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Chatsworth, Illinois 60921

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Chatsworth Ordinances


CHAPTER 10

 

TRAFFIC

 

ARTICLE 3 - RULES FOR DRIVING

  

 

 

SECTION:

 

10.3.1           Required Position and Method of Turning at Intersection

10.3.2           Starting Parked Vehicle

10.3.3           Driver’s Signal

10.3.4           Driving From Alley, Driveway or Garage

10.3.5           Driving on Sidewalk, in Safety Zone Prohibited

10.3.6           Right-of-Way

10.3.7           Vehicle Turning Left

10.3.8           Limitations on Turning Around

10.3.9           U Turn

10.3.10         Fire Department Vehicles; Fires

10.3.11         Driving on Right Side of Roadway

10.3.12         Passing Vehicles

10.3.13         Overtaking Vehicles

10.3.14         Overtaking Vehicles on the Right

10.3.15         Limitations on Overtaking on the Left

10.3.16         One-Way Roadways

10.3.17         Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic

10.3.18         Operation of Vehicle on Approach of Authorized Emergency Vehicle

10.3.19         Reckless Driving

10.3.20         Speed Restrictions

10.3.21         Special Speed Limits While Passing Schools

10.3.22         Obstructing Traffic Prohibited

10.3.23         Bicycles and Motorcycles

10.3.24         Unattended Vehicles

10.3.25         Clinging to Vehicles

10.3.26         Toy Vehicles

10.3.27         Riding on Running Boards

10.3.28         Train Signals

10.3.29         Driving Through Funeral or Other Procession

10.3.30         Drivers in a Procession

10.3.31         Funeral Procession to be Identified

10.3.32         Backing

10.3.33         Restricted Access

10.3.34         Truck Traffic Regulations

10.3.35         School Buses

10.3.36         Following Too Closely

10.3.37         Operating Motorcycle on One Wheel

10.3.38         Snowmobiles

 

 

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10.3.1          REQUIRED POSITION AND METHOD OF TURNING AT INTERSECTION:

 

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as

 

A.      Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway, or as indicated by traffic markers or signs.

 

B.      At any intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each roadway entering the intersection, an approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the center line thereof and by passing to the right of such center line where it enters the intersection and after entering the intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered. Whenever practicable, the left turn shall be made in that portion of the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection, or as indicated by traffic markers or signs.

 

C.      At any intersection where traffic is restricted to one direction on one or more roadway, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left at any such intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such a vehicle and after entering the intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection as nearly as practicable, in the left lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon the roadway being entered, or as indicated by traffic markers or signs.

 

The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from a private road or driveway shall yield the right—of—way to all vehicles approaching on said highway.

 

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10.3.2          STARTING PARKED VEHICLE: No person shall start a vehicle which is stopped, standing or parked unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.

 

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10.3.3          DRIVER’S SIGNAL: No driver of a vehicle shall suddenly start, slow down, stop or attempt to turn without first giving a suitable signal in such a manner as to apprise others who might be affected by his action.

 

A.      No person shall turn a vehicle from a direct course upon a highway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after giving a clearly audible signal by sounding the horn if any pedestrian may be affected by such movement or after giving an appropriate signal in the manner hereinafter provided in the event any other vehicle may be affected by such movement.

 

B.      A signal or intention to turn right or left shall be given during not less than the last one hundred feet (100’) traveled by the vehicle before turning.

 

C.      The signals herein required shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by a signal lamp or signal devise, but when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded that hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle, then said signals must be given by such a lamp or device.

 

D.      All signals herein required given by hand and arm shall be given from the left side of the vehicle in the following manner and such signals shall indicate as follows:

 

1.       Left Turn: Hand and arm extended horizontally.

 

2.       Right Turn: Hand and arm extended upward.

 

3.       Stop or Decrease of Speed: Hand and arm extended downward.

 

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10.3.4          DRIVING FROM ALLEY, DRIVEWAY OR GARAGE: The driver of a vehicle emerging from an alley, driveway or garage shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk, or across such lines.

 

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10.3.5          DRIVING ON SIDEWALK, IN SAFETY ZONE, PROHIBITED: No driver of a vehicle shall drive within any sidewalk area except at a permanent or temporary driveway, nor at any time into or upon any portion of a roadway marked as a safety zone.

 

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10.3.6          RIGHT—OF—WAY: Excepting as otherwise herein provided, the driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway; and when two (2) vehicles are entering an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right—of—way to the vehicle on the right.

 

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10.3.7          VEHICLE TURNING LEFT; The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard, but said driver, having so yielded and having given a signal when and as required, may make such left turn and the drivers of all other vehicles approaching the intersection from said opposite direction shall yield the right-of—way to the vehicle making the left turn.

 

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10.3.8          LIMITATIONS ON TURNING AROUND: It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to run such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction unless such movement can be made in safety and without backing into traffic or otherwise interfering with traffic.

 

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10.3.9          U TURN: It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to make a U turn at any place where such turns are prohibited by ordinance. Such prohibition shall be indicate by appropriate signs.

 

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10.3.10        FIRE DEPARTMENT VEHICLES; FIRES: Upon the approach of a Fire Department vehicle, drivers of vehicles shall comply with the provisions of this Chapter relating to the approach of authorized emergency vehicles. It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, other than one on official business, to follow any fire apparatus in response to a fire alarm, closer than one block, or to park any vehicle within the block where fire apparatus has stopped to answer a fire alarm.

 

It shall be further unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to drive over an unprotected hose of the Fire Department without the consent of the Fire Chief or the assistant in command.

 

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10.3.11        DRIVING ON RIGHT SIDE OF ROADWAY: Upon all roadways of sufficient width, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway except as follows:

 

A.      When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

 

B.      When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic, while under construction or repair; provided, that the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right—of—way to all vehicles traveling in the proper direction upon the unobstructed portion of the highway within such a distance as to constitute an immediate hazard;

 

C.      Upon a roadway divided into three (3) marked lanes for traffic under the rules and applicable thereon; or

 

D.      Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one—way traffic;

 

E.       Whenever there is a single tract paved road on one side of the public highway and two (2) vehicles meet, the driver on whose right Is the wider shoulder shall give the right—of-way on such pavement to the other vehicle.

 

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10.3.12        PASSING VEHICLES: Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right and upon roadways having width for not more than one line of traffic In each direction, each driver shall give to the other at least one-half (1/2) of the main traveled portion of the roadway as nearly as possible.

 

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10.3.13        OVERTAKING VEHICLES: The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to these limitations, exceptions and special rules hereinafter stated:

 

A.      The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle.

 

B.      Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaken vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.

 

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10.3.14        OVERTAKING VEHICLES ON THE RIGHT:

 

A.      The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass upon the right of another vehicle which is making or about to make a left turn.

 

B.      The driver of a vehicle may overtake and, allowing sufficient clearance, pass another vehicle proceeding in the same direction either upon the left or upon the right on a roadway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for four (4) or more lines of moving traffic when such movement can be made in safety. No person shall drive off the pavement or upon the shoulder of the roadway in overtaking or passing on the right.

 

C.      The driver of a vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right on a one-way street or on any street on which traffic is restricted to one direction of movement where the roadway is free from obstruction and of sufficient width for two (2) or more lanes of moving vehicles.

 

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10.3.15         LIMITATIONS ON OVERTAKING ON THE LEFT:

 

A.       No vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken. In every event the overtaking vehicle must return to the right—hand side of the roadway before coming within one hundred feet (100’) of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction.

 

B.       No vehicle shall, in overtaking and passing another vehicle or at any other time, be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions;

 

1.       When approaching the crest of a grade or upon a curve in the highway where the driver’s view is obstructed within sufficient distance as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction.

 

2.       When approaching within one hundred feet (100’) of or traversing any intersection or railroad grade crossing.

 

3.       When official signs are in place directing that traffic keep to the right or a distinctive line also so directs traffic as declared In the sign manual adopted by the Illinois State Department of Public Works and Buildings.

 

4.       The limitations in subparagraphs 1 and 2 of this subsection B shall not apply upon a one-way street, or upon a street with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two (2) or more lanes of moving traffic in each direction when such movement can be made with safety.

 

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10.3.16        ONE-WAY ROADWAYS: Upon a roadway designated and signposted for one-way traffic, a vehicle shall be driven only in the direction designated.

 

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10.3.17        DRIVING ON ROADWAYS LANED FOR TRAFFIC: Whenever any roadway has been divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply:

 

A.      A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane, shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

 

B.      Upon a roadway which is divided into three (3) lanes, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle where the roadway is clearly visible and such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for a left turn or where such center line is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction that the vehicle is proceeding and is signposted to give notice of such allocation.

 

C.      Official signs may be erected directing specific traffic to use a designated lane or designating those lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction regardless of the center of the roadway and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of such signs.

 

D.      Official traffic—control devices may be installed prohibiting the changing of lanes on sections of roadways and drivers of vehicles shall obey such signs.

 

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10.3.18        OPERATION OF VEHICLE ON APPROACH OF AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE:  Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle, when the driver is giving audible sign by siren, or bell, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as close as possible to the right—hand edge or curb of the highway clear of any intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.

 

This Section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.

 

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10.3.19        RECKLESS DRIVING: Any person who drives any vehicle with a wilful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

 

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10.3.20        SPEED RESTRICTIONS: It shall be unlawful to drive any motor vehicle on any street not under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Department of Public Works and Buildings, or the County, in any business district within the Town at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour, or in any residential district at a speed in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour, or in an alley at a speed in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour.

 

Provided that if the Mayor and Town Board, by ordinance, set other limits as provided by Statute after an engineering or traffic survey, the such limits shall govern the rate of speed on the streets indicated in such ordinance.

 

Appropriate signs shall be posted showing such speed limits.

 

The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway or when special hazards exist with respect to weather or highway conditions; and speed shall be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.

 

It shall be unlawful to drive any vehicle on any street or highway within the Town under the jurisdiction of the State Department of Public Works and Buildings, or of the County, at a speed exceeding that lawfully allowed for such street.

 

No vehicle may be driven at a speed which is greater than is reasonable and proper with regard to traffic conditions, or endangers the safety of any person or property. The fact that the speed of a vehicle does not exceed the applicable maximum speed limit does not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or street conditions. Speed must be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person or vehicle on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care within the village.

 

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10.3.21        SPECIAL SPEED LIMITS WHILE PASSING SCHOOLS: No person shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour while passing a school zone or while traveling upon any public thoroughfare on or across which children pass going to and from school during school days when school children are present. Appropriate signs shall be posted to indicate this restriction.

 

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10.3.22        OBSTRUCTING TRAFFIC PROHIBITED: No vehicle shall be operated or allowed to remain upon the street in such a manner as to form an unreasonable obstruction to the traffic thereon.

 

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10.3.23        BICYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES: It shall be unlawful for more than one person to ride upon any bicycle propelled by human power upon any street, or for any person to ride upon any motorcycle other than upon a seat permanently attached to said vehicle to the right or rear of the operator.

 

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10.3.24        UNATTENDED VEHICLES: No vehicle shall be left unattended while the motor of such vehicle is running, and no vehicle shall be left without a driver on any hill or incline unless the vehicle is secured against moving.

 

Whenever any police officer finds a vehicle unattended upon any bridge or causeway or in any tunnel where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic, such officer is hereby authorized to provide for the removal of such vehicle to the nearest garage or other place of safety.

 

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10.3.25        CLINGING TO VEHICLES: It shall be unlawful for any person on any street riding a bicycle, motorcycle, or any toy vehicle to cling to or attach himself or his vehicle to any moving vehicle or wagon.

 

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10.3.26        TOY VEHICLES: It shall be unlawful for any person upon skates, skate board, coaster, sled or other toy vehicle to go upon any roadway other than at a crosswalk.

 

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10.3.27        RIDING ON RUNNING BOARDS: It shall be unlawful for any person to ride upon the fenders, running board or outside step of any vehicle.

 

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10.3.28        TRAIN SIGNALS: The driver of a vehicle approaching a railroad grade crossing when a signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a train, shall stop within fifty feet (50’) but not less than ten feet (10’) from the nearest track of such railroad and shall not proceed until he can do so safely.

 

The driver of a vehicle shall stop at and not traverse such grade crossing when a crossing gate is lowered or when a fIreman, or automatic signal warns of the approach of a train.

 

The driver of any motor vehicle carrying passengers for hire, or any school bus carrying any school children, or any vehicle carrying explosives or flammable liquid as cargo shall stop such vehicle within fifty feet (50’) but not less than ten feet (10’) from the nearest rail of the tracks and shall listen and look in both directions along such track from which a train might come before proceeding across such tracks at a grade crossing. Provided, that no such stop need be made at any such crossing where a police officer or a traffic-control signal directs traffic to proceed.

 

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10.3.29        DRIVING THROUGH FUNERAL OR OTHER PROCESSION: No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this Article.

 

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10.3.30        DRIVERS IN A PROCESSION: Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand side of the roadway as close as practicable and safe.

 

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10.3.31        FUNERAL PROCESSION TO BE IDENTIFIED: A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia and by having the lights of each vehicle lighted.

 

10.3.32        BACKING: The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interference with other traffic.

 

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10.3.33        RESTRICTED ACCESS: No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any controlled or limited controlled access roadway except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.

 

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10.3.34        TRUCK TRAFFIC REGULATIONS: All trucks over ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross vehicle weight traveling within the Town shall confine their movement to the marked truck routes except as hereinafter provided:

 

A.      All trucks over ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross vehicle weight may be permitted off of the truck routes within the Town only for the purpose of making local delivery and when such local delivery is made said truck leaving said truck route for the purpose of making local delivery shall take the shortest route from the truck route to the point of local delivery, traveling if possible on hard surface streets, and shall return if possible after making said local delivery by the same route to the truck route.

 

B.      All trucks over ten thousand (10,000) pounds gross vehicle weight may park for one hour only along the established truck routes.

 

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10.3.35        SCHOOL BUSES: The driver of a vehicle on any street or highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus when there is in operation on the bus a visual signal as required by Statute for operation while the bus is transporting pupils; provided, that the driver of a vehicle upon a street or highway of which the roadways for traffic moving in opposite directions are separated by a strip of ground at least four feet (4’) wide which is not surfaced or suitable for vehicle traffic, or on a controlled access highway where pedestrians are not permitted to cross, need not stop his vehicle upon meeting or passing a school bus which is on the opposite roadway.

 

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10.3.36        FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY:

 

A.      The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the street.

 

B.      The driver of any motor vehicle of the second division or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle when traveling upon a street outside of a business or residence district shall not follow within three hundred feet (300’) of another motor vehicle of the second division or motor vehicle drawing another vehicle. The provision of this subsection shall not be construed to prevent overtaking and passing nor shall the same apply upon any lane specifically designated for use by motor vehicles of the second division.

 

C.      Motor vehicles being driven upon any street outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade, whether or not towing other vehicles, shall be so operated as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles so as to enable any other vehicle to enter and occupy such space without danger. This provision shall not apply to funeral processions.

 

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10.3.37        OPERATING MOTORCYCLE ON ONE WHEEL: Any person who operates a motorcycle on one wheel is guilty of reckless driving.

 

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10.3.38        SNOWMOBILES: Routes for the operation of snowmobiles within the Town of Chatsworth shall be the following: Fourth Street; an access route behind the Fire Station (situated at the corner of Sixth and Locust Streets) and East of Seventh Street; the South alley beside Locust Street along the railroad track; down Sixth Street from the Fire Station (situated at the corner of Sixth and Locust Streets), and across the front of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (situated at the corner of Sixth and Walnut Streets) to Dave’s Tire & Alignment (situated at 613 East Walnut Street).

 

The snowmobile routes shall be marked and designated as the routes to be used for the operation of snowmobiles within the Town of Chatsworth.

 

The operation of the snowmobiles on the designated route within the Town of Chatsworth shall be in conformance with all limitations as described in Illinois Revised Statutes, Chapter 95k, Section 605—2, except as to the operation of a snowmobile in the area on or from the roadway.

 

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