City of Hollister, MO
Taney County
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Section 380.010 Lights Generally.

[Ord. No. 04-64, 12-2-2004]
A. 
All motor vehicles shall be provided with lights as required by Section 307.040, RSMo., as defined by Section 307.020, RSMo. "When lighted lamps are required" means at any time from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernable persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead. Lighted lamps shall also be required any time the weather conditions require usage of the motor vehicle's windshield wipers to operate the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner as defined in Section 304.012, RSMo. The provisions of this Section shall be interpreted to require lighted lamps during periods of fog even if the usage of the windshield wipers is not necessary to operate the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner. Motor vehicles shall display at least two (2) white lights mounted at the front and directed forward and two (2) red lights mounted at the back and directed toward the rear.
B. 
Motorcycles shall display one (1) white light mounted at the front and directed forward and one (1) red light mounted at the back and directed toward the rear. Bicycles shall display one (1) white light mounted at the front and directed forward and one (1) red light, or one (1) red reflex mirror, mounted at the back and directed toward the rear.
C. 
All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall carry in addition to or in lieu of the front signal lamps two (2) lighted headlamps and motorcycles shall carry at least one (1) lighted headlamp, all according to the standards and specifications required by the laws of the State.

Section 380.011 Non-Usage of Headlights — Fine.

[Ord. No. 04-64, 12-2-2004]
Violation of Section 380.010 shall be deemed an infraction and any person who violates this Section as it relates to violations of the usage of lighted lamps required due to weather conditions or fog shall only be fined ten dollars ($10.00) and no court costs shall be assessed.

Section 380.020 Seat Belts.

[Ord. No. 99-43, 7-15-1999; Ord. No. 04-19, 4-1-2004; Ord. No. 06-55, 11-16-2006]
A. 
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, each driver and front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway Transportation Act requirements, except that a child less than sixteen (16) years of age shall be protected as required in Section 380.021.
1. 
No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance.
2. 
The provisions shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about his/her body or to any person employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which requires the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles.
3. 
The term "passenger car" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons; except that the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks with a gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
4. 
Each driver who violates the provisions of this Section shall, upon conviction, be subject to a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) in amount. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs may be imposed if court costs have been assessed on any other charge arising out of the same occurrence.

Section 380.021 Child Restraint Devices.

[Ord. No. 04-20, 4-1-2004; Ord. No. 06-55, 11-16-2006]
A. 
Every person transporting a child under the age of sixteen (16) years on the streets or highways of this City shall be responsible for transporting such child as follows:
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Children less than four (4) years of age, regardless of weight, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
2. 
Children weighing less than forty (40) pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
3. 
Children at least four (4) years of age but less than eight (8) years of age, who also weigh at least forty (40) pounds but less than eighty (80) pounds and who are also less than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.
4. 
Children at least eighty (80) pounds or children more than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
5. 
Children eight (8) years of age but less than sixteen (16) years of age, regardless of weight or height, shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or restraint system appropriate for that child.
6. 
A child may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt for booster seat installation.
7. 
When there are more children than seating positions in the motor vehicle, those children not restrained shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle without incurring a violation.
B. 
Any person who violates this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and court costs.

Section 380.030 Passengers in Truck Beds.

[Ord. No. 99-44, 8-10-1999]
A. 
No person shall operate any truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., with a licensed gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or less when such truck is operated within the corporate limits of this City 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. Any person who operates a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds in violation of this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), plus court costs. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
1. 
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;
2. 
Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
3. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck while such truck is being operated in a parade, caravan or exhibition which is authorized by law;
4. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck has installed a means of preventing such person from being discharged or such person is secured to the truck in a manner which will prevent the person from being thrown, falling or jumping from the truck;
5. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck is being operated solely for the purpose of participating in a special event and it is necessary that the person ride in such unenclosed bed due to a lack of available seating. "Special event", for the purpose of this Section, is a specific social activity of a definable duration which is participated in by the person riding in the unenclosed bed;
6. 
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 engaged in a recreational activity; or
7. 
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 person 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 Subsection, the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first (1st) degree of consanguinity.

Section 380.040 Other Equipment of Motor Vehicles.

A. 
Signaling Devices. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle in good working order, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other users of the highway and to pedestrians. Such signaling device shall be used for warning purposes only and shall not be used for making any unnecessary noise, and no other sound-producing signaling device shall be used at any time.
B. 
Muffler Cutouts. Muffler cutouts shall not be used and no vehicle shall be driven in such manner or condition that excessive and unnecessary noises shall be made by its machinery, motor, signaling device, or other parts, or by any improperly loaded cargo. The motors of all motor vehicles shall be fitted with properly attached mufflers of such capacity or construction as to quiet the maximum possible exhaust noise as completely as is done in modern gas engine passenger motor vehicles. Any cutout or opening in the exhaust pipe between the motor and the muffler on any motor vehicle shall be completely closed and disconnected from its operating lever, and shall be so arranged that it cannot automatically open, or be opened or operated while such vehicle is in motion.
C. 
Brakes. All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two (2) sets of adequate brakes, kept in good working order, and motorcycles shall be provided with one (1) set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
D. 
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.
E. 
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 end 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.
F. 
Towlines. When one vehicle is towing another, the connecting device shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet. During the time that lights are required by Sections 307.020 to 307.120, RSMo., the required lights shall be displayed by both vehicles. 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.
G. 
The provisions of Subsection (F) of this Section shall not apply to farm implements, or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
H. 
Commercial Motor Vehicles and Trailers. When being operated on any highway of this State 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 safety 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.
I. 
Devices attached to or towed by motor vehicles for the purpose of transporting hay shall have the protruding parts raised or retracted when not in use to a position which will not cause injury or damage to persons or property in the vicinity of such device when on the highways of this State.

Section 380.050 Pneumatic Tires Required on Certain Vehicles.

[CC 1983 §§76.010, 76.720]
Every vehicle or truck used for moving or hauling freight or any goods or wares or materials on the streets of the City of Hollister shall while so being used, have and be provided with pneumatic tires suitable to carry the load without doing injury or damage to the surface of the street.

Section 380.060 Cleats, Spikes, Etc., Prohibited.

[CC 1983 §§76.010, 76.730]
It shall be unlawful for any person to move, drive or operate, or cause to be moved, driven or operated over and along any of the streets or avenues of the City of Hollister any wagon, truck or motor vehicle of any sort provided with metal or wooden cogs, cleats or ridges on the wheels or tires thereof, which are intended to prevent the skidding or slipping of such wheels, or any sort of cogs, cleats or ridges on the tires or wheels thereof which in any way mark, break or mar the surface of such paved streets, or motor vehicle running on the rim without rubber tires. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to the use of tire chains of reasonable proportions upon any vehicle when required for safety because of snow, ice or other conditions tending to cause a vehicle to skid. Nor shall it apply to standard safety studded tires.

Section 380.070 Exhaust Whistles.

[CC 1983 §§76.010, 76.770]
No vehicle shall carry in operation a siren, exhaust whistle or similar instrument that produces unusually loud, annoying or peculiar sounds; provided, that this Section shall not apply to ambulances and to vehicles belonging to or used by the Fire or Police Departments of the City of Hollister.

Section 380.080 Hand and Mechanical Signals.

[CC 1983 §§76.010, 76.630]
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 his/her vehicle, if the movement of other vehicles may reasonably be affected by such checking of speed, shall extend his/her arm at an angle below horizontal so that the same may be seen in the rear of his/her vehicle.
2. 
An operator or driver intending to turn his/her vehicle to the right shall extend his/her arm at an angle above horizontal so that the same may be seen in front of and in the rear of his/her vehicle, and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway as near as practicable to the right side of the highway along which he/she is proceeding before turning.
3. 
An operator or driver intending to turn his/her vehicle to the left shall extend his/her arm in a horizontal position so that the same may be seen in the rear of his/her vehicle, and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway so that the left side of his/her vehicle shall be as near as practicable to the center line of the highway along which he/she 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. A vehicle shall be considered as so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the left outside limit of the body, cab or load exceeds twenty-four (24) inches, or when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the rear limit of the body or load thereon exceeds fourteen (14) feet, which limit of fourteen (14) feet shall apply to single vehicles or combinations of vehicles. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any trailer which does not interfere with a clear view of the hand signals of the operator or of the signalling device upon the vehicle pulling said trailer; provided further, that the provisions of this Section as far as mechanical devices on vehicles so constructed that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle as above provided shall only be applicable to new vehicles registered within this State after the first (1st) day of January, 1954.