City of Pleasant Valley, MO
Clay County
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[Ord. No. 1814 §1, 4-2-1996]
Chapter 300, Missouri Revised Statutes, consisting of Sections 300.010 through 300.600, as amended, commonly known as the "Model Traffic Ordinance" is hereby adopted as and for the traffic ordinance of this City.
[Ord. No. 439 Art. I, 2-19-1968; Ord. No. 1814 §1, 4-2-1996; Ord. No. 1835 §1, 7-15-1996]
The following words and phrases when used in this Title mean:
ACCIDENT
A collision between a vehicle and another vehicle, railroad train, person or stationary object, or the overturn or upset of a vehicle which results in property damage, personal injury or death; or an entry into or emerging from a moving vehicle by a person which results in personal injury or death to such person.
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.
APPROVED
Approved by the Board of Aldermen of the City.
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.
BICYCLE
Every vehicle propelled solely by human power upon which any person may ride, having two tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices.
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.
BUS ZONE
A portion of a roadway adjacent to the curb which has been marked by appropriate signs or painted markings, and shall have the primary purpose of standing-by buses while loading and unloading passengers.
CENTRAL BUSINESS (OR TRAFFIC) DISTRICT
All streets and portions of streets within the area described by City ordinance as such.
CHAUFFEUR
An operator who operates a motor vehicle in the transportation of persons or property, and who receives compensation for such service in wages, salary, commission or fare; or who as owner or employee operated a motor vehicle carrying passengers or property for hire; or who regularly operates a commercial motor vehicle of another person in the course of or as an incident to his/her employment, but whose principal occupation is not the operating of such motor vehicle.
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
The lateral boundaries of a roadway, whether or not marked by curbing.
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.
DAYTIME
Shall mean from the time the street lights are turned off until they are turned on, or in any event, from thirty (30) minutes before sunrise until thirty (30) minutes after sunset.
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
EXPRESSWAY
A street or highway especially designed for through traffic, which may include medial strips or traffic separators to set apart vehicles proceeding in the same or opposite directions; providing access connections with selected public roads or streets at grade or by means of traffic interchanges and on which channelized directional travel and traffic control measures are used to expedite the safe movement of traffic, and in respect to which the owners of abutting properties and lands may have only limited or restricted right or easement of access. The term "expressway" shall include ramps and connecting roads located on designated expressway rights-of-way.
FREEWAY
A highway or street especially designed for through traffic by prohibiting crossings thereof at grade and providing access connections thereto from selected public roads and streets by means of traffic interchanges, and upon which conflicting traffic movements are avoided by grade separations and channelized directional travel, and in respects to which the owners of abutting properties and lands shall have no right or easement of access to or from their abutting lands or properties. The term "freeway" shall include ramps and connecting roads located on freeway rights-of-way.
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.
LINES, BARRIER
A continuous double longitudinal line which, when marked upon the surface of a roadway, indicates that all traffic shall keep to the right of said line.
LINES, CENTER
A continuous longitudinal line marked upon the surface of a roadway dividing traffic moving in opposite direction.
LINES, LANE
A broken longitudinal line marked upon the surface of a roadway separating two (2) traffic lanes moving the same direction.
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.
NIGHTTIME
Shall mean from the time the street lights are turned on until they are turned off, or in any event, from thirty (30) minutes after sunset until thirty (30) minutes before sunrise.
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.
OFFICIALLY DESIGNATED
Designated by the Board of Aldermen.
OPERATOR
Every person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.
ONE-WAY STREETS
A one-way street is any street upon which all vehicular and bicycle traffic is restricted to movement in one (1) direction only.
OWNER
A person who holds the legal title of a vehicle, or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee, or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then such conditional vendee or lessee, or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this Section.
The operation or use of a motor vehicle in violation of the provisions of this Title shall be prima facie evidence that said motor vehicle was at the time of such violation controlled, operated and used by the owner thereof.
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.
PARKING METER
A device for the purpose of measuring the time elapsed since the deposit of a coin in the slot provided, and equipped with a mechanism to indicate the legal time a vehicle may remain parked in a designated space.
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, motor tricycles and trucks.
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.
PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Proof of ability to respond in damages for liability, on account of accidents occurring subsequent to the effective date of said proof, arising out of the ownership, maintenance or use of a motor vehicle, in the amount of twenty-five thousand dollars ($25,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of one (1) person in any one (1) accident, and, subject to said limit for one (1) person, in the amount of fifty thousand dollars ($50,000.00) because of bodily injury to or death of two (2) or more persons in any one (1) accident, and in the amount of ten thousand dollars ($10,000.00) because of injury to or destruction of property of others in any one (1) accident.
PUBLIC BUILDING
A building used or owned by the City, Clay County, any legally constituted park district, the United States Government, or the State of Missouri, or any legally constituted subdivision thereof.
PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
Public holidays, when referred to in this Chapter shall be New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
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.
SCHOOL BUS
A motor vehicle used for the transportation of students to or from schools, public, private, parochial and day nurseries, or to any destination incidental to the purposes of said school or nursery.
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.
TAXICAB STAND
That portion of a public street approved for the standing of taxicabs, and so marked.
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.
TRAFFICWAYS
Those streets and highways designated by the Board of Aldermen as arteries for general traffic, adapted to the safe, convenient and facile transportation of vehicles other than those for passengers only in larger volume and in heavier service than may be required in serving the average traffic needs of the property abutting thereon.
TRAILER
Every vehicle with or without motive power, other than a pole trailer, designed for carrying persons or property and for being drawn by a motor vehicle.
TRUCK
Every motor vehicle designed, used, or maintained primarily for the transportation of property.
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.
YIELD RIGHT-OF-WAY
Yielding to other driver or pedestrian the privilege of immediate use of the street.
[Ord. No. 1814 §3, 4-2-1996]
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by law, every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this Title shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.