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(a) No motor vehicle of the first division shall be operated on any roadway with any loaded carrier extending beyond the line of the fenders on the left side of such vehicle nor extending more than six inches beyond the line of the fenders on the right side.
(b) No commercial vehicle shall be operated on any roadway with any load extending to the rear four feet or more beyond the bed or body of such vehicle unless there shall be displayed at the extreme rear end of the load, (1) during the periods when lighted lamps are required in this chapter, a red light or lantern plainly visible from a distance of at least 500 feet to the rear and sides, or (2) during all other times a red flag or cloth not less than 16 inches square and visible to the driver of any vehicle approaching from the rear or sides.
The red light or lantern required under this section shall be in addition to the red rear light required upon every vehicle.
(c) No trailer shall be operated on any roadway while attached to a self-propelled motor vehicle or to a leading trailer or semitrailer, unless in addition to the regular coupling device it shall have suitable and adequate safety chains or devices attached to the corners of the trailer frame of sufficient strength to pull the trailer and its maximum load; provided, that any trailer having a gross weight of 3,000 pounds or less including the weight of the trailer and maximum load may be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of clamp-on hitches which hitches shall be designed and installed to effectively transfer stresses to the chassis of the towing vehicle. Such clamps and coupling bar shall be of sufficient strength to hold and control such trailer when fully loaded. Such trailers shall be equipped with two safety chains or cables which are permanently affixed to the tongue of the trailer. When such trailer is attached to the towing vehicle, the free end of each chain or cable shall be attached to the towing vehicle.
(Added Coun. J. 7-12-90, p. 18634; Amend Coun. J. 3-26-96, p. 19161, effective 1-1-97; Amend Coun. J. 2-7-97, p. 38959, § 11)