[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.010), 5-20-2004]
No metal-tired vehicle shall be operated over any improved highways of this City, except over highways constructed of gravel, if such vehicle has on the periphery of any of the road wheels any lug, flange, cleat, ridge, bolt or any projection of metal or wood which projects radically beyond the tread of traffic surface of the tire, unless the highway is protected by putting down solid planks or other suitable material or by attachments to the wheels so as to prevent such vehicles from damaging the highway, except that this prohibition shall not apply to tractors or traction engines equipped with what is known as caterpillar treads, when such caterpillar does not contain any projection of any kind likely to injure the surface of the road. Tractors, traction engines and similar vehicles may be operated which have upon their road wheels "V" shaped, diagonal or other cleats arranged in such manner as to be continuously in contact with the road surface if the gross weight on the wheels per inch of width of such cleats or road surface, when measured in the direction of the axle of the vehicle, does not exceed eight hundred (800) pounds.
No tractor, tractor engine or other metal-tired vehicle weighing more than four (4) tons, including the weight of the vehicle and its load, shall drive onto, upon or over the edge of any improved highway without protecting such edge by putting down solid planks or other suitable material to prevent such vehicle from breaking off the edges of the pavement.
Any person violating this Section, whether operating under permit or not or who shall willfully or negligently damage a highway, shall be libel for the amount of such damage caused to any highway, bridge, culvert or sewer and any vehicle causing such damage shall be subject to a lien for the full amount of such damage, which lien shall not be superior to any duly recorded or filed chattel, mortgage or other lien previously attached to such vehicle; the amount of such damage may be recovered in any action in any court of competent jurisdiction, in the name of the State, by the municipality, County or other civil subdivision or interested party.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.020), 5-20-2004]
No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any road, street or highway of this City while the motor vehicle is equipped with tires containing metal or carbide studs.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.030), 5-20-2004]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any motor vehicle or motorcycle in the City between sunset and sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the streets or highways of this City at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead without properly lighted headlights and taillights.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.040), 5-20-2004]
Definitions for purposes of this Section are as follows as used in Subsections (B) through (L), unless the context requires another or different construction:
- Approved by the Director of Revenue and when applied to lamps and other illuminating devices, means that such lamps and devices must be in good working order.
- AUXILIARY LAMP
- An additional lighting device on a motor vehicle used primarily to supplement the headlamps in providing general illumination ahead of a vehicle.
- A major lighting device capable of providing general illumination ahead of a vehicle.
- MOUNTING HEIGHT
- The distance from the center of the lamp to the surface on which the vehicle stands.
- MULTIPLE-BEAM HEADLAMPS
- Headlamps or similar devices arranged so as to permit the driver of the vehicle to use one (1) of two (2) or more distributions of light on the road.
- An approved device designed and used to give an indication by reflected light.
- SINGLE-BEAM HEADLAMPS
- Headlamps or similar devices arranged so as to permit the driver of the vehicle to use but one (1) distribution of light on the road.
- Every device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a street or highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
- WHEN LIGHTED LAMPS ARE REQUIRED
- At any time from sunset to sunrise and at any time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead.
No person shall drive, move, park or be in custody of any vehicle or combination of vehicles on any street or highway within the City of Dardenne Prairie during the times when lighted lamps are required, unless such vehicle or combination of vehicles displays lighted lamps and illuminating devices as hereafter in this Section required. No person shall use on any vehicle any approved electric lamp or similar device unless the light source of such lamp or device complies with the conditions of approval as to focus and rated candlepower.
Except as in this Section provided, every motor vehicle other than a motor-drawn vehicle and other than a motorcycle shall be equipped with at least two (2) approved headlamps mounted at the same level with at least one (1) on each side of the front of the vehicle. Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one (1) and not more than two (2) approved headlamps. Every motorcycle equipped with a sidecar or other attachment shall be equipped with a lamp on the outside limit of such attachment capable of displaying a white light to the front.
Any motor vehicle need not be equipped with approved headlamps provided that every such vehicle during the times when lighted lamps are required is equipped with two (2) lighted lamps on the front thereof displaying white or yellow lights glare capable of revealing persons and objects seventy-five (75) feet ahead; provided however, that no such motor vehicle shall be operated at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour during the time when lighted lamps are required.
Approved single-beam headlamps shall be so aimed that when the vehicle is not loaded none of the high-intensity portion of the light shall at a distance of twenty-five (25) feet ahead project higher than a level of five (5) inches below the level of the center of the lamp from which it comes and in no case higher than forty-two (42) inches above the level on which the vehicle stands at a distance of seventy-five (75) feet head. The intensity shall be sufficient to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least two hundred (200) feet.
Except as hereafter provided, the headlamps or the auxiliary driving lamp or the auxiliary passing lamp or combination thereof on motor vehicles other than motorcycles or motor driven cycles shall be so arranged that the driver may select at will between distributions of light projected to different elevations and such lamps may, in addition, be so arranged that such selection can be made automatically, subject to the following limitations:
There shall be an uppermost distribution of light or composite beam so aimed and of such intensity as to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least three hundred fifty (350) feet ahead for all conditions of loading.
There shall be a lowermost distribution of light or composite beam so aimed and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet ahead; and on a straight, level road under any condition of loading none of the high-intensity portion of the beam shall be directed to strike the eyes of an approaching driver.
Every motor vehicle and every motor-drawn vehicle shall be equipped with at least two (2) rear lamps, not less than fifteen (15) inches or more than seventy-two (72) inches above the ground upon which the vehicle stands, which when lighted will exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear. Either such rear lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration marker and render it clearly legible from a distance of fifty (50) feet to the rear. When the rear registration marker is illuminated by an electric lamp other than the required rear lamps, all such lamps shall be turned on or off only by the same control switch at all times.
Every motorcycle registered in this State, when operated on a street or highway within the City of Dardenne Prairie, shall also carry at the rear, either as part of the rear lamp or separately, at least one (1) approved red reflector which shall be of such size and characteristics and so maintained as to be visible during the times when lighted lamps are required from all distances within fifty (50) feet to three hundred (300) feet in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlamps.
Every new passenger vehicle, new commercial motor vehicle, motor-drawn vehicle and omnibus with a capacity of more than six (6) passengers registered in this State after January 1, 1996, when operated on a street or highway within the City of Dardenne Prairie, shall also carry at the rear at least two (2) approved red reflectors, at least one (1) on each side, so designed, mounted on the vehicle and maintained as to be visible during the times when lighted lamps are required from all distances within fifty (50) to three hundred (300) feet from such vehicle directly in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlamps. Every such reflector shall meet the requirements of this Section and shall be mounted upon the vehicle at a height not to exceed sixty (60) inches or less than fifteen (15) inches above the surface upon which the vehicle stands.
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than three (3) auxiliary lamps mounted on the front at a height not less than twelve (12) inches or more than forty-two (42) inches above the level surface upon which the vehicle stands.
Headlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit lights substantially white in color; auxiliary lamps and spotlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit substantially white, yellow or amber in color. No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment, except a school bus when used for school purposes or an emergency vehicle, upon any street or highway within the City of Dardenne Prairie with any lamp or device thereon displaying a red light visible from directly in front thereof.
Any lighted lamp or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle other than headlamps, spotlamps, front direction signals or auxiliary lamps which project a beam of light of any intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower shall be so directed that no part of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than seventy-five (75) feet from the vehicle. Alternately flashing warning signals may be used on school buses when used for school purposes and on motor vehicles when used to transport U.S. mail from post offices to boxes or addresses thereof and on emergency vehicles as defined in Section 304.022, RSMo., but are prohibited on all other motor vehicles, motorcycles and motor-drawn vehicles except as a means for indicating a right or left turn.
At all times when lighted lamps are required, at least two (2) lighted lamps shall be displayed, one (1) on each side of the front of every motor vehicle except a motorcycle and except a motor-drawn vehicle when such vehicle is parked subject to the provisions governing lights on parked vehicles. Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with headlamps as in this Section required is also equipped with any auxiliary lamps or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of an intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower, not more than a total of four (4) of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a street or highway.
Any person found 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 to both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.050), 5-20-2004]
Signaling Devices. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other user of the highway and to pedestrians. Such signaling device shall be used for warning proposes only.
Brakes. All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be equipped at all times with two (2) sets of adequate breaks kept in good working order and motorcycles shall be equipped with one (1) set of adequate breaks kept in good working order.
Mirrors. All motor vehicles which are so constructed or loaded that the operator cannot see the road behind such vehicle by looking back or around the side of such vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so adjusted as to reveal the road behind and be visible from the operator's seat.
Projections On Vehicles. All vehicles carrying poles or other objects, which project more than five (5) feet from the rear of such vehicle, shall, during the period when lights are required by this Chapter, carry a red light at or near the rear of the pole or other object so projecting. At other times a red flag or cloth, not less than sixteen (16) inches square, shall be displayed at the end of such projection.
Towlines. When one vehicle is towing another, the connecting device shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet. During the times that lights are required, both vehicles shall display the required lights. Every towed vehicle shall be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of a safety chain, cable or equivalent device in addition to the primary coupling device, except that such secondary coupling device shall not be necessary if the connecting device is connected to the towing vehicle by a center-locking ball located over or nearly over the rear axle and not supported by the rear bumper of the towing vehicle. Such secondary safety connecting devices shall be of sufficient strength to control the towed vehicle in the event of failure of the primary coupling device. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to wreckers towing vehicles or to vehicles secured to the towing vehicle by a fifth-wheel type connection.
The provisions of Subsection (E) of this Section shall not apply to farm implements or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
Commercial motor vehicles and trailers, when being operated on any highway of this City, shall be equipped with adequate and proper brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing, air pollution control devices, fuel tank and any other equipment required by the State in such condition so as to obtain a certificate of inspection and approval as required by the provisions of Section 307.360, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.060), 5-20-2004]
Definitions. As used in this Section, the term "passenger vehicle" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons; except that, the term "passenger vehicle" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks with a licensed gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
Each driver, except persons employed by the U.S.P.S. while performing duties for that Federal agency which require the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles and front seat passenger of a passenger vehicle manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in the City of Dardenne Prairie and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., on a street or highway of the City of Dardenne Prairie, shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements; except that, a child less than four (4) years of age shall be protected as required in Section 210.104, RSMo., and Dardenne Prairie Municipal Code Section 370.070. No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance with this Section. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about their body, nor shall the provisions of this Section be applicable to persons while operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work-related activities. Non-compliance with this Section shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law.
Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four (4) years of age or more, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
Each driver who violates the provisions of Subsections (A) and (B) of this Section is guilty of an infraction for which a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) may be imposed. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs shall be imposed on any person due to a violation of this Section. In no case shall points be assessed against any person for a violation of this Section.
If there are more persons than are seat belts in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, then the driver and passenger are not in violation of this Section.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.070), 5-20-2004]
Every person transporting a child under the age of four (4) years shall be responsible, when transporting such child in a motor vehicle operated by that person on the streets or highways of this City, for providing for the protection of such child. Such child shall be protected by a child passenger restraint system approved by the Department of Public Safety.
Any person who violates this Section is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and court cost.
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.080), 5-20-2004]
The owner of every motor vehicle, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., except those exempted by State or Federal regulations, shall submit to an annual inspection of the vehicle under provisions of Chapter 307, RSMo., obtain a certificate if inspection and display a current inspection sticker on the vehicle.
Any person violating the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for a period of time not to exceed ninety (90) days, or both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.090), 5-20-2004]
No person shall operate any passenger motor vehicle upon the public streets of the City of Dardenne Prairie, the body of which has been altered in such a manner that the front or rear of the vehicle is raised at such an angle as to obstruct the operator's vision of the street in front or rear of the vehicle.
Every motor vehicle that operates on the public streets of the City of Dardenne Prairie shall have a front and rear bumper if that motor vehicle was equipped with bumpers as standard equipment. This Section shall not apply to motor vehicles designed or modified primarily for off-highway purposes while such vehicles are in tow or to motorcycles or motor-driven cycles or to motor vehicles registered as historic motor vehicles when the original design of such vehicles did not include bumpers, nor shall the provisions of this Section permit the use of drop bumpers.
[Ord. No. 754 §1(370.100), 5-20-2004]
No person shall operate any truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds on any street or highway within the City limits of the City of Dardenne Prairie when any person under eighteen (18) years of age is riding in the unenclosed bed of such truck. No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall ride in the unenclosed bed of such truck when the truck is in operation.
The provisions of this Section shall only apply when a truck described in Subsection (A) of this Section is operated on a street or highway within the corporate limits of the City of Dardenne Prairie. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
An employee engaged in the necessary discharge of the employee's duties where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck.
Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck.
Any person riding in the unclosed bed of a truck while such truck is being operated in a parade, caravan or exhibition that is authorized by law.
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of providing assistance to, or ensuring the safety of, other persons.
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is the only legally titled, licensed and insured vehicle owned by the family of the persons riding in the unenclosed bed and there is insufficient room in the passenger cab of the truck to accommodate all passengers in such truck. For the purposes of this Section, the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first degree of consanguinity.
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 to both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 1163 §5, 6-20-2007]
Any person may operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver that have a sun-screening device, in conjunction with safety glazing material, that has a light transmission of thirty-five percent (35%) or more plus or minus three percent (+3%) and a luminous reflectance of thirty-five percent (35%) or less plus or minus three percent (+3%). Except as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, any sun-screening device applied to front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver in excess of the requirements of this Section shall be prohibited without a permit pursuant to a physician's prescription as described in Section 307.173, RSMo. Except as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, all sun-screening devices applied to the windshield of a motor vehicle are prohibited.
This Section shall not prohibit labels, stickers, decalcomania or informational signs on motor vehicles or the application of tinted or solar-screening material to recreational vehicles as defined in Section 700.010, RSMo., provided that such material does not interfere with the driver's normal view of the road. This Section shall not prohibit factory-installed tinted glass, the equivalent replacement thereof or tinting material applied to the upper portion of the motor vehicle's windshield which is normally tinted by the manufacturer of motor vehicle safety glass.
Any vehicle licensed with a historical license plate shall be exempt from the requirements of this Section.