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File #: 22-0247    Version: 0 Name: Obstructing Street - Racing or Stunt Driving
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 6/13/2022 In control: Baltimore City Council
On agenda: Final action: 10/3/2022
Enactment #: 22-170
Title: Obstructing Street - Racing or Stunt Driving For the purpose of prohibiting the obstruction of public streets under certain circumstances; establishing certain penalties; defining certain terms; and generally relating to obstructing a City street.
Sponsors: Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Phylicia Porter, Eric T. Costello, James Torrence, Antonio Glover, Robert Stokes, Sr., Sharon Green Middleton, Mark Conway, Zeke Cohen
Indexes: Obstructing, Racing or Stunt Driving, Street
Attachments: 1. 22-0247(2)~1st Reader, 2. LAW 22-0247, 3. PABC 22-0247, 4. Fire 22-0247, 5. Finance 22-0247, 6. DOT 22-0247, 7. BPD 22-0247, 8. 22-0247~3rd Reader, 9. 22-0247~3rd Reader, 10. 22-0247 Signed, 11. Completed Ordinance 22-0247
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
10/24/20220 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
8/15/20220 Baltimore City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/25/20220 Baltimore City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/25/20220 Rules and Legislative Oversight Recommended Favorably  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/21/20220 Rules and Legislative Oversight Recommended FavorablyPass Action details Meeting details Not available
7/11/20220 Rules and Legislative Oversight Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Transportation  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Parking Authority Board  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Dept. of Finance  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Police Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/16/20220 Baltimore City Council Refer to Fire Department  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/20220 Baltimore City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/20220 Baltimore City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

                     Explanation: Capitals indicate matter added to existing law.

                     [Brackets] indicate matter deleted from existing law.

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill 22-0247

                     (First Reader)

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Schleifer, Porter, Costello, Torrence, Glover, Stokes, Middleton, Conway, Cohen

Introduced and read first time: June 13, 2022

Assigned to: Rules and Legislative Oversight Committee                                                                  Referred to the following agencies:City Solicitor, Department of Finance, Department of Transportation, Baltimore City Parking Authority, Baltimore City Fire Department, Baltimore City Police                                                                                                                                         

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

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Obstructing Street - Racing or Stunt Driving

For the purpose of prohibiting the obstruction of public streets under certain circumstances; establishing certain penalties; defining certain terms; and generally relating to obstructing a City street.

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By repealing and reordaining, with amendments

Article 1 - Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies

Sections 40-14(e)(3) and 41-14(2)

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

By adding

Article 19 - Police Ordinances

Section 50-1

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the Laws of Baltimore City read as follows:

 

                     Baltimore City Code

 

Article 1.  Mayor, City Council, and Municipal Agencies

 

Subtitle 40.  Environmental Control Board

 

§40-14.  Violations to which subtitle applies.

 

(e)                     Provisions and penalties enumerated.

 

. . .

 

(3)                     Article 19.  Police Ordinances

 

. . .

 

§ 50-1.  Obstructing street: racing or stunt driving                                                               $1,000

 

. . .

 

Subtitle 41.  Civil Citations

 

§ 41-14.  Offenses to which subtitle applies - Listing.

 

. . .

 

(2)  Article 19.  Police Ordinances

 

. . .

 

§ 50-1.  Obstructing street: racing or stunt driving                                                                                    $1,000

 

. . .

 

                     Article 19.  Police Ordinances

 

                     Subtitle 50.  Street Regulations

 

§ 50-1.  Obstructing street: racing or stunt driving.

 

(a)                     Definitions.

 

(1)                     In general.

 

In this section, the following words have the meanings indicated.

 

(2)                     Doing doughnuts.

 

“Doing doughnuts” means purposefully driving a motor vehicle in a tight, curved or circular direction in a continuous motion, often leaving tire marks on the surface where the maneuver was performed.

 

(3)                     Non-driver participant.

 

(i)                     In general.                                                               

 

“Non-driver participant” means any individual not driving a motor vehicle who is knowingly present at an illegal vehicle race or stunt driving event for the purpose of actively taking part in the event.

 

(ii)                     Inclusions.

 

“Non-driver participant” includes an individual who is:

 

(A)  riding in a race vehicle as a passenger;

 

(B)  assisting the organizers or drivers in carrying out or promoting   the event; or

 

(C) exchanging money or anything of value with any driver, car

owner, or other participant in connection with the event.

 

(iii) Exclusion.

 

“Non-driver participant” does not include an individual who is a bystander, passerby, or passive observer.

 

(4)                     Racing.

 

“Racing” means driving a motor vehicle at a high speed to compete against the driver of another motor vehicle.

 

(5)                     Stunt driving.

 

(i)                     In general.

 

“Stunt driving” means any intentional and unnecessary action taken while driving that could endanger the life or safety of another person or cause property damage.

 

(ii)                     Inclusions.

 

“Stunt driving” includes purposefully:

 

(A)  driving with a person in the trunk of the motor vehicle;

 

(B)  driving while the driver is not sitting in the driver’s seat of the

 motor vehicle;

 

(C)  driving to prevent another vehicle from passing;

 

(D)  spinning a vehicle or causing it to circle, without maintaining

 control over the vehicle;

 

(E)  doing doughnuts;

 

(F)  while turning, causing 1 or more of a motor vehicle’s tires to

 lose traction with the surface the vehicle is driving on;

 

(G)  without justification, driving as close as possible to another

  vehicle, pedestrian, or fixed object;

 

(H)  lifting 1 or more of a vehicle’s tires from the surface the

 vehicle is driving on, including driving a motorcycle with only       1 wheel in contact with the ground;

 

(I)  driving a motor vehicles side by side or in proximity to another

motor vehicle, while 1 of the motor vehicles occupies a lane of    traffic or other portion of the road intended for use by oncoming traffic for a period of time that is longer than is reasonably required to pass another motor vehicle; and

 

(J)                     stopping or slowing down in a manner that interferes with the movement of another vehicle by cutting off its passage on the road or causes another vehicle to stop or slow down in circumstances where the other vehicle would not ordinarily do so.

 

(b)                     Prohibited conduct.

 

No person, including a non-driver participant, may in any manner obstruct any street, lane, sidewalk, footway, or alley in the City or any of their gutters for the purpose of:

 

(1)                     stunt driving; or

 

(2)                     racing a motor vehicle.

 

(c)                     Enforcement by citation.

 

(1)                     In addition to any other civil or criminal remedy or enforcement procedure, this section may be enforced by issuance of:

 

(i)                     an environmental citation under City Code Article 1, Subtitle 40 {“Environmental Control Board”}; or

 

(ii)                     a civil citation under City Code Article 1, Subtitle 41 {“Civil Citations”}.

 

(2)                     The issuance of a citation to enforce this section does not preclude pursuing any other civil or criminal remedy or enforcement action authorized by law.

 

(d)                     Penalties.

 

Any person who violates any provision of this section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, on conviction, is subject to a fine of not more than $1000 or to imprisonment for not longer than 12 months, or both.

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.