City of Manchester, MO
St. Louis County
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The State traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be applicable upon all streets within the City, except that the City may by ordinance declare and determine upon the basis of engineering and traffic investigation that certain speed regulations shall be applicable upon specified streets or in certain areas, in which event it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of any speed so declared when signs are in place giving notice thereof, but no City ordinance shall regulate the speed of vehicles upon controlled access highways of the State.
The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to regulate the timing of traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds otherwise applicable within the district or at intersections and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof.
[CC 1979 §16-157; Ord. No. 73-440 §2, 2-5-1973]
No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle (except authorized emergency vehicles on emergency runs) on any highway, road, street, or alley in the City at a rate of speed in excess of twenty-five (25) miles per hour except as hereinafter or otherwise provided or posted.
No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace Officers may enforce the provisions of this Section by directions to drivers, and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation by a driver is an ordinance violation.
[CC 1979 §16-159; Ord. No. 68-317 §23, 9-16-1968]
No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle (except authorized emergency vehicles on emergency runs) on any through highway, road or street, as designated from time to time by ordinance, at a rate of speed in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour.
[CC 1979 §16-160; Ord. No. 01-1294 §1, 10-15-2001]
No person shall operate or drive a motor vehicle (except authorized emergency vehicles on emergency runs) on any arterial road or highway, as designated from time to time by ordinance, at a rate of speed in excess of forty-five (45) miles per hour.
[CC 1979 §16-161; Ord. No. 68-317 §25, 9-16-1968]
No person shall operate or drive a vehicle or motor vehicle at such a slow speed or in such position on any highway, street or alley in the City so as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation, or when upon a grade or when the vehicle is a truck or trailer proceeding at reduced speed necessarily or in compliance with law.
[CC 1979 §16-162; Ord. No. 68-317 §26, 9-16-1968]
No person shall operate or drive a vehicle or motor vehicle on any parking lot, drive-in or on any driveway or access road thereto open to the public at a rate of speed in excess of fifteen (15) miles per hour; and the operator or driver of such vehicle or motor vehicle is charged with the duty of operating at such lesser speed as will be consistent with the safety of others using such places, taking into consideration the amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the visibility and atmospheric conditions and condition of the pavement.
[CC 1979 §16-163; Ord. No. 68-317 §27, 9-16-1968]
Each highway, road and street, or portion thereof, on which a speed limit has been established shall be marked by signs, erected under the supervision of the City Engineer, at the beginning and end of such designated portion of each highway, road or street indicating the speed limit, established.
[Ord. No. 18-2242, 12-3-2018]
A. 
Purpose. The Board of Aldermen is greatly concerned for the safety of the City's children, pedestrians and motorists, and believes that slowing traffic will decrease the likelihood of a fatality or serious injury. The Board has further determined that although it has been studying all options and has requested the City's Police Department to increase enforcement measures, there has not been a significant reduction in speeding and safety complaints in certain residential areas. The Board has further determined that increasing fines in certain areas will have some deterrent effect on speeding.
B. 
Increased Safety Area. For the purposes of this Section, "Increased Safety Area" shall be those roadways, or portions thereof, that are established by the Board of Aldermen as set forth in Subsection (D).
C. 
Process. Before establishing an Increased Safety Area, the Board of Aldermen shall request a staff review and recommendation by the City's Public Works Department and Police Department.
1. 
Staff shall develop criteria under which all proposed Increased Safety Areas shall be evaluated.
2. 
In evaluating and preparing the recommendation for the Board with regard to a proposed Increased Safety Area, the Public Works Department and Police Department are authorized to conduct traffic assessments, engage traffic engineering consultants, perform surveys and other community engagement, and/or implement any other techniques or studies necessary to make the recommendation.
3. 
An Increased Safety Area shall only be established after a staff recommendation that such a designation is warranted, and the Board of Aldermen finds it to be necessary for public safety.
D. 
Establishment. If based on the staff report the Board determines that it is necessary for public safety that an area be designated by ordinance as an Increased Safety Area, fines shall be double the standard fine for traffic violations in that area. Any streets, or portions thereof, within the City limits of the City of Manchester that are designated by ordinance as double fine zones as provided herein shall be listed on a schedule entitled Schedule I — Increased Safety Areas, appended to and printed in the City's Traffic Code.
E. 
Double Fine Zone.
1. 
If the Board designates by ordinance a roadway, or portion thereof, as an Increased Safety Area to be a double fine zone, anyone found guilty of a violation involving:
a. 
Sections 320.030, 320.060 and 320.070 (speeding);
b. 
Section 340.240 (following too close);
c. 
Section 340.170 (careless and imprudent driving);
d. 
Section 340.180 (improper lane usage); or
e. 
Sections 335.040335.060 (failure to yield);
In an Increased Safety Area shall be fined at a rate not less than double the standard fine for such violation as provided in the schedule established by the City. Nothing herein shall authorize a fine over two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225.00), inclusive of court costs for a minor traffic violation (as defined in Section 100.100 of this Code). The City shall ensure that proper signage is installed notifying the traveling public of the existence of the Increased Safety Area and that violators will be subject to double the standard fine.
F. 
Notice. Prior to the enforcement of any ordinance instituting a double fine zone, appropriate signage shall be installed notifying the public that speeding in the area is subject to double fines; and notification of the establishment of an Increased Safety Area and the double fines for speeding therein should also be made through the City's website for a period of up to thirty (30) days after the Board's designation of an Increased Safety Area.