City of St. Charles, MO
St. Charles County
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A. 
A person commits the offense of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident when, being the operator or driver of a vehicle on the highways, streets or roads of the City or on any publicly or privately owned parking lot or parking facility within the City generally open for use by the public and knowing that an injury has been caused to a person or damage has been caused to property due to his/her culpability or to accident, he/she leaves the place of the injury, damage or accident without stopping and giving his/her name, residence, including City and street number, motor vehicle number and driver's license number, if any, to the injured party or to a Police Officer, or if no Police Officer is in the vicinity, then to the nearest Police station or judicial officer.
B. 
For the purposes of this Section, all Peace Officers shall have jurisdiction, when invited by an injured person, to enter the premises of any such privately owned parking lot or parking facility for the purpose of investigating an accident and performing all necessary duties regarding such accident.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §577.060, RSMo.
The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or total damage to all property to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the Police Department if such accident occurs within the City.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.110, RSMo.
The driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of any person or total property damage to all property to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more shall, within five (5) days after such accident, forward a written report of such accident to the Police Department. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable when the accident has been investigated at the scene by a Police Officer while such driver was present thereat.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.115, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §74.21; CC 1981 §18-105; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
A. 
Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving immediate notice of an accident as required in Section 320.030 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant shall give or cause to be given the notice not given by the driver.
B. 
Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written report of an accident as required in Section 320.030 and such driver is not the owner of the vehicle, then the owner of the vehicle involved in such accident shall, within five (5) days after the accident, make such report not made by the driver.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.120, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §74.35; CC 1981 §18-174; Ord. No. 74-22, 5-22-1974 ; Ord. No. 98-397, 9-14-1998]
A. 
Every person operating a motor vehicle within the City shall operate or drive such motor vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and in the exercise of the highest degree of care.
1. 
A person is guilty of operating a motor vehicle in a careless and imprudent manner whenever such a person operates a motor vehicle in such a manner that there is likelihood of danger to property of another or to the life or limb of any person, taking into consideration the time of day, the amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the condition of the street or highway, the atmospheric conditions and the location with reference to intersecting streets or highways, curves, residences or schools.
2. 
A person is guilty of operating a motor vehicle on a parking lot in a careless and imprudent manner whenever such person operates a motor vehicle on a public or private parking lot in such a manner that there is likelihood of danger to property of another or to the life or limb of any person, taking into consideration the time of day, the amount of vehicular traffic and pedestrian traffic, the condition of the parking lot, the atmospheric conditions and the location with reference to adjacent streets, highways, residences or schools.
3. 
A prima facie case of careless and imprudent driving shall exist whenever:
a. 
A person operating a motor vehicle is racing another person operating a motor vehicle;
b. 
A violation of a traffic law results in an accident with another vehicle;
c. 
A person operates a motor vehicle at a speed twice the speed limit or at such a rate of speed so as to recklessly endanger the property of another of the life or limb or any person;
d. 
A motor vehicle crosses a marked centerline so as to force a motor vehicle traveling in the opposite direction to turn away to avoid a collision; or
e. 
A person operates a motor vehicle in such a manner so as to attempt to outrun, evade or outdistance a pursuing police vehicle.
A person commits the offense of "driving while intoxicated" if he/she operates a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated or drugged condition.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §577.010, RSMo.
A person commits the offense of "driving with excessive blood alcohol content" if such person operates a motor vehicle in this State with eight-hundredths of one percent (0.8%) or more by weight of alcohol in such person's blood. As used in this Section, percent by weight of alcohol in the blood shall be based upon grams of alcohol per one hundred (100) milliliters of blood or two hundred ten (210) liters of breath and may be shown by chemical analysis of the person's blood, breath, saliva or urine. For the purposes of determining the alcoholic content of a person's blood under this Section, the test shall be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Sections 577.020 to 577.041, RSMo.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §577.012, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §74.38; CC 1981 §18-177; Ord. No. 3433, 10-5-1966; Ord. No. 80-104, 9-3-1980]
A. 
Sections 320.010, 320.050, 320.060, 320.070, 355.030, 355.040 and 360.060 shall apply to and be in force on all publicly used parking lots, drive-ins and all areas upon which the public is invited or permitted to operate motor vehicles, whether such parking lots, drive-ins and other publicly used areas are publicly or privately owned or held.
B. 
Anyone violating the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be subject to the penalties provided for in Section 100.150 of this Code.
[R.O. 2009 §74.39; CC 1981 §§18.178—18-178.1; Ord. No. 75-19, 4-9-1975; Ord. No. 86-107, 5-15-1986; Ord. No. 07-162, 6-11-2007]
A. 
Driving On Unpaved Property Prohibited.
1. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully and without right destroy, deface, injure or molest any yard, lawn, garden, courtyard or any other unpaved portion of any parcel of ground owned by another person by operating a motor vehicle thereupon.
2. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to willfully and intentionally operate a motor vehicle upon any unpaved portion of any parcel of ground owned by another person without the express consent of such owner.
3. 
In enforcing the provisions of this Section, there shall be a rebuttable presumption that the owner of a vehicle involved in a violation of this Section was the operator of the vehicle at the time such violation occurred. For purposes of this Section, the person in whose name the vehicle is registered with the State Department of Revenue shall be deemed to be the owner of the vehicle.
B. 
Reward For Information Used To Prosecute Persons Who Damage Property By Driving On Unpaved Property.
1. 
A reward will be paid to any person supplying information which is used in the prosecution of violations of Subsection (A) of this Section, if the information supplied leads to the conviction of the person charged with a violation of that Section. If two (2) or more persons supply information correctly leading to the conviction, the reward will be divided equally between the informants. Rewards will be paid upon the conviction of the person charged. The exact amount of the reward will be determined by the Mayor upon the recommendations of the Chief of Police and Director of the Public Works Department and shall be not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00) and not more than two hundred dollars ($200.00). The recommendations shall be based upon the extent and severity of the violation.
2. 
The City and its employees will keep confidential the identity of any informant unless testimony of the informant is deemed necessary for the successful prosecution of the offense or unless otherwise ordered by a court.
3. 
Rewards shall be paid only from account number 01-026-7312 as established in the City's budget. If payments for rewards exhaust the amount appropriated for that purpose, no further rewards will be paid unless authorized by supplemental appropriations.