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Ordinances, state statutes clarify vehicle laws for use in city

In recent weeks, as the temperature has warmed, so has the traffic around town. Not just typical motor vehicle traffic, but the traffic from utility vehicles, 4-wheelers, golf carts and go-carts.

Increased complaints have been made in regards to these non-traditional modes of transportation which brings us to the conclusion that there  is a lot of confusion and misunderstandings about what is legal on our streets and what is not.

The Arapahoe Public School recently learned that someone was using the track as a place to drive their go-cart.  According to Superintendent Charlie Curnyn, “We are fortunate to have a track to share with the community and it would be a shame, because of poor choices by a few individuals, that we would have to close it to our patrons.”  At this time current policy dictates that no motorized vehicles or bicycles are to be on the track.

The City of Arapahoe adopted a Utility Vehicle Ordinance (70.09) which states (A) A utility vehicle may be operated on streets and highways within the corporate limits of the city only if the operator and the vehicle comply with the provisions of division (E) this section.

(B) A utility vehicle may be operated only between the hours of sunrise and sunset and shall not be operated at a speed in excess of the posted speed limit. When operating a utility vehicle as authorized in division (A) of this section, the headlights and taillights of the vehicle shall be on and the vehicle shall be equipped with a bicycle safety flag which extends not less than five feet above ground attached to the rear of such vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than 30 square inches and shall be day-glow in color.

(C) Any person operating a utility vehicle as authorized in division (A) of this section shall:

(1)  Hold a valid driver’s license; and

(2) Have liability insurance coverage for the utility vehicle while operating the utility vehicle on a street or highway.  The person operating the utility vehicle shall provide proof of such insurance coverage to any  peace officer requesting such proof within five days of such request showing that the vehicle was insured at the time the operator was contacted by the peace officer.

(D) Utility vehicles may be operated without complying with division (B) and (C) of this section on streets and highways in parades, which have been authorized, by the state or any department board, commission, or political subdivision of the state.

(E) (1) A utility vehicle shall not be operated on any controlled access highway with more than two marked traffic lanes and the crossing of any controlled access highway with more than two  marked traffic lanes  shall not be permitted. For the purposes of this section turn lanes are deemed to be auxiliary lanes and not traffic lanes.

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Passover Sedar held at Arapahoe First United Methodist Church

passover 3Ida Mae McBride lights the candles at her table during the Passover Sedar meal at the Arapahoe First United Methodist Church last Wednesday, March 25th.  A representative of Chosen People Ministries from New York City came to Arapahoe as a part of a mission to help Christians understand the Jewish tradition of Passover.  The missionary talked about the symbolism of the matza bread,  salt water, horseradish, parsley, and apple chuntney.


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