St. Charles County, MO
 
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[Ord. No. 02-154 §1, 10-16-2002]
The provisions and prohibitions hereinafter contained and enacted are in pursuance of and for the purpose of securing and promoting the public health and general welfare of persons in the County of St. Charles in their use of motorized scooters.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §2, 10-16-2002]
For purposes of this Chapter, the following term shall be defined as follows:
MOTORIZED SCOOTER
Any two-wheeled device that has handlebars, is designed to be stood upon by the operator, and is powered by a motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion at a speed of not more than twenty-five (25) miles per hour.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §3, 10-16-2002]
A. 
Every motorized scooter operated upon any street or alley during darkness shall be equipped with the following:
1. 
A lamp emitting a white light which while the motorized scooter is in motion illuminates the street or alley in front of the operator and is visible from a distance of three hundred (300) feet in front and from the sides of the motorized scooter.
2. 
A red reflector on the rear that is visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful upper beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
3. 
A white or yellow reflector on each side visible from the front and rear of the motorized scooter from a distance of two hundred (200) feet.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §4, 10-16-2002]
A person operating a motorized scooter is not subject to the provisions of this Code relating to vehicle registration and license plate requirements, and for those purposes a motorized scooter is not a motor vehicle.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §5, 10-16-2002]
A. 
A motorized scooter shall comply with one (1) of the following:
1. 
Operate in a manner so that the motor is disengaged or ceases to function when brakes are applied; or
2. 
Operate in a manner so that the motor is engaged through a switch or mechanism that when released will cause the motor to disengage or cease to function.
B. 
It is unlawful for a person to operate a motorized scooter that does not meet one (1) of the requirements of Subsection (A).
[Ord. No. 02-154 §6, 10-16-2002]
A. 
Any person operating a motorized scooter upon a street or alley shall ride as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the pavement except under the following situations:
1. 
When preparing for a left turn, the operator shall stop and dismount as close as practicable to the right-hand curb or right edge of the pavement and complete the turn by crossing the street on foot; and
2. 
When reasonably necessary to avoid conditions, including, but not limited to, fixed or moving objects, vehicles, bicycles, pedestrians, animals, surface hazards or substandard width lanes, which make it unsafe to continue along the right-hand curb or right edge of the pavement.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §7, 10-16-2002]
A. 
The operator of a motorized scooter shall not do any of the following:
1. 
Operate a motorized scooter unless it is equipped with a brake that will enable the operator to make a braked-wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement;
2. 
Operate a motorized scooter on a roadway with a speed limit in excess of twenty-five (25) miles per hour unless it is operated in a designated bike lane;
3. 
Operate a motorized scooter on a sidewalk;
4. 
Operate a motorized scooter without wearing properly fitted and fastened helmet or other headgear that meets the standards of the Missouri Director of Revenue as provided for in Section 302.020.2, RSMo.;
5. 
Operate a motorized scooter with any passengers in addition to the operator;
6. 
Operate a motorized scooter carrying any package, bundle or article that prevents the operator from keeping at least one (1) hand upon the handlebars;
7. 
Operate a motorized scooter with the handlebars raised so that the operator must elevate his or her hands above the level of his or her shoulders in order to grasp the normal steering grip area;
8. 
Leave a motorized scooter lying on its side on any sidewalk or park a motorized scooter on a sidewalk in any other position so that there is not an adequate path for pedestrian traffic;
9. 
Attach the motorized scooter or himself or herself while on the street or alley, by any means, to any other vehicle on the street or alley;
10. 
Operate a motorized scooter at a speed in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §8, 10-16-2002]
A. 
Violation is a Moving Violation.
1. 
Any adult person violating any provision of this Chapter is guilty of a moving violation. Any adult person violating a provision of this Chapter shall be convicted of a moving violation and fined fifty dollars ($50.00) per incident.
2. 
For persons under the age of sixteen (16) years, a summons shall be served upon the parent, guardian or adult person having custody or control of said minor, setting forth the manner in which said minor violated this Chapter and the liabilities for said parent, guardian or adult person upon subsequent violations of this Chapter by the minor.
a. 
Any parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor who violates this Section, after having been previously warned of said violation as set out above, shall be fined twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per incident engaged in by the minor.
b. 
Any parent, guardian or other adult person having the care and custody of a minor who violates this Section after having been previously charged and found guilty of violating this Section shall be fined fifty dollars ($50.00) per incident engaged in by the minor. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day a violation occurs or continues.
[Ord. No. 02-154 §9, 10-16-2002]
A. 
Criminal Prosecution. Violations of this Chapter may be cited by issuance of a summons which shall be payable by return mail to the County Department of Finance. Any summons not so paid shall be the responsibility of the St. Charles County Prosecuting Attorney for criminal prosecution.
B. 
Civil Remedies. The office of the St. Charles County Counselor shall be responsible for pursuing any and all available civil remedies to ensure compliance with or enforce the provisions of this Chapter.