, designed and used for the transportation of persons for compensation.
BUSINESS DISTRICT: The territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred feet (600') along such highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including, but not limited to, hotels, banks, office buildings, railroad stations and public buildings, which occupy at least three hundred feet (300') in frontage on one (1) side or three hundred feet (300') collectively on both sides of the highway.
CONTROLLED ACCESS HIGHWAY: Every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the highway, street or roadway except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over such highway, street or roadway.
CROSSWALK: That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs or, in the absence of curbs, from the edges of the traversable roadway. The term shall also mean any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
CURB LOADING ZONE: A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.
DRIVER: Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
ELECTRIC ASSISTED BICYCLE 2 : Any bicycle with two (2) or three (3) wheels, fully operational pedals and an electric motor with a power output not to exceed one thousand (1,000) watts, incapable of propelling the device at a speed of more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground, and, is incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the device at a speed of twenty (20) miles per hour or more.
FREIGHT CURB LOADING ZONE: A space adjacent to a curb for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of freight or passengers.
HIGHWAY OR STREET: The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. The words "highway" and "street" are synonymous.
IMPLEMENT OF HUSBANDRY: Every vehicle designed and adapted exclusively for agricultural, horticultural or livestock raising operations or for lifting or carrying an implement of husbandry and in either case not subject to registration if used upon the highways. Farm wagon type tank trailers of a capacity not over one thousand two hundred (1,200) gallons, used during the liquid fertilizer season as field storage nurse tanks supplying the fertilizer to a field applicator and moved on highways only for bringing the fertilizer from a local source of supply to farms or fields or from one (1) farm or field to another, shall be considered implements of husbandry for purposes of this title. Trailers or semitrailers owned by a person engaged in the business of farming and used exclusively for the purpose of transporting farm products to market or for the purpose of transporting to the farm materials or things to be used thereon shall also be considered implements of husbandry for purposes of this title.
INTERSECTION: The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict. Where a highway includes two (2) roadways thirty feet (30') or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection. If such intersecting highway also includes two (2) roadways thirty feet (30') or more apart, then every crossing of two (2) roadways of such highways shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
LANED ROADWAY: A roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
MOPED 3 : Any motor driven cycle with a motor that does not exceed two (2) brake horsepower and that is not capable of propelling the vehicle at a speed in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground. If an internal combustion engine is used, the displacement shall not exceed fifty (50) cubic centimeters and the moped shall have a power drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged.
MOTOR DRIVEN CYCLE 4 : Any motor vehicle having a power source that if it is a combustion engine, has a piston or rotor displacement of greater than thirty five (35) cubic centimeters but less than one hundred fifty (150) cubic centimeters regardless of the number of chambers in the power source or if it is electric has a power output of greater than one thousand (1,000) watts and with either power source, has a seat, saddle or foot support for use by each rider and not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground.
MOTOR VEHICLE 5 : Every vehicle which is self-propelled and every vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires, but not operated upon rails; provided, however, that the definition of "motor vehicle" shall not include "implements of husbandry", "electric personal assistive mobility device" or "motorized wheelchair" as defined by 47 Oklahoma Statutes.
MOTORCYCLE 6 : Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of each rider, not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor, and combustion engine with a piston or rotor displacement of one hundred fifty (150) cubic centimeters or greater.
MOTORIZED BICYCLE 7 : Any bicycle having fully operative pedals for propulsion by power, a power drive system that functions directly or automatically without clutching or shifting by the operator after the drive system is engaged; and a combustion engine with a piston or rotor displacement of eighty (80) cubic centimeters or less, regardless of the number of chambers in the engine, which is capable of propelling the bicycle at a maximum design speed of not more than thirty five (35) miles per hour on level ground.
MOTORIZED SCOOTER 8 : Any vehicle having not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, handlebars and a foot support or seat for the use of the operator, a power source capable of propelling the vehicle at a maximum design speed of not more than twenty five (25) miles per hour on level ground and if the power source is a combustion engine, has a piston or motor displacement of thirty five (35) cubic centimeters or less regardless of number of chambers in the power source or if the power source is electric, has a power output of not more than one thousand (1,000) watts. This definition does not include an electric personal assistive mobility device, bicycle, electric assisted bicycle, or motorized bicycle.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES: All signs, barricades, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this title placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
PARK OR PARKING: The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
PASSENGER CURB LOADING ZONE: A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.
PEDESTRIAN: Any person afoot.
POLICE OFFICER: Every sheriff, constable, police officer, highway patrol officer and any other officer who is authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violation of traffic ordinances.
PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY: Every way or place in private ownership used for vehicular travel by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner, but not by other persons.
RAILROAD: A carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than streetcars, operated upon stationary rails.
RAILROAD SIGN OR SIGNAL: Any sign, signal or device erected by authority of a public body or official or by a railroad and intended to give notice of the presence of railroad tracks or the approach of a railroad train.
RAILROAD TRAIN: A steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated upon rails, except streetcars.
RESIDENT DISTRICT: The territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on such highway for a distance of three hundred feet (300') or more is in the main improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.
RIGHT-OF-WAY: The privilege of the immediate use of the roadway.
ROADWAY: That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulder. If a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways, the term "roadway" refers to any such roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.
SAFETY ZONE: An area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.
SCHOOL BUS: Every motor vehicle owned by a public or governmental agency and operated for the transportation of children to or from school or privately owned and operated for compensation for the transportation of children to or from school; provided, however, that this definition of school bus shall not be extended to include buses normally used in City transit which may be used part time for the transportation of school children within such cities during some portion of the day.
SHOULDER: The portion of the roadway contiguous with the traveled way for accommodation of stopped vehicles, for emergency use and for lateral support of base and surface courses.
SIDEWALK: That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines intended for the use of pedestrians.
STAND OR STANDING: The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
STOP: When required, means the complete cessation of movement.
STOP OR STOPPING: When prohibited, means any halting, even momentarily, of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic control sign or signal.
STREET LEGAL UTILITY VEHICLES: Street legal utility vehicles are vehicles powered by not less than a four hundred (400) cc engine, or equivalent, and capable of speeds of forty-five (45) mph, having side-by-side seating, equipped with seatbelts for not less than two (2) passengers. Directional control shall be by steering wheel. Such vehicles must be equipped with two (2) headlights, and two (2) taillights, brake lights, and directional signals. Vehicles must be equipped with windshield. Required documentation includes certificate registration, current license tag, and car insurance verification. Street legal utility vehicles may not be driven on the National Highway System of Interstate Highways or Roadways comprising a part of the designated US Highway System. They shall be subject to rules of the road as applied all other motor vehicles.
TAXICAB 9 : Any motor vehicle for hire, designed to carry seven (7) persons or less, operated upon any street or highway, or on call or demand, accepting or soliciting passengers indiscriminately for transportation for hire between such points along streets or highways as may be directed by the passenger so being transported; but this classification shall not include motor vehicles of seven (7) passenger capacity or less operated by the owner where the cost of operation is shared by fellow workers between their homes and the place of regular daily employment, when not operated for more than two (2) trips per day, nor shall the classification include automobiles operated by the owner where the cost of operation is shared by the passengers on a share the expense plan, nor shall this classification include motor vehicles transporting students from the public school system when the motor vehicle is so transporting under contract with a public, private or parochial school board or Governing Body.
THROUGH HIGHWAY: Every highway or portion thereof on which vehicular traffic is given preferential right-of-way, and at the entrances to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to yield the right-of-way to vehicles on such through highway in obedience to either a stop sign or a yield sign when such signs are erected as provided in this chapter.
TRAFFIC: Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL: Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed.
TRAFFIC LANE: The portion of the traveled way for the movement of a single line of vehicles.
TRUCK: Every motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.
URBAN DISTRICT: The territory contiguous to and including any street which is built up with structures devoted to business, industry or dwelling houses situated at intervals of less than one hundred feet (100') for a distance of one-fourth (1/4) of a mile or more.
VEHICLE 1 : Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks; provided, however, that the definition of "vehicle" shall not include "implements of husbandry", "electric personal assistive mobility device" or "motorized wheelchair" as defined by 47 Oklahoma Statutes. (Ord. 2223, 7-10-2017; Ord. 2364, 10-11-2021)
1. 47 OS § 1-104.
1. 47 OS § 1-104.
1. 47 OS § 1-133.2.
2. 47 OS § 1-136.
1. 47 OS § 1-134.
2. 47 OS § 1-135.
3. 47 OS § 1-104.
4. 47 OS § 1-133.3.
1. See also title 3, chapter 7 of this Code for provisions regarding taxicab licensing.
1. 47 OS § 1-186.