For the purpose of this title, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
   ALLEY.  Any narrow highway ordinarily located in the interior portion of platted blocks and ordinarily used for service or delivery purposes at the rear of stores, dwellings, or buildings.
   AMBULANCE.  A motor vehicle constructed, reconstructed or arranged for the purpose of transporting ill, sick, or injured persons.
   ANCIENT VEHICLE.  A motor vehicle owned by a resident of this state, which is 30 years of age or older, based upon the date of manufacture thereof, and which travels on highways of this state primarily incidental to historical or exhibition purposes only.
   ARTERIAL STREET.  Any U.S. or state-numbered route, controlled-access highway, or other major radial or circumferential street or highway designated by the city as a part of its major arterial system of streets or highways.
   AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES - EQUIPMENT.  Vehicles of fire departments, ambulances, county sheriff vehicles of sheriffs and full-time commissioned deputies, and police vehicles, including vehicles owned and operated by the United States Marshals Service, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, or by any local organization for civil defense as defined by 63 O.S. § 683.3, are AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES.  The vehicles shall be equipped with sirens capable of giving audible signals as required by the provisions of 47 O.S. § 12-218 of this title and flashing red lights as authorized by the provisions of 47 O.S. § 12-218 of this title.
   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 same are called station wagons, or 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 elsewhere provided by law.
   BICYCLE.  Every device propelled by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels either of which is more than 20 inches in diameter.
   BUS.  Every motor vehicle designed for carrying more than ten 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 if there are buildings within 600 feet of the highway in use for business or industrial purposes, including but not limited to hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations, and public buildings which occupy at least 300 feet of frontage on one side or 300 feet 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 same 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.
   COMMERCIAL VEHICLES.  Every vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of property.
   CENTER LANE.  Any clearly marked center lane.  If the center lane is not marked and no cars are parked on the roadway, then the center lane is equally distanced between the curbs or travelled portion of the roadway.  In the event a vehicle or vehicles are parked on one side of the roadway only, then the center lane is equally distanced from the side of the parked vehicle or vehicles toward the street and curb on the opposite roadway.  If vehicles be parked on each side of the roadway, then the center lane is equally distanced from the edges of the parked vehicles.
   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 street measured from the curbs; or in the absence of curbs from the edges of the traversable roadway. CROSSWALK also means any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
   DOUBLE PARK.  Parking or stopping a vehicle on the roadway side of another vehicle already parked adjacent to the edge or curbing of the roadway.
   DRIVER or OPERATOR.  A person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
   ELECTRIC-ASSISTED BICYCLE.  Every bicycle with two or three wheels which has a saddle and fully operative pedals for human propulsion and also has an electric motor. An electric-assisted bicycle shall meet the requirements of the federal motor vehicle safety standards as set forth in federal regulations and shall operate in a manner such that the electric motor disengages or ceases to function when the brakes are applied. An electric-assisted bicycle motor shall have a power output not to exceed 1,000 watts, be capable of propelling the device at a speed of more than 20 miles per hour on level ground, and be incapable of further increasing the speed of the device when human power alone is used to propel the device a speed of 20 miles per hour or more.
   EMERGENCY.  An unforeseeable occurrence of temporary duration causing or resulting in an abnormal increase in traffic volume, cessation or stoppage of traffic movement, or creation of conditions hazardous to normal traffic movement, including fire, storm, accident, riot, or spontaneous assembly of large numbers of pedestrians in such a manner as to impede the flow of traffic.
      (1)   The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadway of two streets, which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different streets joining at any other angle may come in conflict; or
      (2)   Where a street includes two roadways 30 feet or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided street by an intersecting street, shall be regarded as a separate intersection.  In the event such intersecting street also includes two roadways 30 feet or more apart, then every crossing of two roadways of such streets shall be regarded as separate intersections.
   LANED ROADWAY.  A roadway which is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
   LOADING ZONE.  A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or material.  A freight curb loading zone is a loading zone for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of freight; a passenger curb loading zone is a loading zone for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.
   LIMIT LINES.  Boundaries of parking areas, loading zones and nontraffic areas and lines indicating the proper place for stopping where stops are required.
   MINIBIKE.  Any self-propelled vehicle or motor-driven cycle having less than a ten-inch rim, or less than a 40-inch wheel base or less than a 25-inch seat height.
   MOTOR CYCLE, MOTOR SCOOTER, and MOTOR BICYCLE.  A motor vehicle, other than a tractor, having a seat or saddle for the use of the driver and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
   MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLE.  Every motorcycle and motor scooter, equipped with a motor which produces not to exceed five brake horsepower at full throttle without a governor as determined by a dynamometer test and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground.
   MOTORIZED BICYCLE.  Every vehicle having fully operative pedals for propulsion by human power, an automatic transmission, and a motor with a cylinder capacity not exceeding 50 cubic centimeters, which produces no more than two brake horsepower and is capable of propelling the vehicle at a maximum design speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on level ground.
   MOTOR VEHICLE.  Every vehicle which is self-propelled.
   OFFICIAL TIME.  Whenever certain hours are named herein they shall mean central standard time, or daylight savings time, as may be in current use in the city.
   OFFICIAL TRAFFIC-CONTROL DEVICE. All signs, barricades, signals, markings, and devices not inconsistent with this ordinance, 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, providing such loading and unloading is in an authorized place.
   PEDESTRIAN.  Any person afoot.
   POLICE OFFICER.  Every officer of the Police Department, or any officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic, or to make arrests for violation of traffic regulations.
   PRIVATE ROAD or ROADWAY.  A way or place in private ownership or leading to property in private ownership and used for vehicular traffic by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner.
   RAILROAD.  A carrier of persons or property upon cars, 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, diesel, electric, or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated upon rails.
   RESIDENCE DISTRICT.  The territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on such highway for a distance of 300 feet 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 street improved, designed, ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the shoulders.  In the event a street includes two or more separate roadways, the term roadway, as used herein, shall refer to any such roadway, separately, but not to all such roadways, collectively.
   SAFETY ZONE.  The 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 SCHOOL BUS shall not be extended to include buses normally used in city transit which may be used part time for transportation of school children within such cities during some portion of the day.
   SCHOOL ZONE.  All streets or portions of streets immediately adjacent to a school, or school ground, where same is adjacent and for a distance of 300 feet in each direction.
   SIDEWALK.  That portion of a street between the curblines or at lateral lines of the roadway and adjacent property lines, intended for use of pedestrians.
   STAND or STANDING.  Any stopping of a vehicle whether occupied or not.
   STOP.  When required, the complete cessation from movement.
   STOP or STOPPING.  When prohibited, 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 direction of a police officer or traffic signal.
   STREET or HIGHWAY.  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.
   THROUGH STREET or 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 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 by law.
   TRAFFIC.  Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, and other conveyances, either singularly or together, while using any highway or street for purpose of travel.
   TRAFFIC-CONTROL DEVICES or SIGNALS.  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.
   TRAILER.  Every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle and so constructed that no part of its weight rests upon the towing vehicle.
   TRUCK.  Every motor vehicle designed, used or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.
   TRUCK TRACTOR.  Every motor vehicle designed and used primarily for drawing other vehicles and not so constructed as to carry a load other than a part of the weight of the vehicle and load so drawn.
   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 100 feet for a distance of a quarter mile or more.
   U-TURN.  A turn by which a vehicle reverses its course of travel on the same street.
   VEHICLE.  Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is, or may be transported, or drawn, upon a highway or street, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks provided, however, that vehicle shall not include implements of husbandry as defined in 47 O.S. § 1-125.
(47 O.S. §§ 1-101 et seq.)  (`83 Code, § 15-103)  (Ord. 98-49, passed 12-21-98)
Statutory reference:
   Defining State Traffic Code definitions, see 47 O.S. §§ 1-101 et seq.