City of Branson West, MO
Stone County
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Section 320.010 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 event 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.

Section 320.020 Regulation of Speed By Traffic Signals.

The City Traffic Engineer 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.

Section 320.030 Maximum Limit Generally.

[CC 1997 §11-41]
No person shall operate or drive any motor vehicle on any street within the City at a greater speed than twenty-five (25) miles per hour, unless a different speed has been established for any given area.

Section 320.035 Maximum Limit On Highway 13 and Highway 76.

[CC 1997 §11-42]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any motor vehicle on Highway 13 or Highway 76 inside the City limits within eight hundred (800) feet of the junction of Highway 13 and Highway 76 at a greater speed than thirty-five (35) miles per hour.

Section 320.040 Slow Speed — Regulations.

No person shall 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 continued slow operation by a driver is an ordinance violation.

Section 320.050 Special Speed Limits On Roadways.

No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon those portions of the roadways which are set forth and described in Schedule I at a rate of speed in excess of that speed limit set for such portions of the roadways by said Schedule.

Section 320.060 Construction Zone and Work Zone — Penalty For Violations. [1]

A. 
Prohibited Acts.
1. 
The driver of a motor vehicle may not exceed the posted speed limit within a "construction zone" or "work zone". This Subsection applies to a construction zone or work zone located upon a street or highway consisting of two (2) or more marked lanes for traffic moving in the same direction and for which motor vehicles are instructed to merge from one (1) lane into another lane by an appropriate sign erected by the Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West or a contractor performing work for the Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West.
2. 
The driver of a motor vehicle may not overtake or pass another motor vehicle within a work zone or construction zone. This Subsection applies to a construction zone or work zone located upon a highway divided into two (2) or more marked lanes for traffic moving in the same direction and for which motor vehicles are instructed to merge from one lane into another lane by an appropriate sign.
B. 
Increased Penalty For Violation Occurring In Designated Construction Zones.
1. 
Upon the first (1st) conviction or plea of guilty by any person for a moving violation as defined in Section 302.010, RSMo., or any offense listed in Section 302.302, RSMo., the court shall assess a fine of thirty-five dollars ($35.00) in addition to any other fine authorized to be imposed by law, if the offense occurred within a construction zone or a work zone. Upon a second (2nd) or subsequent such conviction or plea of guilty, the court shall assess a fine of seventy-five dollars ($75.00) in addition to any other fine authorized to be imposed by law.
2. 
Upon a conviction or plea of guilty by any person for a speeding violation pursuant to either Chapter 320 or a passing violation pursuant to Section 340.180 of this Title, the court shall assess a fine of two hundred fifty dollars ($250.00) in addition to any other fine authorized by law, if the offense occurred within a construction zone or a work zone established by the Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West and at the time the speeding or passing violation occurred there was any person in such zone who was there to perform duties related to the reason for which the area was designated a construction zone or work zone.
a. 
However, no person assessed an additional fine pursuant to this Subsection shall also be assessed an additional fine pursuant to Subsection (B)(1) of this Section and no person shall be assessed an additional fine pursuant to this Subsection if no signs have been posted pursuant to Subsection (C) of this Section.
b. 
The penalty authorized by this Subsection shall only be assessed by the court if the Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West or a contractor performing work for the Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West has erected signs upon or around a construction or work zone, which are clearly visible from the street or highway and which state substantially the following message: "Warning: $250 fine for speeding or passing in this work zone".
C. 
Status Of Work Zones, Signs Required.
1. 
Active work zones.
a. 
Construction zone or work zone. Any area upon or around any street or highway which is visibly marked by the Missouri Department of Transportation, Stone County or the City of Branson West or by a contractor performing work for the Missouri Department of Transportation, Stone County or the City of Branson West as an area where construction, maintenance or other work is temporarily occurring. For all road construction projects, clearly visible signs that substantially state: "Construction zone" or "Work zone" shall be considered sufficient warning for imposition of the thirty-five dollar ($35.00) additional fine prescribed in Subsection (B)(1). The term "construction zone" or "work zone" also includes the lanes of the street or highway leading up to the area upon which an activity described in this Subsection is being performed, beginning at the point where appropriate signs directing motor vehicles to merge from one lane into another lane are posted.
b. 
"Work Zone Fine" signs for Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West road construction projects shall be erected in accordance with Subsection (C)(1)(a). upon or around a construction or work zone and must be sixty (60) inches in width and forty-eight (48) inches in height, clearly visible from the street or highway and state substantially the following message: "Warning: $250 fine for speeding or passing in this work zone". Such signs shall be furnished and installed by the contractor.
2. 
Inactive work zone.
a. 
During any day in which no person is present in a construction zone or work zone established pursuant to this Section to perform duties related to the purpose of the zone, the sign "Warning: $250 fine for speeding or passing in this work zone" shall not be visible to motorists. During any period of two (2) hours or more in which no person is present in such zone on a day in which persons have been or will be present to perform duties related to the reason for which the area was designated as a construction zone or work zone, the sign "Warning: $250 fine for speeding or passing in this work zone" shall not be visible to motorists. The Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West or a contractor performing work for the Missouri Department of Transportation or Stone County or the City of Branson West shall be responsible for compliance with provisions of this Subsection. Nothing in this Subsection shall prohibit warning or traffic control signs necessary for public safety in the construction or work zone being visible to motorists at all times.
b. 
Traffic violations may be cited in inactive construction zones pursuant to the traffic ordinances of the City of Branson West, however, the increased penalty as outlined in Subsection (B)(2) of this Section shall not be in effect.
D. 
This Section shall not be construed to enhance the assessment of court costs or the assessment of points pursuant to Section 302.302, RSMo.
[1]:
State Law Reference — Similar provisions, §304.580, RSMo.