The City shall provide books containing uniform traffic tickets as prescribed by Supreme Court Rule. Said books shall include serially numbered sets of citations in quadruplicate in the form prescribed by Supreme Court Rule.
Such books shall be issued to the Chief of Police or his/her duly authorized agent, a record shall be maintained of every book so issued, and a written receipt shall be required for every book. The judge or judges hearing City ordinance violation cases may require that a copy of such record and receipts be filed with the court.
The Chief of Police shall be responsible for the issuance of such books to individual members of the Police Department. The Chief of Police shall require a written receipt for every book so issued and shall maintain a record of every such book and each set of citations contained therein.
Except when authorized or directed under State law to immediately take a person before the Municipal Judge for the violation of any traffic laws, a Police Officer who halts a person for such violation, other than for the purpose of giving him/her a warning or warning notice and does not take such person into custody under arrest, shall issue to him/her a uniform traffic ticket which shall be proceeded upon in accordance with Supreme Court Rules.
[Ord. No. 1853 §§1 — 5, 10-14-1991; Ord. No. 2162 §§1 — 2, 8-14-1995; Ord. No. 2179 §§1 — 2, 10-23-1995]
Whenever any motor vehicle without driver is found parked or stopped in violation of any of the restrictions imposed by ordinance of the City or by State law, the officer finding such vehicle shall take its registration number and may take any other information displayed on the vehicle which may identify its user and shall conspicuously affix to such vehicle a uniform traffic ticket or other citation for the driver to answer to the charge against him/her.
Any person receiving a notice of violation regarding parking violations, or the owner or operator of a vehicle to which said notice was attached, shall within seventy-two (72) hours of the time when such notice was attached, pay to the City as a penalty for and in full satisfaction of such violation the sum of forty-five dollars ($45.00).
Failure to pay the violation within seventy-two (72) hours or appear on the scheduled court date shall cause a warrant to be issued against the vehicle owner and the minimum penalty for the violation of a provision of this Section shall be the sum of sixty-five dollars ($65.00).
Any Law Enforcement Officer, or an official of the City where the City's real property is concerned, may authorize a towing company to remove to a place of safety:
Any abandoned property on the right-of-way of:
Any State highway or interstate highway or freeway in an urbanized area of the City left unattended for ten (10) hours, or if a Law Enforcement Officer determines that the abandoned property is a serious hazard to other motorists;
Any State highway or interstate highway or freeway outside of an urbanized area of the City left unattended for more than forty-eight (48) hours, or if a Law Enforcement Officer determines that the abandoned property is a serious hazard to other motorists;
Any unattended abandoned property illegally left standing upon any highway or bridge if the abandoned property is left in a position or under such circumstances as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic where there is no reasonable indication that the person in control of the property is arranging for its immediate control or removal.
Any abandoned property which has been abandoned under Sections 220.160 et seq. of this Code or Section 577.080, RSMo.
Any abandoned property which has been reported as stolen or taken without consent of the owner.
Any abandoned property for which the person operating such property is arrested for an alleged offense for which the officer is required to take the person into custody and where such person is unable to arrange for the property's timely removal.
Any abandoned property which due to any other State law or City ordinance is subject to towing because of the owner's outstanding traffic or parking violations.
Any abandoned property left unattended in violation of a State law or City ordinance where signs have been posted giving notice of the law or where the violation causes a safety hazard.
When the City Police Department authorizes a tow pursuant to this Section in which the abandoned property is moved from the immediate vicinity, it shall complete a crime inquiry and inspection report.
Any City agency other than the City Police Department authorizing a tow under this Section where property is towed away from the immediate vicinity shall report the tow to the City Police Department within two (2) hours of the tow, along with a crime inquiry and inspection report.