Firestone Traffic Revision Act [Part 3]

Firestone Traffic Revision Act [Part 3]
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Chapter 5. Right-of-way

§ 1.

  1. Vehicles and bicycles may have to yield the right-of-way and may be given the right-of-way in specific circumstances.

a. Orders and hand gestures given by on-duty DOT, DPW, fire/ambulance services, and law enforcement employees shall take priority over all other rules of the road (as plausible of course).

i. Traffic lights and signals shall take priority (unless (a) is valid).

  1. Traffic signs shall take priority (unless (a) or (i) is valid).

a) Uncontrolled intersection rules shall take priority (unless (a), (i), or 1) is valid).

  1. At any uncontrolled or traffic sign controlled intersection, default right-of-way in accordance with this Act may be waived by a traffic user which has the right-of-way. This can be indicated through oral or textual coordination with the other traffic user, honking of the horn, a flash of the headlights, or obvious and clear waiting or slowing in such a manner which is contrary to normality. When it is obviously clear that a traffic user is waiving their right-of-way, the traffic user which does not have the right-of-way at the intersection may pass through without consequently being charged with Failure to Yield or any other applicable charge, as long as the traffic user in question yields their right-of-way to any other traffic user which still have their right-of-way. Any vehicle which clearly waives their right-of-way may not subsequently take another vehicle’s right-of-way without giving such vehicle adequate warning and time to slow or stop.

a. ‘Traffic’, ‘traffic user’, and ‘road user’ in this Act refers to pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles.

§ 2. Orders and hand gestures given by on-duty DOT, DPW, fire/ambulance services, and law enforcement

  1. The signage indicated by on-duty DOT, DPW, fire/ambulance services, and law enforcement employees indicating ‘STOP’ shall mean that the driver/bicycle operator should stop and not continue until another signal is given. The sign indicating ‘SLOW’ shall mean that the driver/bicycle operator continues at a pace no greater than 30s/s and that the driver/bicycle operator must stay vigilant.

  2. Should an on-duty DOT, DPW, fire/ambulance service, or law enforcement employee be facing or have their back towards a motor vehicle or bicycle, the motor vehicle or bicycle must stop and not continue unless another signal is given. If a motor vehicle or bicycle see the employee’s shoulders, you can go at an appropriate pace no greater than the speed limit. This subsection shall only apply if the employee in question is clearly and directly conveying intersection management to the road user in question. These signals may be superseded by other, clear signals given by the employee not mentioned in this section.

  3. Should an on-duty DOT, DPW, fire/ambulance service, or law enforcement employee be directing a road user through another path that may violate road rules or road line regulations, the road user must follow their directions. Violating these road lines or rules is not illegal under these circumstances.

  4. Any motor vehicle or bicycle that violates the orders, signs, or signals given by on-duty DOT, DPW, fire/ambulance service, or law enforcement employees in a traffic situation shall be guilty of Careless or Reckless Driving (or Recklessly Operating a Bicycle for bicycles) and have the appropriate punishment respectively.

  5. On duty law enforcement and fire/ambulance services with flashing blue and/or red lights and/or a siren shall have priority over any and all road users. All vehicles, pedestrians, and bicycles must yield to responding emergency vehicles and make way for them (should they possibly impede them), regardless of the situation. Violating traffic laws without causing a danger to others in order to make way for emergency vehicles shall be permitted. Failure to do so is considered Failure to Yield ($250 citation). Train(s) are not required to yield the right-of-way to emergency vehicles, but may do so.

  6. Should two or more responding emergency vehicles meet at a conflicting point, regular right-of-way rules apply. No one of them shall have right-of-way over the other simple due to the emergency response.

§ 3. Traffic lights and signals

  1. A circular red traffic signal indicates STOP, do not continue. You are permitted to turn right-on-red (unless unauthorized by signage or road markings) after coming to a complete stop and yielding the right-of-way to any other traffic or pedestrians. Failure to come to a complete stop, failure to yield, or turning right-on-red when unauthorized by signage or a red arrow traffic signal pointing to the right shall count as Running a Red Light and any other applicable charges.

  2. A circular amber traffic signal indicates CAUTION, stop if possible, red is the next signal to be shown. Passing an amber light is not illegal, it has the same legal effect as a green traffic signal.

  3. A circular green traffic signal indicates to PROCEED. If turning, yield the right-of-way to traffic and pedestrians (only in crosswalk) which also have a passing signal.

  4. A red arrow traffic signal indicates STOP to vehicles turning in the direction of the arrow. If the arrow points to the right, you are prohibited from turning right-on-red.

  5. An amber arrow traffic signal indicates CAUTION, stop if possible, red is the next signal to be shown for that direction of travel. Passing an amber light is not illegal, it has the same legal effect as a green arrow traffic signal.

  6. A green arrow traffic signal indicates PROCEED for traffic turning in the arrow’s direction. You must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks (unless the pedestrian(s) has a circular red aspect in the crosswalk direction) but not to vehicles/bicycles.

  7. A flashing amber arrow traffic signal reminds vehicles to yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic and pedestrians in crosswalks when turning.

  8. A flashing circular amber traffic signal indicates PROCEED AT CAUTION. You are not required to yield the right-of-way unless there is a pedestrian crosswalk with pedestrians attempting to cross or already crossing.

  9. A flashing circular red traffic signal indicates STOP, PROCEED AT CAUTION. You are required to come to a complete stop and yield the right-of-way to other traffic and pedestrians in crosswalks. You can continue when safe to do so. This shall not apply if the signal aspect is specifically guarding a railroad crossing, whereby the limits in chapter 1 § 16 apply. The same applies to a flashing red arrow traffic signal, but rather STOP, PROCEED AT CAUTION for traffic turning in the direction shown by the arrow.

  10. When a traffic signal is turned off, it shall have the same effect as a flashing solid red traffic signal or stop sign and should be treated as an all-way stop. This is null if the traffic signal in question is purposely meant to be off during normal operation (which is indicated by road markings or signage).

  11. The passing of a flashing red light shall count under the same laws as Running a Stop Sign.

  12. A traffic signal is not to be confused with a traffic beacon, but are usually similar and are usually flashing red or yellow lights to warn drivers of a situation/stop sign/intersection.

  13. A green lane use control signal which is directed only to a specific lane (to be indicated by the shape of an arrow) indicates LANE USE PERMITTED. Vehicles in the lane may continue to use the lane in question.

  14. An amber lane use control signal which is directed only to a specific lane (to be indicated by the shape of an arrow) indicates VACATE LANE. Vehicles in the lane should vacate the lane as soon as possible. This has no legal effect.

  15. A red lane use control signal which is directed only to a specific lane (to be indicated by the shape of an X) indicates DO NOT USE LANE. Vehicles in the lane must vacate the lane as soon as possible. Vehicles continuing to use the lane in question shall not be guilty of Running a Red Light, but rather Violation of Signage or Road Markings.

§ 4. Traffic signs

  1. A stop sign indicates to make a complete stop and yield the right-of-way to other traffic (unless you’re at an all-way stop) and pedestrians in crosswalks.

  2. A yield sign indicates yield the right-of-way to other traffic and pedestrians in crosswalks.

  3. An all-way stop is an intersection with stop signs on all intersecting streets. All vehicles and bicycles must come to a complete stop at the stop line (in accordance with the law on Running a Stop Sign). The vehicles/bicycles arriving at the intersection depart in the order they arrived (first-come first-serve). If two vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time, the vehicle/bicycle on the left must yield the right-of-way. If three vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time, the vehicle/bicycle that isn’t oncoming to another vehicle/bicycle must yield the right-of-way. If four vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time, they are to coordinate with each other to determine who goes first. If two oncoming vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time and one is turning left and one is going straight or turning right, the vehicle turning left must yield the right-of-way. If three vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time and one of the oncoming vehicles is turning left and the other going straight or turning right, the oncoming vehicle turning right or going straight may go first, then the oncoming vehicle turning left, and then the vehicle which has no oncoming vehicles.

  4. The rules listed in this section may be altered dependent on intersection situation. This can be indicated by road markings and signage such as ‘OPPOSING TRAFFIC DOES NOT STOP’ or ‘EXCEPT RIGHT TURN’, etc.

§ 5. Uncontrolled intersection rules

  1. At an intersection without signage, signals, or employees, the vehicle/bicycle on the left must yield the right-of-way to the vehicle/bicycle on the right unless it is a T-intersection. When three vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time, the vehicle/bicycle that isn’t oncoming to another vehicle/bicycle must yield the right-of-way. When four vehicles/bicycles arrive at the same time, they are to coordinate with each other to determine who goes first.

  2. Vehicles and bicycles turning left or making a u-turn must always yield to oncoming traffic.

  3. A vehicle or bicycle turning left or making a u-turn must yield the right-of-way to a vehicle/bicycle turning right onto the same street.

  4. The terminating road at a T-intersection must yield the right-of-way to the through traffic.

  5. Vehicles and bicycles must yield the right-of-way to traffic on a road with more lanes.

  6. Merging vehicles and bicycles must yield the right-of-way unless it’s a Department of Transportation bus which is merging out of a bus stop, whereby vehicles must make way for the bus to merge.

  7. Vehicles and bicycles coming from a road that isn’t paved with concrete, asphalt, or other stone-like materials must yield the right-of-way (if the road they are entering is paved).

  8. Vehicles/bicycles crossing over a sunken curbstone/sidewalk must yield the right-of-way to any pedestrians and traffic. Pedestrians on sidewalks always have the right-of-way. In any area marked to be designated for the purposes of pedestrians or cyclists, other vehicles/bicycles must yield accordingly.

  9. Vehicles/bicycles approaching an omnisided blockage on the road that they must pass by swerving out into oncoming traffic must yield the right-of-way to oncoming traffic. Rules of merging also apply.

  10. The first vehicle/bicycle to arrive at a bisided blockage on the road that they must pass by swerving out into oncoming traffic shall have the right-of-way over a vehicle which arrives later. When the situation is unclear or two vehicles arrive at the same time, the two vehicles/bicycles must coordinate with each other to waive their right-of-way.

  11. Vehicles entering the roadway from a parking spot shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles already on the roadway.

  12. The above rules in this section shall not only count for uncontrolled intersections but also any other traffic situation which requires two vehicles/bicycles to cross over conflicting points where there are no signals, employees, or traffic signs to manage such action.

§ 6.

  1. A train is not a participant of traffic and is not a vehicle.

  2. Any motor vehicle with the intended ability (with authorization from the Department of Transportation to have such ability) to operate on track shall not be considered a train but shall fall under the exact same rules and regulations as trains as long as they are on track. They are exempt from any traffic laws listed in this Act so long as they are on track.

  3. Traffic of any kind must yield the right-of-way to trains at all times. Failure to do so shall count as Failure to Yield.

  4. A train is exempt from any and all traffic laws listed in this Act.

Chapter 6. Pedestrians and their Infractions

§ 1.

  1. A ‘crosswalk’ is defined in chapter 3 § 3(5).

  2. ‘Jaywalking’ shall be an illegal infraction in Firestone. Jaywalking shall be defined as: “walking onto the road or area designated for vehicles/bicycles when you do not have the right-of-way, causing the hindrance of a vehicle or road user, or doing so when told not to by an employee as defined in chapter 2 §2(4)”. Jaywalking shall only be a crime if the crossing caused a hindrance to a vehicle or road user or when it’s advised against by an ‘employee’. Those charged with Jaywalking shall receive a $50 citation or a $80 citation on road with a speed limit at or above 60s/s.

  3. Even if pedestrians have the right-of-way, they are prohibited from entering the street or area designated for bicycles/vehicles if a vehicle or bicycle (following traffic laws) is so close by that it would be unable to brake in time. This would be considered Jaywalking. Vehicles and bicycles must still, however, come to a stop if it is obvious that pedestrians are waiting to cross at a pedestrian crossing where they have the right-of-way.

  4. Vehicles and bicycles turning right or left must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks (unless authorized not to do so as per chapter 5 § 3), regardless of the presence of a circular green traffic light.

  5. Pedestrians that are in or about to enter a crosswalk shall have the right-of-way unless there is a red circular traffic light for the pedestrian crosswalk in question (in the direction of the crosswalk) or (if there are no circular red traffic signals in the direction of the crosswalk) any red arrow traffic signal (in the direction of the crosswalk).

§ 2.

  1. ‘Obstruction of Traffic’ shall be an illegal infraction in Firestone. This infraction shall be defined as: “the act of obstructing traffic from moving as a pedestrian or as a bicycle unless the pedestrian or bicycle has the right-of-way (unless they are unnecessarily blocking the intersection as per this section) or is required to stop due to a traffic situation”. Those charged with Obstruction of Traffic shall receive a $70 citation or a $100 citation on roads with a speed limit of at or above 60s/s. ‘Traffic situation’ is defined as avoiding a collision or waiting for the right-of-way in an area designated for waiting (e.g on the sidewalk or (as a bicycle) on the rightmost side of the road). Pedestrians or bicycles which have the right-of-way must clear the intersection as quickly as possible, regardless of the right-of-way that is assigned. Should a vehicle attempting to turn right on red legally be blocked by a pedestrian in a crosswalk who does not have the right-of-way, the pedestrian must clear the intersection as quickly as possible. Additionally, pedestrians and bicycles must yield their right-of-way for emergency vehicles with flashing emergency lights. Obstruction of Traffic shall only apply if the person or bicycle in question is completely stopped (0s/s). Otherwise, it shall count as Jaywalking only.

  2. ‘Covering of Signage or Signals’ shall be an illegal infraction in Firestone. This infraction shall be defined as: “blocking or obstructing the view of a legal traffic sign or signal (including railroad crossing signals) through malicious or negligent means of blocking, including, but not limited to using: protest signs, graffiti, paint, tape, own body, vehicle, etc.”. Those charged with Covering of Signage or Signals shall receive a $300 citation for the first offense and 60 seconds in jail for the second offense and above. Blocking signage/signals shall not count if the signage/signal is blocked by a legally parked vehicle, but shall count if the signage/signal is substantially blocked by an illegally parked vehicle.

  3. ‘Scaling of a Sign or Signal’ shall be an illegal infraction in Firestone. This infraction shall be defined as: “scaling any legal traffic sign or signal or to be atop these signs or signals unless an emergent situation warranting the scaling thereof arises”. Those charged with this infraction shall receive a $200 to $300 citation for the first offense and 150 seconds in jail for the second offense and above.

§ 4.

  1. ‘Violating Road Markings or Signage as a Pedestrian’ shall be an illegal infraction in Firestone. This infraction shall be defined as: “

the act of operating a motor vehicle or bicycle while violating any markings on the road or legally placed signage directed to the motor vehicle or bicycle in question”.

  1. Specific definitions and purposes of different road markings shall be defined in Chapter 3 of this Act.

  2. Specific road signage shall be defined in Chapter 7 of this Act.

  3. This charge cannot be a charge if there is already a more specific charge for the offense committed. For example, jaywalking (which violates the road marking ‘crosswalk’) counts as Jaywalking and not as Violating Road Markings or Signage as a Pedestrian.

  4. ‘Legally placed’ are mainly signs placed by the Firestone Development Team for the purposes of regulating road users.

  5. Any person charged with Violating Road Markings or Signage as a Pedestrian shall receive the following punishment: $10 to $50 citation.

§ 3.

  1. Bicycles shall be considered non-motor vehicles but must follow rules set within this section.

  2. Bicycles must remain on the outer right-hand side of the road at all times unless they are making a legal left turn, they are making a legal u-turn, the right-hand lane(s) are used for right-hand turns only, or road markings or signage indicates otherwise. Bicycles may not ride two abreast if other road users may be hindered or obstructed by such, unless road markings, signage, or signals indicate otherwise.

  3. Bicycles must follow all road laws for regular vehicles unless the road law is specific towards vehicles or is unable to be safely abided by by bicycles.

  4. Bicycles may not ride on the sidewalk unless the bicycle is riding thereon to find a parking spot (in the quickest manner possible).

  5. Bicycles cannot enter roads with a speed limit at or greater than 70s/s unless authorized by road signs or road markings (or an extra bicycle lane). They may, however, be next to such paved roads.

  6. Motor vehicles turning right must yield the right-of-way to bicycles going straight which are overtaking on the right unless other signage, road markings, or signals state otherwise.

  7. Bicycles are permitted to overtake other vehicles on the right even when there is no lane on the right of such vehicles. Vehicles are prohibited from endangering or unnecessarily hindering bicyclists overtaking them on the right. Doing so is considered Failure to Yield.

  8. Should there be a marked bicycle lane or path on the same road, bicyclists are mandated to use such lane/path unless the lane/path is so substantially obstructed that it could not be ridden on without endangerment to self or others. Failure to use the bicycle lane shall count as Entering an Area not Designated for Vehicles/Bicycles.

  9. Bicycles may not drive in such a manner in which could endanger other legally operating traffic or road users. Doing so is considered Recklessly Operating a Bicycle and may result in a $80 citation.

  10. Violation of this section may result in a $30 citation for ‘Violating Bicycle Regulations’ or/and any other applicable charges.

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