City of Pacific, MO
Franklin County
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Cross Reference — As to speed limits in parks, see §230.020.
[CC 1976 §33-161]
The State traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be applicable upon all streets within the City, except that the City may by ordinance declare and determine upon the basis of engineering and traffic investigation that certain speed regulations shall be applicable upon specified streets or in certain areas, in which event it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of any speed so declared when signs are in place giving notice thereof, but no City ordinance shall regulate the speed of vehicles upon controlled-access highways of the State.
[CC 1976 §33-167]
The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to regulate the timing of traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds otherwise applicable within the district or at intersections and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof.
[Ord. No. 814 §12, 8-2-1960; CC 1976 §33-162; Ord. No. 2303 §1, 9-3-2002]
No person other than the operator of an emergency vehicle on an emergency run shall operate a vehicle in the City at a rate of speed in excess of twenty-five (25) miles per hour on any private or public street or road within the City except where otherwise expressly designated by the Board of Aldermen from time to time on the official traffic schedules.
[Ord. No. 814 §12, 8-2-1960; CC 1976 §33-163]
Whenever signs are posted giving notice of the maximum legal speed limit established for a particular street or portion thereof, it shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any vehicle at a rate of speed in excess of such posted limit.
[Ord. No. 814 §12, 8-2-1960; CC 1976 §33-164; Ord. No. 2303 §2, 9-3-2002; Ord. No. 3077, 7-3-2018]
A. 
Every person operating a motor vehicle on any public or private street or road within the City shall operate or drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, and in the exercise of the highest degree of care and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person, taking into consideration the circumstances at the location of the operation.
B. 
It shall be prima facie evidence that a vehicle operator is not exercising the highest degree of care if the operator of a moving vehicle engages in any conduct that causes his or her vision or attention to be obscured, diminished or directed away from the path of travel or operation of the vehicle, including, but not limited to, by using a mirror to engage in grooming; reading anything located in the vehicle other than operational information displayed on vehicle gauges and equipment; writing; drawing; manually inputting information into a GPS or mapping device, or turning one's head substantially away from the path of travel to observe things in the vehicle or outside the vehicle but contrary to the path of travel.
[Ord. No. 814 §12, 8-2-1960; CC 1976 §33-165]
No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow rate of speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace Officers may enforce the provisions of this Section by directions to drivers; and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this Section and refusal to comply with the directions of an Officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation of a vehicle by a driver shall be an offense.
[Ord. No. 814 §8, 8-2-1960; CC 1976 §33-166]
The use of, and results determined by, any speed meter, machine or mechanism which seeks to reduce the error of manual operation to a minimum shall be acceptable as evidence where driving in excess of posted speed limits is the cause of action provided, however, the use thereof shall not be construed to exclude any competent evidence secured by any other manner or means.