City of Dardenne Prairie, MO
St. Charles County
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[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.010), 5-20-2004]
The driver of any vehicle other than authorized emergency vehicles shall not follow any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm closer than five hundred (500) feet or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.020), 5-20-2004]
No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of a Fire Department when laid down on any street or private driveway to be used at any fire or alarm of fire without the consent of the Fire Department official in command.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.030), 5-20-2004]
A. 
As used in this Section, the following definitions apply:
FUNERAL DIRECTOR
A person licensed as a funeral director pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 333, RSMo.
FUNERAL LEAD VEHICLE or LEAD VEHICLE
Any motor vehicle equipped with at least one (1) lighted circulating lamp exhibiting an amber or purple light or lens or alternating flashing headlamps visible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the front of the vehicle. A hearse or coach properly equipped may be a lead vehicle.
ORGANIZED FUNERAL PROCESSION
Two (2) or more vehicles accompanying the remains of a deceased person from a funeral establishment, church, synagogue or other place when a funeral service has taken place to a cemetery, crematory or other place of final disposition or a funeral establishment, church, synagogue or other place where additional funeral services will be performed, if directed by a licensed funeral director from a licensed establishment.
B. 
Except as otherwise provided for in this Section, pedestrians and operators of all other vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which is a part of an organized funeral procession.
C. 
Not withstanding any traffic control device or right-of-way provision prescribed by State or local law, when the funeral lead vehicle in an organized funeral procession lawfully enters an intersection, all vehicles in the procession shall follow the lead vehicle through the intersection. The operator of each vehicle in the procession shall exercise the highest degree of care toward any other vehicle or pedestrian on the roadway.
D. 
An organized funeral procession shall have the right-of-way at all intersections regardless of any traffic control device at such intersections, except that operators of vehicles in an organizes funeral procession shall yield the right-of-way to any approaching emergency vehicle pursuant to the provisions of Section 304.022, RSMo., or when directed to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer.
E. 
All vehicles in an organized funeral procession shall follow the preceding vehicle in the procession as closely as is practical and safe under the conditions.
F. 
No person shall operate any vehicle as part of an organized funeral procession without the flashing emergency lights of such vehicle being lighted.
G. 
Any person who is not an operator of a vehicle in an organized funeral procession shall not:
1. 
Drive between the vehicles comprising an organized funeral procession while such vehicles are in motion and have the flashing emergency lights lighted except when required to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer or when such person is operating an emergency vehicle giving an audible or visual signal.
2. 
Join a funeral procession for the purpose of securing any right-of-way as granted in this Section.
3. 
Attempt to pass any vehicle in an organized funeral procession, except where a passing lane has been provided.
H. 
When an organized funeral procession is proceeding through a red light as permitted in this Section, a vehicle not in the organized funeral procession shall not enter the intersection unless such vehicle may do so without crossing the path of the funeral procession.
I. 
No ordinance, regulation or any other provision of law shall prohibit the use of a motorcycle utilizing flashing lights to escort an organized funeral procession on the highway.
J. 
Conviction of a violation of this Section is punishable by a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for a period of up to ninety (90) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.040), 5-20-2004]
Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand edge of the roadway as practicable and shall follow the vehicle ahead as close as is practicable and safe.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.050), 5-20-2004; Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia or by such other method as may be determined and designated by the Police Department.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.060), 5-20-2004]
A. 
No procession or parade excepting the Armed Forces of the United States or this State and the forces of the Police and Fire Departments or a funeral procession shall occupy, march or proceed along any street except in accordance with a permit issued by the City of Dardenne Prairie and such other regulations as are set forth herein which apply.
[Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
B. 
The permit issued by the City of Dardenne Prairie shall require certain data to be provided including, but not limited to, the date and time of the scheduled parade, the route and the number of vehicles and individuals involved, assembly location, names and addresses of responsible parties.
1. 
The cost of a procession or parade permit issued by the City of Dardenne Prairie in accordance with this Section shall be twenty dollars ($20.00).
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.070), 5-20-2004]
The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except on a permanent or temporary driveway.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.080), 5-20-2004]
A. 
A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator.
B. 
The operator of a motorized bicycle shall ride only astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto and shall not permit more than one (1) person to ride thereon at the same time, unless the motorized bicycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person. Any motorized bicycle designed to carry more than one (1) person must be equipped with a passenger seat and footrest for the use of a passenger.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.090), 5-20-2004]
No person shall ride a motorized bicycle upon a sidewalk.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.100), 5-20-2004]
No person riding upon any bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself/herself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.110), 5-20-2004]
No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.120), 5-20-2004]
Every person operating or riding upon a motorcycle shall wear protective headgear, which meets the standards and specifications as established by the Director of Revenue of Missouri, at all times while the vehicle is in motion.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.130), 5-20-2004; Ord. No. 1923, 7-18-2018[1]]
A. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle or utility vehicle upon the streets and highways of this City, except as follows:
1. 
All-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;
2. 
All-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles operated for agricultural purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation;
3. 
All-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles operated by physically disabled persons for short distances occasionally only on streets the speed limit for which does not exceed thirty-five (35) miles per hour and when operated between the hours of sunrise and sunset;
4. 
Pursuant to a special permit issued to licensed drivers for special uses of all-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles on streets and highways within the City limits. Any such special permit shall be issued by the Board of Aldermen or pursuant to a policy approved by the Board of Aldermen. Fees of fifteen dollars ($15.00) shall be collected and retained by the City for such permits.
B. 
No person shall operate an off-road vehicle, as defined in Section 304.001, RSMo., as amended, within any stream or river in the City of Dardenne Prairie, except that off-road vehicles may be operated within waterways which flow within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns or for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns or has permission to be upon or for the purpose of fording such stream or river of this City at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system.
[Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
C. 
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle or utility vehicle on a street or highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid operator's or chauffeur's license but shall not be required to have a valid motorcycle operator's license and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds less than thirty (30) miles per hour. When operated on a street or highway, an all-terrain vehicle or utility vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven (7) feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty (30) square inches and shall be dayglow in color.
D. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle or utility vehicle:
1. 
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another;
2. 
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance; or
3. 
Without a securely fastened and approved safety helmet on the head of a individual who operates an all-terrain vehicle or who is being towed or otherwise propelled by an all-terrain vehicle, unless the individual is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
E. 
No operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to any all-terrain vehicle in which the seat of such vehicle is designed to carry more than one (1) person.
F. 
Any person operating an all-terrain vehicle or utility vehicle pursuant to this Section shall maintain proof of financial responsibility in accordance with Section 303.160, RSMo., as amended, or maintain any other insurance policy providing equivalent liability coverage for an all-terrain vehicle or utility vehicle.
[1]
Editor's Note: Ord. No. 1923 also changed the title of this Section to include utility vehicles.
[Ord. No. 2045, 8-19-2020]
A. 
Purpose And Intent. It is the purpose and intent of this Section to provide for the regulation of golf carts upon City streets and other properties owned or maintained by the City that are not otherwise licensed and approved by the State of Missouri for operation upon State highways in order to protect the safety of all those who enter upon and use such streets and other properties owned or maintained by the City.
B. 
Definitions. In this Section, unless the context otherwise requires, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
EMBLEM
A basedown equilateral triangle of fluorescent yellow-orange film or equivalent quality paint with a base of not less than fourteen (14) inches and an altitude of not less than twelve (12) inches. Such triangle shall be bordered with reflective red strips having a minimum width of one and three-fourths (1 3/4) inches, with the vertices of the overall triangle truncated such that the remaining altitude shall be a minimum of fourteen (14) inches. Such emblem shall be mounted on the rear of the cart near the horizontal geometric center of the rear-most vehicle at a height of not less than two (2) feet above the street or sidewalk, and shall be maintained in a clean, reflective condition.
GOLF CART
Any vehicle:
1. 
Propelled by an electric or gas engine;
2. 
With no less than three (3) wheels in contact with the ground and having a total height of the vehicle including its passenger(s) of no less than thirty-six (36) inches above the ground;
3. 
That is not designed to be operated at a speed of more than twenty (20) miles per hour;
4. 
Has adequate brakes and a parking brake;
5. 
That is designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes;
6. 
Which is not otherwise defined and regulated in the this City Code as a motor vehicle; and
7. 
Which is not otherwise licensed by the State of Missouri for operation upon State highways.
All-terrain vehicles and utility vehicles are not golf carts for purposes of this Section.
1. 
Except as otherwise provided by law, all public streets within the City upon which the maximum speed limit is twenty-five (25) miles per hour or less, pursuant to duly passed and approved ordinances; or
2. 
Any property owned or maintained by the City, including sidewalks, that provide for golf cart travel and are designated by signs or permanent markings indicating that operation of a golf cart is permitted thereon.
C. 
Operations.
1. 
No golf cart may be operated upon any private property without permission of the owner, the person entitled to immediate possession of the property, or the authorized agent of such.
2. 
No golf cart may be operated upon any street that does not meet the definition of a golf cart lane pursuant to this Section or any sidewalk unless such sidewalk has been, by ordinance, designated as a golf cart lane and clearly marked as such. Except as otherwise provided in this Section, a golf cart may only be operated within the area of a golf cart lane designated for such use by signs or permanent markings.
3. 
No operator of a golf cart shall:
a. 
Operate a golfcart in a negligent manner (defined as operation in such a manner as to endanger any person or property, or to obstruct, hinder, or impede the lawful course of travel of any other motor vehicle or the lawful use by any pedestrian of public streets, sidewalks, paths, trails, walkways, or parks);
b. 
Operate a golf cart under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance;
c. 
Operate a golf cart in a golf cart lane if the operator of such golf cart is under sixteen (16) years of age or does not possess a valid driver's license required pursuant to Chapter 302, RSMo.;
d. 
Operate in a golf cart lane without displaying an appropriately installed emblem thereon;
e. 
Operate in a golf cart lane at any time for one-half (1/2) hour before sunset and one-half (1/2) hour before sunrise unless equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front, and either: (a) a lamp emitting a solid red taillight visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful low beams or head lamps on a motor vehicle, or (b) a flashing light emitting diode taillight together with a red reflector visible a distance of six hundred (600) feet to the rear and when directly in front of lawful low beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle;
f. 
Carry more passengers in a golf cart than the golf cart is specifically designed to carry;
g. 
Operate a golf cart in a golf cart lane at a speed of more than twenty (20) miles per hour;
h. 
Operate a golf cart in a golf cart lane unless the total height of the golf cart including its passenger(s) is at least thirty-six (36) inches above the ground;
i. 
Operate a golf cart in a golf cart lane without a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven (7) feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the golf cart. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty (30) square inches and shall be dayglow in color;
j. 
Operate a golf cart in a golf cart lane when in possession of an intermediate driver's license under Section 302.178, RSMo., with any passenger who is under the age of eighteen (18) years of age; or
k. 
Cross any State or Federal highway, but an operator of a golf cart may cross a State highway that intersects a street if the posted speed limit on the State highway does not exceed forty-five (45) miles per hour at that intersection.
4. 
Nothing herein shall be deemed or construed as authorizing the use or operation of a golf cart upon any State or Federal highway unless State or Federal law otherwise authorizes such operation.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.140), 5-20-2004]
Motor vehicles, including motorcycles and motorized bicycles, except for City owned vehicles operated while performing park maintenance or for Police work or other vehicles authorized by the City shall not be operated off the paved roadways or parked other than in designated parking spaces in public parks within the City of Dardenne Prairie, except in designated areas.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.150), 5-20-2004]
A. 
The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another more closely than is reasonably safe and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon the condition of the roadway. Vehicles being driven upon any roadway in a caravan or motorcade, whether or not towing other vehicles, shall be so operated, except in a funeral procession or in a duly authorized parade, as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles as to enable any other vehicle to overtake or pass such vehicle in safety.
B. 
Any person found to be in violation of this Section shall be subject upon conviction to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for up to ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.160), 5-20-2004]
A. 
Every person operating a motor vehicle on the streets or highways within the City of Dardenne Prairie shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.
B. 
Every person operating a motor vehicle on publicly owned or privately owned parking lots, roads or driveways within the City of Dardenne Prairie shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.
C. 
No driver shall operate a motor vehicle on any private road or driveway, parking lot or any area which is not a highway, road or street as defined herein for the purpose of avoiding travel upon the right-of-way between one (1) highway, road or street and the same or another highway, road or street. This violation shall be referred to as cutting across corners.
D. 
Any person found to be in violation of this Section shall be subject upon conviction to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for up to ninety (90) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.170), 5-20-2004]
No person shall drive, operate, use or tamper with a motor vehicle or trailer without the permission of the owner thereof and no person shall, without the permission of the owner or person in charge thereof, climb upon or into or swing upon any motor vehicle or trailer, whether the same is in motion or at rest, or sound the horn or other sound-producing device thereon or attempt to manipulate any of the levers, starting device, brakes or machinery thereof or set the machinery in motion.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.180), 5-20-2004]
A. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any school children and whose driver has, in the manner prescribed herein, given the signal to stop shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or until signaled by its driver to proceed.
B. 
The driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a street or highway shall activate the mechanical and electrical signaling device required by Section 304.050, RSMo., in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education to communicate to drivers of other vehicles that students are loading or unloading. No driver of a school bus shall take on or discharge passengers at any location upon a highway consisting of four (4) or more lanes of traffic, whether or not divided by a median or barrier, in such manner as to require the passengers to cross more than two (2) lanes of traffic; nor shall the driver take on or discharge passengers while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicle so stopped is plainly visible for at least three hundred (300) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon the highway and then only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
C. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a highway need not stop upon meeting a school bus or overtaking one which is on a different roadway which is proceeding in the opposite direction on a highway containing four (4) or more lanes of traffic or which is stopped in a loading zone constituting a part of or adjacent to a limited or controlled access highway at a point where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.190), 5-20-2004; Ord. No. 1586 §1, 9-7-2011]
A. 
All vehicles not in motion shall be placed with their right side as near the right-hand side of the highway as practicable, except on streets where vehicles are obliged to move in one (1) direction only or parking is regulated by ordinance.
B. 
Upon all public roads or highways of sufficient with, a vehicle shall be driven upon the right-half of the roadway, except as follows:
1. 
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movements;
2. 
When placing a vehicle in position for and when such vehicle is lawfully making a left turn in compliance with the provisions of this Title;
3. 
When the right-half of the roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;
4. 
Upon a roadway designated by the City as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic;
5. 
When obeying orders of a Police or fire official.
C. 
It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two (2) or more roadways by means of a physical barrier or by means of a dividing section or delineated by curbs, lines or other markings on the roadway, except to the right of such barrier or dividing section, or to make any left turn or semi-circular or U-turn on any divided highway, except in a crossover or intersection.
D. 
The authorities in charge of any highway or the State Highway Patrol may erect signs temporarily designating lanes to be used by traffic moving in a particular direction, regardless of the centerline of the highway and all members of the State Highway Patrol and other Police Officers may direct traffic in conformance with such signs. When authorized signs have been erected designating off-center traffic lanes, no person shall disobey the instructions given by such signs.
E. 
Whenever any roadway has been divided into three (3) or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules shall apply:
[Ord. No. 2013, 3-4-2020]
1. 
A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.
2. 
Upon a roadway which is divided into three (3) lanes, a vehicle shall not be driven in the center lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle where the roadway ahead is clearly visible and such center lane is clear of traffic within a safe distance or in preparation for a left turn or where such center lane is at the time allocated exclusively to traffic moving in the direction the vehicle is proceeding and is sign-posted to give notice of such allocation.
3. 
Upon all highways any vehicle proceeding at less than the normal speed of traffic thereon shall be driven in the right-hand lane for traffic or as close as practicable to the right-hand edge or curb, except as otherwise provided in this Chapter.
4. 
Official signs may be caused to be erected by the City, the State or the St. Charles County Police Department; and they may place temporary signs directing slow-moving traffic to use a designated lane or allocating specified lanes to traffic moving in the same direction; and drivers of vehicles shall obey the directions of every such sign.
5. 
Drivers of vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right and except when a roadway has been divided into traffic lanes, each driver shall give to the other at least one-half (1/2) of the main traveled portion of the roadway whenever possible.
F. 
All vehicles in motion upon a highway having two (2) or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction shall be driven in the right-hand lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or when preparing to make a proper left turn or when otherwise directed by traffic marking, signs or signals.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.200), 5-20-2004]
A. 
The City is hereby authorized to mark traffic lanes upon the roadway of any street or highway within the City limits of the City of Dardenne Prairie where a regular alignment of traffic is necessary.
B. 
Where such traffic lanes have been marked, it shall be unlawful for the operator of any vehicle to fail or refuse to keep such vehicle within the boundaries of any such lane, except when lawfully passing another vehicle or preparatory to making a lawful turning movement.
C. 
Where a special lane for making left turns by drivers proceeding across traffic in the opposite direction which has been indicated by official traffic control devices:
1. 
A left turn shall not be made from any other lane.
2. 
A motor vehicle shall not be driven in the lane except when preparing for or making an immediate left turn from or into the roadway or parking lot.
D. 
Any person found to be in violation of this Section shall be subject upon conviction to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for up to ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(355.210), 5-20-2004]
A. 
The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations and exceptions hereafter stated:
1. 
The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle; and
2. 
Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle and shall not increase the speed of his/her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
B. 
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
1. 
When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;
2. 
Upon a City street with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two (2) or more lanes of vehicles in each direction;
3. 
Upon a one-way street;
4. 
Upon any highway with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width and clearly marked for four (4) or more lanes of traffic.
C. 
Except when a roadway has been divided into three (3) traffic lanes, no vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the centerline of a highway or public road in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken.
D. 
No vehicle shall at any time be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:
1. 
When approaching the crest of a grade or upon a curve of the highway where the driver's view is obstructed within such distance as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction;
2. 
When the view is obstructed upon approaching within one hundred (100) feet of any bridge, viaduct, driveway or when approaching within one hundred (100) feet of or at any intersection.