City of Dardenne Prairie, MO
St. Charles County
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[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.010), 5-20-2004; Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
The City shall provide books containing uniform traffic tickets as prescribed by Supreme Court Rules. Said books shall include serially numbered sets of citations in quadruplicate in the form prescribed by Supreme Court Rules.
Such books shall be issued to the Police Department. A record shall be maintained of every book so issued and a written receipt shall be required for every book. The judge hearing City ordinance violation cases may require that a copy of such record and receipts be filed with the court.
The Chief of Police, or his/her authorized agent, 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.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.020), 5-20-2004]
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 stops 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 Rule Number 37.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.030), 5-20-2004]
Whenever any motor vehicle without a 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 affix to such vehicle a uniform traffic ticket for the owner to answer to the charge against him/her within seven (7) working days during the hours and at a place specified in the traffic ticket.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.040), 5-20-2004]
Police Officers acting for the City of Dardenne Prairie, Missouri, are hereby authorized to retain from any person arrested and charged with a traffic violation his/her driver's license in lieu of bond being posted in accordance with the provisions of Section 544.045, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.050), 5-20-2004]
If a violator of the restrictions on stopping, standing or parking under the traffic laws or ordinances does not appear in response to a uniform traffic ticket affixed to such motor vehicle within seven (7) working days, the Traffic Violations Bureau shall send to the owner of the motor vehicle to which the traffic ticket was affixed a letter informing him/her of the violation and warning him/her that in the event such letter is disregarded for a period of five (5) days, a warrant of arrest will be issued.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.060), 5-20-2004]
Members of the Police Department are authorized to remove a vehicle from a street or highway to the nearest garage or other place of safety under the following circumstances:
[Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
When any vehicle is left unattended upon any bridge where such vehicle constitutes an obstruction to traffic;
When a vehicle upon a highway, roadway or street is so disabled as to constitute an obstruction to traffic and the person in charge of the vehicle is by reason of physical injury incapacitated to such an extent as to be unable to provide its custody or removal;
When any vehicle is left unattended upon a street or roadway and is parked illegally as to constitute a definite hazard or obstruction to the normal movement of traffic.
Whenever an officer removes a vehicle from a street as authorizes in this Section and the officer knows or is able to ascertain from the registration records in the vehicle the name and address of the owner thereof, such officer shall give or cause to be given notice in writing to such owner of the fact of such removal and the reasons therefor and of the place to which such vehicle has been removed. In the event any such vehicle is stored in a public garage, a copy of such notice shall be given to the owner of such garage.
Whenever an officer removes a vehicle from a street under this Section and does not know and is not able to ascertain the name of the owner or for any other reason is unable to give the notice to the owner as hereinbefore provided and in the event the vehicle is not returned to the owner within a period of three (3) days, then and in the event the officer shall immediately send or cause to be sent a written report of such removal by mail to the State department whose duty it is to register motor vehicles and shall file a copy of such notice with the owner of any public garage in which the vehicle may be stored. Such notice shall include a complete description of the vehicle, the date, time and place from which removed, the reasons for such removal and the name of the garage or place where the vehicle is stored.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.070), 5-20-2004]
In any prosecution charging a violation of any law or regulation governing the standing or parking of a vehicle, proof that the particular vehicle described in the complaint was parked in violation of any such law or regulation, together with proof that the defendant named in the complaint was, at the time of such parking, the registered owner of such vehicle, shall constitute in evidence a prima facie presumption that the registered owner of such vehicle is the person who parked or placed such vehicle at the point where and for the time during which such violation occurred.
The foregoing stated presumption shall apply only when the procedures as prescribed in this Chapter have been followed.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(320.080), 5-20-2004]
No property owner or tenant shall leave any motor vehicle which has been dismantled, wrecked, junked, discarded or abandoned on his/her premises for longer than two (2) days unless in an enclosed building.
A "motor vehicle" shall be defined as any machine propelled by power other than human power and designed to travel along the ground and shall include, without limitation, automobiles, trucks, motorcycles, tractors, trailers and wagons.
Any automobile or motor vehicle shall be presumed to have been abandoned if it is without current vehicle license, not driveable without repair or if the owner thereof does not reside on the said premises.
This Section shall not pertain to business enterprises where the keeping of vehicles is necessary to the lawful operation of the business.