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Who Owns the Roads in Gallows Bay?

(@vicanuck)
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I have often wondered who owns the roads in the Gallows Bay area.

If the underlying land belongs to the Armstrong family (mostly) and they maintain the roads, put up the signage, etc., do the police have the authority to write tickets or otherwise enforce traffic laws on these private roads and can those offences hold up in court?

The police here like people to "think" they have the authority to do this or that (like drive golf carts and ATVs on the public roads) , but often me thinks that is not the case.

Can anyone shed any light on this?

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 12:53 pm
(@the-oldtart)
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I think you will find that in most communities and jurisdictions, private roads which are used by the public fall under the jurisdiction of local law enforcement traffic rules and regulations. Exceptions would be if the private road is clearly marked as private and not for general public use.

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 1:41 pm
(@STXBob)
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My wife got a ticket for driving without a seatbelt in what we assumed was a parking lot. It was the driveway near Pueblo LaReine STX that goes from Route 75 to Pueblo past the police station. She was exiting the lot and was going to put on the seatbelt before getting to Route 75.

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 1:50 pm
(@SkysTheLimit)
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Bob,
I got the same ticket there about 7 yrs ago. Of course I was directly in front of the police station:-o

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 2:37 pm
(@sheiba)
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A law is a law no matter if on public property or not. Not wearing a seatbelt while driving is illegal regardless the location.

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 3:06 pm
(@STXBob)
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A law is a law no matter if on public property or not. Not wearing a seatbelt while driving is illegal regardless the location.

I doubt that. The citation referred to offenses occurring on a "public highway" or something similar.

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 9:25 pm
(@sheiba)
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A law is a law. If I deal drugs, murder someone, etc....whether it ocurrs on public or private property, it still against the law.

A law is a law no matter if on public property or not. Not wearing a seatbelt while driving is illegal regardless the location.

I doubt that. The citation referred to offenses occurring on a "public highway" or something similar.

 
Posted : March 24, 2012 9:31 pm
(@STXBob)
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A law is a law. If I deal drugs, murder someone, etc....whether it ocurrs on public or private property, it still against the law.

Yes, those laws apply everywhere, but motor vehicle laws do not. The apparent explanation for getting ticketed for no seat belt on what we thought was a private road is that the particular road is actually public.

 
Posted : March 25, 2012 12:37 am
(@speee1dy)
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why would you start to drive without putting on your seat belt first? just curious. not trying to start trouble.

 
Posted : March 25, 2012 10:51 am
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