City of Richmond Heights, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 385.010 Driving Through Processions Prohibited — Exception.

[CC 1984 §24-100; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.80; Ord. No. 3140 §24-46]
A. 
No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this Chapter.
B. 
Subsection (A) shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or Police Officers, or to an emergency vehicle on emergency duty.

Section 385.020 Funeral Processions.

A. 
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following terms shall 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.
B. 
Driving Rules.
1. 
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.
2. 
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.
3. 
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 pursuant to the provisions of law or when directed to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer.
4. 
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.
5. 
No person shall operate any vehicle as part of an organized funeral procession without the flashing emergency lights of such vehicle being lighted.
6. 
Any person who is not an operator of a vehicle in an organized funeral procession shall not:
a. 
Drive between the vehicles comprising an organized funeral procession while such vehicles are in motion and have the flashing emergency lights lighted pursuant to Subsection (B)(5), above, 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;
b. 
Join a funeral procession for the purpose of securing the right-of-way; or
c. 
Attempt to pass any vehicle in an organized funeral procession, except where a passing lane has been specifically provided.
7. 
When an organized funeral procession is proceeding through a red signal light as permitted herein, 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.
8. 
No ordinance, regulation or any other provision of law shall prohibit the use of a motorcycle utilizing flashing amber lights to escort an organized funeral procession on the highway.
C. 
Any person convicted of violating any provision of this Section shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00).

Section 385.030 Parades or Public Assemblages — License — Regulations.

[CC 1984 §16-22; Ord. No. 3140 §16-13]
A. 
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade or public assemblage without first obtaining a license as required by Section 385.050 of this Chapter.
B. 
No person shall engage in, participate in, aid, form or start any parade or public assemblage in violation of any of the regulations of Section 385.060 of this Chapter.

Section 385.040 Parade or Public Assemblage License Application — Content.

[CC 1984 §16-23; Ord. No. 3140 §16-14; Ord. No. 4235 §8, 9-6-1988]
A. 
Application for a parade or public assemblage license shall be signed by the parties intending to conduct the parade or public assemblage and shall be filed with the Police Department not less than seven (7) business days in advance of the parade or public assemblage.
B. 
The application shall state the:
1. 
Name of the applicant;
2. 
Purpose for which the license is granted;
3. 
Period of time for which the license is granted;
4. 
The place or route of the intended assembly or parade; and
5. 
Number of persons and vehicles, and character or vehicles, intended to participate in the assembly or parade.
C. 
Upon the applicant's compliance with Subsections (A) and (B), the City Manager shall approve the application.

Section 385.050 Procession or Parade — License — Exception. [1]

[CC 1984 §24-102; Rev. M.C. 1963 §51.82; Ord. No. 3140 §24-48]
No procession or parade containing twenty-five (25) or more persons or twenty-five (25) or more vehicles, excepting 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 highway, road or street except in accordance with a license issued by the Police Department and any other regulations of this Chapter which may apply.
[1]
Cross Reference — As to permit requirements, see §§385.030 and 385.040.

Section 385.060 Parade or Public Assemblage Regulations.

[CC 1984 §24-103; Ord. No. 3140 §24-49]
A. 
The applicant or licensee must comply with the following regulations and requirements:
1. 
The premises shall not be dangerous or hazardous;
2. 
No insanitary conditions shall exist;
3. 
No traffic hazards shall exist;
4. 
There shall be sufficient accommodations for the public;
5. 
The licensee shall not make nor permit to be made any unnecessary or unreasonable noise by loud speaker, amplifying device or any other means which would disturb the residents in the vicinity of the premises wherein such licensed activity is held; and
6. 
The licensee has complied with Section 385.050 in relation to the number of units in the parade or procession.

Section 385.070 Processions To Keep To Right.

[CC 1984 §24-104; Rev. M.C. 1963 §151.83; Ord. No. 3140 §24-50]
Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand edge of the roadway as practical. He/she shall follow the vehicle ahead as closely as is practical and safe.