City of Caruthersville, MO
Pemiscot County
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Section 340.010 Following Fire Apparatus Prohibited.

Section 340.020 Crossing Fire Hose.

Section 340.030 Driving Through Funeral or Other Procession.

Section 340.040 Driving in Procession.

Section 340.050 Funeral Procession to Be Identified.

Section 340.060 When Permits Required for Parades and Processions.

Section 340.070 Vehicle Shall Not Be Driven on a Sidewalk.

Section 340.080 Limitations on Backing.

Section 340.090 Opening and Closing Vehicle Doors.

Section 340.100 Riding on Motorcycles and Motorized Bicycles, Additional Passenger, Requirements.

Section 340.110 Riding Bicycle on Sidewalks, Limitations — Motorized Bicycles Prohibited.

Section 340.120 All-Terrain Vehicles, Prohibited — Exceptions, Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles Under an Exception — Prohibited Uses — Penalty.

Section 340.125 Utility Vehicles — Prohibited — Exceptions — Operation Under an Expetion — Prohibited Uses — Penalty.

Section 340.130 Riding Bicycles, Sleds, Roller Skates, by Attaching to Another Vehicle, Prohibited.

Section 340.140 Controlled Access.

Section 340.150 Railroad Trains Not to Block Streets.

Section 340.160 Driving Through Safety Zone Prohibited.

Section 340.170 School Buses, Drivers to Stop for, When.

Section 340.180 Passing Regulations — Violations, Penalties.

Section 340.190 Drive on Right of Highway — Traffic Lanes — Signs — Violations, Penalties.

Section 340.200 Distance at Which Vehicle Must Follow.

Section 340.210 Driving on Streets Closed to Public Use — Disturbing Signs and Barriers.

Section 340.220 Boarding or Alighting From Vehicles in Motion.

Section 340.230 Riding on Portion of Vehicle Not Designed for Passengers.

Section 340.240 Rounding Curves.

Section 340.250 State Weight Limits Applicable in the City.

Section 340.260 Obstruction to Driver's View or Driving Mechanism.

Section 340.270 Driving, Tampering With, Etc., Motor Vehicle Without Permission of Owner.

Section 340.280 Handicapped Persons With White Cane or Dog, Driver to Take All Necessary Precautions — Cane or Dog Not Required to Enforce Rights, When.

Section 340.290 Transportation of Children in a Motor Vehicle — Child Passenger Restraint Systems — Violation, Penalties — Exceptions.

Section 340.300 Seat Belts Required for Passenger Cars — Passenger Cars Defined — Exceptions — Failure to Comply, Effect on Evidence and Damages — Penalty.

Section 340.010 Following Fire Apparatus Prohibited. [1]

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 fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
[1]
Cross Reference — Fire prevention and fire department, ch. 205.

Section 340.020 Crossing Fire Hose. [1]

No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of a Fire Department when laid down on any street, private driveway or streetcar track, to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire Department official in command.
[1]
Cross Reference — Fire prevention and fire department, ch. 205.

Section 340.030 Driving Through Funeral or Other Procession.

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 Title. This provision shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or Police Officers.

Section 340.040 Driving in Procession.

Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand edge of the roadway as practicable and shall follow the vehicle ahead as close as is practicable and safe.

Section 340.050 Funeral Procession to Be Identified.

[CC 1983 §17-9]
A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia or by such other method as may be determined and designated by the Police Department.

Section 340.060 When Permits Required for Parades and Processions.

No funeral, 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 are set forth herein which may apply.

Section 340.070 Vehicle Shall Not Be Driven on a Sidewalk.

The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except on a permanent or temporary driveway.

Section 340.080 Limitations on Backing.

The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with other traffic.

Section 340.090 Opening and Closing Vehicle Doors.

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 Riding on Motorcycles and Motorized Bicycles, Additional Passenger, Requirements.

A. 
A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator.
B. 
The operator of a motorized bicycle shall ride only astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and shall not permit more than one (1) person to ride thereon at the same time, unless the motorized bicycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person. Any motorized bicycle designed to carry more than one (1) person must be equipped with a passenger seat and footrests for the use of a passenger.

Section 340.110 Riding Bicycle on Sidewalks, Limitations — Motorized Bicycles Prohibited.

A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
B. 
Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
C. 
No person shall ride a motorized bicycle upon a sidewalk.

Section 340.120 All-Terrain Vehicles, Prohibited — Exceptions, Operation of All-Terrain Vehicles Under an Exception — Prohibited Uses — Penalty.

A. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in Section 300.020, upon the streets and highways of this city, except as follows:
1. 
All-terrain vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;
2. 
All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation;
3. 
All-terrain vehicles whose operators carry a special permit issued by this City pursuant to Section 304.013, RSMo.
B. 
No person shall operate an off-road vehicle, as defined in Section 304.001, RSMo, within any stream or river in this city, except that off-road vehicles may be operated within waterways which flow within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns, or for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns or has permission to be upon, or for the purpose of fording such stream or river of this state at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system. All Law Enforcement Officials or Peace Officers of this State and its political subdivisions shall enforce the provisions of this Subsection within the geographic area of their jurisdiction.
C. 
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a street or highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, but shall not be required to have passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle, and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds of less than thirty (30) miles per hour. When operated on a street or highway, an all-terrain vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven (7) feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty (30) square inches and shall be day-glow in color.
D. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle:
1. 
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another;
2. 
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance; or
3. 
Without a securely fastened safety helmet on the head of an individual who operates an all-terrain vehicle or who is being towed or otherwise propelled by an all-terrain vehicle, unless the individual is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
E. 
No operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes.
F. 
A violation of this section shall be a misdemeanor.

Section 340.125 Utility Vehicles — Prohibited — Exceptions — Operation Under an Expetion — Prohibited Uses — Penalty.

[Ord. No. 2013-10 §2, 9-3-2013]
A. 
No person shall operate a utility vehicle, as defined in Section 300.020, upon the streets and highways of this City, except as follows:
1. 
Utility vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;
2. 
Utility vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation, unless equipped with proper lighting;
3. 
Utility vehicles operated by handicapped persons for short distances occasionally only on City streets and the State's secondary roads when operated between the hours of sunrise and sunset;
4. 
Utility vehicles operated by a licensed driver holding a special permit issued by this City authorizing the operation of a utility vehicle upon the streets and highways within the City limits. The City Council hereby authorizes the issuance of such special permits to licensed drivers by the City Collector. The City Collector shall collect a fee of fifteen dollars ($15.00) for each such special permit issued, which fee shall not be prorated. Special permits issued pursuant to this Section shall be valid for the calendar year in which such permit is issued.
B. 
No person shall operate a utility vehicle within any stream or river in the State, except that utility vehicles may be operated within waterways which flow within the boundaries of land which a utility vehicle operator owns, or for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of land which a utility vehicle operator owns or has permission to be upon, or for the purpose of fording such stream or river of the State at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system. All Law Enforcement Officials or Peace Officers of this State and its political subdivisions or Department of Conservation agents or Department of Natural Resources park rangers shall enforce the provisions of this Subsection within the geographic area of their jurisdiction.
C. 
A person operating a utility vehicle on a street or highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, except for a handicapped person operating such vehicle under Subsection (A)(3) of this Section, but shall not be required to have passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle, and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds of less than forty-five (45) miles per hour.
D. 
No persons shall operate a utility vehicle:
1. 
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another; or
2. 
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance.
E. 
No operator of a utility vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to any utility vehicle in which the seat of such vehicle is designed to carry more than one person.
F. 
A violation of this Section shall be an ordinance violation punishable pursuant to the penalties set forth in Section 100.120 of this Code.

Section 340.130 Riding Bicycles, Sleds, Roller Skates, by Attaching to Another Vehicle, Prohibited.

No person riding upon any bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself/herself to any vehicle upon a roadway.

Section 340.140 Controlled Access.

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 340.150 Railroad Trains Not to Block Streets.

It shall be unlawful for the directing officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of or to operate the same in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for purposes of travel for a period of time longer than five (5) minutes; provided that this Section shall not apply to a moving train or to one stopped because of an emergency or for repairs necessary before it can proceed safely.

Section 340.160 Driving Through Safety Zone Prohibited.

No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone.

Section 340.170 School Buses, Drivers to Stop for, When.

A. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the 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 such 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 the 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. 
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. 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 lanes of traffic; nor shall he/she take on or discharge passengers while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicle so stopped is plainly visible for at least three hundred (300) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon the highway and then only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
D. 
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, 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.

Section 340.180 Passing Regulations — Violations, Penalties.

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; and
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 such driver's 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 or more lines of vehicles in each direction;
3. 
Upon a one-way street.
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under the foregoing conditions when such movement may be made in safety. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway. The provisions of this Subsection 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 center line 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 340.190 Drive on Right of Highway — Traffic Lanes — Signs — Violations, Penalties.

A. 
All vehicles not in motion shall be placed with their right side as near the right-hand side of the highway as practicable, except on streets of municipalities where vehicles are obliged to move in one direction only or parking of motor vehicles is regulated by ordinance.
B. 
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 pursuant to 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 municipalities;
3. 
When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;
4. 
Upon a roadway designated by local ordinance as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic.
C. 
It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two 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.
D. 
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 center line of the highway, and all members of the Missouri 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.
E. 
Whenever any roadway has been divided into three 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 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 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 of the main traveled portion of the roadway whenever possible.
F. 
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.
G. 
Violation of this Section shall be deemed an infraction unless such violation causes an immediate threat of an accident or an accident results from such violation, in which case such violation shall be deemed a misdemeanor.

Section 340.200 Distance at Which Vehicle Must Follow.

[CC 1983 §17-75]
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 outside of a business or residence district 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 manner affect Section 304.044, RSMo., relating to distance between trucks traveling on the highway.

Section 340.210 Driving on Streets Closed to Public Use — Disturbing Signs and Barriers.

[CC 1983 §17-76]
It shall be unlawful for any person willfully to drive or cause to be driven any vehicle on, along or across any public street, alley or highway barred or placarded as "Closed", or willfully to throw down, remove or otherwise disturb any such barrier or sign placed thereat.

Section 340.220 Boarding or Alighting From Vehicles in Motion.

[CC 1983 §17-69]
It shall be unlawful for any person to board or alight from any vehicle while such vehicle is in motion.

Section 340.230 Riding on Portion of Vehicle Not Designed for Passengers.

[CC 1983 §17-70]
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride on any vehicle upon any portion thereof not designed or intended for the use of passengers when the vehicle is in motion. This provision shall not apply to an employee engaged in the necessary discharge of a duty, or to persons riding within truck bodies in space intended for merchandise.

Section 340.240 Rounding Curves.

[CC 1983 §17-81]
Any driver in rounding curves shall reduce speed and shall keep his/her vehicle as far to the right on the highway as is reasonably possible.

Section 340.250 State Weight Limits Applicable in the City.

[CC 1983 §17-82]
Vehicles complying with the weight and axle requirements established by the Statutes of the State for State highways are hereby permitted to use the streets of the City and those vehicles which do not so comply are hereby prohibited from using the streets of the City.

Section 340.260 Obstruction to Driver's View or Driving Mechanism.

[CC 1983 §17-72]
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to drive the same when such vehicle is so loaded, or when there are in the front seat of such vehicle such number of persons, as to obstruct the view of the operator to the front or sides, or to interfere with the operator's control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle and it shall be unlawful for any passenger in a vehicle to ride in such position as to interfere with the operator's view ahead or to the sides, or to interfere with the operator's control over the driving mechanism of the vehicle.

Section 340.270 Driving, Tampering With, Etc., Motor Vehicle Without Permission of Owner.

[CC 1983 §17-73]
No person shall drive, operate, use, tamper with, or trespass upon, any motor vehicle or trailer without the permission of the owner.

Section 340.280 Handicapped Persons With White Cane or Dog, Driver to Take All Necessary Precautions — Cane or Dog Not Required to Enforce Rights, When.

The driver of a vehicle approaching a person with a visual, aural or physical disability who is carrying a cane predominantly white or metallic in color, with or without a red tip, or using a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog shall yield to such pedestrian, and any driver who fails to take such precautions shall be liable in damages for any injury caused such pedestrian and any injury caused to the pedestrian's guide dog, hearing dog or service dog; provided that such a pedestrian not carrying such cane or using a guide dog, hearing dog or service dog in any of the places, accommodations or conveyances listed in Section 209.150, RSMo., shall have all of the rights and privileges conferred by law upon other persons.

Section 340.290 Transportation of Children in a Motor Vehicle — Child Passenger Restraint Systems — Violation, Penalties — Exceptions.

[Ord. No. 828 §1, 7-20-1998; Ord. No. 2006-23 §1, 12-4-2006]
A. 
As used in this Section, the following terms shall mean:
CHILD BOOSTER SEAT
A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, as amended, that is designed to elevate a child to properly sit in a Federally approved safety belt system.
CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM
A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, as amended, and which is either permanently affixed to a motor vehicle or is affixed to such vehicle by a safety belt or a universal attachment system.
DRIVER
A person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.
B. 
Every driver transporting a child under the age of sixteen (16) years shall be responsible, when transporting such child in a motor vehicle operated by that driver on the streets or highways of this City, for providing for the protection of such child as follows:
1. 
Children less than four (4) years of age, regardless of weight, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
2. 
Children weighing less than forty (40) pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
3. 
Children at least four (4) years of age but less than eight (8) years of age, who also weigh at least forty (40) pounds but less than eighty (80) pounds, and who are also less than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches tall, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.
4. 
Children at least eighty (80) pounds or children more than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
5. 
A child who otherwise would be required to be secured in a booster seat may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt for booster seat installation.
6. 
When transporting children in the immediate family when there are more children than there are seating positions in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, the children who are not able to be restrained by a child safety restraint device appropriate for the child shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is designed only for a front seat area. The driver transporting children referred to in this Subsection is not in violation of this Section.
This subsection shall only apply to the use of a child passenger restraint system or vehicle safety belt for children less than sixteen (16) years of age being transported in a motor vehicle.
C. 
Any driver who violates Subdivisions (1), (2) or (3) of Subsection (B) of this Section is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and court costs. Any driver who violates Subdivision (4) of Subsection (B) of this Section shall be punished by a fine of not more than ten dollars ($10.00), with no court costs to be imposed. If a driver receives a citation for violating Subdivisions (1), (2) or (3) of Subsection (B) of this Section, the charges shall be dismissed or withdrawn if the driver prior to or at his or her hearing provides evidence of acquisition of a child passenger restraint system or child booster seat which is satisfactory to the court or the party responsible for prosecuting the driver's citation.
D. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to students four (4) years of age or older who are passengers on a school bus designed for carrying eleven (11) passengers or more and which is manufactured or equipped pursuant to Missouri Minimum Standards for School Buses as school buses are defined in Section 301.010, RSMo.

Section 340.300 Seat Belts Required for Passenger Cars — Passenger Cars Defined — Exceptions — Failure to Comply, Effect on Evidence and Damages — Penalty.

[Ord. No. 2008-10 §1, 5-5-2008]
A. 
As used in this Section, the term "passenger car" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons; except that the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks with a licensed gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
B. 
Each driver, except persons employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which require the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles, and front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this State, and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., on a street or highway in this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements. No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance with this Subsection. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about their body, nor shall the provisions of this Section be applicable to persons while operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work-related activities. Non-compliance with this Subsection shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to the transporting of children under sixteen (16) years of age as provided in Section 340.290 of this Code.
C. 
Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child less than sixteen (16) years of age shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened restraint under Section 340.290.
D. 
Except as otherwise provided for in Section 340.290, each person who violates the provisions of Subsection (B) of this Section is guilty of an infraction for which a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) may be imposed. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs shall be imposed on any person due to a violation of this Section.
E. 
If there are more persons than there are seat belts in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, then the passengers who are unable to wear seat belts shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is designed only for a front-seated area. The passenger or passengers occupying a seat location referred to in this Subsection are not in violation of this Section. This Subsection shall not apply to passengers who are accompanying a driver of a motor vehicle who is licensed under Section 302.178, RSMo.