[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.110, 7-6-1988]
This Title may be known and cited as the "Traffic Code" and may be referred to as such when being amended and is also referred to herein as "The Code".
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.115, 7-6-1988]
The provisions of this Code shall apply to all areas within the corporate limits of the City of Bridgeton, Missouri.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.120, 7-6-1988]
All regulations contained in this Traffic Code regarding traffic control devices on State Highways shall be with the concurrence of the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission. The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission is hereby authorized to post and install all regulatory signs on State Highways.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.125, 7-6-1988]
All regulations contained in this Traffic Code regarding traffic control devices on County Arterial roadways shall be with the concurrence of the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic. The St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic is hereby authorized to post and install all regulatory signs on County arterial roadways.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.130, 7-6-1988]
The Police Officers of the City of Bridgeton Department of Police, the State Highway Patrol and the St. Louis County Department of Police shall have authority to enforce all traffic ordinances of the City of Bridgeton and shall have authority to make arrests for violations of this Code.
Officers of the City of Bridgeton Department of Police or such officers as are duly and lawfully authorized are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, or signal in conformance with the traffic laws; provided that in the event of a fire or other emergency, or to expedite traffic, or to safeguard pedestrians, such officers may direct traffic as conditions may require; notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws.
Officers of a Fire Protection District, when at the scene of a fire, may direct or assist the Law Enforcement Officers in directing traffic at such scene or in the immediate vicinity.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.135, 7-6-1988]
No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of any Law Enforcement Officer or Fire Department official invested by law with authority to direct, control, or regulate traffic.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.140, 7-6-1988]
The provisions of this Code shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, this State, County, or municipalities and it shall be unlawful for any said driver to violate any of the provisions of this Code, except as otherwise permitted in this Code or State law.
All operators of Fire Department vehicles returning from fires or false alarms, or when on other non-emergency runs, shall obey all provisions of this Code.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.145, 7-6-1988]
Every person propelling any push cart or riding an animal upon a highway, roadway, alleyway or driveway and every person driving any animal-drawn vehicle shall be subject to the provisions of this Code applicable to the driver of any vehicle, except those provisions of this Code which by their very nature can have no application.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.150, 7-6-1988]
The provisions of this Code regulating the operation, parking and standing of vehicles shall apply to authorized emergency vehicles as defined in this Code, except that the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law, or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire alarm; but subject to the conditions herein stated, may:
Park and stand, irrespective of the provisions of this Code;
Proceed past a red signal indication or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;
Exceed the maximum speed limits, so long as the driver does not endanger life or property;
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions;
The exemption herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle, while in motion, sounds an audible signal by bell, siren, or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary and when the vehicle displays at least one (1) lighted red or blue beacon visible in normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle.
The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard to the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from the consequences of the driver's reckless disregard for the safety of others, nor shall such provision relieve the driver from the duty of obeying the directions of a Law Enforcement Officer at the scene of the emergency.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.155, 7-6-1988]
The office of the City Traffic Engineer is established. The City Engineer/Director of Public Works or other designated City official shall serve as City Traffic Engineer in addition to his other functions and shall exercise the powers and duties with respect to traffic as provided in this Title.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.160, 7-6-1988; Ord. No. 93-12 §1, 3-3-1993]
The City Traffic Engineer shall determine the installation and proper timing and maintenance of traffic control devices, conduct engineering analyses of traffic accidents and devise remedial measures, conduct engineering investigation of traffic conditions, plan the operation of traffic on streets and highways of the City and cooperate with other City officials in the development of ways and means to improve traffic conditions and carry out the additional powers and duties imposed by ordinances of the City.
The City Traffic Engineer shall install regulatory traffic control devices in the case of emergency or special conditions which the public peace, safety, convenience and expedition of traffic may demand.
Closing of Streets — Authority of City Traffic Engineer.
The City Traffic Engineer may close any roadway, alleyway, or driveway within the City and withdraw the same from public use temporarily and during such period as public work thereon or other public emergency or expediency shall make such acts necessary. He shall place appropriate signs at the end of the portion of such roadway, alleyway or driveway.
The City Council may by ordinance, on recommendation of the Chief of Police or City Traffic Engineer, in the interest of health, safety and welfare of the community, permanently close any street owned and maintained by the City, or any portion thereof. Upon passage and approval of such an ordinance, Schedule XIV, relating to closed streets, shall be amended to describe the City street, or portion thereof, that is to be permanently closed, withdrawing the same from public use. It shall be unlawful for any person to trespass upon or operate a motor vehicle upon any City street so ordained and included in Schedule XIV, except for:
The Department of Public Works is hereby authorized to erect and maintain appropriate signs at said streets notifying the public of the prohibition on entry on said streets.
When it has been determined by the City Traffic Engineer that any barrier, obstacle or plant material within the public right-of-way adjacent to any street or roadway is hazardous, the City Traffic Engineer is authorized to remove said barrier or plant material from the right-of-way.
The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to mount and install lamps upon any part of any or all of the vehicles owned or operated by the City which lamps, when lighted, display a flashing yellow or amber light visible in any and all directions from such vehicle and to use such lamps when such vehicle is being used in the performance of emergency services.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §29.165, 7-6-1988]
The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any official traffic control device applicable to the driver placed in accordance with the provisions of this Code, unless otherwise directed by a Law Enforcement Officer. This Section is subject to the exceptions granted the driver of any authorized emergency vehicle by this Code.
When a traffic control signal is not operating due to mechanical failure or other reasons, all traffic shall come to a complete stop before proceeding through the intersection at which the non-operating signal is stationed.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.170, 7-6-1988]
No provisions of this Code for which signs or other traffic control devices are required shall be enforced against an alleged violator if, at the time and place of the alleged violation, an official sign is not in proper position and sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. If a particular Section does not state that signs are required, the Section shall be effective even though no signs are erected or in place.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.175, 7-6-1988]
All traffic control devices on highways, roadways, alleyways and driveways within the City of Bridgeton, Missouri, shall conform to the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices published by the Federal Highway Administration with its latest revisions. A copy of the manual is on file in the office of the City Traffic Engineer.
The City of Bridgeton Department of Police shall maintain a suitable system of filing traffic accident reports. Such reports shall be available for the use and information of the City Traffic Engineer and other City offices which require their use.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.185, 7-6-1988]
The Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission on State highways, the St. Louis County Department of Highways and Traffic on County arterial roadways and the City of Bridgeton Department of Public Works on all streets and roadways other than State highways and County arterial roadways shall be authorized to install any traffic control device(s) subject to the provisions of the Traffic Code.
[Ord. No. 88-39 §24.190, 7-6-1988]
[Ord. No. 90-39 §3, 4-18-1990]
All written reports made by persons involved in accidents, or by garages, shall be without prejudice to the individual so reporting and shall be for the confidential use of the Police Department or other governmental agencies having use for the records for accident prevention purposes, except that the Police Department or other governmental agency may disclose the identity of a person involved in an accident when such identity is not otherwise known, or when such person denies his presence at such accident.
State Law Reference — For similar state law see RSMo. §300.125.
[Ord. No. 91-25 §1, 3-6-1991; Ord. No. 97-69 §1, 10-1-1997; Ord. No. 10-39 §1, 8-18-2010]
The following words and phrases as used in this Code shall for the purpose of this Code have the meaning respectively ascribed to them:
- ABANDONED VEHICLE
- Any unattended vehicle left at any place within the City for such time and under such circumstances as to cause such vehicle to reasonably appear to have been abandoned.
- The entire width and length of the public right-of-way and/or easement of an alley.
- That portion of an alley intended for use by the general traveling public.
- ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE
- Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which is fifty (50) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of six hundred (600) pounds or less, traveling on three (3), four (4) or more low pressure tires, with a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and handlebars for steering control. A motor tricycle shall not be included in the definition of all-terrain vehicle.
- ANGLE PARKING
- The standing or parking of any vehicle upon a highway, roadway or alleyway in a manner where the longitudinal axis of the vehicle forms an angle with the alignment of the curb.
- ARTERIAL ROAD
- Any road designated by the St. Louis County Council as part of the County arterial road system authorized by Section 137.558, RSMo.
- AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES
- 1. Vehicles operated as ambulances, or operated by the Bridgeton Police, State Highway Patrol, Police or Fire Departments in St. Louis County, Missouri.
- 2. Any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.
- 3. Any privately owned wrecker or tow truck, or vehicles owned and operated by a public utility or public service corporation while performing emergency service.
- Every device propelled by human power upon which any person or persons may ride, having two (2) or more tandem wheels, either of which is twenty (20) or more inches in diameter.
- CENTER LINE
- A yellow line or lines delineating the separation between travel lanes in opposite directions. It need not be at the geometrical center of the pavement.
- COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle designed or regularly used for carrying freight, merchandise, supplies, tools or equipment.
- CONTROLLED OR LIMITED ACCESS HIGHWAY/ROADWAY
- Every highway or roadway or right-of-way thereof in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons having no legal rights of access to, from, on or across the same except at such points and in such manner as may be determined or designated by the public authority having jurisdiction over such highway or roadway.
- 1. That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs, or in the absence of curbs from the edges of the traversable roadway;
- 2. Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface;
- Any person who drives, operates or is in any manner in actual physical control of a vehicle.
- A travelway privately used for access to and distribution within a site, not including sidewalks.
- EDGE LINE
- A solid white line used to delineate the right edge of a highway or roadway.
- FRONT YARD
- A yard extending across the full width of the lot and lying between the front (street) lot line and the nearest point of a building. On a corner lot, the owner may elect either street lot line as the front lot line.
- GROSS WEIGHT
- The total weight of a vehicle including the weight of any carried cargo.
- The traveling portion of a public right-of-way of a highway intended for use by the general traveling public and maintained by the Missouri Highway and Transportation Department.
- 1. The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral boundary lines or, if present, the lateral curb lines of two (2) or more intersecting highways, roadways or alleyways, whether or not one (1) such highway, roadway or alleyway crosses the other.
- 2. Where a highway or roadway includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) or more feet apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway or roadway by an intersecting highway or roadway shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
- JUNKED MOTOR VEHICLE
- A motor vehicle without current valid registration plates and motor vehicle safety inspection certificates lawfully attached to it, or a motor vehicle which is wrecked, dismantled, inoperative, abandoned, or discarded.
- LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER
- Every officer of the Bridgeton Department of Police or any officer lawfully and duly authorized, deputized, assigned or called upon to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests pursuant to this Code.
- LOADING SPACE
- An area of land not a part of a street right-of-way, and/or the area of a building used principally for the loading and unloading of materials or merchandise from a single motor vehicle.
- LOADING ZONE
- One (1) or more loading spaces, together with necessary maneuvering space, aisles and driveways.
- MAJOR REPAIR
- Any repair, overhaul or revision of either motor, chassis or body which shall require the removal of one (1) or more heads, or the rendering of the vehicle immovable under its own power for a period of more than six (6) hours.
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively on tracks.
- A motor vehicle operated on two (2) or three (3) wheels, however,, this definition shall not include motorized bicycles.
- MOTORIZED BICYCLE
- Any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of not more than fifty (50) cubic centimeters, which produces less than three (3) gross brake horsepower, and is capable of propelling the device at a maximum speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground.
- MOTOR TRICYCLE
- A motor vehicle operated on three (3) wheels, including a motorcycle while operated with any conveyance, temporary or otherwise, requiring the use of a third wheel. A motor tricycle shall not be included in the definition of all-terrain vehicle.
- Any person actually in physical control of a vehicle.
- PARK OR PARKING
- The stopping of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than only temporarily for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers or cargo.
- PARKING OR STORAGE SPACE
- An area, exclusive of access drives and aisles, large enough to accommodate all of the wheels or other supports of the vehicle placed upon it, and entirely paved with portland cement concrete, asphaltic concrete, paving block or paving brick that is maintained in good condition. Such parking place shall not include any portion of a street or alley, but may be connected to a street or alley by access drives, aisles and/or driveway.
- PHYSICALLY DISABLED
- The term "Physically disabled" shall have the same meaning given to it in Section 301.142, RSMo.
- PRIVATE ROADWAY OR DRIVEWAY
- Every roadway or driveway not open to the use of the general traveling public.
- Any real property within the City which is not a street or highway.
- REAR YARD
- A yard extending across the full width of the lot and lying between the rear lot line and the nearest point of a building. The rear lot line is opposite the front lot line.
- RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
- A vehicle designed principally for recreational purposes, and includes the following:
- 1. Travel trailer. A vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a dwelling or shelter for travel, recreational, or vacation uses.
- 2. Pick up camper. A structure designed primarily to be mounted on a pick up or truck chassis to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling or shelter for travel, recreational, or vacation uses.
- 3. Motorized home. A portable structure designed to be used as a dwelling or shelter, constructed as an integral part of a self-propelled vehicle.
- 4. Tent trailer. A folding structure, mounted on wheels and designed for travel and vacation use.
- 5. Boats and boat trailers. Boats, floats, and rafts, plus the normal equipment to transport the same on the highway.
- 6. Buses.
- 7. Snowmobiles and snowmobile trailers.
- 8. Vehicles licensed by a State authority as recreational vehicles.
- RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT
- The territory contiguous to and including a highway, roadway or alleyway not comprising a business district as set forth by the City of Bridgeton Zoning Ordinance, when the property on such highway, roadway or alleyway, for a distance of six hundred (600) feet or more is primarily improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.
- The entire width and length of the right-of-way or the easement of a road, avenue, or boulevard or similar item
- That portion of a road intended for use by the general traveling public, typically delineated by curbs, edge lines, or the edge of pavement.
- SCHOOL ZONE
- A section of any highway or roadway where signs warn of the presence of persons going to and returning from public or private schools.
- The portion of a road outside the roadway excluding sidewalks.
- A paved area separate from the highway or roadway intended for use by pedestrians.
- STAND OR STANDING
- The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, other than for the purpose of receiving or discharging passengers.
- STOP OR STOPPING
- 1. Stop means, when required, the complete cessation of movement.
- 2. Stop or stopping, when prohibited, means the halting even momentarily of a vehicle, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic, or in compliance with the directions of a Law Enforcement Officer or traffic control device.
- The non-transient placement of a vehicle upon a location.
- That portion of a road intended for use by the general traveling public, typically delineated by curbs, edge lines, or the edge of pavement.
- THROUGH ROADWAY
- All highways and every roadway or portion thereof on which vehicular traffic is given preferential right-of-way.
- TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES
- All official signs, signals, markings, intersection lighting and devices not inconsistent with this Code, placed by a public body having authority to regulate, warn or guide traffic.
- Any mechanical device on wheels designed primarily for use, or used, on highways, except motorized bicycles, vehicles propelled or drawn by horses or human power, or vehicles used exclusively on fixed rails or tracks, or cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons.