[CC 1997 §18.65]
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.
[CC 1997 §18.66]
No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of a Fire Department when laid down on any street or private driveway to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire Department Official in command.
[CC 1997 §18.67; Ord. No. 3138-00 §1, 1-19-2000]
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
No person shall operate any vehicle as part of an organized funeral procession without the flashing emergency lights of such vehicle being lighted.
Any person who is not an operator of a vehicle in an organized funeral procession shall not:
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;
Join a funeral procession for the purpose of securing the right-of-way; or
Attempt to pass any vehicle in an organized funeral procession, except where a passing lane has been specifically provided.
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.
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.
Any person convicted of violating any provision of this Section shall be punished by a fine not to exceed one hundred dollars ($100.00).
[CC 1997 §18.70]
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.
[CC 1997 §18.71; Ord. No. 1799-85, 1-30-1985; Ord. No. 1828-85, 8-21-1985]
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not operate his motor vehicle on any sidewalk except those sidewalks used as a permanent or temporary driveway to the street.
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not operate a motor vehicle on any portion of a yard of another without his consent, or on common elements of a condominium without the consent of the Board of Managers. For the purpose of this Section, a "yard" is defined as a portion of real property which is not paved with asphalt, concrete, gravel, or any other similar material. Dirt and grass shall not be considered as paved.
[CC 1997 §18.72]
The driver of a vehicle shall not back said vehicle unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with other traffic.
[CC 1997 §18.73]
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.
Editor's Note—Ord. no. 3834-07 §1, adopted January 3, 2007, repealed sections 340.100 "riding on motorcycle, motorized bicycle—headgear required", 340.110 "riding bicycle on sidewalks, limitations—motorized bicycles prohibited" and 340.120 "clinging to vehicle" in their entirety and enacted new provisions now set out in ch. 390 of this code. At the editor's discretion, these sections were reserved for the city's future use.
[CC 1997 §18.77]
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.
[CC 1997 §18.78]
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 ten (10) 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.
[CC 1997 §18.79]
No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone as defined in Section 300.010.
Every person operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this City shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.
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.
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 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 and 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.
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 (2) lanes of traffic; nor shall he 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.
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 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.
The driver of any school bus driving upon the highways of this State after loading or unloading school children, should remain stopped if the bus is followed by three (3) or more vehicles, until such vehicles have been permitted to pass the school bus, if the conditions prevailing make it safe to do so.
If any vehicle is witnessed by a peace officer or the driver of a school bus to have violated the provisions of this Section and the identity of the operator is not otherwise apparent, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that the person in whose name such vehicle is registered committed the violation. Notwithstanding the provisions in Section 301.130, RSMo., every school bus shall be required to have two (2) license plates. In the event that charges are filed against multiple owners of a motor vehicle, only one (1) of the owners may be convicted and court costs may be assessed against only one (1) of the owners. If the vehicle which is involved in the violation is registered in the name of a rental or leasing company and the vehicle is rented or leased to another person at the time of the violation, the rental or leasing company may rebut the presumption by providing the peace officer or prosecuting authority with a copy of the rental or lease agreement in effect at the time of the violation. No prosecuting authority may bring any legal proceedings against a rental or leasing company under this Section unless prior written notice of the violation has been given to that rental or leasing company by registered mail at the address appearing on the registration and the rental or leasing company has failed to provide the rental or lease agreement copy within fifteen (15) days of receipt of such notice.
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.
[CC 1997 §18.92]
No motor vehicle shall be driven or parked upon any utility easement except with permission of the said utility company.
[CC 1997 §18.94]
All motor vehicles operated or driven upon the roads, streets or highways of this City, when said roads, streets or highways are designed with more than one (1) lane of traffic in the same direction, will be driven in the farthest right lane except for the purpose of overtaking and passing other vehicles.
[CC 1997 §18.93; Ord. No. 2908-97, 10-8-1997; Ord. No. 3833-07 §1, 1-3-2007; Ord. No. 4149-11 §1, 5-18-2011]
Definitions. As used in this Section, the following words and phrases shall have the meanings prescribed herein:
- CHILD BOOSTER SEAT
- A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 CFR 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 as set forth in 49 CFR 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.
- PASSENGER CAR
- 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.
Seat Belts Required.
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 each front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in the City 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 the City, shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway Transportation and Safety Act requirements. 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. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to the transporting of children under sixteen (16) years of age as provided in Subsection (C) of this Section.
Each person who violates Subsection (B)(1) of this Section is guilty of an offense 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.
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. Passengers occupying a seat location referred to in this Subsection for which there are no seat belts 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.
Child Passenger Restraint Required. 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 streets or highways in this City, for providing the protection of such child, as follows:
A child less than four (4) years of age, regardless of weight, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child;
A child weighing less than forty (40) pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child;
A child at least four (4) years of age but less than eight (8) years of age, who also weighs at least forty (40) pounds but less than eighty (80) pounds and who is 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;
A child at least eighty (80) pounds or a child 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;
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;
When a driver is only transporting children in the driver's immediate family and there are more children than there are seating positions in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, each child who is 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. A driver transporting children in compliance with 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.
Penalty. Any driver who violates Subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of Subsection (C) of this Section is guilty of an offense 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 (C) of this Section shall be subject to the penalty set forth in Subsection (B)(2) of this Section. If a driver receives a citation for violating Subdivision (1), (2) or (3) of Subsection (C) of this Section, the charges shall be dismissed or withdrawn if the driver prior to or at his 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.
Exceptions. The provisions of Subsection (C) of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire. The provisions of Subsection (C) 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. The provisions of Subsection (C) 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.
Loads In Vehicles.
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to drive the vehicle when it is so loaded or when there are in the front seat of the 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.
It shall be unlawful for any passenger in a vehicle to ride in such a position as to interfere with the operator's view ahead or to the sides or to interfere with the operator's control over the mechanism of the vehicle.
[Ord. No. 3115-99 §§1—2, 10-20-1999]
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any motor vehicle intentionally to harass or alarm another person who is inside a motor vehicle by intentionally or knowingly:
Abruptly increasing or decreasing the speed of his/her vehicle; or
Abruptly changing lanes; or
Following the other person's vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent under the totality of the circumstances; or
Impeding or obstructing the operation of the other person's motor vehicle; or
Operating his/her vehicle in a manner that endangers or would be likely to endanger any person or property.