St. Charles County, MO
 
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[Ord. No. 03-183 §§1—4, 11-26-2003; Ord. No. 05-013 §1, 2-1-2005; Ord. No. 07-017 §1, 1-30-2007]
A. 
Except as set forth in Subsection (C) of this Section relating to initial traffic regulations in newly constructed areas, prior to the adoption of traffic regulations, including, but not limited to, stop signs, speed limits and electronic signals, the County Council shall hold at least two (2) public hearings thereon, fifteen (15) days' notice of the time and place of which shall be published in at least two (2) newspapers having a general circulation within the County and notice of such hearing shall also be posted at least fifteen (15) days in advance thereof in four (4) conspicuous places in the County.
B. 
The County Engineer shall have the authority, subject to approval by the County Executive, to authorize stop signs, speed limits and other traffic signals for a period not to exceed one hundred twenty (120) days on established roadways of the County.
C. 
The County Engineer shall have the authority, subject to approval by the County Executive, to authorize stop signs, speed limits and other traffic signals on newly constructed roadways as deemed appropriate prior to opening of the roadway to the public. Changes to these stop signs, speed limits and other traffic signals shall be made by petition to the County Highway Department and in accordance with Subsection (A) of this Section.
D. 
A violation of any temporary traffic regulation posted subject to the authority granted in Subsection (B) of this Section shall be a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by both fine and imprisonment.
E. 
Enforcement of traffic regulations issued pursuant to this Section shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.
[Ord. No. 05-004 §1, 2-1-2005; Ord. No. 07-017 §1, 1-30-2007]
A. 
All permanent traffic regulations duly adopted by St. Charles County either pursuant to Section 310.010(A) of this Title or pursuant to other legal authority are set out in the traffic schedules within this Title.
B. 
A violation of any permanent traffic regulation in this Title's traffic schedules, or of any permanent traffic regulation not included in those schedules but applicable to a public road in the unincorporated part of St. Charles County and duly adopted and posted by the State of Missouri, is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by both fine and imprisonment. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day a violation occurs or continues.
C. 
Enforcement of all permanent traffic regulations under this Title's traffic schedules shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.
[Ord. No. 07-017 §1, 1-30-2007]
A. 
No person shall operate a motor vehicle while:
1. 
Under the influence of alcohol; or
2. 
Under the influence of any controlled substance as defined by Chapter 195, RSMo., as amended; or
3. 
Under the influence of model glue or any substance containing toluene; or
4. 
Under the influence of any combination of alcohol and controlled substances to such extent as to impair the person of full possession of normal faculties.
B. 
A violation of this Section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by both fine and imprisonment. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day a violation occurs or continues. Enforcement of this Section shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.
[Ord. No. 07-017 §1, 1-30-2007]
A. 
No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon the highways and roadways of St. Charles County with a blood alcohol content of eight one-hundredths of one percent (0.08%) or more by weight of alcohol in his or her blood.
B. 
No person shall operate a commercial vehicle while having an alcohol concentration in his or her blood, breath, urine or saliva of four one-hundredths of one percent (0.04%) or more.
C. 
As used in this Section, the term "commercial motor vehicle" shall mean any motor vehicle designed or used to transport passengers or property if:
1. 
The vehicle has a gross combination weight rating of twenty-six thousand one (26,001) or more pounds inclusive of a towed unit which has a gross vehicle weight rating of ten thousand (10,000) pounds; or
2. 
The vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating of twenty-six thousand one (26,001) or more pounds; or
3. 
The vehicle is designed to transport more than fifteen (15) passengers, including the driver; or
4. 
The vehicle is transporting hazardous materials as defined in Section 302.700, RSMo.
D. 
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 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 provisions of Sections 577.020 to 577.041, RSMo.
E. 
A violation of this Section is a misdemeanor punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or by imprisonment in the St. Charles County Jail for a term not to exceed one (1) year, or by both fine and imprisonment. A separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day a violation occurs or continues. Enforcement of this Section shall be the responsibility of the County Counselor.
[Ord. No. 07-153 §6, 10-30-2007]
No person convicted of or pleading guilty to the offense of driving with excessive blood alcohol content pursuant to Section 310.040, OSCCMo., shall be granted a suspended imposition of sentence for such offense, unless such person shall be placed on probation for a minimum of two (2) years.
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State Law Reference—For similar provisions, §577.010, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 08-092 §4, 8-1-2008]
A. 
A person commits the crime of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree if he or she operates a vehicle in violation of Section 310.030, OSCCMo., or Section 310.040, OSCCMo., while a child less than seventeen (17) years old is present in the vehicle.
B. 
Violation of this Section is a misdemeanor punishable in accordance with Section 375.1000, OSCCMo.
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Editor's Note—Per the County's request of June 15, 2007, section 310.050 "careless and imprudent driving" has been moved to a new chapter 304: traffic regulations and renumbered as section 304.012 "careless and prudent driving". Subsequently, ord. no. 08-092 §4 has been placed herein.
[Ord. No. 08-092 §4, 8-1-2008]
A. 
No person shall consume any alcoholic beverage while operating a moving motor vehicle upon any highway, street or alley.
B. 
Any person found guilty of violating the provisions of this Section is guilty of an infraction.
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Editor's Note—Per the County's request of June 15, 2007, section 310.060 "drivers to maintain financial responsibility" has been moved to a new chapter 303: motor vehicle financial responsibility law and renumbered as section 303.025 "drivers to maintain financial responsibility". Subsequently, ord. no. 08-092 §4 has been placed herein.
[Ord. No. 07-153 §6, 10-30-2007]
A. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., upon the highways of this County, except as follows:
1. 
All-terrain vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;
2. 
All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation;
3. 
All-terrain vehicles operated by handicapped persons for short distances occasionally only on the County's secondary roads when operated between the hours of sunrise and sunset;
4. 
The County may issue special permits to licensed drivers for special uses of all-terrain vehicles on County roads within the County. Fees of fifteen dollars ($15.00) may be collected and retained by the County for such permits. Such permits shall not be available for purchase unless and until the County Executive assigns the function of issuing such permit to a department of the County.
B. 
No person shall operate an off-road vehicle within any stream or river in this State, except that off-road vehicles may be operated within waterways which flow within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns, or for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns or has permission to be upon, or for the purpose of fording such stream or river of this State at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system.
C. 
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, except that a handicapped person operating such vehicle pursuant to Subdivision (3) of Subsection (A) of this Section, shall not be required to have passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle, and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds of less than thirty (30) miles per hour. When operated on a highway, an all-terrain vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven (7) feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty (30) square inches and shall be day-glow in color.
D. 
No persons shall operate an all-terrain vehicle:
1. 
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another;
2. 
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance;
3. 
Without a securely fastened safety helmet on the head of an individual who operates an all-terrain vehicle or who is being towed or otherwise propelled by an all-terrain vehicle, unless the individual is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
E. 
No operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to any all-terrain vehicle in which the seat of such vehicle is designed to carry more than one (1) person.
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State Law Reference—For similar provisions, §304.013, RSMo.
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Editor's Note—Per the County's request of June 15, 2007, sections 310.070 "driving without operator license" and 310.080 "driving while suspended or revoked" have been moved to a new chapter 302: driver's and commercial drivers' license and renumbered as sections 302.020 "driving without operator's license" and 302.200 "driving while suspended or revoked". Subsequently, ord. no. 07-153 enacted the new provisions set out in section 310.070 above.
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Editor's note—Per the County's request of June 15, 2007. section 310.090 "driving vehicle without valid license plates for such vehicle" has been moved to a new chapter 301: registration and licensing of motor and renumbered as section 301.130 "driving vehicle without valid license plates for such vehicle".
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Editor's note—Per the County's request of June 15, 2007. section 310.100 "drivers to comply with model traffic ordinance, chapter 300, revised statues of missouri, as amended" has been moved to a new chapter 300: model traffic ordinance and renumbered as section 300.001 "drivers to comply with model traffic ordinance, chapter 300, revised statues of missouri, as amended".