City of Richmond Heights, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 300.010 Definitions.

[CC 1984 §24-1; Rev. M.C. 1963 §§51.01, 51.70; Ord. No. 2907 §2, 3-3-1969; Ord. No. 2932 §§1 — 2, 9-15-1969; Ord. No. 3140 §24-1; Ord. No. 3757 §1, 11-2-1981; Ord. No. 3758 §2, 11-16-1981; Ord. No. 4192 §1, 9-8-1987; Ord. No. 4465 §2, 10-19-1992; Ord. No. 4497 §1, 4-19-1993; Ord. No. 4668 §1, 4-21-1997; Ord. No. 5063 §1, 2-4-2008; Ord. No. 5094 §1, 2-2-2009; Ord. No. 5105 §1, 7-6-2009; Ord. No. 5203 §1, 8-20-2012]
As used in this Title, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this Section:
ALCOHOL
Any substance containing any form of alcohol including, but not limited to, ethanol, methanol, propanol and isopropanol.
ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE
Any spirits, wine, beer, ale or other liquid containing more than one-half of one percent (.5%) of alcohol by volume, which is fit for beverage purposes or intended for beverage purposes.
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE
Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is fifty (50) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of six hundred (600) pounds or less, traveling on three (3), four (4) or more low pressure tires, with a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and handlebars for steering control.
ANGLE PARKING
The standing of any vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon a highway, road or street in a manner where the longitudinal axes of vehicles form an angle with the alignment of the roadway.
1. 
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, Constable or Deputy Sheriff, traffic officer or Coroner.
2. 
Any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.
3. 
Any privately owned wrecker or tow truck or a vehicle owned and operated by a public utility or public service corporation while performing emergency service, provided they are registered as such by the Chief of Police.
4. 
Any privately owned vehicle operated by a member of the State Highway Patrol, the County Police Department, the Sheriff's office, Constable's office, Coroner's office, and City Police Department in the performance of their official duties.
5. 
Any vehicle transporting equipment designed to extricate human beings from the wreckage of a motor vehicle.
6. 
Any vehicle designated to perform emergency functions for a civil defense or emergency management agency established pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 44, RSMo.
7. 
Any vehicle designated to perform hazardous substance emergency functions established pursuant to the provisions of Sections 260.500 — 260.550, RSMo.
BICYCLE
Every device propelled by human power upon which any person or persons may ride, having two (2) or more tandem wheels either of which is twelve (12) or more inches in diameter.
CENTERLINE
The line marking the center of a roadway on which traffic moves in both directions, or dividing the roadway between traffic moving in opposite directions.
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE
Any single vehicle, self-propelled or towed, or combination of said vehicles which:
1. 
Are licensed as a truck and registered to haul above six thousand (6,000) pounds; or
2. 
Exceeds two hundred twenty-two (222) inches in length, seventy-eight (78) inches in height and eighty-four (84) inches in width (including accessories); or
3. 
Is designed to transport more than eight (8) passengers, including the driver; or
4. 
Is designed or equipped to transport other motor vehicles from place to place by means of winches, cables, pulleys or other equipment for towing, pulling or lifting; or
5. 
Displays commercial advertisements; or
6. 
Displays any indication of a product or service of delivery in the truck bed while parked; or
7. 
Contains added vertical side extensions; or
8. 
Contains any visible load other than a permanent small locked container; or
9. 
Holds self-contained camping unit; or
10. 
Has more than two (2) wheels per axle; or
11. 
Is transporting hazardous materials and is required as defined in Section 302.700, RSMo., to be placarded under the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act (46 USC 1801 et. seq.).
CONTROLLED SUBSTANCE
Any substance so classified under Section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 802(6)), and includes all substances listed in Schedules I through V of 21 CFR Part 1308, as they may be revised from time to time.
CROSSWALK
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.
CURB
The lateral boundaries of that portion of the street designated for the use of vehicles, whether marked with curbstones or not.
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
Any person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
FREEWAY
A divided State highway with four (4) or more lanes, with no access to the throughways except the established interchanges and with no at-grade crossings.
INTERSECTION
1. 
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; or
2. 
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.
INTOXICATED CONDITION
A person is in an intoxicated condition when he/she is under the influence of alcohol, a controlled substance or a drug, or any combination thereof.
JAKE BRAKES
Hydraulically operated devices that operate a power-producing diesel engine into a power absorbing retarding mechanism that produces a noise that is loud and excessive.
LIMOUSINE
A motor vehicle with the passenger compartment separated from the driving compartment by a wall, partition or dividing window used in the for-hire transportation of passengers.
MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION
Any violations of a municipal ordinance:
[Ord. No. 5308 §3, 11-2-2015]
1. 
For which the Missouri Department of Revenue is authorized to assess no more than four (4) points to a person's driving record upon conviction; and
2. 
That does not involve:
a. 
An accident or injury;
b. 
The operation of a commercial vehicle;
c. 
Exceeding a speed limit by more than nineteen (19) miles an hour; or
d. 
A violation occurring within a construction zone or a school zone.
MOTOR BUS
A motor vehicle designated or regularly used for carrying more than nine (9) passengers.
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.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm tractors and motorized bicycles.
NON-MOTORIZED VEHICLE
Any trailer or any other device that is not self-propelled.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC SIGNS
All signs, markings and devices, other than signals not within this Traffic Code, placed or erected for the purpose of guiding, directing, warning or regulating traffic.
ONE-WAY STREET
A street where vehicles are by law required to move in one (1) designated direction only.
OPERATOR
Any person who operates or drives a motor vehicle.
PARK OR PARKING
The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon a roadway or alleyway otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading passengers, or in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or signals.
PARKING METER
Any mechanical device or meter placed or erected for the regulation of parking by authority of this Chapter.
PARKING METER SPACE
Any space within a parking meter zone adjacent to a parking meter and which is duly designated for the parking of a single vehicle by lines painted or otherwise durably marked on the curb or on the surface of the street adjacent to or adjoining the parking meters.
PARKING METER ZONE
Any restricted street upon which parking meters are installed and in operation.
PASSENGER CAR
Every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons, except that passenger car shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks.
PEDESTRIANS
Any person afoot.
PHYSICALLY DISABLED
Any physically disabled person, as defined by Section 301.142, RSMo.
PNEUMATIC TIRES
Tires of rubber or other substance and fabric, inflated with air.
POLICE OR TRAFFIC OFFICER
Every officer of the City Department of Police or any other officer lawfully and duly authorized, deputized, assigned or called upon to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations.
PRIVATE ROAD, STREET OR DRIVEWAY
Any roadway or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner but not by other persons nor the general public.
PROTECTIVE HEADGEAR
A safety helmet designed for wear by the rider and passenger of vehicles for the purpose of mitigating the effects of a blow on the head and shall conform to the standards and specifications established by the Director of Revenue. Protective headgear may include motor vehicle and motorcycle crash helmets but shall not include such items as industrial or construction hard hats, baseball, football or other athletic headgear, or helmets designed for a purpose other than for protective headgear for riders and occupants of vehicles.
RAILROAD
A carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than streetcars, operated upon stationary rails.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle designed, constructed or substantially modified so that it may be used or is used for the purpose of temporary housing quarters, including therein sleeping and eating facilities which are either permanently attached to the motor vehicle or attached to a unit which is securely attached to the motor vehicle, and in which the driving area is separated from the passenger area by a wall, partition or window.
RIGHT-OF-WAY
The right of one (1) 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.
SCHOOL ZONE
A space in any highway, road or street lawfully designed by ordinance for the safety of persons going to and returning from public, private or parochial schools.
SIDEWALK
That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use of pedestrians.
SOLID TIRES
Tires of rubber or other resilient material, other than pneumatic tires.
SPEED LIMIT
The maximum speed as prescribed by ordinance within a zone determined and indicated with numeral signs or markings designating such speeds, travel in excess of which is unlawful under this Chapter.
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, means complete cessation of movement.
STOP OR STOPPING
When prohibited, means 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 use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
TRACTOR, TRUCK TRACTOR OR TRUCK-TRACTOR
A self-propelled motor vehicle designed for drawing other vehicles, but not for the carriage of any load when operating independently. When attached to a semi-trailer, it supports a part of the weight thereof.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL
Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed.
TRAILER
Any vehicle without motive power designed for carrying property or passengers on its own structure and for being drawn by a self-propelled vehicle, except those running exclusively on tracks, including a semitrailer or vehicle of the trailer type so designed and used in conjunction with a self-propelled vehicle that a considerable part of its own weight rests upon and is carried by the towing vehicle. The term "trailer" shall not include cotton trailers as defined in Section 301.010(8), RSMo., and shall not include manufactured homes as defined in Section 700.010, RSMo.
TRUCK
Any motor vehicle licensed by the State as a truck or any motor vehicle designed, used or maintained for the transportation of property within what can be used as an open cargo bed. Trucks with historic vehicle plates issued by a State or district shall be exempt from this definition.
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, cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons.

Section 300.020 Violation of Traffic Code.

[CC 1984 §24-270; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.02; Ord. No. 3140 §24-132; Ord. No. 5044 §1, 2-2-2009]
Any person who does any act forbidden by or who fails to perform any act required by this Chapter shall be deemed in violation of this Title.