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Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

Heyburn Police Chief Dan Bristol

Q: I am confident that if I drove my vehicle onto a sidewalk and an officer of the law witnessed this, other that entering/exiting my driveway, I would receive a citation. The USPS mailmen and women, who deliver mail in my neighborhood drive down the sidewalk. They pull up to the edge of the property line, do not exit the vehicle, open the mail box to deliver the mail and proceed to the next box. Is it legal for delivery vehicles to drive down a public sidewalk? -ToddA: My first guess without looking up the laws would be that delivery drivers are not allowed to drive on the sidewalks to deliver mail or anything else. Now let’s search further to see if my guess was the correct one or a delivered dud.The easiest way to decide would be to look at Idaho Code 49-605 which reads: No person shall drive any vehicle upon a sidewalk or sidewalk area except upon a permanent or temporary driveway. This section shall not apply to any vehicle moved exclusively by human power, a personal delivery device, an electric personal assistive mobility device, nor to any motorized wheelchair. For the purposes of assuring the safety of pedestrians and others using sidewalks, a political subdivision having jurisdiction over sidewalks may, by ordinance or by traffic control device, regulate the time, place and manner of the operation of electric personal assistive mobility devices.

Now before the, “Hah you were wrong, it says personal delivery device,” let me just say that a personal device is not a vehicle. If you look up the image of what a personal delivery device is you’ll see that it can’t be ridden or driven. It almost looks like a drone version of a wagon.

I don’t know if there is a city ordinance where you live that allows postal vehicles to be driven but I would bet it’s like the city I work in and prohibits vehicle sidewalk driving.

Before you get ticket happy with your mail delivery person you might just talk to the postmaster and let him or her know what has been going on in your neighborhood. If that does not correct the issue then it could be time to sign a citation and fix it that way.

I know in most cities the home owner is liable to maintain sidewalks and a vehicle driving on them all the time could tear up the sidewalk.

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Dan Bristol is the City of Heyburn chief of police.


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