Chapter 27

TRAFFIC

Article I. General, Section 27-1 -- 27-42

Article II. Enforcement & Obedience, Section 27-43 -- 27-66

Article III. Procedures on Arrest, Section 27-67 -- 27-100

Article IV. Operation of Vehicles Generally, 27-101 -- 27-126

Article V. Turning Movements, Section 27-127 -- 27-144

Article VI. One-way Streets & Alleys, Sec. 27-145 -- 27-158

Article VII. Speed Restrictions, Sec. 27-159 -- 27-176

Article VIII. Traffic Control Signs, Signals & Devices, Sec.27-177 -- 27-204

Article IX. Stop & Yield Intersections, Sec. 27-205 -- 27-222

Article X. Stopping, Standing & Parking, Sec. 27-223 -- 27-310

Article XI. Miscellaneous Driving Rules, Sec. 27-311 -- 27-335

Article XII. Alcohol Related Offenses, Sec. 27-336 -- 27-340

Article XIII. Vehicle Equipment, Sec. 27-341 -- 27-360

Article XIV. Provisions Relative to Schools, Sec. 27-361 -27-375

Article XV. Bicycles & Motorized Bicycles, Sec. 27-376 -- 27-400

Article XVI. Pedestrians' Rights and Duties, Sec. 27-401 -27-424

Article XVII. Reimbursement of Cost for Alcohol and Drug-Related Offenses,

Sec. 27-425 -- 27-440

ARTICLE I. IN GENERAL

Sec. 27-1 The following words and phrases when used in this chapter shall mean:

Alley or Alleyway. Any street with a roadway of less than twenty (20) feet it width.

Authorized emergency vehicle. A vehicle publicly owned and operated as an ambulance, or a vehicle publicly owned and operated by the state highway patrol, police or fire department, sheriff or constable or deputy sheriff, traffic officer or any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.

Business District. The territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred (600) feet along the highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including but not limited to hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations and public buildings which occupy at least three hundred (300) feet of frontage on one side or three hundred (33) feet collectively on both sides of the highway.

Central business (or traffic) district. All streets and portions of streets within the area described by city ordinance as such.

Commercial vehicle. Every vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of property.

Controlled access highway. Every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over the highway, street or roadway.

Crosswalk. (a) That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs, or in the absence of curbs from the edges of the traversable roadway;

(b) Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for Pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.

Curb loading zone. A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.

Driver. Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.

Freight curb loading zone. A space adjacent to a curb for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of freight (or passengers).

Highway. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.

Intersection. (a) The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict;

(b) Where a highway includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection. In the event such intersecting highway also includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of two (2) roadways of such highways shall be regarded as a separate intersection.

Laned roadway. A roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.

Motor vehicle. Any mechanical device on wheels, designed primarily for use, or used, on highways, except motorized bicycles, vehicles propelled or drawn by horses or human power, or vehicles used exclusively on fixed rails or tracks, or cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons. (Ord. 93-4, 1-23-94, Ord. 94-117, 11-28-94)

Motorcycle. Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.

Official time standard. Whenever certain hours are named herein they shall mean standard time or daylight-saving time as may be in current use in the city.

Official traffic-control devices. All signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this chapter placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.

Park or parking. The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.

Passenger cub loading zone. A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.

Pedestrian. Any person afoot.

Police officer. Every officer of the city police department or any officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic violations.

Private road or driveway. Every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel by owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner, but not by other persons.

Railroad train. A steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated upon rails, except streetcars.

Residence district. The territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on such highway for a distance of three hundred (300) feet or more is in the main improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.

Right-of-way. The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.

Roadway. That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder. In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways the term "roadway" as used herein shall refer to any such roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.

Safety zone. The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all time while set apart as a safety zone.

Sidewalk. That portion of a street between the curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use by pedestrians.

Stand or standing. The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.

Stop. When required, complete cessation from movement.

Stop or stopping. When prohibited, any halting even momentarily of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or traffic-control sign or signal.

Street or highway. The entire width between the lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the uses of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. "State highway" shall mean a highway maintained by the state as a part of the state highway system.

Through highway. Every highway or portion thereof on which vehicular traffic is given preferential right-of-way, and at the entrances to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to yield right-of-way to vehicles on such through highway in obedience to either a stop sign or yield sign, when such signs are erected as provided in this chapter.

Traffic. Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel.

Traffic-control signal. Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed.

Traffic division. The traffic division of the police department of the city, or in the event a traffic division is not established, then said term whenever used herein shall be deemed to refer to the police department of the city.

Vehicle. Every device, in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks. (Ord. No. 82-5, 3-29-1982)

Sec. 27-2 Driver's license.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle upon the public streets, alleys and ways within this city without being licensed to do so by the state of his residence.

Sec. 27-3 Closing streets.

The city is hereby authorized, with the approval of the mayor, to close any street, alley, public place or highway and withdraw the same from public use temporarily and during such period as public work thereon or other public emergency or expediency shall make such action necessary. No person shall use or attempt to use such street, alley, public place or highway so withdrawn from public use or drive or attempt to drive any vehicle or animal thereon.

The city shall place a sign or placard at each end of the portion withdrawn from public use, such placard or sign to have the following words printed thereon in letters three (3) inches high: "Street Closed. This street is closed to public use by authority of the City of Chillicothe."

Sec. 27-4 Obstruction to operator's view or driving mechanism.

1. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to drive the same when such vehicle is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat of such vehicle such number of persons, as to obstruct the view of the operator to the front or side, or to interfere with the operator's control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.

2. It shall be unlawful for any passenger in a vehicle to ride in such position as to interfere with the operator's view ahead or to the sides, or to interfere with the operator's control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.

Sec. 27-5 Placing glass, etc., on street.

Any person who has purposely, accidentally, or by reason of an accident, dropped from his person or any vehicle, any tacks, nails, wire, scrap metal, glass, crockery, sharp stones, or other substances injurious to the feet of persons or animals or to the tires or wheels of vehicles, including motor vehicles, upon any street in the city shall immediately make all reasonable efforts to clear the street of the substances. [RSMo. 304.160] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-6 Tampering with motor vehicles.

1. No person shall drive, operate, use or tamper with a motor vehicle or trailer without the permission of the owner thereof.

2. No person shall, without the permission of the owner or person in charge thereof, climb upon or into, or swing upon any motor vehicle or trailer whether the same is in motion or at rest, or sound the horn or other sound producing device thereon, or attempt to manipulate any of the levers, starting device, brakes, or machinery thereof, or set the machinery in motion.

3. The provisions of this section shall apply to any person employed by the owner of such motor vehicle as a chauffeur or registered operator if the said motor vehicle is driven or operated, used or tampered without the owner's knowledge or expressed consent, or in violation of his instruction.

4. No person shall knowingly ride in a motor vehicle which has been stolen or is being operated without the consent of the owner thereof.

Sec. 27-7 Size, weight limitations of vehicles.

1. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle or combination of vehicles on the streets of the city, the width, height and length of which exceeds the specifications set forth in section 304.170 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle or combination of vehicles on the streets of the city, the weight of which exceeds the specifications set forth in section 304.180 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

Sec. 27-8 Boarding or alighting from vehicles.

It shall be unlawful for any person to ride upon the fender of any vehicle when such vehicle is in motion.

Sec 27-9 Manner of riding.

It shall be unlawful for any person to ride upon the fender, running board, hood, top, tank, luggage carrier, or any portion not designed or intended for the use of passengers, when the vehicle is in motion, of any vehicle operated on any street, way or parking lot, public or private upon which the public is invited to travel, or for the operator thereof to permit any person to so ride on any vehicle, or to thus operate such vehicle when anyone is so riding thereon. This section shall not apply to an employee engaged in the necessary discharge of a duty or to persons riding within truck bodies in space intended for merchandise.

Sec 27-10 -- 27-42 Reserved.

 

ARTICLE II - ENFORCEMENT AND OBEDIENCE

Sec 27-43 Violations.

It shall be unlawful, and unless otherwise declared herein with respect to particular offense, it is an ordinance violation for any person to do any act forbidden, or fail to perform any act required in this chapter, punishable pursuant to Chapter 1-10 of this Code.

Sec. 27-44 Authority of police and fire department officials

1. It shall be the duty of the officers of the police department or such officers as are assigned by the chief of police to enforce all street traffic laws of the city and all of the state vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in the city.

2. Officers of the police department or such officers as are assigned by the chief of police are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, or signal in conformance with traffic laws; provided that, in the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, officers of the police department may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws.

3. Officers of the emergency services department, when at the scene of a fire, may direct or assist the police in directing traffic thereat or in the immediate vicinity. [300.075 RSMo.]

(Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-45 Obedience to police and fire department officials.

No person shall willfully fail or refuse to lawful order or direction of a police officer or emergency services department official. [300.080 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec 27-46 Persons propelling push cars or riding animals to

obey traffic regulations.

Every person propelling any push cart or riding an animal upon a roadway, and every person driving any animal-drawn vehicle, shall be subject to the provisions of this ordinance applicable to the driver of any vehicle, except those provisions of this ordinance which by their very nature can have no application. [300.085 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec 27-47 Use of coasters, roller skates and similar devices

restricted.

No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, skateboard, or similar device, shall go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk and when so crossing such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians. This section shall not apply to any street while set aside as a play street as authorized by ordinance of the city. [300.090 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec 27-48 Public employees to obey traffic regulations

The provisions of this ordinance shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, this state, county, or city, and it shall be unlawful for any said driver to violate any of the provisions of this ordinance, except as otherwise permitted in this ordinance. [300.055 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec 27-49 Authorized emergency vehicles.

1. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or when responding to but not upon returning from a fire alarm, may exercise the privileges set forth in this section but subject to the conditions herein stated.

2. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:

a. Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this ordinance;

b. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;

c. Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as he does not endanger life or property;

d. Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.

3. The exemptions herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any said vehicle, while in motion, sounds audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light, visible under normal atmospheric conditions, from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle.

4. The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others. [300.100 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-50 Operation of vehicles on approach of authorized emergency vehicles.

1. Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle, making use of audible and visual signals, meeting the requirements of the laws of this state, or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of an audible signal only; the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police officer.

2. This section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway.

[300.105 RSMo] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-51 Immediate notice of accident.

The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars or more to one person shall immediately, by the quickest means of communication, give notice of such accident to the police department if such accident occurs within the city. [300.110 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-52 Written report of accident.

The driver of a vehicle, which is in any manner involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars or more to one person shall, within five days after such accident, forward a written report of such accident to the police department. The provisions of this section shall not be applicable when the accident has been investigated at the scene by a police officer while such driver was present thereat. [300.115 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-53 When driver unable to report.

1. Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving immediate notice of an accident as required in section 27-51 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant shall give, or cause to be given, the notice not given by the driver.

2. Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written report of an accident as required in section 27-52 and such driver is not the owner of the vehicle, then the owner of the vehicle involved in such accident shall within five days after the accident make such report not made by the driver. [300.120 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-54 Public inspection of reports relating to accidents.

1. All written reports made by persons involved in accidents, or by garages, shall be without prejudice to the individual so reporting and shall be for the confidential use of the police department or other governmental agencies having use for the records for accident prevention purposes, except that the police department or other governmental agency may disclose the identity of a person involved in an accident when such identity is not otherwise known or when such person denies his presence at such accident.

2. No written reports forwarded under the provisions of this section shall be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of an accident except that the police department shall furnish upon demand of any party to such trial, or upon demand of any court, a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or has not been made to the department in compliance with law, and, if such report has been made, the date, time and location of the accident, the names and addresses of the drivers, the owners of the vehicles involved, and the investigating officers. [300.125 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-55 -- 27-66 Reserved.

 

ARTICLE III. PROCEDURES ON ARREST

Sec. 27-67 Forms and records of traffic citations and arrests.

1. The City shall provide books containing uniform traffic tickets as prescribed by Supreme Court Rule 37. Said books shall include serially numbered sets of citations in quadruplicate in the form prescribed by Supreme Court Rule.

2. Such books shall be issued to the chief of police or his duly authorized agent, a record shall be maintained of every book so issued and a written receipt shall be required for every book. The judge or judges hearing municipal ordinance violation cases may require that a copy of such record and receipts be filed with the court.

3. The chief of police shall be responsible for the issuance of such books to individual members of the police department. The chief of police shall require a written receipt for every book so issued and shall maintain a record of every such book and each set or citations contained therein. [300.575 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-68 Procedure of police officers.

Except when authorized or directed under state law to immediately take a person before the municipal judge for the violation of any traffic laws, a police officer who halts a person for such violation other than for the purpose of giving him a warning or warning notice and does not take such person into custody under arrest, shall issue to him a uniform traffic ticket which shall be proceeded upon in accordance with the Supreme Court Rule 37.

Sec. 27-69 Uniform traffic ticket to be issued when vehicle illegally parked or stopped.

Whenever any motor vehicle without driver is found parked or stopped in violation of any of the restrictions imposed by ordinance of the city or by state law, the officer finding such vehicle shall take its registration number and may take any other information displayed on the vehicle which may identify its user, and shall conspicuously affix to such vehicle a uniform traffic ticket for the driver to answer to the charge against him within five days during the hours and at a place specified in the traffic ticket.[300.585 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-70 Warning of arrest sent upon failure to appear.

If a violator of the restrictions on stopping, standing or parking under the traffic laws or ordinances does not appear in response to a uniform traffic ticket affixed to such motor vehicle within a period of five days, the traffic violations bureau shall send to the owner of the motor vehicle to which the traffic ticket was affixed a letter informing him of the violation and warning him that in the event such letter is disregarded for a period of five days a warrant of arrest will be issued. [300.590 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-71 Police may remove vehicle - when.

1. Members of the police department are authorized to remove a vehicle from a street or highway to the nearest garage or other place of safety, or to a garage designated or maintained by the police department, or otherwise maintained by the City under the circumstances hereinafter enumerated:

a. When a vehicle is left unattended upon any bridge, viaduct, or causeway, or in any tube or tunnel where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic;

b. When a vehicle upon a highway is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the person in charge of the vehicle is by reason of physical injury incapacitated to such an extent as to be unable to provide its custody or removal;

c. When any vehicle is left unattended upon a street and is so parked illegally as to constitute a definite hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic.

d. When any vehicle is found without displaying the city motor vehicle license sticker.

2. Whenever an officer removes a vehicle from a street as authorized in this section and the officer knows or is able to ascertain from the registration records in the vehicle the name and address of the owner thereof, such officer shall immediately give or cause to be given notice in writing to such owner of the fact of such removal and the reasons therefore and of the place to which such vehicle has been removed. In the event any such vehicle is stored in a public garage, a copy of such notice shall be given to the proprietor of such garage.

3. Whenever an officer removes a vehicle from a street under this section and does not know and is not able to ascertain the name of the owner, or for any other reason is unable to give the notice to the owner as hereinbefore provided, and in the event the vehicle is not returned to the owner within a period of three days, then and in the event the officer shall immediately send or cause to be sent a written report of such removal by mail to the state department whose duty it is to register motor vehicles, and shall file a copy of such notice with the proprietor of any public garage in which the vehicle may be stored. Such notice shall include a complete description of the vehicle, the date, time and place from which removed, the reasons for such removal, and the name of the garage or place where the vehicle is stored. [300.595 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-72 -- 27-100 Reserved

ARTICLE IV. OPERATION OF VEHICLES GENERALLY

Sec. 27-101 Rules of the road to be observed.

Every person operating or driving a vehicle upon the streets or highways of this city shall observe and comply with the following rules of the road. [304.014 RSMo.]

(Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-102 Drive on right of highway - traffic lanes - signs.

1. All vehicles not in motion shall be placed with their right side as near the right-hand side of the highway as practicable, except on streets of municipalities where vehicles are obliged to move in one direction only or parking of motor vehicles is regulated by ordinance.

2. Upon all public roads or highways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:

a. When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;

b. When placing a vehicle in position for and when such vehicle is lawfully making a left turn in compliance with the provisions of Sections 27-101 to 27-113 or traffic regulations thereunder or of municipalities;

c. When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;

d. Upon a roadway designated by local ordinances as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic.

3. It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two or more roadways by means of a physical barrier or by means of a dividing section or delineated by curbs, lines, or other markings on the roadway, except to the right of such barrier or dividing section, or to make any left turn or semicircular or U-turn on any such divided highway, except in a crossover or intersection.

4. The authorities in charge of any highway or street may erect signs temporarily designating lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction, regardless of the center line of the highway, and all peace officers may direct traffic in conformance with such signs.

5. Whenever any roadway has been divided into three or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules, in addition to all others consistent herewith, shall apply:

a. A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.

b. Upon a roadway which is divided into three lanes a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane, except when over-taking and passing another vehicle where the roadway ahead is clearly visible and such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance, or in preparation for a left turn or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding and is sign-posted to give notice of such allocation;

c. Upon all highways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic thereon shall be driven in the right-hand for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, except as otherwise provided in sections 27-101 to 27-113 ;

d. Official signs may be erected by the city or the city police may place temporary signs directing slow moving traffic to use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes of traffic moving in the same direction and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such sign;

e. Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right, and except when a roadway has been divided into traffic lanes, each driver shall give to the other at least one-half of the main traveled portion of the roadway whenever possible.

6. All vehicles in motion upon a highway having two or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction shall be driven in the right-hand lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or when preparing to make a proper left turn or when otherwise directed by traffic markings, signs, or signals. [304.015 RSMo] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-103 Passing regulations -- overtaking in general.

The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations and exceptions hereinafter stated:

1. An operator or driver overtaking and desiring to pass a vehicle shall sound horn before starting to pass except in cities where prohibited by ordinance;

2. The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle;

3. Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal and shall not increase the speed of his vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle. [304.016.1 RSMo] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-104 Passing regulations -- overtaking on the right.

The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:

1. When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;

2. Upon a city street with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two or more lines of vehicles in each direction;

3. Upon a one-way street;

4. Upon any highway outside of a city with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width and clearly marked for four or more lines of traffic;

5. The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under the foregoing conditions when such movement may be made in safety. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway;

6. The provisions of this subsection shall not relieve the driver of a slow-moving vehicle from the duty to drive as closely as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway.

[304.015.2 RSMo] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-105 Passing Regulations -- general limitation.

Except when a roadway has been divided into three traffic lanes, no vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center line of a highway or public road in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken. [304.015.3 RSMo](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-106 Passing Regulations -- absolute prohibitions.

No vehicle shall, at any time, be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions;

1. When approaching the crest of a grade or upon a curve of the highway where the driver's view is obstructed within such distance as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction;

2. When the view is obstructed upon approaching within one hundred feet of any bridge, viaduct, tunnel or when approaching within one hundred feet of or at any intersection or railroad grade crossing. [304.016.4 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-107 No passing zones.

The traffic engineer is hereby authorized to locate and mark with yellow lines in or adjacent to the center of the road those sections of roads in which passing a vehicle traveling in the same direction is prohibited by city ordinance, or in which such passing is found by the police department to be unsafe, considering the contour of the ground, the direction and width of the road, the presence of connecting or cross roads, and the adjacent land uses.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle across such yellow lines when located in the traffic lane in which such vehicle is traveling.

Sec. 27-108 Distance at which vehicle must follow.

The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable safe and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the roadway. Vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district in a caravan or motorcade, whether or not towing other vehicles, shall be so operated, except in a funeral procession or in a duly authorized parade, so as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles as to enable any other vehicle to overtake or pass such vehicles in safety. This section shall in no manner affect section 304.044 relating to distance between trucks traveling on the highway. [304.017 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-109 Hand and mechanical signals.

No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the speed of or turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein.

1. An operator or driver when stopping, or when checking the speed of his vehicle, if the movement of other vehicles may reasonably be effected by such checking of speed, shall extend his arm at an angle below horizontal so that the same may be seen in the rear of his vehicle;

2. An operator or driver intending to turn his vehicle to the right shall extend his arm at an angle above horizontal so that the same may be seen in front of and in the rear of his vehicle, and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway as near as practicable to the right side of the highway along which he is proceeding before turning;

3. An operator or driver intending to turn his vehicle to the left shall extend his arm in a horizontal position so that the same may be seen in the rear of his vehicle, and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway so that the left side of his vehicle shall be as near as practicable to the center line of the highway along which he is proceeding before turning;

4. The signals herein required shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by a signal light or signal device in good mechanical condition of a type approved by the state highway patrol; however, when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle then such signals shall be given by such light or device. A vehicle shall be considered as so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the left outside limit of the body, cab or load exceeds twenty-four inches, or when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the rear limit of the body or load thereon exceeds fourteen feet, which limit of fourteen feet shall apply to single vehicles or combinations of vehicles. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to any trailer which does not interfere with a clear view of the hand signals of the operator of the signaling device upon the vehicle pulling said trailer; provided further that the provisions of this section as far as mechanical devices on vehicles so constructed that a hand and arm signal would not be visible from both the front and rear of such vehicle as above provided shall only be applicable to new vehicles registered within this state after the first day of January, 1954. [304.019 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-110 Emergency vehicle defined -- regulations.

1. Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as far as possible to the right of, the traveled portion of the highway and thereupon stop and remain in such position until such emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a police or traffic officer. An "emergency vehicle" is a vehicle of any of the following types:

a. A vehicle operated by the state highway patrol, those vehicles operated by enforcement personnel by the division of transportation of the department of economic development, police or file department, sheriff, constable or deputy sheriff, federal law enforcement officer authorized to carry firearms and to make arrests for violations of the laws of the United States, traffic officer or coroner or by a privately owned emergency vehicle company;

b. A vehicle operated as an ambulance or operated commercially for the purpose of transporting emergency medical supplies or organs;

c. Any vehicle qualifying as an emergency vehicle under section 307.175 RSMo;

d. Any wrecker, or tow truck or a vehicle owned and operated by a public utility or public service corporation while performing emergency service;

e. Any vehicle transporting equipment designed to extricate human beings from the wreckage of a motor vehicle.

3. a. The driver of any vehicle referred to in subdivisions a, b, c, d, and e of subsection 2 of this section shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights or blue lights on except when said vehicle is responding to an emergency call or when in pursuit of an actual or suspected law violator, or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire;

b. The driver of an emergency vehicle may:

(1) Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of sections 27-101 to 27-113;

(2) Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;

(3) Exceed the prima facie speed limit so long as he does not endanger life or property;

(4) Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions;

c. The exemptions herein granted to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren, or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light or blue light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of such vehicle.

4. No person shall purchase an emergency light as described in this section without furnishing the seller of said light an affidavit stating that the light will be used exclusively for emergency vehicle purposes. [304.022 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-111 Crosswalks and parking regulations established -- signs.

The city may erect or place signs establishing crossovers or crosswalks or prohibiting or restricting the stopping, standing, or parking of vehicles on any highway where, in its opinion, such stopping, standing, or parking is dangerous to those using the highway or where the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles would unduly interfere with the free movement of traffic thereon. Such signs shall be official signs and no person shall stop, stand, or park any vehicle in violation of the restrictions stated on such signs.[304.024 RSMo.]

(Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-112 Highway and vehicle defined.

1. The word "highway" whenever used in sections 27-101 to 27-113 shall mean any public road or thoroughfare for vehicles, including state roads, county roads, and public streets, avenues, boulevards, parkways, or alleys in any municipality.

 

2. The word "vehicle" whenever used in sections 27-101 to 27-113 shall mean any device operated on highways, except those used exclusively on rails or tracks.

[304.025 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-113 Turns at intersection.

1. It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle to turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction at any intersection controlled by a traffic signal or police officer; nor shall such turn be made at any place unless the movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic. The driver of a vehicle shall not turn such vehicle around so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any curve or upon the approach to or near the crest of a grade, or at any place upon a roadway where such vehicle cannot be seen by the driver of any other vehicle approaching from either direction along the roadway within a distance of three hundred feet, or where the same may create a traffic hazard.

2. No vehicle in a residence district shall be turned left across the roadway or so as to proceed in the opposite direction when any other vehicle is approaching from either direction where the same may create a traffic hazard. [304.341.2-.3 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-114 Right-of-way at intersection -- signs at intersections.

1. The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway, provided, however, there is no form of traffic control at such intersection.

2. When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the driver of the vehicle on the right. This subsection shall not apply to vehicles approaching each other from opposite directions when the driver of one of such vehicles is attempting to or is making a left turn.

3. The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

4. The city may designate through highways and erect stop signs or yield signs at specified entrances thereto, or may designate any intersection as a stop intersection or as a yield intersection and erect stop signs or yield signs at one or more entrances to such intersection.

5. The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building or any private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered.

6. The driver of a vehicle intending to make a left turn into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction when making of such left turn would create a traffic hazard.

7. The city with respect to roads under their respective jurisdictions, on any section where construction or major maintenance operations are being effected, may fix a speed limit in such areas by posting of appropriate signs, and the operation of a motor vehicle in excess of such speed limit in the area so posted shall be deemed prima facie evidence of reckless driving and a violation of section 27-317. [304.351 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-115 Same -- When stop required.

The driver of any vehicle shall stop such vehicle at the entrance to a through street and shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicles which have entered the intersection on the through street or which are approaching so closely on the through street as to constitute an immediate hazard.

Secs. 27-116 -- 27-126 Reserved.

 

ARTICLE V. TURNING MOVEMENTS

Sec. 27-127 Required position and method of turning at intersection.

The driver of a vehicle intending to turn at an intersection shall do so as follows:

1. Right turns: Both the approach for a right turn and a right turn shall be made as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or edge of the roadway.

2. Left turns on two-way roads: At any intersection where traffic is permitted to move in both directions on each roadway entering the intersection, an approach for a left turn shall be made in that portion of the right half of the roadway nearest the center line thereof and by passing to the right of such center line thereof and by passing to the right of such center line where it enters the intersection and after entering the intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection to the right of the center line of the roadway being entered. Whenever practicable the left turn shall be made in that portion of the intersection to the left of the center of the intersection.

3. Left turns on other than two-way roadways: At any intersection where traffic is restricted to one direction on one or more of the roadways, the driver of a vehicle intending to turn left at any such intersection shall approach the intersection in the extreme left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in the direction of travel of such vehicle and after entering the intersection the left turn shall be made so as to leave the intersection, as nearly as practicable, in the left-hand lane lawfully available to traffic moving in such direction upon roadway being entered. [300.215 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-128 Authority to place and obedience to turning markers.

1. The city is authorized to place markers, buttons, or signs within or adjacent to intersections indicating the course to be traveled by vehicles turning at such intersections, and such course to be traveled as so indicated may conform to or be other than as prescribed by law or ordinance.

2. When authorized markers, buttons, or other indications are placed within an intersection indicating the course to be traveled by vehicles turning thereat, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of such indications.[300.220 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-129 Authority to place restricted turn signs.

The city is hereby authorized to determine those intersections at which drivers of vehicles shall not make a right, left or U-turn and shall place proper signs at such intersections. The making of such turns may be prohibited between certain hours of any day and permitted at other hours, in which event the same shall be plainly indicated on the signs or they may be removed when such turns are permitted. [300.225 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-130 Obedience to no-turn signs.

Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is

permitted, no driver of a vehicle shall disobey the directions of any such sign.[300.230 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-131 Limitations on turning around.

The driver of any vehicle shall not turn such vehicle so as to proceed in the opposite direction upon any street in a business district and shall not, upon any other street, so turn a vehicle unless such movement can be made in safety and without interfering with other traffic.[300.235 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-132 -- 27-144 Reserved

 

ARTICLE VI. ONE-WAY STREETS AND ALLEYS

Sec. 27-145 Authority to sign one-way streets and alleys.

Whenever any ordinance of the city designates any one-way street or alley the city shall place and maintain signs giving notice thereof, and no such regulation shall be effective unless such signs are in place. Signs indicating the direction of lawful traffic movement shall be placed at every intersection where movement of traffic in the opposite direction is prohibited.

[300.240 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-146 One-way streets and alleys.

Upon those streets and parts of streets and in those alleys described and designated by ordinance, vehicular traffic shall move only in the indicated direction when signs indicating the direction of traffic are erected and maintained at every intersection where movement in the opposite direction is prohibited. [300.245 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-147 Authority to restrict direction of movement on streets during certain periods.

1. The city is hereby authorized to determine and designate streets, parts of streets or specific lanes thereon upon which vehicular traffic shall proceed in one direction during one period and the opposite direction during another period of the day and shall place and maintain appropriate markings, signs, barriers or other devices to give notice thereof. The city may erect signs temporarily designating lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction, regardless of the center line of the roadway.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle in violation of such markings, signs, barriers, or other devices so placed in accordance with this section. [300.250 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-148 -- 27-158 Reserved

 

ARTICLE VII. SPEED RESTRICTIONS

Sec. 27-159 State speed laws applicable.

The state traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be applicable upon all streets within the city, except that the city may, by ordinance, declare and determine upon the basis of engineering and traffic investigation that certain speed regulations shall be applicable upon specified streets or in certain areas, in which even it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of any speed so declared when signs are in place giving notice thereof, but no city ordinance shall regulate the speed of vehicles upon controlled access highways of the state. [300.205 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-160 Maximum limit generally.

No person shall operate any vehicle on any street within the city at a greater speed than twenty-five (25) miles per hour, unless signs are erected designating another speed. (Ord. No. 69-48, Sec, 1, 4-27-1970)

Sec. 27-161 Maximum speed on specific streets.

Whenever signs are posted giving notice of the maximum legal speed limit established for a particular street or portion thereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any vehicle at a rate of speed in excess of such posted limit.

Sec. 27-162 Careless driving.

Every person operating a motor vehicle on the streets of the city shall operate or drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, and in the exercise of the highest degree of care and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person, taking into consideration the time of day, the amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the condition of the street or highway, and atmospheric conditions and the location with reference to intersecting streets or highways, curves, residences or schools.

Sec. 27-163 Slow speed, regulation of.

It is unlawful to drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace officers may enforce the provisions of this section by directions to drivers, and, in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the driver shall be in violation of this section. [304.011 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-164 Speed determining mechanisms.

The use of, and results determined by, any speed meter, machine, or mechanism which seeks to reduce the error of manual operation to a minimum, shall be acceptable as evidence where driving in excess of posted speed limits is the cause of action; provided, however, that the use thereof shall not be construed to exclude any competent evidence secured by any other manner or means.

Sec. 27-165 Regulation of speed by traffic signals.

The city is authorized to regulate the timing of traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds otherwise applicable within the district or at intersections and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof. [300.210 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-166 Speed limits set.

1. It shall be unlawful to operate any motor vehicle or vehicles on old Business 36 East (Frontage Road), or the eastern or western most boundary of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, within the limits of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, in speeds in excess of the following limits:

(a) Forty-five (45) miles per hour from the intersection of Highway 36 and old Business 36 East (Frontage Road), or the eastern most boundary of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, west to Harvester Road in Chillicothe, Missouri.

(Ord. 93-4, 1-25-93)

(b) Thirty-five (35) miles per hour from the intersection of old Business 36 East (Frontage Road) and Harvester Road, west to the intersection of old Business 36 East (Frontage Road) with Washington Street in the City of Chillicothe, Missouri.

(Ord. 93-4, 1-25-93)

(c) It shall be unlawful to operate any motor vehicle or vehicles on U.S. Highway 36, within the limits of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, in speeds in excess of 55 miles per hour, which speed limit shall be posted. (Ord. 94-117, 11-28-94)

(d) Thirty-five (35) miles per hour from the intersection of old Business 36 East (Frontage Road) and Highway 65 to Mitchell Road; and on Mitchell Road from Highway 36 to old Business 36 (Frontage Road). (Ord. 97-109, 9/22/97)

(e) Thirty-five (35) miles per hour from the intersection of old Business 36 (Frontage Road) from Highway 65 to western limits of the City of Chillicothe.

(Ord. 97-119, 9/27/97)

(f) Sixty-five (65) miles per hour on U.S. Highway 36 within the city limits of Chillicothe. (Ord. 97-119, 9/27/97)

2. It shall be unlawful to operate any motor vehicle or vehicles on Washington Street, also known as U.S. Route 65, and Missouri Highway 190, within the limits of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, in speeds in excess of the following limits:

(a) Thirty-five (35) miles per hour from the intersection of the southern most boundary of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, and U.S. Route 65, north to the south side of the intersection of Waples Street and U.S. Route 65. (Ord. 92-61, 7-92)

(b) Twenty-five (25) miles per hour from the south side of the intersection of Waples Street and U.S. Route 65 to the north side of the intersection of Bryan Street and U.S. Route 65. (Ord. 92-61, 7-92)

(c) Thirty-five (35) miles per hour from the north side of the intersection of Bryan Street and U.S. Route 65 to the north side of the intersection of Dale Drive and U.S. Route 65. (Ord. 92-61, 7-92)

(d) Forty-five (45) miles per hour from the north side of the intersection of Dale Drive and U.S. Route 65 to the northern most boundary of the City of Chillicothe.

(Ord. 92-61, 7-92)

(e) Forty-five (45) miles per hour from the west side of the intersection of U.S. Route 65 and Missouri Highway 190 to the intersection of the west boundary of the city limits of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, and Missouri Highway 190.(Ord. 92-61, 7-92)

3. It shall be unlawful to operate any motor vehicle or vehicles at speeds in excess of 15 miles per hour on the overpass bridge located on Ryan Street, between the streets of Madison and Second. (Ord. 96-142, 11/25/96)

A motor vehicle is herein defined as any mechanical device on wheels, designed primarily for use, or used, on highways, except motorized bicycles, vehicles propelled or drawn by horses or human power, or vehicles used exclusively on fixed rails or tracks, or cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons. (Ord. 92-61, 7-92)

Secs. 27-167-- 27-176 Reserved.

ARTICLE VIII. TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNS, SIGNALS, AND DEVICES

Sec. 27-177 Authority to install traffic control devices.

The city shall place and maintain traffic control signs, signals, and devices when and as required under the traffic ordinances of the city to make effective the provisions of said ordinances, and may place and maintain such additional traffic control devices as he may deem necessary to regulate traffic under the traffic ordinances of the city or under state law or to guide or warn traffic. [300.130 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-178 Manual and specifications from traffic control devices.

All traffic control signs, signals and devices shall conform to the manual and specifications approved by the state highways and transportation commission or resolution adopted by the legislative body of the city. All signs or signals required hereunder for a particular purpose shall, so far as practicable, be uniform as to type and location throughout the city. All traffic control devices so erected, and not inconsistent with the provisions of this ordinance, shall be official traffic control devices. [300.135 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-179 Obedience to traffic control devices.

The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable thereto placed in accordance with the provisions of this ordinance, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this ordinance. [300.140 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-180 When official traffic control devices required for enforcement purposes.

No provision of this ordinance for which official traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if, at the time and place of the alleged violation, an official device is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular section does not state that official traffic control devices are required, such section shall be effective even though no devices are erected or in place. [300.145 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-181 Official traffic control devices -- presumption of legality.

1. Whenever official traffic control devices are placed in position approximately conforming to the requirements of this ordinance, such devices shall be presumed to have been so placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence.

2. Any official traffic control device placed pursuant to the provisions of this ordinance and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices shall be presumed to comply with the requirements of this ordinance, unless the contrary shall be established by competent evidence. [300.150 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-182 Traffic control signal legend -- right turn on red light, when.

Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic control signals exhibiting different colored lights, or colored lighted arrows, successively one at a time, or in combination, only the colors green, red, and yellow shall be used, except for special pedestrian signals carrying a word legend, and said lights shall indicate and apply to drivers of vehicles and pedestrians as follows:

1. Green indication

a. Vehicular traffic facing a circular green signal may proceed straight through or turn right or left unless a sign at such place prohibits either such turn. But vehicular traffic, including vehicles turning right or left, shall yield the right-or-way to other vehicles and to pedestrians lawfully within the intersection or an adjacent crosswalk at the time such signal is exhibited;

b. Vehicular traffic facing a green arrow signal, shown alone or in combination with another indication, may cautiously enter the intersection only to make the movement indicated by such arrow, or such other movement as is permitted by other indications shown at the same time. Such vehicular traffic shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians lawfully within an adjacent crosswalk and to other traffic lawfully using the intersection.

c. Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in section 27-183, pedestrians facing any green signal, except when the sole green signal is a turn arrow, may proceed across the roadway within any marked or unmarked crosswalk.

2. Steady yellow indication

a. Vehicular traffic facing a steady yellow signal is thereby warned that the related green movement is being terminated or that a red indication will be exhibited immediately thereafter when vehicular traffic shall not enter the intersection;

b. Pedestrians facing a steady yellow signal, unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in section 27-183, are thereby advised that there is insufficient time to cross the roadway before a red indication is shown and no pedestrian shall then start to cross the roadway.

3. Steady red indication

a. Vehicular traffic facing a steady red signal alone shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then before entering the intersection and shall remain standing until a green indication is shown except as provided in paragraph (b) of this subdivision;

b. The driver of a vehicle which is stopped as close as practicable at the entrance to the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the entrance to the intersection to make a right turn but shall yield the right-of-way to pedestrians and other traffic proceeding as directed by the signal at the intersection, except that the state highways and transportation commission with reference to an intersection involving a state highway, and local authorities with reference to an intersection involving other highways under their jurisdiction, may prohibit any such right turn against a red signal at any intersection where safety conditions so require, said prohibition shall be effective when a sign is erected at such intersection giving notice thereof;

c. Unless otherwise directed by a pedestrian control signal as provided in section 27-183, pedestrians facing a steady red signal alone shall not enter the roadway.

4. In the event an official traffic control signal is erected and maintained at a place other than an intersection, the provisions of this section shall be applicable except as to those provisions which by their nature can have no application. Any stop required shall be made at a sign or marking on the pavement indicating where the stop shall be made, but in the absence of any such sign or marking the stop shall be made at the signal.[300.155 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-183 Pedestrian control signals.

Whenever special pedestrian control signals exhibiting the words "Walk" or "Don't Walk" are in place such signals shall indicate as follows:

1. "Walk", pedestrians facing such signal may proceed across the roadway in the direction of the signal and shall be given the right-of-way by the drivers of all vehicles;

2. "Wait" or "Don't Walk", no pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of such signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed his crossing on the walk signal shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone while the wait signal is showing. [300.160 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-184 Flashing signals.

1. Whenever an illuminated flashing red or yellow signal is used in a traffic sign or signal it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:

a. Flashing red (stop signal), when a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop before entering the nearest crosswalk at an intersection or at a limit line when marked, or if none, then before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign;

b. Flashing yellow (caution signal), when a yellow lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution.

2. This section shall not apply at railroad grade crossings. Conduct of drivers of vehicles approaching railroad grade crossings shall be governed by the rules as set forth in section 27-213 of this ordinance.[300.165 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-185 Lane direction control signals.

When lane direction control signals are placed over the individual lanes of a street or highway, vehicular traffic may travel in any lane over which a green signal is shown, but shall not enter or travel in any lane over which a red signal is shown.

[300.170 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-186 Display of unauthorized signs, signals or markings.

No person shall place, maintain or display upon or in view of any highway an unauthorized sign, signal, marking or device which purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles an official traffic control device or railroad sign or signal, or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic, or which hides from view or interferes with the effectiveness of any official traffic control device or any railroad sign or signal.

[300.175 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-187 Interference with official traffic control devices or railroad signs or signals.

No person shall, without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down or remove any official traffic control device or any railroad sign or signal or any inscription, shield or insignia thereon, or any other part thereof.

[300.180 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-188 Authority to establish play streets.

The city shall have authority to declare any street or part thereof a play street and to place appropriate signs or devices in the roadway indicating and helping to protect the same.

[300.185 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-189 Play streets.

Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating any street or part thereof as a play street, no person shall drive a vehicle upon any such street or portion thereof except drivers of vehicles having business or whose residences are within such closed area, and then any said driver shall exercise the greatest care in driving upon any such street or portion thereof.

[300.195 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-190 The City to designate crosswalks and establish safety zones.

The city is hereby authorized:

1. To designate and maintain, by appropriate devices, marks, or lines upon the surface of the roadway, crosswalks at intersections where in his opinion there is particular danger to pedestrians crossing the roadway, and at such other places as he may deem necessary;

2. To establish safety zones of such kind and character and at such places as he may deem necessary for the protection of pedestrians.

[300.195 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-191 Driving through safety zone prohibited.

No vehicle shall, at any time, be driven through or within a safety zone.

[300.365 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-192 Traffic lanes.

1. The city is hereby authorized to mark traffic lanes upon the roadway of any street or highway where a regular alignment of traffic is necessary.

2. Where such traffic lanes have been marked, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to fail or refuse to keep such vehicle within the boundaries of any such lane except when lawfully passing another vehicle or preparatory to making a lawful turning movement. [300.200 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-193 Commercial vehicles prohibited from using certain streets.

In cases where an equally direct and convenient alternate route is provided, an ordinance may describe, and signs may be erected giving notice thereof, that no persons shall operate any commercial vehicle upon streets or parts of streets so described except those commercial vehicles making deliveries thereon. [300.550 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-194 Unauthorized signal devices prohibit -- trafficway not to be used for signs -- nuisances declared.

1. No person shall place, maintain or display upon or in view of any highway any authorized sign, signal, marking, or device which purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles an official traffic-control device or railroad sign or signal, or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic, or which hides from view or interferes with the effectiveness of an official traffic-control device or any railroad sign or signal.

2. No person shall place or maintain nor shall any public authority permit upon any highway any traffic sign or signal bearing thereon any commercial advertising unless authorized by the Missouri highways and transportation commission.

3. This section shall not be deemed to prohibit the erection upon private property adjacent to highways of signs giving useful directional information and of a type that cannot be mistaken for official signs.

4. Every such prohibited sign, signal or marking is hereby declared to be public nuisance. [304.321 RSMo.] (Ord.No.91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-195 Alteration or removal of traffic-control devices prohibited.

No person shall without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down, or remove any official traffic-control device or any railroad sign or signal or any inscription, shield or insignia thereon, or any other part thereof. [304.331 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-196 -- 27-204 Reserved.

 

 

ARTICLE IX. STOP AND YIELD INTERSECTIONS

Sec. 27-205 Through streets designated.

Those streets and parts of streets described by ordinances of the city are declared to be through streets for the purposes of sections 27-205 to 27-212. [300.255 RSMo.]

(Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-206 Signs required at through streets.

Whenever any ordinance of the city designates and describes a through street it shall be the duty of the city to place and maintain a stop sign, or on the basis of an engineering and traffic investigation at any intersection a yield sign, on each and every street intersecting such through street unless traffic at any such intersection is controlled at all times by traffic control signals; provided, however, that at the intersection of two such through streets or at the intersection of a through street and a heavy traffic street not so designated, stop signs shall be erected at the approaches of either of said streets as may be determined by the city upon the basis of an engineering and traffic study. [300.260 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-207 Other intersections where stop or yield required.

The city is hereby authorized to determine and designate intersections where particular hazard exists upon other than through streets and to determine whether vehicles shall stop at one or more entrances to any such intersection, in which event the city shall cause to be erected a stop sign at every such place where a stop is required, or whether vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles on a different street at such intersection as prescribed in section 27-210, in which event he shall cause to be erected a yield sign at every place where obedience thereto is required. [300.265 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-208 Stop and yield signs.

1. The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign if required for safety to stop shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, in the event there is no crosswalk, at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of the approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.

2. Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, in the event there is no crosswalk, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection. [300.270 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-209 Designation of Stop signs.

The City Council has deemed it necessary for the health and safety of the inhabitants of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri that "Stop" signs be erected and maintained at certain described intersections as follows:

Ord. 96-58 Alexander/Trenton 4/29/96

Ord. 75-16 Ann/Cherry 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Ann/Elm 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Ann/Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Ann/Vine 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Ann/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Ann/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Asher/Waples 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Atkins/Hwy.190 4/28/75

Ord. 97-110 Atkins/Fair Street 9/22/97

Ord. 75-16 Bridge/Broadway 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Bridge/Commercial 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Bridge/Missouri 4/28/75

Ord. 95-117 Broadway/Calhoun 10/10/95

Ord. 75-16 Broadway/Eleventh 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Broadway/Jackson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Broadway/J.F.K. 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Broadway/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 95-116 Broadway/Webster 10/10/95

Ord. 75-16 Broadway/Tenth 4/28/75

Ord. 96-58 Broadway/Trenton 4/29/96

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/Cherry 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/Fair 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/McNally 4/28/75

Ord. 92-94 Bryan/Miller 11/30/92

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/Monroe 4/28/75

Ord. 96-58 Bryan/Sunset 4/29/96

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Bryan/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-46 Brunswick/Ryan 10/13/75

Ord. 78-28 Burnam/Park Lane 10/31/78

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Cherry 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Dickinson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Easton 4/28/75

Ord. 84-12 Calhoun/Grandview 5/14/84

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Elm 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Highland 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Jefferson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/State 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Sunset 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Vine 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Westview 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Calhoun/Woodward 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Central/Maple 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cherry/Clay 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cherry/First 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cherry/Jackson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cherry/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cherry/Third 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cherry/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 98-130 Chicago/Montgomery 10/12/98

Ord. 97-89 Church/Waples 7/28/97

Ord. 75-16 Clay/Dickinson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16/97-110 Clay/Elm 4/28/75-9/22/97

Ord. 75-16 Clay/Grandview 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Clay/Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Clay/Vine 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Clay/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Clay/Highland 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Commercial/Jackson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cooper/Dickinson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cooper/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cowgill/Jameson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Cowgill/C.B.Q. RR 4/28/75

Ord. 90-4,92-8 Cowgill/South 2/12/90,2/10/92

Ord. 75-16 Curtis/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Dickinson/Jackson 4/28/75

Ord. 87-6 Dickinson/Polk 1/27/87

Ord. 75-16 Dickinson/Third 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Dickinson/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 77-42 Dorney/Fair 12/12/77

Ord. 75-16 East/E. Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Easton/Jackson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Easton/J.F.K. 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Easton/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Easton/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Edgewood/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Eleventh/Elm 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Eleventh/Maple 4/28/75

Ord. 97-108 Elm/First 9/8/97

Ord. 85-__ Elm/Jackson 1/14/85

Ord. 75-16 Elm/J.F.K. 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Elm/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Elm/Second 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Elm/Third 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Elm/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Elmdale/Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Fair/Hwy. 190 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Fair/Normal 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Fair/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Fair/Springhill 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Fifteenth/Washingtn 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Fairway/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 92-41 First/Hickory 5/26/92

Ord. 75-16 First/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Frontage/Gilbert 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Frontage/Rupps 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Frontage/SaleBarn 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Grandview/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 91-27 Grandview/Third 4/29/91

Ord. 75-16 Graves/Green 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Graves/Ryan 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Graves/South 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Green/Samuel 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Green/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Harvester/Hwy.36 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Harvester/Ryan 4/28/75

Ord. 96-58 Henry/Curtis 4/29/96

Ord. 75-16 Henry/Madison 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Henry/Ryan 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Henry/Violet 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Herriman/Martin 4/28/75

Ord. 77-__ HickoryDr/Sixteenth 11/28/77

Ord. 75-16 Hickory/CB&Q RR 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Hickory/Second 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Hickory/PowerPlant 4/28/75

Ord. 78-28 HickoryDr/Park Lane 10/31/78

Ord. 75-16 Highland/Jackson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Highland/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16/97-108 Hillcrest/Third 4/28/75-9/8/97

Ord. 75-16 Hwy.36/Gilbert 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Jackson/Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 97-108 Jackson/St. Louis 9/8/97

Ord. 75-16 Jackson/St. Paul 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Jackson/Vine 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Jackson/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 85-40 Jackson/Woodward 9/30/85

Ord. 75-16 Jameson/Samuel 4/28/75

Ord. 98-119 Jefferson/Webster 9/28/98

Ord. 75-16 J.F.K./Locust 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 J.F.K./Maple 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 J.F.K./Oak 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 J.F.K./Trenton 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Leeper/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 91-49 Linn/Mac 8/26/91

Ord. 75-16 Locust/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Locust/Third 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Locust/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Locust/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 McNally/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 McNally/Springhill 4/28/75

Ord. 97-108 Mac/St. Louis 9/8/97

Ord. 78-28 Maple/Park 10/31/78

Ord. 75-16 Maple/Tenth 4/28/75

Ord. 96-58 McVey/Trenton 4/29/96

Ord. 75-16 Miller/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Miller/Springhill 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Missouri/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Mitchell/Hwy.36 4/28/75

Ord. 97-118 Mitchell/Bus. Hwy. 36 10/27/97

Ord. 77-43 Mitchell/Ryan 12/27/77

Ord. 75-16 Monroe/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 78-28 Monroe/Springhill 10/31/78

Ord. 96-67 Morningside/Central 5/13/96

Ord. 96-58 Morningside/Trenton 4/29/96

Ord. 75-16 Northwood/Polk 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Oak/Springhill 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Oak/J.F.K. 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Oak/Tenth 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/St. Louis 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/State 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/Sunset 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/Trenton 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/Vine 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Polk/Woodward 4/28/75

Ord. 89-35 Ryan St./Second

Ord. 89-25 Samuel/South 8/14/89

Ord. 75-16 Second/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 South/Williams 4/28/75

Ord. 78-28 Springhill/Walnut 10/31/78

Ord. 75-16 Springhill/Washintn 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Sunset/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 90-46 Tenth/Trenton 11/26/90

Ord. 97-108 Third/Turner 9/8/97

Ord. 87-4 Third/Vine 1/28/87

Ord. 75-16 Third/Walnut 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Third/Wilson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16/97-108 Third/Woodrow 4/28/75-9/8/97

Ord. 75-16 Vine/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Walnut/Webster 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Waples/Washington 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Washgtn/SimpsonPark 4/28/75

Ord. 75-16 Washington/Hwy.36 4/28/75

Ord. 95-118 Woodward/Webster 10/10/95

Sec. 27-210 Designation of Yield signs.

The City Council has deemed it necessary for the health and safety of the inhabitants of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, that "Yield" signs be erected and maintained at certain described intersections as follows:

Ord. 95-65 BelAir/Fairlane 6/12/95

Ord. 75-17 Boyd/Dorney 4/28/75

Ord. 89-21 Brunswick/Madison 6/12/89

Ord. 82-3 Brunswick/Second 3/8/82

Ord. 75-17 Bryan/Dickinson 4/28/75

Ord. 75-17 Bryan/Edgewood 4/28/75

Ord. 89-16 Bryan/Hillside 89-16

Ord. 75-17 Burnam/Park Lane 4/28/75

Ord. 79-25 Burnam/Fifteenth 8/27/79

Ord. 89-7 Cherry/Second 3/14/89

Ord. 89-29 Clay/Monroe 9/25/89

Ord. 89-21 Clay/Woodward 6/12/89

Ord. 75-17 CountryClub/Fairway 4/28/75

Ord. 88-17 Cowgill/Frederick 7/25/88

Ord. 88-17 Cowgill/Olive 7/25/88

Ord. 88-17 Cowgill/Smith 7/25/88

Ord. 89-7 Cowgill/Waples 3/14/89

Ord. 94-2 Dale/Thompson 1/10/94

Ord. 87-6 Dickinson/Polk 1/27/87

Ord. 81-2 Easton/Eleventh 1/26/81

Ord. 90-46 Easton/Tenth 11/26/90

Ord. 91-63 Edgerton/Herriman 10/14/91

Ord. 88-17 Frederick/Williams 7/25/88

Ord. 86-29 Graves/Waples 10/27/86

Ord. 85-33 Harvester/McCormick 8/26/85

Ord. 75-17 Hickory/Park Lane 4/28/75

Ord. 75-17 Hickory/Third 4/28/75

Ord. 93-45 Hill/Wise 7/26/93

Ord. 81-33 Irving/Monroe 10/12/81

Ord. 92-30 Jameson/Williams 4/13/92

Ord. 89-21 Liberia/Waples 6/12/89

Ord. 88-18 Martin/Wise 8/8/88

Ord. 86-31 Missouri/Montgomery 11/10/86

Ord. 75-17 Mitchell/Third 4/28/75

Ord. 86-31 Montgomery/St.Louis 11/10/86

Ord. 88-17 Olive/Williams 7/25/88

Ord. 80-6 Ryan/Second 1/28/80

Ord. 79-25 Samuel/Gilbert 4/28/75

Ord. 80-6 Second/Ryan 1/28/80

Ord. 92-93 Second/Vine 11/30/92

Ord. 89-7 Second/Walnut 3/14/89

Ord. 88-17 Smith/Williams 7/25/88

Ord. 75-17 Washngtn/BarnsBakr 4/28/75

Ord. 95-118 Webster/Woodward 10/10/95

 

Sec. 27-211 Vehicle entering stop intersection.

Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop as required by section 27-208 and after having stopped shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when such driver is moving across or within the intersection. [300.275 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-212 Vehicle entering yield intersection.

The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall in obedience to such sign slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection; provided, however, that if such a driver is involved in a collision with a vehicle in the intersection, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, such collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of his failure to yield right-of-way. [300.280 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-213 Emerging from alley, driveway or building.

The driver of a vehicle within a business or residence district emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway or driveway, and shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian as may be necessary to avoid collision, and, upon entering the roadway, shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway. [300.285 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-214 Stop when traffic obstructed.

No driver shall enter an intersection or a marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle he is operating without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding any traffic control signal indication to proceed.[300.290 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-215 Obedience to signal indicating approach of train.

1. Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this section, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within fifty feet but not less that fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad, and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:

a. A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of immediate approach of a railroad train;

b. A crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train;

c. An approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.

2. No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.

[300.295 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-216 -- 27-222 Reserved

 

ARTICLE X. STOPPING, STANDING AND PARKING

Sec. 27-223 Standing or parking close to curb.

Except as otherwise provided in sections 27-223 to 27-226, every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway shall be so stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel to and within eighteen inches of the right-hand edge of the paved roadway. No vehicle shall park upon a roadway facing in a direction opposite of the authorized traffic flow. (Ord.No. 96-101, 8/26/96)

Sec. 27-224 Signs or markings indicating angle parking.

1. The city shall determine upon what streets angle parking shall be permitted and shall mark or sign such streets but such angle parking shall not be indicated upon any federal-aid or state highway within the city unless the state highway and transportation commission has determined by resolution or order entered in its minutes that the roadway is of sufficient width to permit angle parking without interfering with the free movement of traffic.

2. Angle parking shall not be indicated or permitted at any place where passing traffic would thereby be caused or required to drive upon the left side of the street or upon any streetcar tracks.[300.420 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-225 Obedience to angle parking signs or markers.

On those streets which have been signed or marked by the city for angle parking, no person shall park or stand a vehicle other than at the angle to the curb or edge of the roadway indicated by such signs or markings. [300.425 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-226 Unattended motor vehicle.

No person shall leave a motor vehicle unattended on the highway without first stopping the motor and cutting off the electric current. The failure to lock such motor vehicle shall not mitigate the offense of stealing the same, nor shall such failure be used to defeat a recovery in any civil action for the theft of such motor vehicle, or the insurance thereon, or have any other bearing in any civil action. [304.150 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-227 Vehicles left unattended on public property for removal and disposition -- liability limited, when -- check for stolen vehicles -- notice to security holder, when -- possessory lien, how enforced -- new title, how issued.

1. Any law enforcement officer within his jurisdiction may authorize a service station, towing operator, salvage dealer, or motor vehicle repair shop to remove to a place of safety:

a. Any vehicle from the right-of-way of any highway constructed and maintained by the state highways and transportation commission if the vehicle has been left unattended on the right-of-way for more than forty-eight hours;

b. Any unattended vehicle illegally left standing upon any highway or bridge if the vehicle is left in a position or under such circumstances as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic;

c. Any vehicle which has been abandoned under section 577.080 RSMo.;

d. Any vehicle which has been reported as stolen or taken without consent of the owner; or

e. Any vehicle for which the person driving such vehicle is arrested for an alleged offense for which the officer is required to take the person into custody.

2. Neither the law enforcement officer nor anyone having custody of a vehicle under his direction shall be liable for any damage to such vehicle occasioned by a removal authorized by subdivision a, b, or d of subsection 1 of this section other than damages occasioned by gross negligence or by willful or wanton acts or omissions.

3. The owner of a vehicle removed as provided in this section shall be responsible for payment of all reasonable charges for towing and storage of such vehicle.

4. Upon the towing of any vehicle under this section, the law enforcement agency that authorized such towing shall make an inquiry with the national crime information center and any statewide Missouri law enforcement computer system to determine if the vehicle has been reported as stolen. The law enforcement officer who authorized the tow shall submit a report to the director of revenue within five working days of the towing of the vehicle. Such report shall include the following:

a. The year, model, make and vehicle identification number of the vehicle;

b. A description of any damage to the vehicle noted by the law enforcement officer;

c. The license number;

d. The storage location of the towed vehicle;

e. The name and address of the tower;

f. The date of the authorization to tow the vehicle; and

g. The date of the inquiry of the national crime information center and any statewide Missouri law enforcement computer system to determine if the vehicle had been stolen.

5. The owner of such vehicle or the holder of a valid security interest thereon which is in default, may reclaim it from the service station, towing operator, salvage dealer, or motor vehicle repair shop, upon proof of ownership or valid security interest which is in default and payment of all reasonable charges for the towing and storage of the vehicle.

6. Towing operators, service stations, salvage dealers, or motor vehicle repair shops who tow or store vehicles according to this section shall keep a record for three years on each vehicle towed and not reclaimed by the owner of the vehicle. Such record shall contain a copy of the law enforcement officer's authorization to tow, copies of all correspondence with the department of revenue concerning the vehicle, and information concerning the final disposition of the possession of the vehicle. [304.155 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-228 Vehicles left unattended on private property of another, procedure for removal and disposition -- liability limited, when -- check for stolen vehicles -- notice to security holder, when -- possessory liens, how enforced -- new title, how issued.

1. If a person abandons a motor vehicle, as defined in section 301.010, RSMo. on any real property owned by another without the consent of the owner or person in possession of the property, at the request of the person in possession of the real property, any law enforcement officer within his jurisdiction may authorize a service station, towing operator, salvage dealer, or vehicle repair shop to remove such vehicle from the property. For purposes of this section, a person abandons a vehicle if he leave the vehicle unattended for more than forty-eight hours, or less if the abandoned vehicle, in the judgment of a law enforcement officer, constitutes a safety hazard or unreasonably interferes with the use of the real property by the person in possession. The law enforcement officer shall have no authority to remove a vehicle from real property owned by another prior to the expiration of forty-eight hours after the vehicle is placed on the property or notice given by the owner of the property, unless the abandoned vehicle, in the judgment of the law enforcement officer, constitutes a safety hazard or unreasonably interferes with the use of the real property by the person in possession. The owner of a vehicle removed as provided in this section shall be responsible for payment of all reasonable charges for towing and storage of such vehicle.

2. Neither the law enforcement officer nor anyone having custody of a vehicle under his direction shall be liable for any damage to such vehicle occasioned by a removal authorized by this section other than damages occasioned by gross negligence or by willful or wanton acts or omissions.

3. Upon the towing of any vehicle under this section the law enforcement agency that authorized such towing shall make an inquiry with the national crime information center and any statewide Missouri law enforcement computer system to determine if the vehicle has been reported as stolen. The law enforcement officer who authorized the tow shall submit a report to the director of revenue within five working days of the towing of the vehicle. Such report shall include the following:

a. The year, model, make and vehicle identification number of the vehicle;

b. A description of any damage to the vehicle noted by the law enforcement officer;

c. The license number;

d. The storage location of the towed vehicle;

e. The name and address of the tower;

f. The date of the authorization to tow the vehicle; and

g. The date of the inquiry of the national crime information center and any statewide Missouri law enforcement computer system to determine if the vehicle had been stolen.

4. The owner of such vehicle or the holder of a valid security interest thereon which is in default, may reclaim it from the service station, towing operator, salvage dealer, or motor vehicle repair shop, upon proof of ownership or valid security interest which is in default and payment of all reasonable charges of the towing and storage of the vehicle.

[304.157 RSMo] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-229 Vehicles of more than fifteen-passenger or one-ton capacity; trailers and truck trailers.

1. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to permit any motor vehicle having the capacity of more than fifteen (15) passengers, or any motor vehicle, truck or truck tractor having a capacity of more than one ton, to park, stand or stop for a period of more than ten (10) minutes on any public street or alley within the city provided that nothing in this section shall prohibit any reasonable and necessary parking of any such vehicle for the purpose of loading and unloading such vehicle in the carrying on of the business of its owner or operator.

2. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm or corporation to permit any truck trailer or trailer of any type to park, stand or stop for a period of more than ten (10) minutes on any public street or alley within the city, provided that nothing in this section shall prohibit the reasonable and necessary parking of such truck trailer or trailers for the purpose of loading or unloading such truck trailer or trailers in the carrying on of the business of its owner or operator.

3. Any person, firm or corporation found guilty of violating the terms hereof shall be subject to a fine or not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00), together with the costs of court. (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-230 Permits for loading or unloading at an angle to the curb.

1. The city is authorized to issue special permits to permit the backing of a vehicle to the curb for the purpose of loading or unloading merchandise or materials subject to the terms and conditions of such permit. Such permits may be issued either to the owner or lessee of real property or to the owner of the vehicle and shall grant to such person the privilege as therein stated and authorized herein.

2. It shall be unlawful for any permittee or other person to violate any of the special terms or conditions of any such permit. [300.430 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-231 Lamps on parked vehicles.

1. Whenever a vehicle is lawfully parked upon a street or highway during the hours between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise and in the event there is sufficient light to reveal any person or object within a distance of five hundred feet upon such street or highway no lights need be displayed upon such parked vehicle.

2. Whenever a vehicle is parked or stopped upon a roadway or shoulder adjacent thereto, whether attended or unattended, during the hours between a half hour after sunset and a half hour before sunrise and there is not sufficient light to reveal any person or object within a distance of five hundred feet upon such highway, such vehicle so parked or stopped shall be equipped with one or more lamps meeting the following requirements: At least one lamp shall display a white or amber light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the front of the vehicle, and the same lamp or at least one other lamp shall display a red light visible from a distance of five hundred feet to the rear of the vehicle, and the location of said lamp or lamps shall always be such that at least one lamp or combination of lamps meeting the requirements of this section is installed as near as practicable to the side of the vehicle which is closer to passing traffic. The foregoing provisions shall not apply to a motor driven cycle.

3. Any lighted head lamps upon a parked vehicle shall be depressed or dimmed. [300.435 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-232 -- 27-234 Reserved.

STOPPING, STANDING OR PARKING

DIVISION 2. PROHIBITED IN SPECIFIED PLACES

Sec. 27-235 Stopping, standing or parking prohibited.

Except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with the law or the direction of a police officer or official traffic control device, no person shall:

1. Stop, stand or park a vehicle:

a. On the roadway side of any vehicle stopped or parked at the edge or curb of a street:

b. On a sidewalk;

c. Within an intersection;

d. On a crosswalk;

e. Between a safety zone and the adjacent curb or within thirty feet of points on the curb immediately opposite the ends of a safety zone, unless the traffic authority indicates a different length by signs or markings;

f. Alongside or opposite any street excavation or obstruction when stopping, standing, or parking would obstruct traffic;

g. Upon any bridge or other elevated structure upon a highway or within a highway tunnel;

h. On any railroad tracks; (Ord. 91-8, 1-29-91)

      1. On or across any parkway of the City. "Parkway" for purposes of this ordinance shall mean that portion of the street right-of-way between the curb line and the right-of-way line. (Ord. 95-114, 10-10-95)

2. Stand or park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except momentarily to pick up or discharge a passenger or passengers:

a. In front of a public or private driveway;

b. Within fifteen feet of a fire hydrant;

c. Within twenty feet of a crosswalk at an intersection;

d. Within thirty feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign, or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway;

e. Within twenty feet of the driveway entrance to any fire station and on the side of a street opposite the entrance to any fire station within seventy-feet of said entrance (when Property sign posted);

f. At any place where official signs prohibit standing.

(Ord. 97-131, 11/4/97)

3. Park a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers:

a. Within fifty feet of the nearest rail of railroad crossing;

b. At any place where official signs prohibit parking.

c. No person shall move a vehicle not lawfully under his control into any such prohibited area or away from a curb such a distance as is unlawful. [300.440 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-236 Parking not to obstruct traffic.

No person shall park any vehicle upon a street, other than an alley, in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of the width of the roadway for free movement of vehicular traffic. [300.445 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-237 Parking in alleys.

No person shall park a vehicle within an alley in such a manner or under such conditions as to leave available less than ten feet of the width of the roadway for the free movement of vehicular traffic, and no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle within an alley in such position as to block the driveway entrance to any abutting property. [300.450 RSMo.]

(Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-238 Parking for certain purposes prohibited.

No person shall park a vehicle upon any roadway for the principal purpose of:

1. Displaying such a vehicle for sale; or

2. Repair such vehicle except repairs necessitated by an emergency.

[300.455 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-239 Parking prohibited on narrow streets.

1. The city is authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon any street when the width of the roadway does not exceed twenty feet, or upon one side of a street as indicated by such signs when the width of the roadway does not exceed thirty feet.

2. When official signs prohibiting parking are erected upon narrow streets as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle upon any such street in violation of any such sign. [300.465 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-240 Standing or parking on one-way streets.

The city is authorized to erect signs upon the left-hand side of any one-way street to prohibit the standing or parking of vehicles, and when such signs are in place, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon such left-hand side in violation of any such sign.

[300.470 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-241 Standing or parking on one-way roadways.

In the event a highway includes two or more separate roadways and traffic is restricted to one direction upon any such roadway, no person shall stand or park a vehicle upon the left-hand side of such one-way roadway unless signs are erected to permit such standing or parking. The city is authorized to determine when standing or parking may be permitted upon the left-hand side of any such one-way roadway and to erect signs giving notice thereof.

[300.475 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-242 No stopping, standing or parking near hazardous or congested places.

1. The city is hereby authorized to determine and designate by proper signs places not exceeding one hundred feet in length in which the stopping, standing, or parking of vehicles would create an especially hazardous condition or would cause unusual delay to traffic.

2. When official signs are erected at hazardous or congested places authorized herein, no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle in any such designated place. [300.480 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

ec. 27-243 Railroad trains not to block streets.

It shall be unlawful for the directing officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of, or to operate the same, in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for purposes of travel for a period of time longer than five minutes; provided that this section shall not apply to a moving train or to one stopped because of an emergency or for repairs necessary before it can proceed safely. [300.360 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-244 Stop required at railroad grade crossing, when.

1. Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this subsection, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within fifty feet but not less than fifteen feet from the nearest rail of such railroad, and shall not proceed until he can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:

a. A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device, which has been installed pursuant to order of the Public Service Commission under section 389.640, RSMo. 1969, gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train; or

b. A crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train.

2. No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed, unless he can do so safely.

3. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not exceeding two hundred dollars.[304.035 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-245 Prohibited Parking in Public Parking Facilities

1. Parking in Public Parking Facilities as defined herein shall be prohibited between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. except with the express prior approval of the City Administrator or City Council.

2. "Public Parking Facilities" as defined in this section shall include all parking facilities designed for public use owned by the City (excluding parking facilities within public parks which are covered by separate ordinance) and include but is not limited to, the following facilities: Locust Street Parking Facility located in the 400 block of Locust Street, Washington Street Parking Facility located in the 700 block of Washington Street, and City Hall Parking Facility located in the 700 block of Locust Street. (Ord. 95-112, 9-25-95)

Secs. 27-246 -- 27-251 Reserved

 

 

DIVISION 3. RESTRICTED, PROHIBITED ON CERTAIN STREETS

Sec. 27-252 Application of ordinance.

The provisions of this ordinance prohibiting the standing or parking of a vehicle shall apply at all times or at those times herein specified or as indicated on official signs except when it is necessary to stop a vehicle to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a police officer or official traffic control device.

[300.520 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-253 Regulations not exclusive.

The provisions of this ordinance imposing a time limit on parking shall not relieve any person from the duty to observe other and more restrictive provisions prohibiting or limiting the stopping, standing, or parking of vehicles in specified places or at specified times. [300.525 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-254 Parking prohibited at all times on certain streets.

When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall park a vehicle at any time upon any of the streets described by ordinance.[300.530 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-255 Stopping, standing or parking prohibited during certain hours on certain streets.

When signs are erected in each block giving notice thereof, no person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle between the hours specified by ordinance of any day except Sundays and public holidays within the district or upon any of the streets described by ordinance.

[300.535 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-256 Parking signs required.

Whenever by this ordinance or any ordinance of the city any parking time limit is imposed or parking is prohibited on designated streets it shall be the duty of the city to erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof and no such regulations shall be effective unless said signs are erected and in place at the time of any alleged offense.

[300.545 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-257 -- 27-263 Reserved

 

DIVISION 4. LOADING AND UNLOADING

Sec. 27-264 City traffic engineer to designate curb loading zones.

The city is hereby authorized to determine the location of passenger and freight curb loading zones and shall place and maintain appropriate signs indicating the same and stating the hours during which the provisions of this section are applicable.

[300.485 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-265 Permits for curb loading zones.

The city shall not designate or sign any curb loading zone upon special request of any person unless such person makes application for permit for such zone and for two signs to indicate the ends of each such zone. [300.490 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-266 Standing in passenger curb loading zone.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle for any purpose or period of time other than the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers in any place marked as a passenger curb loading zone during hours when the regulations applicable to such curb loading zone are effective, and then only for a period not to exceed three minutes.

[300.495 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-267 Standing in freight curb loading zones.

No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle for any purpose or length of time other than for the expeditious unloading and delivery or pickup and loading of materials in any place marked as a freight curb loading zone during hours when the provisions applicable to such zones are in effect. [300.500 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-268 Stopping, standing and parking of buses and taxicabs regulated.

1. The operator of a bus shall not stand or park such vehicle upon any street at any place other than a bus stand so designated as provided herein.

2. The operator of a bus shall not stop such vehicle upon any street at any place for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers or their baggage other than at a bus stop, bus stand or passenger loading zone so designated as provided herein, except in case of an emergency.

3. The operator of a bus shall enter a bus stop, bus stand or passenger loading zone on a public street in such a manner that the bus when stopped to load or unload passengers or baggage shall be in a position with the right front wheel of such vehicle not further than eighteen inches from the curb and the bus approximately parallel to the curb so as not to unduly impede the movement of other vehicular traffic.

4. The operator of a taxicab shall not stand or park such vehicle upon any street at any place other than in a taxicab stand so designated as provided herein. This provision shall not prevent the operator of a taxicab from temporarily stopping in accordance with other stopping or parking regulations at any place for the purpose of and while actually engaged in the expeditious loading or unloading of passengers. [300.510 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-269 Restricted use of bus and taxicab stands.

No person shall stop, stand, or park a vehicle other than a bus in a bus stop, or other than a taxicab in a taxicab stand when any such stop or stand has been officially designated and appropriately signed, except that the driver of a passenger vehicle may temporarily stop therein for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers when such stopping does not interfere with any bus or taxicab waiting to enter or about to enter such zone. [300.515 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-270 -- 27-285 Reserved

DIVISION V. HANDICAPPED PARKING

Sec. 27-286 Prohibition against parking in handicapped parking spaces.

Except as provided in this section, it shall be unlawful to park a motor vehicle or any vehicle in a parking space which has been designated as a parking space for the physically disabled on private or public property within the city limits of Chillicothe, Missouri, unless the person operating or using the vehicle is physically disabled. For the purposes of determining whether or not a person is physically disabled the following definition shall apply:

Any natural person with disabilities which limit or impair the ability to walk, as determined by a licensed physician as follows:

(1) The person cannot walk fifty feet without stopping to rest; or

(2) The person cannot walk without the use of, or assistance from, a brace, cane, crutch, another person, prosthetic device, wheelchair, or other assistive device; or

(3) Is restricted by lung disease to such an extent that the person's forced respiratory expiratory volume for one second, when measured by spirometry, is less than one liter, or the arterial oxygen tension is less than sixty mm/hg on room air at rest; or

(4) Uses portable oxygen; or

(5) Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are classified in severity as class III or class IV according to standards set by the American Heart Association; or

(6) Is severely limited in his ability to walk due to an arthritic, neurological, or orthopedic condition.

Any physically disabled person, or the parent or guardian of any such person, or any not for profit group, organization, or other entity which transports more than one physically disabled person, must apply to the Missouri Director of Revenue for a removable windshield placard to be hung from the rearview mirror of a parked motor vehicle. When there is no rearview mirror, the placard shall be displayed on the dashboard on the driver's side. The removable windshield placard shall conform to the specifications, in respect to size, color, and content, as set forth in federal regulations published by the Department of Transportation.

Parking spaces intended for the exclusive use of the physically handicapped shall be so designed by means of a sign upon which is inscribed the international symbol of accessibility and/or "handicapped parking" in white letters on a blue background and, in those cases in which there lies a curb adjacent to such physically handicapped parking space, by means of said curb being painted blue by authority of the city.

A person who has secured a permit pursuant to the provisions of this section and has displayed in easy view a placard designating the driver of the vehicle to be physically handicapped shall be presumed to be utilizing such space in accordance with the terms of this section. Any individual who does not have a placard issued pursuant to the provisions of this section hereof shall be presumed to be in violation of the provisions of this section. Such latter presumption shall be rebuttable and may be overcome by the individual charged submitted evidence to the contrary. (Ord. 94-106, 11/14/94)

Sec. 27-287 Parking for vehicles transporting the handicapped.

(a) Any physically handicapped person who displays prominently upon the vehicle transporting him the placard referred to in this section, shall be entitled to park such vehicle in any space designated for handicapped person at that time.

(b) In addition to those vehicles bearing the certificate noted above, the following vehicles are hereby authorized to be parked in handicapped parking spaces:

1. Vehicles bearing a state handicapped license plate issued pursuant to Chapter 301.071 and 301.142, RSMo.;

2. Vehicles whose driver is obviously physically handicapped as defined above;

3. Vehicles specifically designed and operated for transporting physically handicapped persons. (Ord. 94-106, 11/14/94)

Secs. 27-288--27-310 Reserved.

ARTICLE XI. MISCELLANEOUS DRIVING RULES

Sec. 27-311 Following fire apparatus prohibited.

The driver of any vehicle, other than one on official business, shall not follow any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm closer than five hundred feet, or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm. [300.300 RSMo. (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-312 Crossing fire hose.

No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of a fire department when laid down on any street, private driveway or streetcar track, to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the fire department official in command.[300.305 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-313 Traffic controlled at fires.

No vehicle, except by direction of the fire chief or other authorized officer of the fire department, shall approach or park within one block of a fire at any time, or be parked or left standing within one block of any fire at any time, or be parked or left standing so as to interfere with the work of the fire department.

Sec. 27-314 Vehicle shall not be driven on a sidewalk.

The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except as a permanent or temporary driveway. [300.330 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-315 Operation of dangerous vehicle.

No person shall drive, own or operate a vehicle which is driven or towed or hauled over the streets of the city which is so located or constructed as to cause delay, accident to or injury to other vehicles or users of the public streets of the city.

Sec. 27-316 Reserved.

Sec. 27-317 Reckless Driving

1. Any person who drives any vehicle in willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving.

2. Deliberate spinning of the rear wheels or maneuvering any vehicle in what is commonly termed "fishtailing" shall be prima facie evidence of reckless driving.

(Ord. No. 69-46, Sec. 1,2, 3-9-1970)

Sec. 27-318 Use due care.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this chapter, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any street, alley or highway in the city and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any aged, confused or incapacitated person upon or crossing a roadway.

Sec. 27-319 Driving through funeral or other procession.

No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this ordinance. This provision shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or police officers.

[300.310 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-320 Driving in procession.

Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand edge of the roadway as practicable and shall follow the vehicle ahead as close as is practicable and safe. [300.315 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-321 Funeral procession to be identified.

A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia or by such other method as may be determined and designated by the traffic division.

[300.320 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-322 When permits required for parades and processions.

No funeral procession or parade containing two hundred or more persons or fifty or more vehicles, except the forces of the United States army or navy, the military forces of this state and, the forces of the police and fire departments, shall occupy, march or proceed along any street except in accordance with a permit issued by the chief of police and such other regulations as are set forth herein which may apply. [300.325 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-323 Limitations on backing.

The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with other traffic.

[300.335 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-324 Opening and closing vehicle doors.

No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers. [300.340 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-325 Riding motorcycles, additional passenger, requirements.

1. A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator.

2. The operator of a motorized bicycle shall ride only astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and shall not permit more than one person to ride thereon at the same time unless the motorized bicycle is designed to carry more than one person. Any motorized bicycle designed to carry more than one person must be equipped with a passenger seat and footrests for the use of a passenger.[300.345 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-326. Protective headgear required while operating motorcycle.

Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle upon any street in the city shall wear protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear shall meet reasonable standards and specifications established by the state director of revenue. [302.020 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-327 Riding bicycles, sleds, roller skates, by attaching to another vehicle, prohibited.

No person riding upon any bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled, or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself to any vehicle upon a roadway.

[300.350 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-328 Controlled access.

No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any controlled access roadway except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.

[300.355 RSMo.](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-329 Corner cutting.

It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any motor vehicle upon or across any sidewalk, driveway, filling station or other commercial driveway or other similar surface located at the corner of any intersection protected by a traffic light or other traffic signal or sign, for the purpose of evading the regulations governing the turning of motor vehicles at intersections.

Sec. 27-330 Glass, tacks, injurious substances, duty to remove from highway, when.

Any person who has purposely, accidentally, or by reason of an accident, dropped from his person or any vehicle, any tacks, nails, scrap metal, glass, crockery, sharp stones, or other substances injurious to the feet of persons or animals, or to the tires or wheels of vehicles, including motor vehicles, upon any highway shall immediately make all reasonable efforts to clear the highway of the substances. [304.160 RSMo] (Ord. No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-331 Seat Belt regulations.

1. As used in this section, the term "passenger car" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten persons or less and used for the transportation of persons; except that, the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motor tricycles and trucks. (Ord. 91-52, 8-26-91)

2. Each driver, except persons employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that federal agency which requires the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles, or which requires frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles, and front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street in the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets the federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements; except that, a child less than four years of age shall be protected as required in Section 210.104, Revised Statutes of Missouri, and pursuant to a specific section of the Chillicothe Code of Ordinances. Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four years of age or more, but less than sixteen years of age, in the front seat of the motor vehicle shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt. No person shall be stopped, inspected, or detained solely to determine compliance with this subsection. The provisions of this section shall not be applicable to person who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about his or her body.

(Ord. 91-52, 8-26-91)

3. Each person who violates the provisions of Section 1 of this Ordinance after its effective date, shall be guilty of an infraction for which a fine not to exceed ten dollars may be imposed. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs shall be imposed on any person due to a violation of this section. In no case shall points be assessed against any person, pursuant to Section 302.302, Revised Statutes of Missouri, for a violation of this section. (Ord. 91-52, 8-26-91)

27-332 Passenger Restraint for Children Under Four Years of Age.

1. Every person transporting a child under the age of four years residing in this state shall be responsible, when transporting such child in a motor vehicle operated by that person on the streets or highways of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, for providing for the protection of such child. When traveling in the front seat of a motor vehicle the child shall be protected by a child passenger restraint system approved by the Missouri Department of Public Safety. When traveling in the rear seat of a motor vehicle the child shall be protected by either a child passenger restraint system approved by the Missouri Department of Public Safety or the vehicle's seat belt. When the number of child passengers exceeds the number of available passenger positions, and all passenger positions are in use, remaining children shall be transported in the rear seat of the motor vehicle. (Ord. 91-51, 8-26-91)

2. Any person who violates this section is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars and court costs.

(Ord. 91-51, 8-26-91)

Sec. 27-333 Riding Skateboard - limitations.

1. That for the health and safety of the inhabitants of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, it shall be prohibited for any person to ride or use a skateboard, or permit another to use his skateboard or a skateboard over the use of which he has custody or control in any of the following specified areas:

(a) In or on any alley, street, road or highway or other publicly maintained way or street intended for vehicular use, and in addition, on any city owned property.

(b) In or on any sidewalk in the central business district as defined.

2. That the "central business district" is defined as that area currently zoned C-2.

3. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to violate the above-mentioned provisions. (Ord. 91-30, 5-13-91)

 

 

Sec. 27-334 Rollerblading - limitations.

1. That for the health and safety of the inhabitants of the City of Chillicothe, Missouri, it shall be prohibited for any person to ride or use roller blades, or permit another to use his roller blades over any of the following specified areas:

(a) In or on any tennis court, basketball court or other areas located within any city-owned park, which are not intended for motor vehicle or pedestrian traffic.

(b) In or on any sidewalk in the central business district as defined.

2. That the "central business district" is defined as that area currently zoned C-2.

3. It shall be unlawful for any person, firm, or corporation to violate the above-mentioned provisions. (Ord.95-81, 6-26-95)

Secs. 27-335. Reserved.

 

ARTICLE XII. ALCOHOL RELATED OFFENSES

Sec. 27-336 Article Definitions.

1. As used in this article, the term "Drive", "Driving", "Operates", or "Operating" means physically driving or operating or being in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.

2. As used in this article, a person is in an "intoxicated condition" when he is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance, or drug, or any combination thereof.

3. As used in this article, the term "Law enforcement officer" or "Arresting officer" includes the definition of law enforcement officer under the Revised Statutes of Missouri.

(Ord. No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-337 Driving while intoxicated.

1. A person commits the crime of "Driving while intoxicated" if he operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.

2. Driving while intoxicated is, an ordinance violation. No person convicted of or pleading guilty to the offense of driving while intoxicated shall be granted a suspended imposition of sentence for such offense, unless such person shall be placed on probation for a minimum of two years.

3. Upon a plea or finding of guilty for an offense of driving while intoxicated, the court may (as a condition for suspending any permissible portion of any sentence or in addition to an imposition of any penalties provided by law) order the convicted person to participate in, and successfully complete an alcohol or drug related traffic offender education or rehabilitation program as described in 577.049 RSMo. Such a program may be used as a condition for suspending any permissible portion of any sentence only one time.

4. Any arrest for driving while intoxicated shall be handled as any other arrest for an offense of the same severity, except as follows:

a. As soon as practicable following on such arrest, the police department shall obtain the driving record of the persons arrested.

b. Any person who has a driving record that indicates a prior conviction for driving while intoxicated or driving with excessive blood alcohol content within ten years of the date of the present alleged offense shall be subject to prosecution for said alleged offense in the Circuit Court of Livingston County, Missouri, at the option of the State Prosecuting Attorney. When such a driving record is determined, the City Attorney shall inform the State Prosecuting Attorney, within five days after the receipt of such information, shall inform the City Attorney whether or not the municipal charge will be dismissed and state charges filed. Failure on the part of the State Prosecuting Attorney to make such determination within the aforesaid period shall be deemed a waiver on behalf of the State of Missouri to prosecute such persons for driving while intoxicated charge in the state court.

c. No person, regardless of his prior conviction record shall be prosecuted through the municipal court where it appears possible that a charge of vehicular manslaughter or vehicle injury might be sustained, until after the State Prosecuting Attorney shall have had the opportunity to review the case and to consider filing appropriate charges.

(Ord. No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-338 Driving with excessive blood alcohol content.

1. A person commits the crime of "driving with excessive blood alcohol content" if he operates a motor vehicle in this City with .010 of 1 percent (ten hundredths of one percent) or more by weight of alcohol in his blood.

2. As used in this section, percent by weight of alcohol in the blood shall be based upon grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood and may be shown by chemical analysis of the person's blood, breath, saliva, or urine. For the purposes of determining the alcohol content of a person's blood under this article, the test shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of section 577.020 to 577.041 RSMo.

3. For the first offense, driving with excessive blood alcohol content is an ordinance violation. (Ord. 91-57, 9-20-91)

Sec. 27-339 Implied consent to blood alcohol content tests.

1. Any person who operates a motor vehicle upon the streets of this city shall be deemed to have given consent to, subject to the provisions of sections 577.020 to 577.041 RSMo., a chemical test or tests of his breath, blood, saliva, or urine for the purpose of determining the alcohol or drug content of his blood.

2. If a person under arrest refuses upon the request of the arresting officer to submit to any tests allowed under section 577.020 RSMo., then none shall be given and evidence of the refusal shall be admissible in a proceeding. [577.020, 577.041 RSMo.] (Ord. No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-340 Reserved.

 

ARTICLE XIII. VEHICLE EQUIPMENT

Sec. 27-341 Loads which might become dislodged to be secured -- failure, penalty.

All motor vehicles and every trailer and semitrailer operating upon the streets of this city carrying goods and material or farm products which may be reasonably expected to become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer as a result of wind pressure or air pressure and/or by the movement of the vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer shall have a protective cover or be sufficiently secured so that no portion of such goods or materials can become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer while being transported or carried. [307.010 RSMo.] (Ord. No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

 

Sec. 27-342 Trucks or truck drivers, fenders or mud flaps required -- violation, penalty.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate upon the public streets of this city a truck or truck tractor trailer, without rear fenders, which is not equipped with mud flaps for the rear wheels. If mud flaps are used, they shall be wide enough to cover the full tread width of the tire or tires being protected; shall be so installed that they extend from the underside of the vehicle body in a vertical plain behind the rear wheels to within eight inches of the ground; and shall be constructed of a rigid material or a flexible material which is of a sufficiently rigid character to provide adequate protection when the vehicle is in motion. No provisions of this section shall apply to motor vehicle in transit and in process of delivery equipped with temporary mud flaps. [307.015 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-343 Lighting equipment.

It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle on the streets of the city which is not equipped with lighting equipment in accordance with sections 307.020 to 307.115, inclusive, of the Revised Statutes of Missouri; or to fail to use such equipment as required in such section.

Sec. 27-344 Warning devices.

1. Signaling devices: Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle, in good working order, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other users of the highway and to pedestrians. Such signaling device shall be used for warning purposes only and shall not be used for making any unnecessary noise, and no other sound producing signaling device shall be used at any time.

2. Muffler cutouts: Muffler cutouts shall not be used and no vehicle shall be driven in such manner or condition that excessive and unnecessary noises shall be made by its machinery, motor, signaling device, or other parts, or by any improperly loaded cargo. The motors of motor vehicles shall be fitted with properly attached mufflers of such capacity or construction as to quiet the maximum possible exhaust noise as completely as is done in modern gas engine passenger motor vehicles. Any cut out or opening in the exhaust pipe between the motor and the muffler on any motor vehicle shall be completely closed and disconnected from its operating lever, and shall be so ranged that it cannot automatically open, or be opened or operated while such vehicle is in motion.

3. Brakes: All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two sets of adequate brakes, kept in good working order, and motorcycles shall be kept with one set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.

4. Mirrors: All motor vehicles which are so constructed or loaded that the operator cannot see the road behind such vehicle by looking back or around the side of such vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so adjusted as to reveal the road behind and be visible from the operator's seat.

5. Projections on vehicles: All vehicles carrying poles or other objects, which project more than five feet from the rear of such vehicle, shall, during the period when lights are required, carry a red light at or near the rear end of the pole or other object so projecting. At other times a red flag or cloth, not less than 16 inches square, shall be displayed at the end of such projection.

6. Tow lines: When one vehicle is being towed by another they shall be coupled by a line so that the two vehicles will be separated by not more than 15 feet and there shall be displayed on the tow line a white cloth or paper so that the same will be clearly visible to other users of the highway. During the time lights are required the required light shall be displayed by both vehicles.

7. Commercial motor vehicles and trailers: When being operated on any highway of this state shall be equipped with adequate and proper brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing, air pollution control devices, fuel tank, and any other safety equipment required by the state in such conditions so as to obtain a certificate of inspection and approval as required by the provisions of section 307.360 RSMo. [307.170 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-345 Tires, tread.

It shall be unlawful for the owner, operator, or person in charge of any traction engine to have upon the outer surface of the tires thereof any cleats, spikes, lugs, spuds, nuts, or other projecting parts, to operate, drive or draw, or cause to be operated, driven or drawn, any such traction engine upon any paved street of this city unless a board or other suitable protecting material be placed so as to completely prevent contact of the projecting parts of the wheels of such traction engine with the surface of the street.

Secs. 27-346 -- 27-360 Reserved.

ARTICLE XIV. PROVISIONS RELATIVE TO SCHOOLS

Sec. 27-361 Speed zones around schools.

1. It shall be unlawful to operate any motor vehicle or vehicles at speeds in excess of 20 miles per hour while the school located in or adjacent to the named street is in session during the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., on the following designated streets:

Calhoun Street between the intersection of Dickinson Street and State Street

Dickinson Street between the intersections of Calhoun Street and Bryan Street

Polk Street between the intersections of State Street and Fair Street

Elm Street between the intersections of Third Street and Ann Street

Henry Street between the intersections of Violet Street and Lily Street

John F. Kennedy Street between the intersections of Oak Street and Maple Street

Trenton Street between the intersections of John F. Kennedy and Eleventh Street

Oak Street between the intersections of Tenth and John F. Kennedy

Tenth Street between the intersections of Maple and Broadway

2. The City Street Superintendent shall erect signs indicating the reduced speed zones upon said streets. (Ord. 96-102, 8/26/96)

Sec. 27-362 Parking adjacent to schools.

1. The city is hereby authorized to erect signs indicating no parking upon either or both sides of any street adjacent to any school property when such parking would, in its opinion, interfere with traffic or create a hazardous situation.

2. When official signs are erected indicating no parking upon either side of a street adjacent to any school property as authorized herein, no person shall park a vehicle in any such designated place. [300.460 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-363 Certain buses and trucks to stop at railroad crossing, when.

Every motor vehicle transporting passengers, for hire, every school bus, and every motor vehicle transporting high explosives, or poisonous or compressed inflammable gases, and every motor vehicle used for the transportation of inflammable or corrosive liquids in bulk, whether loaded or empty, shall, upon approaching any railroad grade crossing, be brought to a full stop within fifty feet, but not less than ten feet, from the nearest rail of such railroad grade crossing, and shall not proceed until due caution has been taken to ascertain that the course is clear; provided, that such full stop shall not be required at a railroad grade crossing protected by a watchman or traffic officer on duty or by a traffic control "stop and go" signal (not railroad flashing signal) giving positive indication to approaching vehicles to proceed. (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-364 Buses, trucks not to follow within 300 feet -- penalty.

1. The following terms as used in this section shall mean:

a. "Bus", any vehicle or motor car designed and used

for the purpose of carrying more than seven persons;

b. "Truck", any vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer or semitrailer, or any combination thereof, propelled or drawn by mechanical power and designed or used in the transportation of property upon the highways.

2. The driver of any truck or bus, when traveling upon a public highway of this state outside of a business or residential district, shall not follow within three hundred feet of another such vehicle; provided, the provisions of this section shall not be construed to prevent the overtaking and passing, by any such truck or bus, of another similar vehicle.

[304.044 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-365 School buses, drivers to stop for, when -- signs required on buses -- bus driver responsibilities -- driver identity rebuttable presumptions, when.

1. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children and whose driver has in the manner prescribed by law given the signal to stop, shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by its driver to proceed.

2. Every bus used for the transportation of school children shall bear upon the front and rear thereon a plainly visible sign containing the words "School Bus" in letters not less than eight inches in height. Each bus shall have lettered on the rear in plain and distinct type the following: "State Law: Stop while bus is loading and unloading". Each school bus subject to the provisions of this section shall be equipped with a mechanical and electrical signaling device approved by the state board of education, which will display a signal plainly visible from the front and rear and indicating intention to stop.

3. The driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a street or highway shall activate the mechanical and electrical signaling devices, in the manner prescribed by the state board of education, to communicate to drivers of other vehicles that students are loading or unloading. No driver of a school bus shall take on or discharge passengers at any location upon a highway consisting of four or more lanes of traffic, whether or not divided by a median or barrier, in such manner as to require the passengers to cross more than two lanes of traffic; nor shall he take on or discharge passengers while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicles so stopped is plainly visible for at least three hundred feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon the highway and then only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.

4. The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or overtaking a school bus which is on a different roadway, which is proceeding in the opposite direction on a highway containing four or more lanes of traffic, or which is stopped in a loading zone constituting a part of, or adjacent to, a limited or controlled access highway at a point where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.

5. The driver of any school bus driving upon the highways of this state after loading or unloading school children, should remain stopped if the bus is followed by three or more vehicles, until such vehicles have been permitted to pass the school bus, if the conditions prevailing make it safe to do so.

6. If any vehicle is witnessed by a peace officer or the driver of a school bus to have violated the provisions of this section and the identity of the operator is not otherwise apparent, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that the person in whose name such vehicle is registered committed the violation. Every school bus shall be required to have two license plates. In the event that charges are filed against multiple owners of a motor vehicle, only one of the owners may be convicted and court costs may be assessed against only one of the owners. If the vehicle which is involved in the violation is registered in the name of a rental or leasing company and the vehicle is rented or leased to another person at the time of the violations, the rental or leasing company may rebut the presumption by providing the peace officer or prosecuting authority with a copy of the rental or lease agreement in effect at the time of the violation. No prosecuting authority may bring any legal proceedings against a rental or leasing company under this section unless prior written notice of the violation has been given to that rental or leasing company by registered mail at the address appearing on the registration and the rental or leasing company has failed to provide the rental or lease agreement copy within fifteen days of receipt of such notice. [304.050 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-366 School bus signs to be removed, when -- violation.

Any motor vehicle which is not regularly being operated by a school district or under contract with a school district or by private schools for the transportation of school children shall not bear signs indicating that it is a school bus. When any person operating a school bus under contract with a school district uses it for purposes other than for the transportation of school children, he shall cover the signs thereon in such manner that it will not appear on the highways as a school bus. [304.075 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-367 -- 27-375 Reserved

 

ARTICLE XV. BICYCLES AND MOTORIZED BICYCLES

Sec. 27-376 Bicycle and motorized bicycle, defined.

1. The term "Bicycle" shall mean every vehicle propelled solely by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices.

2. The term "Motorized Bicycle" shall mean any two- or three-wheeled device having fully operative pedals capable of propulsion by human power, an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of not more than 150 cubic centimeters which produces less than two gross brake horse power, and is capable of propelling a device at a maximum speed of not more than 30 miles per hour on level ground. A motorized bicycle shall be considered a motor vehicle for purposes of any homeowners' or renters' insurance policy.

[307.180 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-377 Brakes required.

Every bicycle and motorized bicycle shall be equipped with a brake or brakes which will enable its driver to stop the bicycle or motorized bicycle within 25 feet from a speed of ten miles per hour on dry, level, clean pavement.[307.183 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-378 Lights and reflectors, when required -- standards to be met.

Every bicycle and motorized bicycle when in use on a street or highway during the period from one half hour after sunset to one half hour before sunrise shall be equipped with the following:

1. A front facing lamp on the front or carried by the rider which will emit a white light visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway at 500 feet;

2. A rear facing red reflector at least two square inches in reflective surface area, on the rear which shall be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by vehicle driver under the low beams of vehicle head lights at 600 feet;

3. Essentially colorless or amber reflectors on both the front and rear surfaces of all pedals. Each pedal reflector shall be reset below the plane of the pedal or reflector housing. Each reflector shall be at least .090 square inches in projected effective reflex area, and must be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway and viewed by a vehicle driver under the lawful lower beams of vehicle headlights at 200 feet; and

4. A side facing essentially colorless or amber reflector visible on each or mounted on the wheel spokes of the front wheel within three inches of the inside of the wheel rim and a side facing essentially colorless or red reflector mounted on the wheel spokes of the rear wheel within three inches of the inside of the wheel rim, or continuous retro reflective material on each side of both tires which shall be at least three sixteenths of an inch wide. All such reflectors or retroreflective tire side walls should be visible at night under normal atmospheric conditions on a straight, level, unlighted roadway when viewed by a vehicle under the lawful lower beams of vehicle head lights at 300 feet. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to motorized bicycles which comply with National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration regulations relating to reflectors on motorized bicycles.

[307.185 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-379 Rights and duties of bicycle and motorized bicycle riders.

Every person riding a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon a street or highway shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to the driver of a motorized vehicle, except as to special regulations in sections 27-376 to 27-390 and except as to those ordinances, which by their nature have no application.

[307.188 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-380 Riding to right, required for bicycles and motorized bicycles, mandatory use of bicycle path by bicycles.

1. Every person operating a bicycle or motorized bicycle upon a street or highway shall ride as near to the right side of the roadway as practicable, exercising due care when passing a standing vehicle or one proceeding in the same direction.

2. Wherever a usable path for bicycles practicable for sustained riding for transportation purposes has been officially designated adjacent to a street or highway, bicycle riders shall use such path and shall not use the street or highway.

3. Persons riding bicycles upon a roadway shall not ride more than two abreast except on paths or parts of roadways set aside for the exclusive use of bicycles. [307.190 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-381 Obedience to traffic control devices.

1. Any person operating a bicycle shall obey the instructions of official traffic control signals, signs, and other control devices applicable to vehicles, unless otherwise directed by a police officer.

2. Whenever authorized signs are erected indicating that no right or left or U-turn is permitted, no person operating a bicycle shall disobey the direction of any such signal, except where such person dismounts from the bicycle to make any such turn, in which event such person shall then obey the regulations applicable to pedestrians.

Sec. 27-382 Yield Right of Way to Pedestrians.

The operator of a bicycle emerging from an alley, driveway, or building, shall upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk extending across any alleyway, yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on said sidewalk and sidewalk area and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on said roadway.

(Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-383 Seating of operator, passenger.

1. A person propelling a bicycle shall not ride other than astride a permanent and regular seat attached thereto.

2. No bicycles shall be used to carry more persons at one time than the number for which it was designed and equipped.

Sec. 27-384 Parking.

No person shall park a bicycle upon a street other than upon the roadway, against the curb, or at the curb, in such manner to afford the least obstruction to traffic.

Sec. 27-385 Riding bicycle on sidewalks.

1. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within business district.

2. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

Sec. 27-386 Speed.

No person shall operate a bicycle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions then existing.

Sec. 27-387 Carrying articles.

No person operating a bicycle shall carry any package, bundle, or article which prevents the rider from keeping at least one hand upon the handle bars.

Sec. 27-388 Acrobatic riding.

No rider of bicycle shall remove both hands from the handle bars or feet from the pedals or practice acrobatic or fancy riding on any street or highway.

Sec. 27-389 Penalty for Violation

Any person seventeen years of age or older who violates any provision of sections 27-376 to 27-390 is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than five dollars nor more than twenty-five dollars. Such an infraction does not constitute a crime and conviction shall not give rise to any disability or legal disadvantage based on conviction of a criminal offense. If any person under seventeen years of age violates any provision of sections 27-376 to 27-390 in the presence of a peace officer of the city, said officer may impound the bicycle or motorized bicycle involved for a period not to exceed five days upon issuance of a receipt to the child riding it or to its owner.

[307.193 RSMo](Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-390 Operators or chauffeur's license required to operate motorized bicycles.

No person shall operate a motorized bicycle on any highway or street in this state unless he has a valid operators or chauffeur's license. (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-391 Equipment required of motorized bicycles.

No person shall operate a motorized bicycle on any street in this city unless it is equipped in accordance with the minimum requirements for construction and equipment of 307.250 RSMo. (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-392 Person operating vehicle while under sixteen years of age -- penalty.

No person under the age of sixteen years shall operate a motor vehicle on the highways of this state. (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-393 Riding bicycle on sidewalks, limitations -- motorized bicycles prohibited.

1. No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a district zoned commercial.

2. Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.

3. No person shall ride a motorized bicycle upon a sidewalk. [300.347 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Secs. 27-394 -- 27-400 Reserved.

 

ARTICLE XVI. PEDESTRIANS' RIGHTS AND DUTIES

Sec. 27-401 Pedestrians subject to traffic control devices.

Pedestrians shall be subject to traffic control signals as heretofore declared in sections 27-184 and 27-185 of this ordinance, but at all other places pedestrians shall be granted those rights and be subject to the restrictions stated in sections 27-401 to 27-409.

[300.370 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-402 Pedestrians' right-of-way in crosswalks.

1. When traffic control signals are not in place or not in operation the driver of a vehicle shall yield the right-of-way, slowing down or stopping if need be to so yield to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a crosswalk when the pedestrians is upon the half of the roadway upon which the vehicle is traveling, or when the pedestrian is approaching so closely from the opposite half of the roadway as to be in danger.

2. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle which is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield.

3. Subsection 1 shall not apply under the conditions stated in subsection 2 of section 27-405.

4. Whenever any vehicle is stopped at a marked crosswalk or at any unmarked crosswalk at an intersection to permit a pedestrian to cross the roadway, the driver of any other vehicle approaching from the rear shall not overtake and pass such stopped vehicle. [300.375 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-403 Pedestrians to use right half of crosswalks.

Pedestrians shall move, whenever practicable, upon the right half of crosswalks. [300.380 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-404 Crossing at right angles.

No pedestrian shall cross a roadway at any place other than by a route at right angles to the curb or by the shortest route to the opposite curb except in a crosswalk.

[300.385 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-405 When pedestrian shall yield.

1. Every pedestrian crossing a roadway at any point other than within a marked crosswalk or within an unmarked crosswalk at an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

2. Any pedestrian crossing a roadway at a point where a pedestrian tunnel or overhead pedestrian crossing has been provided shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles upon the roadway.

3. The foregoing rules in this section have no application under the conditions stated in section 27-406 when pedestrians are prohibited from crossing at certain designated places.

[300.390 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-406 Prohibited crossing.

1. Between adjacent intersections at which traffic control signals are in operation, pedestrians shall not cross at any place except in a crosswalk.

2. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than in a crosswalk in any business district.

3. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway other than in a crosswalk upon any street designated by ordinance.

4. No pedestrian shall cross a roadway intersection diagonally unless authorized by official traffic control devices; and when authorized to cross diagonally, pedestrians shall cross only in accordance with the official traffic control devices pertaining to such crossing movements. [300.395 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-407 Obedience of pedestrians to bridge and railroad signals.

1. No pedestrian shall enter or remain upon any bridge or approach thereto beyond the bridge signal, gate, or barrier after a bridge operation signal indication has been given.

2. No pedestrian shall pass through, around, over, or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad grade crossing or bridge while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed. [300.400 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-408 Pedestrians walking along roadways.

1. Where sidewalks are provided it shall be unlawful for any pedestrian to walk along and upon an adjacent roadway.

2. Where sidewalks are not provided any pedestrian walking along and upon a highway shall when practicable walk only in the left side of the roadway of its shoulder facing traffic which may approach from the opposite direction.

[300.405 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-409 Drivers to exercise highest degree of care.

Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of sections 27-184 to 27-409, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise the highest degree of care to avoid colliding with any pedestrian upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary and shall exercise proper precaution upon observing any child or any confused or incapacitated person upon a roadway.

[300.410 RSMo.] (Ord.No. 91-8, 1-29-91)

Sec. 27-410 Hitchhiking.

No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any vehicle.

Sec. 27-411 Blind pedestrians.

It is hereby declared by the city council that all blind pedestrians, provided such persons shall be carrying a white cane tipped in red, shall have the right-of-way over all vehicular traffic except those used for emergency vehicles. It shall be unlawful for the driver of any vehicle, except emergency vehicles, to fail or refuse to grant the right-of-way to a blind pedestrian.

Sec. 27-412 -- 27-424 Reserved.

 

ARTICLE XVII. REIMBURSEMENT OF COST FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUG-RELATED OFFENSES.

Sec. 27-425. Reimbursement of costs.

Upon a plea of guilty, finding of guilt or conviction for violation of the provisions of Section(s) 27-336-340 (alcohol or drug-related traffic offenses), the court may, in addition to imposition of any penalties provided by law, order the person to reimburse law enforcement authorities for the costs associated with such arrest. (Ord.No. 92-78, 9-28-92)

Sec. 27-426. Determination of costs.

Such costs shall include the reasonable cost of making the arrest, including the cost of any chemical tests to determine the alcohol or drug content of the person's blood, and the cost of processing charging, booking and holding such person in custody. (Ord.No. 92-78, 9-28-92)

Sec. 27-427. Schedule of costs.

Law enforcement authorities may establish a schedule of such costs for submission to the court; however, the court may order the costs reduced if it determines that the schedule of costs is excessive given the circumstances of the case or for good cause shown. (Ord.No. 92-78, 9-28-92)

Sec. 27-428. Collection of costs.

These fees shall be calculated as additional costs by the municipal division of the Circuit Court and shall be collected by the court in the same manner as other costs and fees are collected and remitted to the City Treasurer. (Ord.No. 92-78, 9-28-92)

Sec. 27-429 -- 27-440 Reserved