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For the purpose of this Traffic Code, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES. Vehicles of the Fire Department (fire patrol), police vehicles and such ambulances and emergency vehicles of municipal departments, public service corporations operated by private corporations and the Department of Transportation as are designated or authorized by the Department or the Chief of Police of an incorporated city or any sheriff of any of the various counties.
BICYCLE. Any device propelled by human power, or any “moped” propelled by a pedal-activated helper motor with a manufacturer's certified maximum rating of one and one-half brake horsepower, upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, either of which is 20 inches or more in diameter, and including any device generally recognized as a bicycle though equipped with two front or two rear wheels.
BUS. Any motor vehicle designed for carrying more than ten passengers and used for the transportation of persons and any 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 50% or more of the frontage thereon, for a distance of 300 feet or more, is occupied by buildings in use for business.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OFFICER. Any officer, including code enforcement officers or fire marshals, authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to issue citations for violations of parking regulations.
(1) 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 curb, from the edges of the traversable roadway;
(2) Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian cross by lines or other markings on the surface.
DRIVER. Any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle on a highway or who is exercising control of a vehicle or storing a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle.
GROSS WEIGHT. The weight of a vehicle without load plus the weight of any load thereon.
(1) A trailer or semitrailer which is designed, constructed and equipped as a dwelling place, living abode or sleeping place (either permanently or temporarily) and is equipped for use as a conveyance on streets and highways; or
(2) A trailer or a semitrailer the chassis and exterior shell of which is designed and constructed for use as a house trailer, as defined in division (1) above, but which is used instead, permanently or temporarily, for the advertising, sale, display or promotion of merchandise or services or for any other commercial purpose except the transportation of property for hire or the transportation of property for distribution by a private carrier.
IMMEDIATE FAMILY. Members of a household that occupies a dwelling unit.
(1) The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curblines; or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two 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 be in conflict.
(2) Where a highway includes two roadways 30 feet or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection. In the event such intersecting highway also includes two roadways 30 feet or more apart, then every crossing of two roadways of such highways shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
LANED HIGHWAY. A highway the roadway of which is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
MOTOR VEHICLE. Any vehicle which is self-propelled and every vehicle which is propelled by electric power obtained from overhead trolley wires but not operated upon rails, but not including any bicycle or “moped” as defined in this section.
MOTORCYCLE. Any motor vehicle with a motor rated in excess of one and one-half brake horsepower having a seat or saddle for the use of a rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES. Every motorcycle and every motor scooter with a motor which produces not to exceed five brake horsepower, including every bicycle propelled by a helper motor rated in excess of one and one-half brake horsepower.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC-CONTROL DEVICES. All signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this Traffic Code, placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL. Any device whether manually, electrically, or mechanically operated by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and permitted to proceed.
OPERATOR. Any person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle upon the highway or who is exercising control over or steering a vehicle being towed by a motor vehicle.
OWNER. A person who holds the legal title of a vehicle or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then such conditional vendee or lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner, for the purposes of this Traffic Code.
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 as may be permitted by law under this Traffic Code.
PARKING ENFORCEMENT SPECIALIST. A person employed by the city who has successfully completed a training program established and approved by the Police Standards and Training Commission for parking enforcement specialists.
PEDESTRIAN. Any person afoot.
PERSON. Any natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
POLICE OFFICER. Any officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic and to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations, including state highway patrol officers, sheriffs, deputy sheriffs or municipal police officers.
PRIVATE ROAD or DRIVEWAY. Any privately-owned way or place used for vehicular travel by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner but not by other persons.
ROADWAY. That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of berm or shoulder. In the event a highway 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 protected or so marked by adequate signs or authorized pavement markings as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.
SIDEWALK. That portion of a street between the curbline or the lateral line of a roadway and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by 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, as may be permitted by law under this Traffic Code.
STOP or STOPPING. When prohibited, any halting, even momentarily, of a vehicle whether occupied or not except when necessary to avoid conflict with the directions of a law enforcement officer or traffic control sign or signal.
STORAGE. The continuous parking of a vehicle upon a premises without said vehicle being roadworthy and properly licensed for travel upon the public highways of this state.
STREET or HIGHWAY. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way or place of whatever nature when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic.
TRAFFIC. Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any street or highway for the purposes of travel.
UNUSED VEHICLE. A motor vehicle as defined in F.S. § 316.003, that possesses all necessary mechanical equipment for normal operation but lacks a current license tag or inspection sticker or both.
VEHICLE. Any device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway except bicycles or “mopeds” as defined in this section or devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
('72 Code, § 34-1.5) (Ord. O-79-13, passed 3-7-79; Am. Ord. O-86-9, passed 2-5-86)