Article I In General
Article II Accidents
[Code 1975 §15.02(29); CC 1989 §13-24]
All Police Officers shall have the authority, and those Police Officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police shall have the duty, to enforce all traffic laws of this City and all State vehicle laws applicable, to make arrests for traffic violations, to investigate accidents, to make reports concerning traffic accidents, to cooperate with other City Officials in administration of traffic laws and in developing ways and means to improve traffic conditions, and to carry out those duties especially imposed upon them by this Title.
Police Officers, 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, to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, they may direct as conditions require, notwithstanding provisions of the traffic laws.
Officers of the Fire Department may direct or assist the Police in directing traffic as conditions require.
[Code 1975 §15.03(2); CC 1989 §13-29; Ord. No. 3586 §3, 3-29-2011]
No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any Law Enforcement Officer or Fire Department official.
It shall be the duty of the operator or driver of any vehicle or the rider of any animal traveling on the roads of this City to stop on signal of any Law Enforcement Officer and to obey any other reasonable signal or direction of such Law Enforcement Officer given in the course of enforcing any ordinance or law of this State. Any person who willfully fails or refuses to obey any signal or direction of a Law Enforcement Officer given in the course of enforcing any ordinance or law of this State, or who willfully resists or opposes a Law Enforcement Officer in the proper discharge of his or her duties in the course of enforcing any ordinance or law of this State, is guilty of violating this Section.
[Code 1975 §15.10(10); CC 1989 §13-4; Ord. No. 3044 §2, 8-12-2005]
No person upon motorized scooters or similar unlicensed motorized recreational vehicles or devices shall go upon any highway, road or street, except while crossing such highway, road or street in a crosswalk, and when so crossing, such person shall be granted all the rights and shall be subject to all the duties applicable to pedestrians.
[Code 1975 §15.03(3); CC 1989 §13-2]
The provisions of this Title shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, the State, County or City, and it shall be unlawful for any such driver to violate any of the provisions of this Title, except as otherwise permitted in this Title or by State law.
[Code 1975 §15.03(4); CC 1989 §13-3]
The driver of an emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in 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.
The driver of an emergency vehicle may:
Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this Title;
Proceed past a red or stop signal, or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;
Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as he/she does not endanger life or property;
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
The exemptions herein granted to an authorized 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 (1) lighted lamp displaying a red light or blue light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle.
The driver of an emergency vehicle shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights or blue lights on except when such 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.
This Section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an 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/her reckless disregard for the safety of others.
[Code 1975 §15.08(7); CC 1989 §13-167; Ord. No. 2218 §1, 6-22-1998; Ord. No. 2939 §1, 8-24-2004]
Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle, as set forth in Section 304.022, RSMo., giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one (1) lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light authorized by Section 307.175, RSMo., 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.
Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:
Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
[Code 1975, §15.03(37); CC 1989 §13-5; Ord. No. 927 §1, 9-23-1985]
Any person who shall drive any vehicle on or about or over any proposed or temporarily closed street, road, alley, sidewalk, public way, or who shall remove any barricade or lights from any obstruction in a street, road, alley, sidewalk or public way, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor.
[Code 1975 §15.03(23); CC 1989 §13-89]
It shall be unlawful for any person to remove a wrecked or damaged vehicle from a highway or street without also removing all glass or other injurious substances dropped upon the highway or street from such vehicle.
[Code 1975 §15.04(1); CC 1989 §13-90]
The driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the death or injury to any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident or as close thereto as possible and shall remain at the scene of the accident until he/she has fulfilled all the requirements of this Section. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
The driver of any such vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the death of or injury to any person shall immediately, by the quickest means of communication, give notice of such accident to the Police Department, and give the Police such information as they shall require, and remain at the scene until authorized to proceed by the Police.
[Code 1975 §15.04(2); CC 1989 §13-91]
The driver of any vehicle involved in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall immediately stop such vehicle at the scene of such accident, or as close thereto as possible, and shall forthwith return to and in every event shall remain at the scene of such accident until he/she has fulfilled all the requirements of this Section. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than is necessary.
The driver of any such vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle or other property which is driven or attended by any person shall give his/her name, address and registration number of the vehicle he/she is driving, and shall, upon request, and if available, exhibit his/her license or permit to drive to the driver or occupant of or person attending any vehicle or other property damaged in such accident.
The driver of any such vehicle involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a vehicle or property which is driven or attended by any person, when such damage to all property is to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more, shall immediately, by the quickest means of communication, give notice of such accident to the Police Department, and give the Police such information as they shall require, and shall remain at such scene until authorized to proceed by the Police.
[Code 1975 §15.04(3); CC 1989 §13-92]
The driver of any vehicle which collides with or is involved in an accident with any vehicle or other property which is unattended resulting in any damage to such other vehicle or property shall immediately stop and shall then and there either locate and notify the operator or owner of such vehicle or other property of his/her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle he/she is driving, or shall attach securely in a conspicuous place in or on such vehicle or other property a written notice giving his/her name, address and the registration number of the vehicle he/she is driving and shall without unnecessary delay notify the Police Department. Every such stop shall be made without obstructing traffic more than necessary.
[Code 1975 §15.04(4); CC 1989 §13-93]
Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving immediate notice of an accident as required in this Article 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.
Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written report of an accident as required in this Article and such driver is not the owner of the vehicle, then the owner of the vehicle shall, within five (5) days after the accident, make such report not made by the driver.
A person commits the offense of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident when being the operator or driver of a vehicle on the highway or on any publicly or privately owned parking lot or parking facility generally open for use by the public and knowing that an injury has been caused to a person or damage has been caused to property, due to his/her culpability or to accident, he/she leaves the place of the injury, damage or accident without stopping and giving his/her name, residence, including City and street number, motor vehicle number and driver's license number, if any, to the injured party or to a Police Officer, or if no Police Officer is in the vicinity, then to the nearest Police Station or judicial officer.
For the purposes of this Section, all Peace Officers shall have jurisdiction, when invited by an injured person, to enter the premises of any privately owned parking lot or parking facility for the purpose of investigating an accident and performing all necessary duties regarding such accident.