The passage of these traffic ordinances is the result of an examination of those of other towns of a similar size, whose experiences have been about that of our own.
There is no desire on the part of our city council to encumber the town with useless laws, but the traffic problem has become a very difficult one, and where to park cars except in the streets where they deprive other vehicles of the facility of using the streets is something that no place has satisfactorily solved.
Whether a particular space in the roadway shall be occupied by a standing or a moving vehicle is not the question. Nor is it a question of whether a given vehicle shall be allowed to stand or force to move. It is much broader than either of these alternatives, for in the more acute cases it squarely presents the issue whether standing vehicles shall be permitted to drive moving vehicles entirely off the streets.
A vehicle has as much right to stop as it has to move, but the right to stand in the streets is not equal to its right to circulate. The purpose of the street is to serve as a highway, not as a storage yard. To permit vehicles to stand on the public square or in the narrow streets as long as the owners may choose results, where there is considerable amount of traffic, in barricading those places to the detriment of the business houses situated on those streets, or that part of the square where this occurs.
The ordinance sweeping trash out the front of the stores, one can readoly [sic] see, will be a great help to the looks of our square and the improved streets, and will also reduce the expense of keeping them in a presentable condition.
The matter of speeding cars has recently been discussed and the officers are especially charged to apprehend and arraign those who violate the speed limit ordinance.
This board earnestly requests the co-operation of all the good citizens of this community in the maintenance of these ordinances, believing they are for the best interests of all concerned.
Jas. J. Miller, Mayor
An Ordinance regulating the keeping of garbage cans and the sweeping of the stores and business houses around the public square and within one block of said square in any direction.
Section 1. Be it enacted by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the town of Covington, Tennessee, that all the stores and business houses on the public square in said town and within a block in each direction from the public square, shall be swept from the front to the back, and all the dust and trash shall be swept out the back door of such store or building.
Section 2. Be it further enacted, that each person or person occupying such stores and business houses shall provide a garbage can in which to place the trash and rubbish, but said garbage can shall be kept in the rear of the store or building and not in front of the same.
Section 3. Be it further enacted, that anybody violating any of the above provisions shall be fined, upon a conviction before the Mayor, not less than $1.00 nor more than $50.00 for each offense.
Section 4. Be it further enacted, that this ordinance take effect from and after thirty days from its passage, the welfare of the corporation demanding it.
Passed and approved this December 11, 1922.
J. J. Miller,
An Ordinance prescribing additional traffic rules and relating to the parking of automobiles and other vehicles on the public square and streets of Covington, Tennessee.
Be it enacted by the Board of Mayor and Aldermen of the town of Covington, Tennessee, that hereafter all owners drivers and users of automobiles or other vehicles shall observe the following parking and traffic rules:
Section 1. No automobile or other vehicles shall remain parked or standing in front of the stores or business houses on the curb next to said stores or business houses for a longer period than thirty minutes. All such vehicles remaining standing for a longer period than thirty minutes shall be parked on the curb around the courthouse yard on said public square, and said automobiles or vehicles shall be backed into the curb around the courthouse yard and at right angles to the curb, and upon leaving said vehicle shall be turned to the right.
No wagons or buggies shall be parked on the improved or paved streets of Covington.
No horses shall be hitched to any awning or awning post, or to any metal or wood light, telephone or traffic post.
No automobiles or buggies shall be parked on South Main street north of Washington street and the public square, and no ears or other vehicles shall be parked on East Pleasant and Liberty streets between the public square and Maple street, or on West Liberty street between the public square and College street.
No cars shall remain parked on the public streets of the town of Covington all night.
No cars shall be repaired or washed on the public streets of Covington.
No wagons shall be parked longer than thirty minutes on the public square.
On entering or leaving, or going around the public square, all traffic shall keep to the right of the traffic posts, and no vehicle shall stop, either on the public square or any of the improved streets with its left side to the curb.
No person can use or drive an automobile within the corporate limits within the town of Covington, Tennessee, without having a license number on said car, both in the front and in the rear, as required by law, to be hung behind so that the rear lights will shine on it.
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Any vehicle turning into another street to the right shall turn the corner as near the right-hand curb as possible.
A vehicle turning into another street from the left shall turn around the center of the intersection of the two streets.
Vehicles crossing from one side of the street to the other shall do so by turning to the left, so as to head in the same direction as the traffic, or that side of the street toward which the crossing is made.
No vehicle shall back or make a turn in any street if by so doing it interferes with other vehicles, but shall go to an intersection, or to a street sufficiently wide to turn without backing.
Vehicles shall keep to the right side of the street, except when necessary to turn to the left in crossing or overtaking another vehicle.
Vehicles moving slowly shall keep as close as possible to the curb on the right, allowing more swiftly moving vehicles free passage on their left.
Drivers of vehicles, before turning or stopping or changing their course, shall extend and wave the hand outside of the vehicle, so as to signal to persons behind them of their intention to make such stop or turning movement.
No vehicle, either occupied or unoccupied, shall stop closer than ten feet from any fire hydrant within the city limits.
None of the improved streets of Covington shall be used by the owners for commercial purposes – that is to say, that no such buggy, wagon, cart or automobile shall be parked on any of the improved streets of Covington for the purpose of selling any meat, produce or merchandise from the same.
Section 2. Be it further enacted that any person violating any of the rules or regulations above set out shall, upon conviction before the Mayor, be fined for each offense not less than $2.00 nor more than $50.00.
Section 3. Be it further enacted that the word “vehicle” in this ordinance shall mean any cart, dray, wagon, omnibus, automobile, buggy, or vehicle of any description.
Section 4. Be it further enacted that this ordinance take effect within twenty days from this date, the welfare of the corporation demanding it.
Passed and approved this December 11, 1922.
J. J. Miller