City of St. Charles, MO
St. Charles County
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[R.O. 2009 §72.060; CC 1981 §18-179; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
The operator of a vehicle shall have the right-of-way over the operator of another vehicle which is approaching from the left on an intersecting highway and it shall be unlawful for the operator of a vehicle to fail to yield the right-of-way to the operator of another vehicle which is approaching from the right on an intersecting highway.
[Ord. No. 13-068 §1, 4-3-2013]
A. 
Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one (1) lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light authorized by Section 310.070 of this Chapter, the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to, and as far as possible to the right of, the traveled portion of the highway and thereupon stop and remain in such position until such emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a Police or Traffic Officer.
B. 
Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, or a stationary vehicle owned by the State Highway and Transportation Commission and operated by an authorized employee of the Department of Transportation displaying lighted amber or amber and white lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:
1. 
Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
2. 
Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
C. 
Responsibilities Of Driver Of Emergency Vehicle.
1. 
The driver of any "emergency vehicle" defined in Section 300.010 of this Code shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights or blue lights on except when such vehicle is responding to an emergency call, or when in pursuit of an actual or suspected law violator, or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire.
2. 
The driver of an emergency vehicle may:
a. 
Park or stand irrespective of the provisions of Sections 304.014 to 304.025, RSMo., and the provisions of this Code;
b. 
Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;
c. 
Exceed the prima facie speed limit so long as the driver does not endanger life or property;
d. 
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
3. 
The exemptions granted to an emergency vehicle pursuant to Subsection (C)(2) of this Section shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one (1) lighted lamp displaying a red light or blue light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle.
D. 
No person shall purchase an emergency light as described in this Section without furnishing the seller of such light an affidavit stating that the light will be used exclusively for emergency vehicle purposes.
[R.O. 2009 §72.062; CC 1981 §18-261; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
Except when directed to proceed by a Police Officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop as required by Section 335.070(B) and after having stopped shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on the highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time which such driver is moving across or within the intersection.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.275, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.063; CC 1981 §18-262; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall in obedience to such sign slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time such driver is moving across or within the intersection; provided however, that if such a driver is involved in a collision with a vehicle in the intersection, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, such collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of his/her failure to yield right-of-way.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.280, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.064; CC 1981 §18-263; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
The driver of a vehicle within a business or residence district emerging from an alley, driveway or building shall stop such vehicle immediately prior to driving onto a sidewalk or onto the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway or driveway and shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian as may be necessary to avoid collision and upon entering the roadway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the roadway.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.285, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.075; Ord. No. 04-120, 6-29-2004]
Whenever any ordinance of the City designates and describes a street location, it shall be the duty of the City Traffic Engineer to place and maintain a stop sign at such location.
The City Engineer is hereby authorized to determine and designate intersections where particular hazard exists upon other than through streets and to determine whether vehicles shall stop at one (1) or more entrances to any such intersection in which event he/she shall cause to be erected a stop sign at every such place where a stop is required, or whether vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to vehicles on a different street at such intersection as prescribed in Section 335.035 in which event he/she shall cause to be erected a yield sign at every place where obedience thereto is required. The City Engineer shall cause to be erected a stop sign at every location where the erection of a stop sign is authorized by a duly adopted ordinance.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.265, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.077; CC 1981 §18-260; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
A. 
The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign if required for safety to stop shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, in the event there is no crosswalk, at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway.
B. 
Except when directed to proceed by a Police Officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, in the event there is no crosswalk, shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.270, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.078; CC 1981 §18-264; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
No driver shall enter an intersection or a marked crosswalk unless there is sufficient space on the other side of the intersection or crosswalk to accommodate the vehicle he/she is operating without obstructing the passage of other vehicles or pedestrians, notwithstanding any traffic control signal indication to proceed.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.290, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.079; CC 1981 §18-265; Ord. No. 75-35, 8-6-1975]
A. 
Whenever any person driving a vehicle approaches a railroad grade crossing under any of the circumstances stated in this Section, the driver of such vehicle shall stop within fifty (50) feet, but not less than fifteen (15) feet from the nearest rail of such railroad and shall not proceed until he/she can do so safely. The foregoing requirements shall apply when:
1. 
A clearly visible electric or mechanical signal device gives warning of the immediate approach of a railroad train;
2. 
A crossing gate is lowered or when a human flagman gives or continues to give a signal of the approach or passage of a railroad train;
3. 
An approaching railroad train is plainly visible and is in hazardous proximity to such crossing.
B. 
No person shall drive any vehicle through, around or under any crossing gate or barrier at a railroad crossing while such gate or barrier is closed or is being opened or closed.
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State Law Reference—Similar provisions, §300.295, RSMo.
[R.O. 2009 §72.080; CC 1981 §18-266; Ord. No. 82-36, 5-19-1982; Ord. No. 98-399, 9-14-1998]
A. 
Except when directed to proceed by a Police Officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a turnable or movable stop sign shall stop within the roadway before passing upon any portion of the roadway perpendicular to the curb line at the location of such sign. This provision shall be enforced only on school days between the hours of 7:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M. when stop signs are plainly visible to the driver of such vehicle.
B. 
Turnable Or Movable Stop Sign Locations. Except when directed to proceed by a Police Officer, every driver of a vehicle approaching a turnable or movable stop sign shall stop within the roadway before passing upon any portion of the roadway perpendicular to the curb line at the location of such sign at locations determined by the Traffic Commission.