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Section 340.010 Following Fire Apparatus Prohibited.

[Code 1975 §15.03(27); CC 1989 §13-121]
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 (500) feet or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where the fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.

Section 340.020 Crossing Fire Hose.

[Code 1975 §15.03(28); CC 1989 §13-122]
No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of any Fire Department when laid down on any street or private driveway, to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire Department Official in command, or his/her representative.

Section 340.030 Funeral Processions — Definitions.

[Code 1975 §15.03(29); CC 1989 §13-123; Ord. No. 2381 §1, 8-7-1999]
As used in Sections 340.030 through 340.050, the following terms mean:
FUNERAL DIRECTOR
A person licensed as a funeral director pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 333, RSMo.
FUNERAL LEAD VEHICLE or LEAD VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle equipped with at least one (1) lighted circulating lamp exhibiting an amber or purple light or lens or alternating flashing headlamps visible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the front of the vehicle. A hearse or coach properly equipped may be a lead vehicle.
ORGANIZED FUNERAL PROCESSION
Two (2) or more vehicles accompanying the remains of a deceased person from a funeral establishment, church, synagogue or other place where a funeral service has taken place to a cemetery, crematory or other place of final disposition, or a funeral establishment, church, synagogue or other place where additional funeral services will be performed, if directed by a licensed funeral director from a licensed establishment.

Section 340.040 Funeral Processions — Right-Of-Way.

[Code 1975 §15.03(30); CC 1989 §13-124; Ord. No. 2381 §1, 8-7-1999]
A. 
Except as otherwise provided for in this Section, pedestrians and operators of all other vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which is a part of an organized funeral procession.
B. 
Notwithstanding any traffic control device or right-of-way provision prescribed by State or local law, when the funeral lead vehicle in an organized funeral procession lawfully enters an intersection, all vehicles in the procession shall follow the lead vehicle through the intersection. The operator of each vehicle in the procession shall exercise the highest degree of care toward any other vehicle or pedestrian on the roadway.
1. 
All vehicles in an organized funeral procession shall follow the preceding vehicle in the procession as closely as is practical and safe under the conditions.
2. 
No person shall operate any vehicle as part of an organized funeral procession without the flashing emergency lights of such vehicle being lighted.
C. 
An organized funeral procession shall have the right-of-way at all intersections regardless of any traffic control device at such intersections, except that operators of vehicles in an organized funeral procession shall yield the right-of-way to any approaching emergency vehicle, or when directed to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer.
D. 
A motorcycle utilizing flashing amber lights may escort an organized funeral procession.

Section 340.050 Funeral Processions — Unlawful Acts — Penalties.

[Code 1975 §15.03(31); CC 1989 §13-125; Ord. No. 2381 §1, 8-7-1999]
A. 
Any person who is not an operator of a vehicle in an organized funeral procession shall not:
1. 
Drive between the vehicles comprising an organized funeral procession when such vehicles are in motion and have the flashing emergency lights lighted pursuant to Sections 340.030 and 340.040, except when required to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer or when such person is operating an emergency vehicle giving an audible or visual signal;
2. 
Join a funeral procession for the purpose of securing the right-of-way granted in Section 340.040; or
3. 
Attempt to pass any vehicle in an organized funeral procession, except where a passing lane has been specifically provided.
B. 
When an organized funeral procession is proceeding through a red signal light as permitted in Section 340.040, a vehicle not in the organized funeral procession shall not enter the intersection unless such vehicle may do so without crossing the path of the funeral procession.
C. 
Any person violating the provisions of this Section is subject to a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Section 340.060 When Permits Required For Parades and Processions. [1]

[Code 1975 §15.03(33); CC 1989 §13-127]
No procession or parade containing two hundred (200) or more persons or fifty (50) 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 set forth herein which may apply.
[1]
Cross Reference — Business licenses, ch. 605.

Section 340.070 Driving On Sidewalks Prohibited.

[Code 1975 §15.03(21); CC 1989 §13-116]
The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except at a permanent or temporary driveway.

Section 340.080 Limitations On Backing.

[Code 1975 §15.03(32); CC 1989 §13-126]
The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with traffic.

Section 340.090 Opening and Closing Vehicle Doors.

[Code 1975 §15.03(19); CC 1989 §13-114]
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.

Section 340.100 Litter Thrown By Persons in Vehicles. [1]

[Code 1975 §15.03(24); CC 1989 §13-118]
No person shall throw, drop or permit to blow or allow to be thrown, dropped or blown, any litter from any motor vehicle.
[1]
Cross References — Littering, §210.290; throwing garbage, etc., on streets, etc., deemed a nuisance, §215.030(1).

Section 340.110 Placing Obstruction Upon Street.

[Code 1975 §15.03(25); CC 1989 §13-119]
No person shall place any obstruction in or upon a street without proper authority.

Section 340.120 Obstructed View — Passenger Limitations.

[Code 1975 §15.03(17); CC 1989 §13-112; Ord. No. 1975 §1, 7-8-1996; Ord. No. 3157 §1, 6-28-2006]
A. 
Any person may operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver that have a sun screening device, in conjunction with safety glazing material, that has a light transmission of thirty-five percent (35%) or more plus or minus three percent (3%) and a luminous reflectance of thirty-five percent (35%) or less plus or minus three percent (3%). Except as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, any sun screening device applied to front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver in excess of the requirements of this Section shall be prohibited without a permit pursuant to a physician's prescription as described below. A permit to operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver that have a sun screening device, in conjunction with safety glazing material, which permits less light transmission and luminous reflectance than allowed under the requirements of this Subsection, may be issued by the Department of Public Safety to a person having a serious medical condition which requires the use of a sun screening device if the permittee's physician prescribes its use. The director of the Department of Public Safety shall promulgate rules and regulations for the issuance of the permit. The permit shall allow operation of the vehicle by any titleholder or relative within the second degree by consanguinity or affinity, which shall mean a spouse, each grandparent, parent, brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, child, and grandchild of a person, who resides in the household. Except as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, all sun screening devices applied to the windshield of a motor vehicle are prohibited.
B. 
This Section shall not prohibit labels, stickers, decalcomania, or informational signs on motor vehicles or the application of tinted or solar screening material to recreational vehicles as defined in Section 700.010, RSMo., provided that such material does not interfere with the driver's normal view of the road. This Section shall not prohibit factory-installed tinted glass, the equivalent replacement thereof or tinting material applied to the upper portion of the motor vehicle's windshield which is normally tinted by the manufacturer of motor vehicle safety glass.
C. 
Any vehicle licensed with a historical license plate shall be exempt from the requirements of this Section.

Section 340.130 Unlawful Riding. [1]

[Code 1975 §15.03(18); CC 1989 §13-113; Ord. No. 1975 §1, 7-8-1996]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride or permit another person to ride in or upon any portion of a motor vehicle not designated or intended for the use of passengers. This Section shall not apply to any person riding within truck bodies in spaces intended for merchandise.
B. 
No operator of a motor vehicle driven upon the streets or highways of this City shall permit any person riding a bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, sled, roller skates, or any toy vehicle to attach such items or such person to the operator's moving motor vehicle.
[1]
Cross Reference — As to persons riding in truck beds, see §370.070.

Section 340.140 Crossing Corner Lot, Driveway or Parking Lot To Avoid Traffic Device Prohibited.

[Code 1975 §15.09(7); CC 1989 §13-132; Ord. No. 1814 §1, 1-9-1995]
No person shall drive a vehicle across a corner lot, a parking lot or a driveway, whether publicly or privately owned, for the purpose of avoiding any traffic control device.

Section 340.150 Changing Lanes.

[Code 1975 §15.09(8); CC 1989 §13-133]
No person operating a vehicle on the roadway shall move from his/her lane into any other lane of traffic moving in the same direction where appropriate signs on the roadway indicate a no-lane-changing zone, and such signs are in place and clearly visible to any ordinarily observant person.

Section 340.160 Through Traffic Prohibited Streets.

[Code 1975 §15.03(34); CC 1989 §13-128]
No person shall operate a vehicle on streets designated by City ordinance as "through traffic prohibited" and accordingly posted except for the purpose of completing travel with a destination at properties adjacent to such streets.

Section 340.170 Load and Similar Limits On Certain Streets.

[Code 1975 §15.02(14)(A); CC 1989 §13-130]
The Mayor and Board of Aldermen are hereby authorized to establish load restrictions upon streets, to prohibit commercial vehicles from certain streets, to prohibit through traffic from using residential streets, to designate and restrict heavily traveled streets upon which motorscooters, bicycles, animals or non-motorized traffic are prohibited, and to erect and maintain any and all necessary signs, markers, barriers or other devices to give notice thereof.

Section 340.180 Weight Limits.

[Code 1975 §15.09(11); CC 1989 §13-134]
A. 
Streets. When signs are erected prohibiting either commercial vehicles or vehicles in excess of a specified weight from the use of a street, no person shall operate a commercial vehicle or a vehicle in excess of the gross weight specified on such signs at any time upon any of the streets or parts of streets so marked; except that such vehicles may be operated thereon for the purpose of delivering or picking up materials or merchandise and then only by entering such streets at the intersection nearest the destination of the vehicle and proceeding thereon no farther than the nearest intersection thereafter; provided further, that the provisions of this Section shall not apply to vehicles owned or officially used by Federal agencies, the State, County, City or any other subdivision of government or agencies thereof.
B. 
Bridges. When signs are erected by which a driver of a vehicle when approaching a bridge is given notice that vehicles in excess of a specified weight are prohibited the use of the bridge, no person shall drive any vehicle in excess of the weight specified on said bridge so marked by sign.

Section 340.190 Driving On Right Side of Roadway Required — Exceptions.

[Code 1975 §15.06(1), (8), (10); CC 1989 §13-146; Ord. No. 3376 §1, 10-28-2008]
A. 
Upon all public roads or highways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right-half of the roadway, except as follows:
1. 
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
2. 
When placing a vehicle in position for and when such vehicle is lawfully making a left turn in compliance with the provisions of Sections 304.014 to 304.026, RSMo., or traffic regulations thereunder or of the City;
3. 
When the right-half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;
4. 
Upon a roadway designated by ordinance of this City as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic.
B. 
It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two (2) 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.
C. 
The authorities in charge of any highway or the State Highway Patrol may erect signs temporarily designating lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction, regardless of the centerline of the highway, and all members of the State Highway Patrol and other Peace Officers may direct traffic in conformance with such signs. When authorized signs have been erected designating off-center traffic lanes, no person shall disobey the instructions given by such signs.
D. 
Whenever any roadway has been divided into three (3) or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules in addition to all others consistent herewith shall apply:
1. 
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;
2. 
Upon a roadway which is divided into three (3) lanes a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane, except when overtaking 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;
3. 
Upon all highways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic thereon shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, except as otherwise provided in Sections 304.014 to 304.026, RSMo.;
4. 
Official signs may be erected by the State Highways and Transportation Commission or the Highway Patrol may place temporary signs directing slow moving traffic to use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such sign;
5. 
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 (½) of the main traveled portion of the roadway whenever possible.
E. 
All vehicles in motion upon a highway having two (2) 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.
F. 
All trucks registered for a gross weight of more than forty-eight thousand (48,000) pounds shall not be driven in the far left-hand lane upon all interstate highways, freeways or expressways within urbanized areas of the State having three (3) or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction. This restriction shall not apply when:
1. 
It is necessary for the operator of the truck to follow traffic control devices that direct use of a lane other than the right lane; or
2. 
The right-half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair.
As used in this Subsection, "truck" means any vehicle, machine, tractor, trailer or semitrailer, or any combination thereof, propelled or drawn by mechanical power and designed for or used in the transportation of property upon the highways. The term "truck" also includes a commercial motor vehicle as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo.

Section 340.200 Passing Regulations.

[Code 1975 §15.06(2) — (6); CC 1989 §13-147]
A. 
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. 
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.
2. 
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 and shall not increase the speed of his/her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
B. 
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 (2) or more lines of vehicles in each direction;
3. 
Upon a one-way street;
4. 
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under the foregoing conditions when such movement be made in safety. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway;
5. 
The provisions of Subsection (B) of this Section 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.
C. 
Except when a roadway has been divided into three (3) traffic lanes, no vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the centerline 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.
D. 
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 (100) feet of any bridge, viaduct, tunnel, or when approaching within one hundred (100) feet of or at any intersection or railroad grade crossing.

Section 340.210 No-Passing Zones.

[Code 1975 §15.06(7); CC 1989 §13-148]
A. 
The Mayor and the Board of Aldermen are hereby authorized to determine those portions of any highway under their respective jurisdictions where overtaking and passing or driving to the left of the roadway would be especially hazardous and shall place and maintain appropriate signs or markings on the roadway to indicate the beginning and end of such zones, and when such signs or markings are in place and clearly visible to an ordinarily observant person, every driver of a vehicle shall obey the directions thereof.
B. 
Where signs or marked barrier lines are in place to define a no-passing zone it shall be unlawful for any driver at any time to drive on the left side of the roadway within such no-passing zone or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark such no-passing zone throughout its length.
C. 
This Section does not apply under the conditions described in Section 340.190(A)(1), nor to the driver of a vehicle turning left into or from a private road or driveway.

Section 340.220 Following Too Closely.

[Code 1975 §15.06(9); CC 1989 §13-149]
The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonably 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 in the City, 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 way affect Section 304.044, RSMo., relating to distance between trucks traveling on the highway.

Section 340.230 Entering or Leaving Controlled Access Roadway.

[Code 1975 §15.06(11); CC 1989 §13-150]
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.

Section 340.240 No Passing in A School Zone.

[Code 1975 §15.06(12); CC 1989 §13-151]
No vehicle shall be driven so as to overtake and pass any other vehicle proceeding in the same direction while driving either on a public way adjacent to a school while children are going to or leaving school, or in a school zone when the school zone signs are in place.

Section 340.250 School Buses.

[Code 1975 §15.06(13); CC 1989 §13-152; Ord. No. 2217 §1, 6-22-1998]
A. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a street or highway of this City, upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the street or 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 the school bus resumes motion, or until signaled by its driver to proceed.
B. 
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 (8) 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 provisions of Sections 304.050 to 304.070, RSMo., 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.
C. 
Every school bus operated to transport students in the public school system which has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand (10,000) pounds, which has the engine mounted entirely in front of the windshield and the entrance door behind the front wheels, and which is used for the transportation of school children shall be equipped no later than August 1, 1998, with a crossing control arm. The crossing control arm, when activated, shall extend a minimum of five (5) feet six (6) inches from the face of the front bumper. The crossing control arm shall be attached on the right side of the front bumper and shall be activated by the same controls which activate the mechanical and electrical signaling devices described in Subsection (B) of this Section.
D. 
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, 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. A public school district shall have the authority pursuant to this Section to adopt a policy which provides that the driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a divided highway of four (4) or more lanes may pull off the main roadway and load or unload students without activating the mechanical and electrical signaling devices in a manner which gives the signal for other drivers to stop and may use the amber signaling devices to alert motorists that the school bus is slowing to a stop; provided that the passengers are not required to cross any traffic lanes and also provided that the emergency flashing signal lights are activated in a manner which indicates that drivers should proceed with caution, and in such case, the driver of a vehicle may proceed past the school bus with due caution. No driver of a school bus shall take on or discharge passengers at any location upon a highway consisting of four (4) 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 (2) lanes of traffic; nor shall any passengers be taken on or discharged while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicle so stopped is plainly visible for at least five hundred (500) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles in the case of a highway with no shoulder and a speed limit greater than sixty (60) miles per hour and at least three hundred (300) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon other highways, and on all highways, only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
E. 
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, or which is proceeding in the opposite direction on a highway containing four (4) 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.
F. 
The driver of any school bus, driving upon the streets or highways of this City after loading or unloading school children, shall remain stopped if the bus is followed by three (3) or more vehicles, until such vehicles have been permitted to pass the school bus, if the conditions prevailing make it safe to do so.
G. 
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. 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 violation, 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 (15) days of receipt of such notice.

Section 340.260 Inattentive Driving.

[Ord. No. 3466 §1, 11-24-2009]
Any person operating a moving motor vehicle who fails to maintain a proper lookout by operating such motor vehicle in a visibly inattentive manner shall be guilty of inattentive driving.

Section 340.270 Golf Carts on City Streets - Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 4009 §1, 8-22-2016]
A. 
As used herein, the following terms shall have the prescribed definitions:
GOLF CART
A low-speed, four-wheeled, self-propelled vehicle, with a seat for the use of the rider, an unladen dry weight of less than one thousand (1,000) pounds and sixty (60) inches in width or less, but utilizing a device other than handlebars for steering control.
B. 
Use Prohibited-Exceptions. No person may operate or ride a golf cart anywhere within the City limits of the City of Town and Country except on privately owned residential property with the consent of the owner of that property. Nothing herein contained shall permit or allow the operation of a golf cart on any roadway, inclusive of the berm and shoulder, residential street, whether publicly or privately owned, right-of-way, easement, sidewalk or parking lot. Nothing shall prevent the City of Town and Country from consenting to the operation or use of motorized wheelchairs by persons with physical disabilities.
C. 
Responsibility Of Parent. No parent, guardian or other adult person having the care or custody of a minor shall fail to exercise customary and effective control over that minor so as to contribute to, cause or tend to cause that minor to violate the above Subsection (B) of this Section.