City of Shrewsbury, MO
St. Louis County
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Section 300.010 Model Traffic Code — Adoption and Exceptions.

Chapter 300, RSMo., as amended, consisting of Sections 300.010 through 300.600, RSMo., commonly known as the "Model Traffic Ordinance" is hereby adopted as and for the traffic ordinance of this City, with the exception of the following Sections of said Model Traffic Ordinance which are not so adopted and which are expressly deleted: Sections 300.070, 300.095, 300.090, 300.140, 300.175, 300.500, 300.535, and 300.560.

Section 300.020 Definitions.

[CC 1976 §300.020; Ord. No. 2458 §1, 4-5-2006]
The following words and phrases when used in this Title mean:
ACTIVE EMERGENCY
Any incident occurring on a highway, as the term "highway" is defined in Section 302.010, RSMo., or other public street within the City that requires emergency services from any emergency responder.
[Ord. No. 2756 §1, 2-28-2014]
ACTIVE EMERGENCY ZONE
Any area upon or around any highway or other public street within the City which is visibly marked by emergency responders performing work for the purpose of emergency response, and where an active emergency, or incident removal, is temporarily occurring. This area includes the lanes of highway or public street within the City leading up to an active emergency or incident removal, beginning within three hundred (300) feet of visual sighting of:
[Ord. No. 2756 §1, 2-28-2014]
1. 
Appropriate signs or traffic control devices posted or placed by emergency responders; or
2. 
An emergency vehicle displaying active emergency lights or signals.
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.
[Ord. No. 2723 §1, 6-25-2013]
1. 
A vehicle operated by the State Highway Patrol, the State Water Patrol, the Missouri Capital Police, a conservation agent, or a state park ranger, enforcement personnel of the State Highways and Transportation Commission, Police or Fire Department, Sheriff, Constable or Deputy Sheriff, federal law enforcement officer authorized to carry firearms and to make arrests for violations of the laws of the United States, traffic officer, coroner, or by privately owned emergency vehicle company.
2. 
A vehicle operated as an ambulance or operated commercially for the purpose of transporting emergency medical supplies or organs.
3. 
Any vehicle qualifying as an emergency vehicle pursuant to Section 307.175, RSMo.
4. 
Any wrecker, or tow truck or a vehicle owned and operated by a public utility or public service corporation while performing emergency service.
5. 
Any vehicle transporting equipment designed to extricate human beings from the wreckage of a motor vehicle.
6. 
Any vehicle designated to perform emergency functions for a civil defense or emergency management agency established pursuant to the provisions of Chapter 44, RSMo.
7. 
Any vehicle operated by an authorized employee of the Department of Corrections who, as part of the employee’s official duties, is responding to a riot, disturbance, hostage incident, escape or other critical situation where there is the threat of serious physical injury or death, responding to mutual aid call from another criminal justice agency, or is accompanying an ambulance which is transporting an offender to a medical facility.
8. 
Any vehicle designated to perform hazardous substance emergency functions established pursuant to the provisions of Sections 260.500 to 260.550, RSMo.
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.
BICYCLE AND MOTORIZED BICYCLE
1. 
The word "bicycle" shall mean every vehicle propelled solely by human power upon which any person may ride, having two (2) tandem wheels, except scooters and similar devices;
2. 
The term "motorized bicycle" shall mean any two- or three-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. A motorized bicycle shall be considered a motor vehicle for purposes of any homeowners' or renters' insurance policy.
CENTRAL BUSINESS (OR TRAFFIC) DISTRICT
All streets and portions of streets within the area described by City ordinance as such.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
Every vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of property.
CONSTRUCTION ZONE OR WORK ZONE
Any area upon or around a State highway as defined in Section 302.010, RSMo. or any other public street within the City which is visibly marked by the City or by a contractor or subcontractor performing authorized work as an area where construction, maintenance, incident removal, or other work is temporarily occurring. The term "construction zone" or "work zone" also includes the lanes of a State highway or any other public street within the City leading up to the area upon which an activity described in this definition is being performed, beginning at the point where appropriate signs or traffic control devices are posted or placed.
[Ord. No. 2755 §1, 2-28-2014]
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 LOADING ZONE
A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the loading or unloading of passengers or materials.
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
EMERGENCY RESPONDER
Any Law Enforcement Officer, paid or volunteer firefighter, first responder, emergency medical worker, tow truck operator, or other emergency personnel responding to an emergency on a highway or other public street within the City.
[Ord. No. 2756 §1, 2-28-2014]
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.
HIGHWAY WORKER OR WORKER
Any person who is working in a construction zone or work zone, or any employee of the Missouri Department of Transportation that is performing duties under the Missouri Department of Transportation's motorist assist program on a State highway or any other public street within the City or the right-of-way of a State highway or any other public street within the City.
[Ord. No. 2755 §1, 2-28-2014]
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.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm tractors, motorized bicycles and motorized play vehicles.
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.
MOTORIZED PLAY VEHICLES
Includes go-carts, mini-motorcycles, motorized scooters, pocket bikes and any other vehicle that is capable of transporting a person or persons at a speed in excess of five (5) miles per hour; that is self propelled by a motor or engine and that is not otherwise defined by Missouri Statutes or the Shrewsbury City Code as a motor vehicle, motorcycle, bicycle or motorized bicycle.
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.
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.
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.
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 (2) 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.
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.
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.
VEHICLE
Any mechanical device on wheels, designed primarily for use, or used, on highways, except motorized bicycles, motorized play vehicles, 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.