City of Pacific, MO
Franklin County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References — Court, ch. 130; police, ch. 200.
A. 
Chapter 300, consisting of Sections 300.010 through 300.600, RSMo., commonly known as the "Model Traffic Ordinance", is hereby adopted, as amended, as and for the traffic ordinance of this City; except Sections 300.070 and 300.360.
B. 
The Municipal Court shall establish a Traffic Violations Bureau to assist the Court with the clerical work of traffic cases. The Bureau shall be in charge of such person or persons and shall be open at such hours as the Municipal Judge may designate. The Judge of the Municipal Court who hears traffic cases shall designate the specified offenses under this law or under the traffic ordinances of the City and the State traffic laws in accordance with Supreme Court Rule No. 37.49 in respect to which payments of fines may be accepted by the Traffic Violations Bureau in satisfaction thereof, and shall specify suitable schedules the amount of such fines for first (1st), second (2nd) and subsequent offenses, provided such fines are within the limits declared by law or ordinance, and shall further specify what number of such offenses shall require appearance before the Court.
[CC 1976 §33-1]
The following words and phrases when used in this Title mean:
ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY
Any street with a roadway of less than twenty (20) feet in width.
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.
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE
A vehicle publicly owned and operated as an ambulance, or a vehicle publicly owned and operated by the State Highway Patrol, Police, or Fire Department, Sheriff, Constable or Deputy Sheriff, Traffic Officer, or any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.
BUSINESS DISTRICT
The territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred (600) feet along the highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including but not limited to hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations and public buildings which occupy at least three hundred (300) feet of frontage on one (1) side or three hundred (300) feet collectively on both sides of the highway.
CENTRAL BUSINESS (OR TRAFFIC) DISTRICT
All streets and portions of streets within the area described by City ordinance as such.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
Every vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of property.
CONTROLLED-ACCESS HIGHWAY
Every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over the highway, street or roadway.
CROSSWALK
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 lines or other markings on the surface.
CURB LOADING ZONE
A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
FREIGHT CURB LOADING ZONE
A space adjacent to a curb for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of freight (or passengers).
HIGHWAY
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
INTERSECTION
1. 
The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may come in conflict.
2. 
Where a highway includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of each roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection. In the event such intersecting highway also includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of two (2) roadways of such highways shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
LANED ROADWAY
A roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
MINOR TRAFFIC VIOLATION
Any violation of a municipal ordinance:
[Ord. No. 2938 §1, 9-15-2015]
1. 
For which the Missouri Department of Revenue is authorized to assess no more than four points to a person's driving record upon conviction; and
2. 
That does not involve:
a. 
An accident or injury;
b. 
The operation of a commercial vehicle;
c. 
Exceeding a speed limit by more than 19 miles an hour; or
d. 
A violation occurring within a construction zone or a school zone.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm tractors and motorized bicycles.
MOTORCYCLE
Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
MOTORIZED BICYCLE
Any two (2) wheeled or three (3) 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.
OFFICIAL TIME STANDARD
Whenever certain hours are named herein they shall mean standard time or daylight-saving time as may be in current use in the City.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC-CONTROL DEVICES
All signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this Title placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
PARK OR PARKING
The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
PASSENGER CURB LOADING ZONE
A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers.
PEDESTRIAN
Any person afoot.
PERSON
Every natural person, firm, co-partnership, association or corporation.
POLICE OFFICER
Every Officer of the Municipal Police Department or any Officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations.
PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY
Every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel by the owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner, but not by other persons.
RAILROAD
A carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than streetcars, operated upon stationary rails.
RAILROAD TRAIN
A steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated upon rails, except streetcars.
RESIDENCE DISTRICT
The territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business district when the property on such highway for a distance of three hundred (300) feet or more is in the main improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.
RIGHT OF WAY
The right of one (1) vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
ROADWAY
That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder. In the event a highway includes two or more separate roadways the term ROADWAY as used herein shall refer to any such roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.
SAFETY ZONE
The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times while set apart as a safety zone.
SIDEWALK
That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent property lines, intended for use of pedestrians.
STAND OR STANDING
The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than for the purpose of and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
STOP
When required, complete cessation from movement.
STOP OR STOPPING
When prohibited, any halting even momentarily of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a Police Officer or traffic-control sign or signal.
STREET OR HIGHWAY
The entire width between the lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is open to the uses of the public for purposes of vehicular travel. "State Highway", a highway maintained by the State of Missouri as a part of the State Highway system.
THROUGH HIGHWAY
Every highway or portion thereof on which vehicular traffic is given preferential right of way, and at the entrances to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to yield right of way to vehicles on such through highway in obedience to either a stop sign or a yield sign, when such signs are erected as provided in this Title.
TRAFFIC
Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or together while using any highway for purposes of travel.
TRAFFIC-CONTROL SIGNAL
Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed.
TRAFFIC DIVISION
The Traffic Division of the Police Department of the City, or in the event a Traffic Division is not established, then said term whenever used herein shall be deemed to refer to the Police Department of the City.
VEHICLE
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, cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by handicapped persons.
[RSMo. §302.020]
A. 
Unless otherwise provided for by law, it shall be unlawful for any person, except those expressly exempted by Section 302.080, RSMo., to:
1. 
Operate any vehicle upon any highway in this City unless he has a valid license.
2. 
Operate a motorcycle or motortricycle upon any highway of this City unless such person has a valid license that shows he has successfully passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle as prescribed by the Director. The Director may indicate such upon a valid license issued to such person, or shall issue a license restricting the applicant to the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle if the actual demonstration, required by Section 302.173, RSMo., is conducted on such vehicle.
3. 
Authorize or knowingly permit a motorcycle or motortricycle owned by him or under his control to be driven upon any highway by any person whose license does not indicate that the person as passed the examination for the operation of a motorcycle or motortricycle or has been issued an instruction permit therefor.
4. 
Operate a motor vehicle with an instruction permit or license issued to another person.
B. 
Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle or motortricycle, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., upon any highway of this City shall wear protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear shall meet reasonable standards and specifications established by the Director.
[Ord. No. 577 §1, 9-3-1946; CC 1976 §33-3]
A. 
The Traffic Engineer is hereby authorized, with the approval of the Board of Aldermen, to close any street, alley, public place or highway and withdraw the same from public use temporarily and during such period as public work thereon or other public emergency or expediency shall make action necessary. No person shall use or attempt to use such street, alley, public place or highway so withdrawn from public use or drive or attempt to drive any vehicle or animal thereon.
B. 
The Traffic Engineer shall place a sign or placard at each end of the portion withdrawn from public use, which placard or sign shall have the following words printed thereon in letters three (3) inches high: "Street Closed. This street is closed to public use by authority of Chapter 300 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pacific."
[CC 1976 §33-4]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to drive the same when such vehicle is so loaded, or when there is in 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.
B. 
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 driving mechanism of the vehicle.
[Ord. No. 814 §40, 8-2-1960; CC 1976 §33-7]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle or combination of vehicles on the streets of the City the width, height and length of which exceeds the specifications set forth in Section 304.170, RSMo.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any motor vehicle or combination of vehicles on the streets of the City the weight of which exceeds the specifications set forth in Section 304.180, RSMo.
[CC 1976 §33-9]
It shall be unlawful for any person to ride upon the fender, running board, hood, top, tank, luggage carrier or any portion not designed or intended for the use of passengers, when the vehicle is in motion, of any vehicle operated on any street, way or parking lot, public or private, upon which the public is invited to travel, or for the operator thereof to permit any person to so ride on any vehicle, or to operate such vehicle when anyone is riding thereon. This Section 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.
[Ord. No. 2245 §§1 — 3, 10-16-2001]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen may, upon application of owner or lessor of land, either publicly or privately owned, open the vehicular traffic to the public and used by the public as a thoroughfare with such thoroughfare paved, marked and delineated, may enter into an agreement with the owner or lessor to extend the enforcement of traffic regulations to such thoroughfares within the City limits of the City of Pacific without requiring the owner to dedicate the public right-of-way to the City.
B. 
By entering into said agreement the City of Pacific shall not be responsible for the maintenance or condition of such private thoroughfare and shall retain the power to terminate said agreement at will by the City of Pacific.
C. 
The cost of erecting signs for the enforcement of speed limits and other traffic ordinances shall be borne by the owner or lessor of private or public land set forth in said agreement and the Commissioner of Public Works is hereby authorized to affix the necessary signs necessary to enforce the ordinances of the City of Pacific.
[Ord. No. 2329 §1, 4-1-2003]
No person shall violate any restriction or disregard any traffic control device as set forth in the traffic schedules of the City incorporated in this Title III, and as hereinafter may be amended by ordinance from time to time.