City of Caruthersville, MO
Pemiscot County
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Section 385.010 Restriction on Use of Metal-Tired Vehicles.

[CC 1983 §17-325]
A. 
No metal-tired vehicle shall be operated over any of the streets of this City except over streets or avenues constructed of gravel or clay bound gravel, if such vehicle has on the periphery of any of the road wheels any lug, flange, cleat, ridge, bolt or any projection of metal or wood which projects radially beyond the tread or traffic surface of the tire, unless the street or avenue is protected by putting down solid planks or other suitable material, or by attachments to the wheels so as to prevent such vehicles from damaging the highway, except that this prohibition shall not apply to tractors or traction engines equipped with what is known as caterpillar treads, when such caterpillar does not contain any projection of any kind likely to injure the surface of the road. Tractors, traction engines and similar vehicles may be operated which have upon their road wheels "V" shaped, diagonal or other cleats arranged in such manner as to be continuously in contact with the road surface if the gross weight on the wheels per inch of width of such cleats or road surface, when measured in the direction of the axle of the vehicle, does not exceed eight hundred (800) pounds.
B. 
No tractor, tractor engine, or other metal tired vehicle weighing more than four (4) tons, including the weight of the vehicle and its load, shall drive onto, upon or over the edge of any street or avenue without protecting such edge by putting down solid planks or other suitable material to prevent such vehicle from breaking off the edges of the pavement.
C. 
Violation of this Section shall be deemed an infraction and any person violating this Section, whether operating under a permit or not, or who shall willfully or negligently damage a highway, shall be liable for the amount of such damage caused to any highway, bridge, culvert or sewer, and any vehicle causing such damage shall be subject to a lien for the full amount of such damage, which lien shall not be superior to any duly recorded or filed chattel mortgage or other lien previously attached to such vehicle; the amount of such damage may be recovered in any action in any court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of the State, by the City.

Section 385.020 Other Equipment of Motor Vehicles — Violations, Penalty.

A. 
Signaling Devices. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle in good working order, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other users of the highway and to pedestrians. Such signaling device shall be used for warning purposes only and shall not be used for making any unnecessary noise, and no other sound-producing signaling device shall be used at any time.
B. 
Muffler Cutouts. Muffler cutouts shall not be used and no vehicle shall be driven in such manner or condition that excessive and unnecessary noises shall be made by its machinery, motor, signaling device, or other parts, or by any improperly loaded cargo. The motors of all motor vehicles shall be fitted with properly attached mufflers of such capacity or construction as to quiet the maximum possible exhaust noise as completely as is done in modern gas engine passenger motor vehicles. Any cutout or opening in the exhaust pipe between the motor and the muffler on any motor vehicle shall be completely closed and disconnected from its operating lever, and shall be so arranged that it cannot automatically open, or be opened or operated while such vehicle is in motion.
C. 
Brakes. All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two sets of adequate brakes, kept in good working order, and motorcycles shall be provided with one set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
D. 
Mirrors. All motor vehicles which are so constructed or loaded that the operator cannot see the road behind such vehicle by looking back or around the side of such vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so adjusted as to reveal the road behind and be visible from the operator's seat.
E. 
Projections On Vehicles. All vehicles carrying poles or other objects, which project more than five feet from the rear of such vehicle, shall, during the period when lights are required by this chapter, carry a red light at or near the rear end of the pole or other object so projecting. At other times a red flag or cloth, not less than sixteen inches square, shall be displayed at the end of such projection.
F. 
Towlines. When one vehicle is towing another, the connecting device shall not exceed fifteen feet. During the time that lights are required by Sections 307.020 to 307.120, RSMo., the required lights shall be displayed by both vehicles. Every towed vehicle shall be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of a safety chain, cable, or equivalent device in addition to the primary coupling device, except that such secondary coupling device shall not be necessary if the connecting device is connected to the towing vehicle by a center-locking ball located over or nearly over the rear axle and not supported by the rear bumper of the towing vehicle. Such secondary safety connecting devices shall be of sufficient strength to control the towed vehicle in the event of failure of the primary coupling device. The provisions of this subsection shall not apply to wreckers towing vehicles or to vehicles secured to the towing vehicle by a fifth-wheel type connection.
G. 
The provisions of Subsection (F) of this Section shall not apply to farm implements, or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
H. 
Commercial Motor Vehicles And Trailers. When being operated on any highway of this state shall be equipped with adequate and proper brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing, air pollution control devices, fuel tank, and any other safety equipment required by the state in such condition so as to obtain a certificate of inspection and approval as required by the provisions of Section 307.360, RSMo.
I. 
Devices attached to or towed by motor vehicles for the purpose of transporting hay shall have the protruding parts raised or retracted when not in use to a position which will not cause injury or damage to persons or property in the vicinity of such device when on the highways of this City.
J. 
Violation of this Section shall be deemed an infraction.

Section 385.030 Lamps, Reflectors.

[CC 1983 §17-331]
Each vehicle driven in the City shall be equipped with the lamps and reflectors required by law. The head lamps shall be dimmed when required by law.

Section 385.040 Rubber Tires.

[Ord. No. 2007-14 §1, 8-20-2007]
No vehicle or combination of vehicles or heavy equipment, including track vehicles and earth moving equipment, shall be permitted to use or be moved or operated on any paved highway, street or alley in the City, unless such vehicles and equipment are moved or operated upon street pads or rubber tires. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle or heavy equipment in violation of this Section.

Section 385.050 Vision-Reducing Material Applied to Windshield or Windows Without Permit Prohibited — Exemption.

[Ord. No. 2008-8 §1, 5-5-2008]
A. 
Any person may operate a motor vehicle with front side wing 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 (D) of this Section, any sun-screening device applied to front side wing 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 issued by the Missouri Department of Public Safety pursuant to Section 307.173, RSMo. 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 person who violates the provisions of this Section is guilty of an offense and shall be punished by a fine not to exceed three hundred dollars ($300.00) or imprisonment not to exceed fifteen (15) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
D. 
Any vehicle licensed with a historical license plate shall be exempt from the requirements of this Section.