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Traffic Tip: Operation of vehicles on city grassy areas

By By Zac De La Rosa
May 19, 2012 at 12:19 a.m.


This week's tip is a city ordinance violation.

Sec. 17-2. - Operation of vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any person other than a person acting on behalf of the city to operate, drive, ride, park or propel any bicycle, electric bicycle, motorbike, minibike, motor-assisted scooter, motorcycle, moped, pocket bike, minimotorbike or motor vehicle (as defined in Texas Transportation Code, Title 7, Chapter 551) on all city property except on public streets or along or upon parking areas designated by the city manager or designee. Excepted from the provision of this section are electric personal assistive mobility devices in addition to the operation of a golf cart specifically on the grounds known as Riverside Golf Course and bicycles on the Hike & Bike Trail System.

Why the emphasis on this particular city ordinance?

We are seeing an increase in people disregarding the city ordinance about not parking on the grass at Riverside Park. The beautiful grassy areas of our park should be a place for everyone to relax or play and not have to worry about being struck by a vehicle. There are plenty of alternatives to car stereos to play music and the walk from the parking spaces is not that far.

The area for vehicular traffic is clearly outlined by wooden posts. Additionally, pulling up the wooden posts is also prohibited. If, however, a post is pulled up, it does not mean that driving on the grass is permitted. Please do your part to keep our park beautiful and rut free by not driving or parking on the grass. There are several signs throughout the park stating that parking on the grass is prohibited. These city ordinances are enforced in order to keep our city's parks beautiful and safe.

The Victoria Police Department Traffic Safety Unit reminds you to drive safe. The life you save may be your own.

If you have a traffic law question, contact Senior Patrol Officer Zac De La Rosa, Victoria Po lice Department Traffic Safety Unit, 361-485-3700.

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