Wright City, MO
Warren County
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Section 340.010 Following Emergency Vehicle Prohibited.

Section 340.020 Crossing Fire Hose.

Section 340.030 Right-Of-Way — Use of Lead Vehicles — Emergency Vehicles With Right-Of-Way — When.

Section 340.040 Driving in Procession.

Section 340.050 Funeral Procession To Be Identified.

Section 340.060 When Permits Required For Parades and Processions.

Section 340.070 Vehicle Shall Not Be Driven On A Sidewalk.

Section 340.080 Limitations On Backing.

Section 340.090 Opening and Closing Vehicle Doors.

Section 340.100 Riding On Motorcycles — Additional Passenger — Requirements.

Section 340.110 Riding Bicycle On Sidewalks — Limitations — Motorized Bicycles Prohibited.

Section 340.120 All-Terrain Vehicles — Prohibited — Exceptions — Operation Under An Exception — Prohibited Uses — Penalty.

Section 340.130 Riding Bicycles, Sleds, Roller Skates By Attaching To Another Vehicle, Prohibited — Pulling A Rider Behind Vehicle Prohibited.

Section 340.140 Controlled Access.

Section 340.150 Railroad Trains Not To Block Streets.

Section 340.160 Driving Through Safety Zone Prohibited.

Section 340.170 Manner of Operation of Motor Vehicles — Careful and Prudent.

Section 340.175 Commercial Vehicles — Unlawful Acts — Penalty.

Section 340.180 Driving To The Right.

Section 340.190 Passing Regulations.

Section 340.200 Hand and Mechanical Signals.

Section 340.210 Stopping For School Bus.

Section 340.220 Right-Of-Way At Intersection — Signs At Intersections.

Section 340.230 Distance At Which Vehicle Must Follow.

Section 340.240 Vehicles Regulated in Diekroeger Park.

Section 340.250 Regulation of Certain Trucks in Wright City Cemetery.

Section 340.010 Following Emergency Vehicle Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
The driver of any vehicle other than one on official business shall not follow any emergency vehicle traveling in response to an emergency call 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.

Section 340.020 Crossing Fire Hose.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
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.

Section 340.030 Right-Of-Way — Use of Lead Vehicles — Emergency Vehicles With Right-Of-Way — When.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
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.
B. 
Notwithstanding 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.
C. 
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 organized 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.

Section 340.040 Driving in Procession.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
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.

Section 340.050 Funeral Procession To Be Identified.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
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.

Section 340.060 When Permits Required For Parades and Processions.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
No funeral, procession or parade containing two hundred (200) or more persons or fifty (50) or more vehicles except the forces of the United States Army or Navy, the military forces of this State and the forces of the Police and Fire Departments shall occupy, march or proceed along any street except in accordance with a permit issued by the Chief of Police and such other regulations as are set forth herein which may apply.

Section 340.070 Vehicle Shall Not Be Driven On A Sidewalk.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except on a permanent or temporary driveway.

Section 340.080 Limitations On Backing.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with other traffic.

Section 340.090 Opening and Closing Vehicle Doors.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

Section 340.100 Riding On Motorcycles — Additional Passenger — Requirements.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
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 footrests for the use of a passenger.

Section 340.110 Riding Bicycle On Sidewalks — Limitations — Motorized Bicycles Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
B. 
Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
C. 
No person shall ride a motorized bicycle upon a sidewalk.

Section 340.120 All-Terrain Vehicles — Prohibited — Exceptions — Operation Under An Exception — Prohibited Uses — Penalty.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in Section 300.010, upon the streets and highways of this City, except as follows:
1. 
All-terrain vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use; or
2. 
All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation.
B. 
No person shall operate an off-road vehicle, as defined in Section 304.001, RSMo., within any stream or river in this City, 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 State at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system. All Law Enforcement Officials or Peace Officers of this State and its political subdivisions shall enforce the provisions of this Subsection within the geographic area of their jurisdiction.
C. 
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a street or highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid license issued by a State authorizing such person to operate a motor vehicle but shall not be required to have passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle, and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds of less than thirty (30) miles per hour. When operated on a street or highway, an all-terrain 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:
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 safety helmet on the head of an 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.
F. 
A violation of this Section shall be an ordinance violation.

Section 340.130 Riding Bicycles, Sleds, Roller Skates By Attaching To Another Vehicle, Prohibited — Pulling A Rider Behind Vehicle Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
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. Neither shall the driver of a vehicle knowingly pull a rider behind a vehicle.

Section 340.140 Controlled Access.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any controlled access roadway except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.

Section 340.150 Railroad Trains Not To Block Streets.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
It shall be unlawful for the directing officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of or to operate the same in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for purposes of travel for a period of time longer than five (5) minutes; provided that this Section shall not apply to a moving train or to one stopped because of an emergency or for repairs necessary before it can proceed safely.

Section 340.160 Driving Through Safety Zone Prohibited.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone.

Section 340.170 Manner of Operation of Motor Vehicles — Careful and Prudent.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003; Ord. No. 453 §I, 2-12-2004]
Every person operating a motor vehicle in the City shall drive the same in a careful and prudent manner and shall exercise the highest degree of care in the operation thereof and shall operate the same at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person.

Section 340.175 Commercial Vehicles — Unlawful Acts — Penalty.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
It shall be unlawful for a person to:
1. 
Drive a commercial motor vehicle in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property;
2. 
Drive a commercial motor vehicle while having an alcohol concentration of four one-hundredths of a percent (.04%) or more as prescribed by the Secretary or such other alcohol concentration as may be later determined by the Secretary by regulation; or
3. 
Drive a commercial motor vehicle while under the influence of any substance so classified under Section 102(6) of the Controlled Substances Act (21 USC 802(6)), including any substance listed in Schedules I through V of 21 CFR part 1308 as they may be revised from time to time.
B. 
Except as otherwise provided for in Sections 302.700 to 302.780, RSMo., whenever the doing of anything is required or is prohibited or is declared to be unlawful, any person who shall be convicted of a violation thereof shall be guilty of an ordinance violation.

Section 340.180 Driving To The Right.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
Upon all public roads or highways of sufficient width, 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 pursuant to the rules governing such movement;
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 a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair; or
4. 
Upon a roadway designated by local ordinance as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic.
B. 
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 such divided highway, except in a crossover or intersection.
C. 
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 markings, signs or signals.

Section 340.190 Passing Regulations.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations and exceptions hereinafter 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 such driver's 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 lines of vehicles in each direction; or
3. 
Upon a one-way street.
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under the foregoing conditions when such movement may be made in safety. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway. The provisions of this Subsection shall not relieve the driver of a slow-moving vehicle from the duty to drive as closely as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway.
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, tunnel or when approaching within one hundred (100) feet of or at any intersection or railroad grade crossing.

Section 340.200 Hand and Mechanical Signals.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the speed of or turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein.
1. 
An operator or driver when stopping, or when checking the speed of the operator's vehicle, if the movement of other vehicles may reasonably be affected by such checking of speed, shall extend such operator's arm at an angle below horizontal so that the same may be seen in the rear of the vehicle.
2. 
An operator or driver intending to turn the vehicle to the right shall extend such operator's arm at an angle above horizontal so that the same may be seen in front of and in the rear of the vehicle and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway as near as practicable to the right side of the highway along which such operator is proceeding before turning.
3. 
An operator or driver intending to turn the vehicle to the left shall extend such operator's arm in a horizontal position so that the same may be seen in the rear of the vehicle and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway so that the left side of the vehicle shall be as near as practicable to the centerline of the highway along which the operator is proceeding before turning.
4. 
The signals herein required shall be given either by means of the hand and arm or by a signal light or signal device in good mechanical condition of a type approved by the State Highway Patrol; however, when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle, then such signals shall be given by such light or device.

Section 340.210 Stopping For School Bus.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
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 by law 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. 
Every bus used for the transportation of school children shall bear upon the front and rear thereon a plainly visible sign containing the words "School Bus" in letters not less than eight (8) inches in height. Each bus shall have lettered on the rear in plain and distinct type the following: "State Law: Stop While Bus is Loading and Unloading". Each school bus subject to the provisions of Sections 304.050 to 304.070, RSMo., shall be equipped with a mechanical and electrical signaling device approved by the State Board of Education which will display a signal plainly visible from the front and rear and indicating intention to stop.
C. 
Every school bus operated to transport students in the public school system which has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than ten thousand (10,000) pounds, which has the engine mounted entirely in front of the windshield and the entrance door behind the front wheels, and which is used for the transportation of school children shall be equipped with a crossing control arm. The crossing control arm, when activated, shall extend a minimum of five (5) feet six (6) inches from the face of the front bumper. The crossing control arm shall be attached on the right side of the front bumper and shall be activated by the same controls which activate the mechanical and electrical signaling devices described in Subsection (B) of this Section. This Subsection may be cited as "Jessica's Law" in commemoration of Jessica Leicht and all other Missouri school children who have been injured or killed during the operation of a school bus.
D. 
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, 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 devices, in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education, to communicate to drivers of other vehicles that students are loading or unloading. A public school district has the authority pursuant to Section 304.050, RSMo., to adopt a policy which provides that the driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a divided highway of four (4) or more lanes may pull off of the main roadway and load or unload students without activating the mechanical and electrical signaling devices in a manner which gives the signal for other drivers to stop and may use the amber signaling devices to alert motorists that the school bus is slowing to a stop; provided that the passengers are not required to cross any traffic lanes and also provided that the emergency flashing signal lights are activated in a manner which indicates that drivers should proceed with caution and, in such case, the driver of a vehicle may proceed past the school bus with due caution. 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 any passengers be taken on or discharged while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicle so stopped is plainly visible for at least five hundred (500) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles in the case of a highway with no shoulder and a speed limit greater than sixty (60) miles per hour and at least three hundred (300) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon other highways, and on all highways, only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
E. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or overtaking a school bus 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.

Section 340.220 Right-Of-Way At Intersection — Signs At Intersections.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
A. 
The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway, provided however, there is no form of traffic control at such intersection.
B. 
When two (2) vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the driver of the vehicle on the right. This Subsection shall not apply to vehicles approaching each other from opposite directions when the driver of one (1) of such vehicles is attempting to or is making a left turn.
C. 
The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.
D. 
The driver of a vehicle intending to make a left turn into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction when the making of such left turn would create a traffic hazard.
E. 
The City may, on any section of road where construction or major maintenance operations are being effected, fix a speed limit in such areas by posting of appropriate signs, and the operation of a motor vehicle in excess of such speed limit in the area so posted shall be deemed prima facie evidence of careless and imprudent driving and a violation of Section 340.170.

Section 340.230 Distance At Which Vehicle Must Follow.

[Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonably safe and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the roadway. Vehicles being driven upon any roadway outside of a business or residence district 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, so as to allow sufficient space between each such vehicle or combination of vehicles as to enable any other vehicle to overtake or pass such vehicles in safety. This Section shall in no manner affect Section 304.044, RSMo., relating to distance between trucks traveling on the highway.

Section 340.240 Vehicles Regulated in Diekroeger Park.

[Ord. No. 318 §I, 5-9-1996; Ord. No. 439 §§1 — 3, 10-23-2003]
No person shall operate or park a vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for the transportation of property, merchandise, or passengers licensed for twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or greater except "authorized emergency vehicles" as defined in Section 300.010 of this Code.

Section 340.250 Regulation of Certain Trucks in Wright City Cemetery.

[Ord. No. 793 §I, 5-23-2013]
No person shall operate or park within the Wright City Cemetery a vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for the transportation of property, merchandise, or passengers licensed for twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or greater except as authorized for the purpose of burials, stone setting, road maintenance, cemetery lot maintenance, or tree maintenance and removal in the Wright City Cemetery.