City of St. Charles, MO
St. Charles County
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Cross References—As to general penalty, §100.150; as to abandoned vehicles, ch. 375; as to parades, ch. 370; as to streets and sidewalks, ch. 505; as to vehicles for hire, ch. 645.
[R.O. 2009 §70.01; CC 1981 §18-1; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975; Ord. No. 75-41, 8-6-1975; Ord. No. 87-97, 5-13-1987; Ord. No. 89-25, 2-8-1989; Ord. No. 91-51, 3-8-1991; Ord. No. 96-49, 2-21-1996; Ord. No. 97-70, 3-5-1997; Ord. No. 01-212, 9-21-2001; Ord. No. 03-131, 6-4-2003]
For the purposes of this Chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.
ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY
Any street with a roadway of less than twenty (20) feet in width.
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.
CENTRAL BUSINESS (OR TRAFFIC) DISTRICT
All streets and portions of streets within the area described by City ordinance as such.
CLASS I BICYCLE ROUTE
A completely separated right-of-way designated exclusively for bicycles and used for recreational travel.
CLASS II BICYCLE ROUTE
A restricted right-of-way for preferential use by bicycles.
CLASS III BICYCLE ROUTE
A roadway that is officially designated as a bicycle route, but shared by motorized vehicles and bicycles.
COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLE
A motor vehicle designed or regularly used for carrying freight and merchandise, or more than eight (8) passengers but not including vanpools or shuttle buses.
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.
1. 
The 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.
DE FACTO PUBLIC STREETS
The following are de facto public streets:
Ami Court
Avignon Court
Avignon Parkway
Bayonne Drive
Beau Court
Bel Rae Court
Diekamp Lane
Duclair Parkway
Fleur Drive
Hillcrest Place
King Drive (Rosewall to Forest Hills)
Kircher Drive
DRIVER
Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
ELECTRIC PERSONAL ASSISTIVE MOBILITY DEVICE
A self-balancing, two- non-tandem wheeled device designed to transport only one (1) person, with an electric propulsion system with an average power of seven hundred fifty (750) watts (one (1) horsepower), whose maximum speed on a paved level surface, when powered solely by such a propulsion system while ridden by an operator who weighs one hundred seventy (170) pounds, is less than twenty (20) miles per hour.
EMERGENCY VEHICLE
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, a Conservation Agent 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 305.030 of this Title;
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.
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
See "STREET OR HIGHWAY".
IMPROVED HIGHWAY
Any highway which has been paved with gravel, macadam, concrete, brick or asphalt or surfaced in such manner that it has a hard, smooth 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 or passengers of a commercial motor vehicle in addition to that of the chassis and body of the vehicle.
MOTOR VEHICLE
Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm tractors and motorized bicycles.
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-wheeled 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.
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 Chapter placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction for the purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
OWNER
Any person, firm, corporation or association who holds the legal title of a vehicle or in the event a vehicle is the subject of an agreement for the conditional sale or lease thereof with the right of purchase upon performance of the conditions stated in the agreement and with an immediate right of possession vested in the conditional vendee or lessee or in the event a mortgagor of a vehicle is entitled to possession, then such conditional vendee or lessee or mortgagor shall be deemed the owner for the purpose of this Chapter.
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 Police Department of the City 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.
PROVISIONAL STREET
Any street which is contiguous only to single-family residential property and which has been accepted by the City in accordance with Section 505.330.
RAILROAD
A carrier of persons or property upon cars operated upon stationary rails.
RAILROAD TRAIN
A steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated upon rails.
RECREATIONAL VEHICLE
Any unit primarily designed as temporary living quarters for recreation, camping or travel use which either contains its own motive power as in the case of, but not limited to, motor homes, motor coaches, mini-motor homes or recreational vans or is permanently mounted on a vehicle such as, but not limited to, a truck camper or pickup camper.
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 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.
SCOOTER
A device with two (2) wheels, a footboard between and steered by a handlebar.
SIDEWALK
The 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.
SKATEBOARD
A single platform mounted on wheels, which is propelled solely by human power and which is steered by a set of trucks or other devices which aid in controlling the movement or direction of the platform.
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
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, the entire width between the lines of de facto public streets and the entire width between the lines of provisional streets.
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 Chapter.
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.
VEHICLE
Any mechanical device on wheels designed primarily for use or used on streets, except motorized bicycles, vehicles propelled or drawn by horses or human power or vehicles used exclusively on fixed rails or tracks or cotton trailers or motorized wheelchairs operated by physically disabled persons.
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State Law References—Similar provisions, §§300.010, 301.010(10), RSMo.