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File #: 44204    Version: Name: Restricting entering or staying on highways
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 8/24/2016 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 2/7/2017 Final action: 2/7/2017
Enactment date: 4/10/2017 Enactment #: ORD-17-00015
Title: 4th SUBSTITUTE Repeal and recreate Section 12.325 of the Madison General Ordinances to limit persons entering or staying on highways.
Sponsors: Paul R. Soglin, Samba Baldeh, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Steve King, Ledell Zellers, David Ahrens
Attachments: 1. 4th Substitute - Adopted, 2. 4th Substitute Body, 3. 4th Substitute - Redline Version, 4. CA Michael May memo 1.20.17, 5. 3rd Substitute Body, 6. 2nd Substitute Body, 7. Version 2, 8. Version 1, 9. Mayor Soglin's memo.8.25.16, 10. DRAFT RESJI Analysis Tool 9 6 16.pdf, 11. Distracted Driver Crash Facts, 12. David Dryer email 12.28.16, 13. CA Michael May memo 12.30.16, 14. Memo from Chief Koval to Alders and Mayor
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsWatch
2/7/20175 COMMON COUNCIL    Action details Meeting details Not available
2/7/20175 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt Substitute As AmendedFail Action details Meeting details Not available
2/7/20175 COMMON COUNCIL Adopt SubstitutePass Action details Meeting details Not available
1/3/20173 COMMON COUNCIL Refer to a future Meeting to AdoptPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/13/20162 PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE RECOMMEND TO COUNCIL TO ADOPT - REPORT OF OFFICERPass Action details Meeting details Not available
12/5/20162 CITY-COUNTY HOMELESS ISSUES COMMITTEE Return to Lead with the Following Recommendation(s)Pass Action details Meeting details Not available
11/7/20161 CITY-COUNTY HOMELESS ISSUES COMMITTEE Re-referPass Action details Meeting details Not available
10/27/20161 EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES COMMISSION Return to Lead with the Recommendation to Place on File without Prejudice  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/25/20161 PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE/MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION (ended 6/2018) Return to Lead with the Recommendation for Approval  Action details Meeting details Not available
10/10/20161 CITY-COUNTY HOMELESS ISSUES COMMITTEE Referred  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/27/20161 PEDESTRIAN/BICYCLE/MOTOR VEHICLE COMMISSION (ended 6/2018)    Action details Meeting details Not available
9/7/20161 PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/7/20161 PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/7/20161 PUBLIC SAFETY REVIEW COMMITTEE Refer  Action details Meeting details Not available
9/6/20161 COMMON COUNCIL ReferPass Action details Meeting details Not available
8/24/20161 Attorney's Office/Approval Group Referred for Introduction  Action details Meeting details Not available
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Title
4th SUBSTITUTE Repeal and recreate Section 12.325 of the Madison General Ordinances to limit persons entering or staying on highways.
Body
DRAFTER'S ANALYSIS: This is a public safety measure that limits persons from entering a highway and approaching a vehicle that is in operation. It also limits a person from staying upon the median of the highway longer than it takes to cross the highway. This ordinance also applies to vehicle operators who stop for a person violating these two prohibitions. The ordinance provides exceptions for crossing at crosswalks, getting into or out of a vehicle, highway maintenance, approaching a vehicle legally parked at the side of the street and others.
The ordinance will apply only to such activities taking place on what are defined as “covered highways.” These are “arterial” streets, which is a classification based on heavier traffic levels, and on certain portions of some streets intersecting with arterial streets. A list of each street considered “arterial” is provided in the text of the ordinance. These are the streets with the greatest danger of injury to pedestrians, as has occurred in other cities. Because of their high traffic, these streets also present the greatest danger of distractions to drivers by persons in the median or the highway, resulting in higher risk of car crashes and potential injuries. The ordinance is narrowly tailored to cover those parts of the city with the greatest safety risks. It does not, for example, cover sidewalks, where both pedestrians and drivers are accustomed to seeing persons.
As a safety ordinance, it applies to all persons who violate it, regardless of what they are doing. Thus, it applies to persons in the median or highway advertising a business, seeking contributions, urging persons to vote for a candidate or cause, or asking drivers to “Fill The Boot.” The ordinance provides for a delayed effective date, citizen education before enfo...

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