City of Richmond Heights, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 310.010 Traffic Signs and Signals — Erection — Maintenance.

[CC 1984 §24-242; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.09; Ord. No. 3140 §24-119; Ord. No. 4235 §15, 9-6-1988; Ord. No. 4339 §1, 5-21-1990]
The City Manager shall cause the erection and maintenance of traffic signs and signals and no parking signs within the City as designated by this Title. The City Manager is also authorized to cause the erection of temporary traffic signs and signals for a period of time, not to exceed sixty (60) days, to control traffic due to civil emergencies, traffic rerouting, street construction, or other such circumstances. Such temporary traffic signs and signals shall be considered official signs or signals. Notice of such temporary traffic signs or signals shall be posted at two (2) prominent places on City property.

Section 310.020 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 Title, unless otherwise directed by a traffic or Police Officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle in this Title.

Section 310.030 Traffic Signs Required — Proper Position.

[CC 1984 §24-241; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.08; Ord. No. 3140 §24-118]
No provision of this Title for which signs are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if, at the time and place of the alleged violation, the required sign is not in proper position and not sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. Whenever a particular Section does not state that signs are required, such Section shall be effective without signs being erected.

Section 310.040 Traffic Control Signal Legend — Right Turn On Red Light — When.

A. 
Whenever traffic is controlled by traffic control signals exhibiting different colored lights, or colored lighted arrows, successively one (1) 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-of-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 310.050, 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 310.050, 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 Subsection.
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 in obedience to a red signal may cautiously enter 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 310.050, 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.

Section 310.050 Pedestrian Control Signals.

[CC 1984 §24-255; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.34; Ord. No. 3140 §24-126]
A. 
Whenever special pedestrian control signals exhibiting the words "WALK" or "WAIT" 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. 
"DON'T WALK" or "WAIT". No pedestrian shall start to cross the roadway in the direction of such signal, but any pedestrian who has partially completed his/her crossing on the "WALK" signal shall proceed to a sidewalk or safety zone while the "WAIT" signal is showing.

Section 310.060 Traffic Control Devices — Flashing Signals.

[CC 1984 §24-256; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.34; Ord. No. 3140 §24-127]
A. 
Whenever flashing red or yellow (amber) signals are used, they shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:
1. 
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 parked 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.
2. 
Flashing yellow (amber or 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.

Section 310.070 Unauthorized Signs and Devices — Nuisance — Removal.

[CC 1984 §24-243; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.10; Ord. No. 3140 §24-120]
A. 
No person shall place or maintain or display upon or in view of any street any unofficial sign, signal 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.
B. 
Every prohibited sign, signal or device shall be a public nuisance.
C. 
The City may remove a prohibited sign, signal or device without notice.

Section 310.080 Traffic Devices — Interference.

[CC 1984 §24-244; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.11; Ord. No. 3140 §24-121]
No person shall, without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down or remove or cause to be altered, defaced, injured, knocked down or removed any official traffic control device or any railroad sign or signal or any inscription shield or insignia thereon, or any part thereof.

Section 310.090 Closed Street — Use — Removing Notice.

[CC 1984 §24-250; Ord. No. 3140 §24-121.1; Ord. No. 3355 §1, 10-4-1976]
A. 
No person shall use any street, alley or public place withdrawn from public use, or drive any vehicle thereon.
B. 
No person shall remove, damage or interfere with any sign or danger signal which has been placed by authority of the Mayor or Street Superintendent to notify the public of the temporary withdrawal from use of such street, alley or public place.

Section 310.100 Traffic Control Devices — Not Operating.

[CC 1984 §24-251; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.34; Ord. No. 3140 §24-122]
When a traffic signal is not operating through mechanical failure or for other reasons, all traffic shall come to a complete stop before proceeding onto or through the intersection.[1]
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Editor’s Note: Former Section 310.110, Violation of Public Safety At Intersections and the Automated Photo Enforcement of Traffic Control Signal Regulations, added 9-5-2006 by Ord. No. 5001 §1, which immediately followed, was repealed 7-18-2016 by Ord. No. 5324 §1.