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Chapter 10. Public Peace and Good Order

Sec. 10-72. Vehicular trespass.

(1) The use of privately owned property in the City of Marshfield, to include driveways, parking lots, or other commercial or residential property, for through traffic, after having been notified by the owner or occupant not to use the property for such purpose, is hereby prohibited.

(2) For the purpose of this section, through traffic on private property is defined as driving a motor vehicle through or onto privately owned property, with no intention of stopping thereon to conduct business or use any facilities on the property or to exit the vehicle for legal purposes.

(3) A person has received notice from the owner or occupant within the meaning of this section if he has been notified personally, either orally or in writing, or if the property is posted. Property is considered to be posted under this subsection if a sign is placed at each entrance or access point to the property, indicating "no through traffic" or "no turn around," and indicated at the bottom of the sign, "by order of the City of Marshfield, section 10-72 Municipal Code." Such sign shall be at least 18 inches high by 12 inches wide, with block lettering at least two inches high.

(4) It shall not be a defense to a charge of vehicular trespass that the property posted is otherwise a public place.

(5) Violation of this section shall be subject to a forfeiture of $30.00 for each offense, and, if prosecuted on information and belief, and if the driver cannot be specifically identified, then the vehicle owner may be held liable for such offense.

(Code 1982, 9.30; Ord. No. 1140, 2, 10-28-2008)