ARTICLE VI – PARKING RULES

       24-6-1        TIME LIMIT PARKING.  It shall be unlawful to park any vehicle for a period of time in excess of the amount of time designated by law and so posted.

       24-6-2        PARKING FOR SALE OR REPAIR.  No person shall park a vehicle upon any street or road for the purpose of:

       (A)               displaying such vehicle for sale; or

       (B)               washing, greasing or repairing such vehicle, except when emergency repairs are necessary.

       24-6-3        STOPPING, STANDING OR PARKING PROHIBITED IN SPECIFIED PLACES.

       (A)               Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with law or the directions of a police officer, deputy sheriff, or official traffic-control devices, no person shall:

              (1)     Stop, Stand or Park a Vehicle:

                     (a)      On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street;

                     (b)     On a sidewalk;

                     (c)      Within an intersection;

                     (d)     On a crosswalk;

                     (e)      Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty (30) feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless a different length is indicated by signs or markings;

                     (f)      Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing or parking would obstruct traffic;

                     (g)     Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;

                     (h)     On any railroad tracks;

                     (i)      At any place where official signs prohibit stopping;

                     (j)      On any controlled-access highway;

                     (k)      In the area between roadways of a divided highway, including crossovers;

                     (l)      In any alley that is open and maintained;

              (2)     Stand or Park a Vehicle (whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge passengers):

                     (a)      In front of a public or private driveway;

                     (b)     Within fifteen (15) feet of a fire hydrant;

                     (c)      Within twenty (20) feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;

                     (d)     Within thirty feet (30′) upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, yield sign or traffic-control signal located at the side of the roadway;

                     (e)      Within twenty (20) feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-five (75) feet of such entrance (when properly sign-posted);

                     (f)      At any place where official signs prohibit standing or parking;

              (3)     Park a Vehicle (whether occupied or not, except temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading property or passengers):

                     (a)      within fifty (50) feet of the nearest rail of a railroad crossing;

                     (b)     at any place where official signs prohibit parking;

                     (c)      that is classed as a recreational vehicle on a public street, highway, or road.

       (B)               No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such distance as is unlawful.  (See 625 ILCS 5/11-1303)

       24-6-4        PARKING FOR THE HANDICAPPED.

       (A)               Designated Parking.  Certain parking spaces within the confines of the County shall be designated for use by handicapped persons’ vehicles only and will be posted with appropriate signs to that effect.

       (B)               Use of Designated Handicapped Parking. The use of designated handicapped parking locations, duly posted and signed shall to that effect, be open to any vehicle which bears the appropriate handicapped Illinois Registration Plate issued by the Secretary of State for the State of Illinois, or a valid handicapped parking permit issued by another governmental agency or which bears a handicapped card furnished in accordance with Illinois Compiled Statutes, Chapter 625; Section 5/11-1301.1, et. seq. furnished by the County.

       (C)               Application for Illinois Handicapped Registration Plate.    The issuance of an Illinois Handicapped Motor Vehicle Registration Plate shall be made with the Secretary of State of the State of Illinois at any facility provided and approved for that purpose by the Secretary of State. (See 625 ILCS Sec. 5/11-1301.2)

       (D)               Penalty.  Any vehicle parked in violation of this Article in a posted designated handicapped space which does not bear an Illinois Handicapped Registration Plate, or a valid handicapped parking permit issued by another governmental agency or a County Handicapped Registration Card will be ticketed and the vehicle will be removed in accordance with departmental policies and in accordance with Section
5/11-1302, Chapter 625 of the Illinois Compiled Statutes
.  The registered owner of the vehicle, as ascertained by the registration plates of the vehicle, will be presumed to be in control of the vehicle and will be fined One Hundred Dollars ($100.00) for violation of this Article. The same registered owner will be held liable for the cost of removal of the vehicle and must pay that cost, plus storage charges, if any, prior to the release of the vehicle.

       (E)               Handicapped Parking Areas.  Those places designated as “Handicapped Parking Spaces” are listed in Schedule “H”.

       24-6-5        TOWING CARS AWAY.  The Sheriff’s Department and all members thereof assigned to traffic duty are hereby authorized to remove and tow away, or have removed and towed away by commercial towing service, any car, boat, trailer, or other vehicle illegally parked in any place where such parked vehicle creates or constitutes a traffic hazard, blocks the use of a fire hydrant or obstructs or may obstruct the movement of any emergency vehicle; or any vehicle which has been parked in any public street or other public place for a period of twenty-four (24) hours or more.

Vehicles towed away shall be stored on any County property or in a public garage or parking lot and shall be restored to the owner or operator thereof after payment of the expense incurred by the County in removing and storing such vehicle(s).

       24-6-6        PRIMA FACIE PROOF. The fact that a vehicle which is illegally parked or operated is registered in the name of a person shall be considered prima facie proof that such person was in control of the vehicle at the time of such violation.