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10.20.060. Possession or use of mobile infrared transmitters prohibited

            (1)        A mobile infrared transmitter (MIRT) is a device that emits a signal to a receiver mounted on a traffic light that causes the light to quickly cycle.  The device is also referred to as a traffic pre-emption system.

            (2)        (a)        It is unlawful for any person to be in possession of a MIRT.

                        (b)        Exceptions.  The following may lawfully possess a MIRT:

                                    (i)         Authorized emergency response personnel while in an authorized emergency vehicle;

                                    (ii)        Manufactures thereof and their agents while within the course and scope of said employment; and

                                    (iii)       Authorized repair and maintenance personnel while working within the course and scope of said employment.

                        (c)        A violation of this Subsection is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable as such.  As a part of the sentence, the MIRT shall be forfeited to the arresting agency.

            (3)        (a)        It is unlawful for any person to use a MIRT to cause a traffic signal to change or cycle.

                        (b)        Exceptions.  The following may lawfully use a MIRT to cause a traffic signal to change or cycle:

                                    (i)         Authorized emergency response personnel, in an authorized emergency vehicle while responding to a situation requiring an expedited response; and

                                    (ii)        Authorized emergency response, repair, and maintenance personnel while working within the course and scope of their employment in testing or working on the equipment, and only after taking reasonable precautions not to create hazardous travel conditions for pedestrians and motor vehicles.

                        (c)        A violation of this Subsection is a class B misdemeanor and is punishable as such.  As a part of the sentence, the MIRT shall be forfeited to the arresting agency.


Ord. No. 04-10, Enacted 2/19/2004

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