Jefferson County, MO
 
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[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.005]
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall operate or park a motor vehicle or trailer upon a highway, roadway or alleyway unless the vehicle or trailer has attached to its registration plates in accordance with Sections 301.010 — 301.440, RSMo., providing for the registration and licensing of motor vehicles.
B. 
Any violation of this Section shall be deemed a misdemeanor.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.010]
A. 
No person, firm or corporation shall operate or park a motor vehicle or trailer upon a highway, roadway or alleyway of Jefferson County unless the vehicle or trailer displays a certificate of inspection and approval in accordance with Sections 307.350 — 307.390, RSMo., providing for motor vehicle safety inspection. This Section shall not apply to any motor vehicle owned and operated by the County or any municipality within the County.
B. 
Any violation of this Section shall be deemed a misdemeanor.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.020]
In order to enhance the public health, safety and welfare of the citizens of Jefferson County and of those persons traveling upon the highways, roads and streets of Jefferson County, the provisions of this Section shall be in effect in all unincorporated parts of Jefferson County.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
A. 
No person shall abandon any motor vehicle or trailer on the right-of-way of any public road or State highway as set out in Section 577.080, RSMo.
B. 
When any motor vehicle or junked motor vehicle is situated on or about a highway, road or alley so as to impede snow removal operations or construction, repair and maintenance services conducted or authorized by the Jefferson County Public Works Department, said vehicle may be towed or moved to a location deemed appropriate by Jefferson County without prior notification or an opportunity to be heard. The operator of the motor vehicle shall not be charged for the towing expense if the vehicle is towed pursuant to this Subsection.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
Except in the case of an accident resulting in the injury or death of any person, the driver of a vehicle which for any reason obstructs the regular flow of traffic on the roadway of any public road or State highway shall make every reasonable effort to move the vehicle or have it moved so as not to block the regular flow of traffic. Any person who fails to comply with the requirements of this Section is guilty of an ordinance violation and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not less than ten dollars ($10.00) nor more than fifty dollars ($50.00).
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State Law Reference — For similar provisions, §304.151, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
A. 
Any Law Enforcement Officer, or an official of the County where the County's real property is concerned, may authorize a towing company to remove to a place of safety:
1. 
Any abandoned property on the right-of-way of:
a. 
Any interstate highway or freeway in an urbanized area of the County left unattended for ten (10) hours, or immediately if a Law Enforcement Officer determines that the abandoned property is a serious hazard to other motorists;
b. 
Any interstate highway or freeway outside of an urbanized area of the County left unattended for twenty-four (24) hours, or after four (4) hours if a Law Enforcement Officer determines that the abandoned property is a serious hazard to other motorists;
c. 
Any State highway, other than an interstate highway or freeway outside of an urbanized area, left unattended for more than twenty-four (24) hours;
provided that commercial motor vehicles referred to in Subparagraphs (a — c) not hauling waste designated as hazardous under 49 U.S.C. 5103(a) may only be removed under this Section to a place of safety until the owner or owner's representative has had a reasonable opportunity to contact a towing company of choice; or
d. 
Any State highway, other than an interstate highway or freeway in an urbanized area, left unattended for more than ten (10) hours.
2. 
Any unattended abandoned property illegally left standing upon any highway or bridge if the abandoned property is left in a position or under such circumstances as to obstruct the normal movement of traffic where there is no reasonable indication that the person in control of the property is arranging for its immediate control or removal.
3. 
Any abandoned property which has been abandoned under Section 340.040 herein or Section 577.080, RSMo.
4. 
Any abandoned property which has been reported as stolen or taken without consent of the owner.
5. 
Any abandoned property for which the person operating such property is arrested for an alleged offense for which the officer takes the person into custody and where such person is unable to arrange for the property's timely removal.
6. 
Any abandoned property which due to any other State law or County ordinance is subject to towing because of the owner's outstanding traffic or parking violations.
7. 
Any abandoned property left unattended in violation of a State law or County ordinance where signs have been posted giving notice of the law or where the violation causes a safety hazard.
8. 
Any abandoned property illegally left standing on the waters of this State as defined in Section 306.010, RSMo., where the abandoned property is obstructing the normal movement of traffic, or where the abandoned property has been unattended for more than ten (10) hours or is floating loose on the water.
9. 
Any abandoned property for which the person operating such property or vehicle eludes arrest for an alleged offense for which the officer would have taken the offender into custody.
B. 
When the County Sheriff's Department authorizes a tow pursuant to this Section in which the abandoned property is moved from the immediate vicinity, it shall complete a crime inquiry and inspection report.
C. 
Any County agency other than the County Sheriff's Department authorizing a tow under this Section where property is towed away from the immediate vicinity shall report the tow to the County Sheriff's Department within two (2) hours of the tow, along with a crime inquiry and inspection report.
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State Law References — For similar provisions, §§304.155.1, 304.155.3, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
A. 
Payment Of Charges. The owner of abandoned property removed as provided in this Chapter shall be responsible for payment of all reasonable charges for towing and storage of such abandoned property as provided in Section 340.080.
B. 
Crime Inquiry And Inspection Report. Upon the towing of any abandoned property pursuant to Section 340.060 or under authority of a Law Enforcement Officer or local governmental agency, the County Sheriff's Department, where it authorized such towing or was properly notified by another governmental agency of such towing, shall promptly make an inquiry with the National Crime Information Center (NCIC) and any statewide Missouri law enforcement computer system to determine if the abandoned property has been reported as stolen and shall enter the information pertaining to the towed property into the statewide law enforcement computer system. If the abandoned property is not claimed within ten (10) working days of the towing, the tower who has online access to the Department of Revenue's records shall make an inquiry to determine the abandoned property owner and lienholder, if any, of record. In the event that the records of the Department of Revenue fail to disclose the name of the owner or any lienholder of record, the tower shall comply with the requirements of Subsection (3) of Section 304.156, RSMo. If the tower does not have online access, the County Sheriff's Department shall submit a crime inquiry and inspection report to the Missouri Director of Revenue. The County Sheriff's Department shall also provide one (1) copy of the report to the storage facility and one (1) copy to the towing company. A towing company that does not have online access to the department's records and that is in possession of abandoned property after ten (10) working days shall report such fact to the County Sheriff's Department. The crime inquiry and inspection report shall be designed by the Director of Revenue and shall include the following:
1. 
The year, model, make and property identification number of the property and the owner and any lienholders, if known;
2. 
A description of any damage to the property noted by the Law Enforcement Officer authorizing the tow;
3. 
The license plate or registration number and the State of issuance, if available;
4. 
The storage location of the towed property;
5. 
The name, telephone number and address of the towing company;
6. 
The date, place and reason for the towing of the abandoned property;
7. 
The date of the inquiry of the National Crime Information Center, any statewide Missouri law enforcement computer system, and any other similar system which has titling and registration information to determine if the abandoned property had been stolen. This information shall be entered only by the County Sheriff's Department;
8. 
The signature and printed name of the Law Enforcement Officer authorizing the tow;
9. 
The name of the towing company, the signature and printed name of the towing operator, and an indicator disclosing whether the tower has online access to the department's records; and
10. 
Any additional information the Missouri Director of Revenue deems appropriate.
C. 
Reclaiming Property. The owner of such abandoned property, or the holder of a valid security interest of record, may reclaim it from the towing company upon proof of ownership or valid security interest of record and payment of all reasonable charges for the towing and storage of the abandoned property.
D. 
Lienholder Repossession. If a lienholder repossesses any motor vehicle, trailer, all-terrain vehicle, outboard motor or vessel without the knowledge or cooperation of the owner, then the repossessor shall notify the County Sheriff's Department within two (2) hours of the repossession and shall further provide the Sheriff's Department with any additional information the Sheriff's Department deems appropriate. The County Sheriff's Department shall make an inquiry with the National Crime Information Center and the Missouri statewide law enforcement computer system and shall enter the repossessed vehicle into the statewide law enforcement computer system.
E. 
Notice To Owner/Tow Lien Claim. Any towing company which comes into possession of abandoned property pursuant to this Chapter and who claims a lien for recovering, towing or storing abandoned property shall give notice to the title owner and to all persons claiming a lien thereon, as disclosed by the records of the Missouri Department of Revenue or of a corresponding agency in any other State. The towing company shall notify the owner and any lienholder within ten (10) business days of the date of mailing indicated on the notice sent by the Missouri Department of Revenue pursuant to Section 304.156, RSMo., by certified mail, return receipt requested. The notice shall contain the following:
1. 
The name, address and telephone number of the storage facility;
2. 
The date, reason and place from which the abandoned property was removed;
3. 
A statement that the amount of the accrued towing, storage and administrative costs are the responsibility of the owner, and that storage and/or administrative costs will continue to accrue as a legal liability of the owner until the abandoned property is redeemed;
4. 
A statement that the storage firm claims a possessory lien for all such charges;
5. 
A statement that the owner or holder of a valid security interest of record may retake possession of the abandoned property at any time during business hours by proving ownership or rights to a secured interest and paying all towing and storage charges;
6. 
A statement that, should the owner consider that the towing or removal was improper or not legally justified, the owner has a right to request a hearing as provided in this Section to contest the propriety of such towing or removal;
7. 
A statement that if the abandoned property remains unclaimed for thirty (30) days from the date of mailing the notice, title to the abandoned property will be transferred to the person or firm in possession of the abandoned property, free of all prior liens; and
8. 
A statement that any charges in excess of the value of the abandoned property at the time of such transfer shall remain a liability of the owner.
F. 
Physical Search Of Property. In the event that the Missouri Department of Revenue notifies the towing company that the records of the Department of Revenue fail to disclose the name of the owner or any lienholder of record, the towing company shall attempt to locate documents or other evidence of ownership on or within the abandoned property itself. The towing company must certify that a physical search of the abandoned property disclosed no ownership documents were found and a good faith effort has been made. For purposes of this Section, "good faith effort" means that the following checks have been performed by the company to establish the prior State of registration and title:
1. 
Check of the abandoned property for any type of license plates, license plate record, temporary permit, inspection sticker, decal or other evidence which may indicate a State of possible registration and title;
2. 
Check the law enforcement report for a license plate number or registration number if the abandoned property was towed at the request of a law enforcement agency;
3. 
Check the tow ticket/report of the tow truck operator to see if a license plate was on the abandoned property at the beginning of the tow, if a private tow; and
4. 
If there is no address of the owner on the impound report, check the law enforcement report to see if an out-of-state address is indicated on the driver license information.
G. 
Petition In Circuit Court. The owner of the abandoned property removed pursuant to this Chapter or any person claiming a lien, other than the towing company, within ten (10) days after the receipt of notification from the towing company pursuant to Subsection (E) of this Section may file a petition in the Associate Circuit Court in the County where the abandoned property is stored to determine if the abandoned property was wrongfully taken or withheld from the owner. The petition shall name the towing company among the defendants. The petition may also name the agency ordering the tow or the owner, lessee or agent of the real property from which the abandoned property was removed. The Missouri Director of Revenue shall not be a party to such petition but a copy of the petition shall be served on the Director of Revenue.
H. 
Notice To Owner. Notice as to the removal of any abandoned property pursuant to this Chapter shall be made in writing within five (5) working days to the registered owner and any lienholder of the fact of the removal, the grounds for the removal, and the place to which the property has been removed by either:
1. 
The public agency authorizing the removal; or
2. 
The towing company, where authorization was made by an owner or lessee of real property.
If the abandoned property is stored in any storage facility, a copy of the notice shall be given to the operator of the facility. The notice provided for in this Section shall include the amount of mileage if available shown on the abandoned property at the time of removal.
I. 
Tow Truck Requirements. Any towing company which tows abandoned property for hire shall have the towing company's name, City and State clearly printed in letters at least three (3) inches in height on the sides of the truck, wrecker or other vehicle used in the towing.
J. 
Storage Facilities. Persons operating or in charge of any storage facility where the abandoned property is stored pursuant to this Chapter shall accept cash for payment of towing and storage by a registered owner or the owner's agent claiming the abandoned property.
K. 
Disposition Of Towed Property. Notwithstanding the provisions of Section 301.227, RSMo., any towing company who has complied with the notification provisions in Section 304.156, RSMo., including notice that any property remaining unredeemed after thirty (30) days may be sold as scrap property, may then dispose of such property as provided in this Subsection. Such sale shall only occur if at least thirty (30) days have passed since the date of such notification, the abandoned property remains unredeemed with no satisfactory arrangements made with the towing company for continued storage, and the owner or holder of a security agreement has not requested a hearing as provided in Section 304.156, RSMo. The towing company may dispose of such abandoned property by selling the property on a bill of sale as prescribed by the Director of Revenue to a scrap metal operator or licensed salvage dealer for destruction purposes only. The towing company shall forward a copy of the bill of sale provided by the scrap metal operator or licensed salvage dealer to the Director of Revenue within two (2) weeks of the date of such sale. The towing company shall keep a record of each such vehicle sold for destruction for three (3) years that shall be available for inspection by law enforcement and authorized Department of Revenue officials. The record shall contain the year, make, identification number of the property, date of sale, and name of the purchasing scrap metal operator or licensed salvage dealer and copies of all notifications issued by the towing company as required in this Chapter. Scrap metal operators or licensed salvage dealers shall keep a record of the purchase of such property as provided in Section 301.227, RSMo. Scrap metal operators and licensed salvage dealers may obtain a junk certificate as provided in Section 301.227, RSMo., on vehicles purchased on a bill of sale pursuant to the Section.
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State Law References — For similar provisions, §§304.155.5 — 6, 304.155.11 — 12, 304.158.1, 304.158.5, 304.158.7, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
A. 
A towing company may only assess reasonable storage charges for abandoned property towed without the consent of the owner. Reasonable storage charges shall not exceed the charges for vehicles which have been towed with the consent of the owner on a negotiated basis. Storage charges may be assessed only for the time in which the towing company complies with the procedural requirements of this Chapter.
B. 
The County Council may from time to time establish maximum reasonable towing, storage and other charges which can be imposed by towing and storage companies operating within the County, and which are consistent with this Chapter and with Sections 304.155 to 304.158, RSMo. Any violation of said established maximum charges shall be deemed a violation of this Section of the Code and shall be punishable pursuant to Section 300.040 of this Code.
C. 
A towing company may impose a charge of not more than one-half (½) of the regular towing charge for the towing of abandoned property at the request of the owner of private real property or that owner's agent pursuant to this Chapter if the owner of the abandoned property or the owner's agent returns to the abandoned property before it is removed from the private real property. The regular towing charge may only be imposed after the abandoned property has been removed from the property and is in transit.
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State Law References — For similar provisions, §§304.156.2, 304.158.6, 304.158.10, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
When the County has physical possession of the abandoned property, it may sell the abandoned property in accordance with its established provisions and regulations and may transfer ownership by means of a bill of sale signed by the County Clerk and sealed with the official County Seal. Such bill of sale shall contain the make and model of the abandoned property, the complete abandoned property identification number, and the odometer reading of the abandoned property, if available, and shall be lawful proof of ownership for any dealer registered under the provisions of Section 301.218, RSMo., or Section 301.560, RSMo., or for any other person.
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State Law Reference — For similar provisions, §304.156, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
Muffler cutouts shall not be used and no vehicle shall be driven in such manner or condition that excessive and unnecessary noises shall be made by its machinery, motor, signaling device, or other parts, or by any improperly loaded cargo. The motors of all motor vehicles shall be fitted with properly attached mufflers of such capacity or construction as to quiet the maximum possible exhaust noise as completely as is done in modern gas engine passenger motor vehicles. Any cutout or opening in the exhaust pipe between the motor and the muffler on any motor vehicle shall be completely closed and disconnected from its operating lever and shall be so arranged that it cannot automatically open, or be opened or operated, while such vehicle is in motion.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.100; Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
No person shall drive a vehicle in a manner or condition such that excessive and unnecessary noises are made by its machinery, motor, signaling device, tires or other parts or by any improperly loaded cargo.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.105]
A. 
No driver shall operate a motor vehicle on any highway, roadway or alleyway during the times when lighted lamps are required, unless the vehicle displays at least two (2) lighted lamps on the front, one (1) on each side, having a light source of equal power.
B. 
Every person driving a motor vehicle equipped with multiple-beam road lighting equipment, during the times when lighted lamps are required, shall use a distribution of light or composite beam directed high enough and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a safe distance in advance of the vehicle, subject to the following requirements and limitations: Whenever the driver of a vehicle approaches an oncoming vehicle within five hundred (500) feet or is within three hundred (300) feet to the rear of another vehicle traveling in the same direction, the driver shall dim any high-beam lights operating at the time.
C. 
No driver shall operate a motor vehicle except a motorcycle on any highway, roadway or alleyway during the times when lighted lamps are required, unless the vehicle displays two (2) lighted lamps on the rear, one (1) on each side, which display a red light visible from the rear for a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet. The number plate must be illuminated in such a manner as to render the numerals on the plate visible for at least fifty (50) feet in the direction from which the vehicle is proceeding.
D. 
"When lighted lamps are required" means at any time from a half-hour after sunset to a half-hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible person and vehicles on the highway or roadway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead. Lighted lamps shall also be required any time the weather conditions require usage of the motor vehicle's windshield wipers to operate the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner as defined in Section 304.012, RSMo. The provision of this Section shall be interpreted to require lighted lamps during periods of fog even if usage of the windshield wipers is not necessary to operate the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner.
E. 
Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one (1) and not more than two (2) approved headlights. Every motorcycle equipped with a sidecar or other attachment shall be equipped with a lamp on the outside limit of the attachment capable of displaying a white light to the front.
F. 
Every motorcycle when operated on a highway or roadway shall carry at the rear, either as part of the rear lamp or separately, at least one (1) approved red reflector which shall be of such size and characteristics and maintained as to be visible during the times when lighted lamps are required from all distances within three hundred (300) feet to fifty (50) feet from the vehicle when directly in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlamps.
G. 
Every passenger car, commercial motor vehicle, motor-drawn vehicle and omnibus with a capacity of more than six (6) passengers, when operated on a highway or roadway, shall also carry at the rear at least two (2) approved red reflectors, at least one (1) at each side, so designed, mounted on the vehicle and maintained as to be visible during the times when lighted lamps are required from all distances within five hundred (500) to fifty (50) feet from the vehicle when directly in front of a motor vehicle displaying lawful undimmed headlamps. Every reflector shall meet the requirements of this Chapter and shall be mounted upon the vehicle at a height not to exceed sixty (60) inches nor less than fifteen (15) inches above the surface upon which the vehicle stands.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.110]
Any person who places or drives or causes to be placed or driven upon or along any roadway any horse-driven vehicle whatsoever, whether in motion or at rest, shall after sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise have attached to every such vehicle at the rear a red taillight or a red reflecting device of not less than three (3) inches in diameter of effective area or its equivalent in area. When the device consists of reflecting buttons, there shall be no less than seven (7) buttons covering an area equal to a circle with a three (3) inch diameter. The reflector shall be visible to the driver of any motor vehicle approaching such horse-drawn vehicle from the rear of a distance of not less than five hundred (500) feet.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.115]
A. 
Brakes. All motor vehicles except motorcycles shall be provided at all times with two (2) sets of adequate brakes in good working order. Motorcycles shall be provided with one (1) set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
B. 
Mirrors. All motor vehicles which are constructed or loaded so that the operator cannot see the road behind the vehicle by looking back or around the side of the vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror adjusted so as to reveal the road behind and be visible from the operator's seat.
C. 
Projections On Vehicles. All vehicles carrying poles or other objects which project more than five (5) feet from the rear of the vehicle shall display a red flag or red cloth not less than sixteen (16) inches square at the end of the projections. During periods in which lights are required by this code, vehicles carrying such projection shall carry a red light at or near the end of the projection.
D. 
Tow Lines. When one vehicle is being towed by another, they shall be coupled by a line so that the two (2) vehicles will be separated by not more than fifteen (15) feet. There shall be displayed on the tow line a white cloth or other material white in color that is clearly visible to other users of the highway or roadway. During the time lights are required by this code, the required lights shall be displayed by both vehicles.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.120]
No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any highway or roadway between the first (1st) day of April and the first (1st) day of November while the motor vehicle is equipped with tires containing metal or carbide studs.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.125]
A. 
No metal-tired vehicles shall be operated over any improved highway or roadway, except over highways or roadways constructed of gravel or claybound gravel, if the vehicle has on the periphery of any of the road wheels any lug, flange, cleat, ridge, bolt or any projection of metal or wood which projects radially beyond the tread or traffic surface of the tire, unless the roadway is protected by putting down solid planks or other suitable material or by attachment to the wheels so as to prevent such vehicles from damaging the highway or roadway. This prohibition shall not apply to tractors or traction engines equipped with caterpillar treads, when the caterpillar does not contain any projection of any kind likely to injure the surface of the roadway. Tractors, traction engines and similar vehicles may be operated which have upon their road wheels "V" shaped, diagonal or other cleats arranged in a manner as to be continuously in contact with the road surface if the gross weight on the wheels per inch of width of such cleats or road surface does not exceed eight hundred (800) pounds when measured in the direction of the axle of the vehicle.
B. 
No tractor, tractor engine or other metal-tired vehicle weighing more than four (4) tons, including the weight of the vehicle and its load, shall drive onto, upon or over the edge of any improved roadway without protecting the edge by putting down solid planks or other suitable material to prevent the vehicle from breaking off the edges of the pavement.
C. 
Any person violating this Section, whether operating with or without a permit or who shall willfully or negligently damage a highway or roadway, shall be liable for the amount of the damage caused to any highway, roadway, bridge, culvert or sewer and any vehicle causing such damage shall be subject to a lien for the full amount of the damage. The lien shall not be superior to any duly recorded or filed chattel mortgage or any other lien previously attached to the vehicle. The amount of the damage may be recovered in any action in any court of competent jurisdiction in the name of the County or other interested party.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.130]
A. 
Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn adequate for warning of the approach of the vehicle to users of the highway, roadway or alleyway and to pedestrians.
B. 
No person shall drive a motor vehicle to which is attached a gong, bell or siren or activate such device while the motor vehicle is on a roadway.
C. 
This Section does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.140]
A. 
As used in this Section, the term "passenger car" means every motor vehicle designed for carrying ten (10) persons or less and used for the transportation of persons except that the term "passenger car" shall not include motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motortricycles and trucks with a licensed gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
B. 
Each driver, except persons employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which requires the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles and each front seat passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this County and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements. No person shall be stopped, inspected or detained solely to determine compliance with this Subsection. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about his or her body or to persons operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work-related activities. Non-compliance with this provision shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to the transporting of children under sixteen (16) years of age as provided in Section 340.190.
C. 
Each person who violates the provisions of Subsection (B) of this Section shall upon conviction be fined not more than ten dollars ($10.00). Court costs will not be assessed for this violation. In no case shall points be assessed against any person, pursuant to Section 302.302, RSMo., for violation of this Section.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.141]
A. 
As used in this Section, the following terms shall mean:
CHILD BOOSTER SEAT
A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, as amended, that is designed to elevate a child to properly sit in a Federally approved safety belt system.
CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT SYSTEM
A seating system which meets the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards set forth in 49 C.F.R. 571.213, as amended, and which is either permanently affixed to a motor vehicle or is affixed to such vehicle by a safety belt or a universal attachment system.
DRIVER
A person who is in actual physical control of a motor vehicle.
B. 
Every driver transporting a child under the age of sixteen (16) years shall be responsible, when transporting such child in a motor vehicle operated by that driver on the streets or highways of this State, for providing for the protection of such child as follows:
1. 
Children less than four (4) years of age, regardless of weight, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child;
2. 
Children weighing less than forty (40) pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child;
3. 
Children at least four (4) years of age but less than eight (8) years of age, who also weigh at least forty (40) pounds but less than eighty (80) pounds and who are also less than four (4) feet nine (9) inches tall, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child;
4. 
Children at least eighty (80) pounds or children more than four (4) feet nine (9) inches in height shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child;
5. 
A child who otherwise would be required to be secured in a booster seat may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt for booster seat installation;
6. 
When transporting children in the immediate family when there are more children than there are seating positions in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, the children who are not able to be restrained by a child safety restraint device appropriate for the child shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is designed only for a front seat area. The driver transporting children referred to in this Subsection is not in violation of this Section.
This Subsection shall only apply to the use of a child passenger restraint system or vehicle safety belt for children less than sixteen (16) years of age being transported in a motor vehicle.
C. 
Any driver who violates Subdivisions (1), (2) or (3) of Subsection (B) of this Section is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and court costs. Any driver who violates Subdivision (4) of Subsection (B) of this Section shall be subject to the penalty in Subsection (C) of Section 340.180. If a driver receives a citation for violating Subdivisions (1), (2) or (3) of Subsection (B) of this Section, the charges shall be dismissed or withdrawn if the driver prior to or at his or her hearing provides evidence of acquisition of a child passenger restraint system or child booster seat which is satisfactory to the court or the party responsible for prosecuting the driver's citation.
D. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to students four (4) years of age or older who are passengers on a school bus designed for carrying eleven (11) passengers or more and which is manufactured or equipped pursuant to Missouri Minimum Standards for School Buses as school buses are defined in Section 301.010, RSMo.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.145; Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
No person shall operate a motor vehicle unless the operator has a clear view of all parts of the roadway essential to the safe operation of the vehicle unobstructed by the vehicle's load, modifications to the vehicle, accumulation on the windshield or other windows of snow, mud or other material or any other cause.
[Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
A. 
Any person may operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver that have a sun-screening device, in conjunction with safety glazing material, that has a light transmission of thirty-five percent (35%) or more plus or minus three percent (±3%) and a luminous reflectance of thirty-five percent (35%) or less plus or minus three percent (±3%). Except as provided in Subsection (C) of this Section, any sun-screening device applied to front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver in excess of the requirements of this Section shall be prohibited without a permit pursuant to a physician's prescription as described below. A permit to operate a motor vehicle with front sidewing vents or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver that have a sun-screening device, in conjunction with safety glazing material, which permits less light transmission and luminous reflectance than allowed under the requirements of this Subsection may be issued by the Department of Public Safety to a person having a serious medical condition which requires the use of a sun-screening device if the permittee's physician prescribes its use. The Director of the Department of Public Safety shall promulgate rules and regulations for the issuance of the permit. The permit shall allow operation of the vehicle by any titleholder or relative within the second degree of consanguinity or affinity, which shall mean a spouse, each grandparent, parent, brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, child and grandchild of a person who resides in the household. Except as provided in Subsection (B) of this Section, all sun-screening devices applied to the windshield of a motor vehicle are prohibited.
B. 
This Section shall not prohibit labels, stickers, decalcomania or informational signs on motor vehicles or the application of tinted or solar-screening material to recreational vehicles as defined in Section 700.010, RSMo., provided that such material does not interfere with the driver's normal view of the road. This Section shall not prohibit factory-installed tinted glass, the equivalent replacement thereof or tinting material applied to the upper portion of the motor vehicle's windshield which is normally tinted by the manufacturer of motor vehicle safety glass.
C. 
Any vehicle licensed with a historical license plate shall be exempt from the requirements of this Section.
D. 
Any person who violates the provisions of this Section is guilty of an infraction.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §110.150]
Any person violating any provision of this Chapter shall be guilty of an infraction. Each act in violation of any of the provisions of this Chapter shall be deemed a separate offense.