How Is This Legal?
The part of the world where I work has the following law on the books:
In order to preserve and protect the public health, safety and welfare and in accordance with the single-family residential zoning of the Village and pursuant to the provisions of § 171 of the Village Law, as amended by c. 537, L. 1952, and resolution of the Board of Trustees as adopted May 9, 1953, the use of Village roads is restricted to owners of land within and residents of the Village and persons lawfully having business with or invited therein by any such owner or resident.
Now, everything I know about the area indicates that this is a municipality like any other: it is not a gated community or HOA or anything of the sort. And this is backed up by the fact that a police force patrols the area and writes tickets which are adjudicated in what seems like a very real court of law (yes, I’ve been there for such a matter).
And this law is enforced. There are two roads into the area. One is a manned gate and anyone whose car is not properly tagged is stopped and questioned about the purpose of their visit (with verification sometimes sought via phone). The other is an unmanned gate with a scanner to read tags and a camera system for anyone without one (usually resulting in the driver being directed to the other gate).
So, as I understand it, these are public roads which the police restrict access to, going so far as stopping and demanding information from motorists who seek to use these roads.
So, I ask… how is this legal?