City of Clayton, MO
St. Louis County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References — As to aircraft use permit, Art. V of ch. 605; as to parades and assemblies, Art. IV of ch. 605.
[CC 1970 §21-1; CC 1947 §§10-99, 10-109, 11-1; Ord. No. 3881 §1, 4-12-1977; Ord. No. 5860 §1, 1-25-2005]
As used in this Chapter, the following terms shall have the respective meanings ascribed to them:
ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY
Any street with a roadway of less than twenty-four (24) feet in width that serves the side or rear of a building or residence.
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE
A vehicle publicly owned and operated as an ambulance or a vehicle publicly owned and operated by the State Highway Patrol, Police or Fire Department, Sheriff or Constable or Deputy Sheriff, traffic officer or any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.
AUTOCYCLE
A three-wheeled motor vehicle which the drivers and passengers ride in a partially or completely enclosed non-straddle seating area, that is designed to be controlled with a steering wheel and pedals, and that has met applicable Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration requirements or Federal Motorcycle Safety Standards.
[Ord. No. 6562, 11-13-2018]
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE
A vehicle designed, maintained or used primarily for the transportation of property or merchandise.
CONGESTED DISTRICT
Any district lawfully designated by ordinance as a congested district.
CONTROLLED ACCESS HIGHWAY
A 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
That portion of a roadway ordinarily included within the prolongation or connection of curb and property lines at intersections or any portion of a roadway clearly indicated for pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
CURB
The lateral boundaries of that portion of the street designated for the use of vehicles, whether marked with curbstones or not.
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
EMERGENCY VEHICLE
Is a vehicle of any of the following types:
1. 
A vehicle operated by the State Highway Patrol, the State Water Patrol, the Missouri Capitol Police, or a State Park Ranger, those vehicles operated by 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 or Coroner or by a 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 in 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.
EQUIPMENT TRAILER
Any flat bed or enclosed trailer designed or commonly used for storage or transportation of grounds keeping, landscaping, earthmoving, construction or other mechanical or electronic equipment or vehicles, including storage or transportation of motorcycles, off-road vehicles and recreational vehicles of any sort.
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.
HORSE OR ANIMAL TRUCK OR TRAILER
Any vehicle or trailer designed or commonly used for transportation of horses or other animals.
IMPROVED STREET OR HIGHWAY
A street or highway which has been paved with gravel, macadam, concrete, brick or asphalt or improved in any manner by adding material or substance so as to present a surface other than the original earth surface.
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.
LIVE LOAD
The weight of the cargo of a commercial vehicle in addition to that of the chassis and body of the vehicle.
MOTORBUS
A motor vehicle seating eight (8) or more persons which is offered for or engaged in the business of carrying passengers for hire, without regard to the time consumed or distance traveled, on a route not controlled by the passenger and for a charge based on transporting passengers from one designated place to another along a definite route over, along or upon any public street, alley or other public place in the City.
MOTORCYCLE
A motor vehicle regularly operated on two (2) wheels.
MOTORTRICYCLE
A motor vehicle regularly operated on three (3) wheels, including a motorcycle, when operated with any conveyance, temporarily or otherwise, requiring the use of a third wheel.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Every vehicle as herein defined which is self-propelled.
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 DEVICE
A sign, signal, marking or device not inconsistent with this Chapter placed or erected by authority of the public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL
A signal, not inconsistent with this Chapter, placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC SIGN
A sign, marking or device, other than a signal, not inconsistent with this Chapter, placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
ONE-WAY STREET
A street where vehicles are by law required to move in one (1) direction only.
OPERATOR
See "DRIVER" herein.
PARK OR PARKING
The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, upon a roadway, otherwise than temporarily for the purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading in obedience to traffic regulations or traffic signs or signals.
PEDESTRIAN
Any person afoot.
PNEUMATIC TIRE
A tire of rubber or other substance and fabric inflated with air.
POLICE OFFICER
An officer of the Police Department or any other officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic or to make arrest for violation of a traffic regulation.
PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY
A road or driveway not open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
RAILROAD TRAIN
A carrier of persons or property upon cars, operated on stationary rails and the prime mover or any car separately.
RECREATIONAL EQUIPMENT
As used in this Chapter, "recreational equipment" is defined as and shall include the following:
1. 
A vehicular, portable structure built on a chassis, designed to be used as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses, permanently identified "travel trailer" by the manufacturer.
2. 
A structure designed primarily to be mounted on a pickup or truck chassis and with sufficient equipment to render it suitable for use as a temporary dwelling for travel, recreational and vacation uses.
3. 
A portable dwelling designed and constructed as an integral part of self-propelled vehicle.
4. 
A canvas folding structure, mounted on wheels and designed for travel and vacation use.
5. 
Boats and boat trailers shall include boats, floats, wave runners, rafts, personal watercraft and other watercraft of any kind plus the normal equipment to transport the same on the highway.
6. 
Vehicles licensed by a State authority as recreational vehicles.
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 yields to the other.
ROADWAY
That portion of a street or highway between the regularly established curb lines or that portion improved and intended to be used for vehicular travel.
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.
SCHOOL ZONE
A space in any street lawfully designated by ordinance for the safety of persons going to and returning from public, private or parochial schools.
SOLID TIRE
A tire of rubber or other resilient material, other than a pneumatic tire.
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.
STATE HIGHWAY
A highway maintained by the State as a part of the State highway system.
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
A way or place open for vehicular travel by the public, regardless of its legal status and regardless of whether it has been legally established by a constituted authority or by user for the statutory period of time as a public highway.
TAXICAB
Any motor vehicle engaged in the business of carrying persons for hire on the streets of the City, whether the same is operated from a street stand or from a garage, where no regular or specific route is traveled, but passengers are taken to and from such places as they may designate; whether the charge therefor is made on the basis of distance traveled as indicated by a taximeter or speedometer attached thereto or by any other method of determining distance, such as by zoning system or otherwise or the time consumed in traveling or on any other basis whatever. This definition shall not include motorbuses.
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 the 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 Chapter.
TRACTOR
A motor vehicle designed primarily for agricultural use or used as a traveling power plant or for drawing other vehicles or farm or road building implements and having no provision for carrying loads independently.
TRAFFIC
Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles and other conveyances either singly or together while using any street 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.
TRAILER
Any vehicle without motive power designed for carrying passengers or property on its own structure for being drawn by any vehicle, except those running exclusively on tracks, including a semi-trailer or vehicle of the trailer type, so designed and used in connection with any vehicle that a considerable part of its own weight rests upon and is carried by the towing vehicle.
VEHICLE
A device upon, in or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a public highway, except a device moved by human power, a motorized wheelchair or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.
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Cross References—Definitions under parking meter regulations, §350.130.
State Law Reference—For similar provisions, §300.010, RSMo.
[CC 1970 §21-8; CC 1947 §11-69]
The Director of Public Works is authorized to close any street, alley, public place or highway and withdraw the same from public use temporarily and during such period as public work thereon or other public emergency or expediency shall make such action necessary. No person shall use or attempt to use said street, alley, public place or highway so withdrawn from public use or drive or attempt to drive any vehicle or animal thereon.