Each time I pull out of my neighborhood, I have to creep up to the stop sign at the end of my street, wait, then ease around the corner.
The problem is a fence that is built on a yard at the end of the street. It's on a slight curve, making it difficult to see oncoming traffic. It's legal, but a hazard. That's one the developer didn't figure on, apparently.
Having an unobstructed view is critical to safety, we all know. Here's another type of hazard shared by a reader.
What is the homeowner legally responsible for if their plantings (trees, shrubs, etc.) block your view when trying to turn at an intersection? I live in Newcastle. Thanks.
Here, John, is the Newcastle codified ordinance, Title IX: General Regulations, Chapter 93: Streets and Sidewalks. It's very similar to several others I've seen.
Bookmark§ 93.01 TREES AND SHRUBBERY.
(A)(1) The owner of any premises abutting on any street shall trim all trees and shrubbery growing in the public right of way and on any part of the premises adjacent to any street or alley, in a manner that the boughs or limbs thereof shall not obstruct free and convenient passage and travel along any streets, sidewalks or alleys.
(2) When the premises are occupied by some person other than the owner, the occupant shall trim the trees and shrubbery in the same manner as herein required of the owner.
(B) It shall be unlawful for any person to injure any tree or shrubbery within any public right of way. This shall not prohibit the lawful and proper care and removal of the trees and shrubbery.
(`86 Code, § 17-1) Penalty, see § 10.99
§ 10.99 PENALTY.
(A) Except as otherwise provided by state law, whenever in this code or in any ordinance of the city an act is prohibited or is made or declared to be unlawful or an offense or a misdemeanor, or whenever in the code or an ordinance the doing of any act is required or the failure to do any act is declared to be unlawful, where no specific penalty is provided therefor, the violation of any provision of this code or of any ordinance, upon conviction, shall be punished by a fine of not exceeding $200, excluding costs. Each day or any portion of a day during which any violation of this code or of any ordinance shall continue shall constitute a separate offense.
(B) Any person who shall aid, abet or assist in the violation of any provision of this code or any other ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction shall be punished as provided in this section.
(C) All fines shall be recoverable by civil action before any court of competent jurisdiction in addition to any other method provided by law.
By the way ...
Here (www.amlegal.com/library) is one way to find municipal ordinances for your city. It includes most states.
If you can't find one, a simple search for municipal ordinances and your city's name most likely will help.
Enjoy your week and drive safely.