Jefferson County, MO
 
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[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.010]
A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached to the motorcycle. The operator shall not carry, nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless the motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person. If so designed, a passenger shall ride upon the permanent and regular seat or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator's position.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.020; Ord. No. 10-0269 §1, 7-7-2010]
A. 
Every person operating or riding as a passenger on any motorcycle shall wear protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion. The protective headgear shall meet standards and specifications established by the Missouri Director of Revenue.
B. 
The penalty for failure to wear protective headgear as required by Subsection (A) of this Section shall be deemed an infraction for which a fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars ($25.00) may be imposed. Notwithstanding all other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary, no court costs shall be imposed upon any person due to such violation. No points shall be assessed pursuant to Section 302.302, RSMo., for a failure to wear such protective headgear.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.030]
A. 
No person riding on any bicycle, motorcycle, coaster, sled, roller skates or any toy vehicle shall attach the item or said person to any moving vehicle, nor shall any person ride on the hood, roof or fender of any vehicle.
B. 
No driver shall allow or permit any attaching of such items to the vehicle the driver is operating.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.040]
No person shall drive a motor vehicle which has more than three (3) persons over the age of sixteen (16) years in the front seat. No person shall extend any body parts outside the vehicle, except the hand and arm for signaling purposes only.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.050]
A. 
No person shall throw, dump, deposit, place or cause to be thrown, dumped, deposited or placed upon any highway, roadway, alleyway, parking lot, private road or driveway or right-of-way of same:
1. 
Any tacks, nails, wire, scrap metal, glass, crockery, sharp stones or other substances injurious to the feet of persons, animals or the tires of vehicles.
2. 
Any paper, rubbish, garbage or debris of any and all kinds.
3. 
Any mud, dirt, sand, gravel, rock, stone or other excavated material or substance dug, scooped, blasted or removed from the earth on any lot or tract of land; provided however, that this provision shall not apply to any excavation in highways for which a special use permit has been issued by the Highway Administrator.
4. 
Any and all substances and materials which cause or may cause a hazard and obstruction to the movement of traffic, including snow or ice.
B. 
No person shall throw, dump, deposit or place or cause to be thrown, dumped, deposited or placed such materials and substances in such a manner as to cause the same to roll, flow or wash upon any highway, roadway, alleyway, parking lot, private roadway or driveway or right-of-way of same.
C. 
No person, when moving or hauling any load upon any highway, roadway, alleyway, parking lot, private road or driveway or right-of-way of same, shall allow the load or parts of the load to blow, spill, drop or otherwise come to rest over and upon said highway, roadway, alleyway, parking lot, private road or driveway or right-of-way of same.
D. 
All motor vehicles and every trailer and semi-trailer operating upon any highway, roadway, alleyway, parking lot, private roadway or driveway in Jefferson County and carrying goods, materials, farm products or any of the substances referred to in this Section, which may reasonably be expected to become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer as a result of wind pressure or air pressure or by the movement of the vehicle, trailer or semi-trailer, shall have a protective cover or be sufficiently secure so that no portion of such goods or material can become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer or semitrailer while being transported or carried; provided that covers for vehicles transporting garbage, offal or other rubbish must be approved in accordance with Chapter 607 SLCRO 1974, as amended.
E. 
No person shall drive an overloaded vehicle or one loaded in a manner such that any part of the load is likely to fall upon and litter any road or cause injury to persons or damage to other vehicles or property.
F. 
Any person who, by reason of accident, violates this Section shall be held blameless of such violation upon an affirmative showing that the person:
1. 
Immediately cleaned and cleared away the materials or substances involved; or
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Immediately made reasonable and conscientious effort to clean and clear; or
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By reason of such accident was rendered incapable of cleaning and clearing away the materials or substances involved.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.060]
A. 
Except as otherwise provided for in this Section, pedestrians and operators of all other vehicles shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which is part of an organized funeral procession.
B. 
Notwithstanding any traffic control device or right-of-way provision prescribed by State or local law, when the lead car of a funeral enters an intersection, all vehicles in the procession shall follow the lead vehicle through the intersection. The operator of each vehicle in the procession shall exercise the highest degree of care toward any other vehicle or pedestrian on the roadway.
C. 
An organized funeral procession shall have the right-of-way at all intersections regardless of any traffic control device at such intersections, except that operators of vehicles in an organized funeral procession shall yield the right-of-way to any approaching emergency vehicle or when directed to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer.
D. 
The lead vehicle of a funeral procession shall be equipped with at least one (1) lighted circulating lamp exhibiting an amber or purple light or lens or alternating flashing headlamps visible under normal atmospheric conditions for a distance of five hundred (500) feet from the front of the vehicle. A hearse or coach properly equipped may be a lead vehicle.
E. 
All vehicles in an organized funeral procession shall follow the preceding vehicle in the procession as closely as is practical and safe under the conditions. No person shall operate any vehicle as part of an organized funeral procession without the flashing emergency lights of such vehicle being lighted.
F. 
Any person who is not an operator of a vehicle in an organized funeral procession shall not:
1. 
Drive between the vehicles comprising an organized funeral procession while such vehicles are in motion, except when required to do so by a Law Enforcement Officer or when such person is operating an emergency vehicle giving an audible or visual signal;
2. 
Join a funeral procession for the purpose of securing the right-of-way as described under Subsection (C) of this Section; or
3. 
Attempt to pass any vehicle in an organized funeral procession, except where a passing lane has been specifically provided.
G. 
When an organized funeral procession is proceeding through a red signal light or stop sign, a vehicle not in the organized funeral procession shall not enter the intersection unless such vehicle can do so without crossing the path of the funeral procession.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.070]
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No person shall place, maintain or display or cause to be placed, maintained or displayed upon or in view of any highway or roadway an unauthorized sign, signal, marking or other device which purports to be or is an imitation of or resembles an official traffic control device or which attempts to direct the movement of traffic or which hides from view or interferes with the effectiveness of any official traffic control device or signal.
B. 
No person shall place or maintain or cause to be placed or maintained nor shall any public authority permit upon any highway or roadway any traffic sign or signal bearing any commercial advertising.
C. 
This Section shall not be deemed to prohibit the erection upon private property adjacent to highways or roadways of signs giving useful directional information and of a type that cannot be mistaken for official signs.
D. 
Every such prohibited sign, signal or marking is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and the authority having jurisdiction over the highway or roadway is hereby empowered to remove it or cause it to be removed without notice.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.080]
No person shall, without lawful authority, attempt to or in fact alter, deface, injure, knock down or remove or cause to be altered, defaced, injured, knocked down or removed any official traffic control device or any inscription shield or insignia thereon or any part thereof.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.090]
No person shall use or attempt to use any roadway, alleyway or driveway withdrawn from public use. Nor shall any person drive or attempt to drive any vehicle or animal on the same during the period such roadway, alleyway or driveway is withdrawn from public use.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.100]
A. 
No person shall place or erect a basketball hoop, playground or sports-related apparatus or similar object on or within a public roadway or sidewalk, nor shall any person use such apparatus or object for any activity conducted within a roadway or on a sidewalk.
B. 
The Highway Administrator of Highways and Traffic or his/her designated representative or any Jefferson County Police Officer may remove any such apparatus or object from a roadway or sidewalk.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.110]
A. 
It is unlawful to place personal property, including personal property involved in an eviction from rental property, on the sidewalk, roadway or any part of the public right-of-way of a County roadway, except as follows:
1. 
For trash collection by the end of the following day;
2. 
In the event of an eviction, property may be so placed by the landlord for a period not to exceed twenty-four (24) hours, after which the property shall be deemed abandoned and must be removed from the right-of-way by the landlord.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.120]
A. 
Whenever the County Highway Administrator finds that any County bridge is in such a condition that use thereof by vehicles of the weights specified in Section 304.180, RSMo., will endanger the bridge or the users thereof, the County highway engineer may establish maximum weight limits for vehicles using such bridge in such amounts as will preserve the bridge and provide a reasonable margin of safety to the users thereof. Notice of any such weight limit established shall be given by posting signs at each end of any such bridge.
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle of a weight in excess of the maximum limit established pursuant to the provisions of this Section on or over any bridge upon which such maximum weight limits have been established unless the person shall have the express permission of the officer empowered to establish such limit.
C. 
Any person who shall violate the provisions of this Section shall be guilty of a Class C misdemeanor and shall be liable in a civil action for any damages to the road or bridge.
[Order of 5-2-2009 §111.130]
The use of engine compression brakes is prohibited in designated areas. There shall be signs posted at the start of the area where engine compression brakes are prohibited.