City of Lake Ozark, MO
Miller County
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[Ord. No. 36 §4, 6-22-1967]
No passenger motor vehicle shall be operated within the limits or boundaries of the City of Lake Ozark with any person occupying or riding in or upon any part thereof except the permanently installed seats located within the passenger compartment of said vehicle; nor shall any person occupy or ride in or upon any part of a moving motor vehicle within said City except while seated upon a permanently installed seat within the passenger compartment thereof.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
After January 1, 1984, every person transporting a child under the age of four (4) years shall be responsible, when transporting such child in a motor vehicle operated by that person on the streets or highways of this State, for providing for the protection of such child. When traveling in the front seat of a motor vehicle the child shall be protected by a child passenger restraint system approved by the department of public safety. When traveling in the rear seat of a motor vehicle the child shall be protected by either a child passenger restraint system approved by the Department of Public Safety or the vehicle's seat belt. When the number of child passengers exceeds the number of available passenger positions, and all passenger positions are in use, remaining children shall be transported in the rear seat of the motor vehicle.
B. 
Any person who violates this Section is guilty of an infraction and, upon conviction, may be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and court costs.
C. 
The provisions of this Section shall not apply to any public carrier for hire.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988; Ord. No. 97-21 §§1 — 5, 11-25-1997]
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, motor tricycles 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 require the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles, or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles, and front seat passengers of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street in this City, and persons less than eighteen (18) years of age operating or riding in a truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., on a street or highway in this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal National Highway, Transportation and Safety Act requirements; except that, a child less than four (4) years of age shall be protected as required in Section 395.020. No person shall be stopped, inspected, or detained solely to determine compliance with this Section. 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 their body, nor shall the provisions of this Section be applicable to persons while operating or riding a motor vehicle being used in agricultural work related activities. Non-compliance with this Section shall not constitute probable cause for violation of any other provision of law.
C. 
Each driver of a motor vehicle transporting a child four (4) years of age or more, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, shall secure the child in a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt.
D. 
If there are more persons than there are seat belts in the enclosed area of the motor vehicle, then the driver and passengers are not in violation of this Section.
E. 
Each driver who violates the provisions of Section 210.104, RSMo., and Section 301.010, RSMo., is guilty of a violation of this Section, and upon conviction shall be punished by a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00). All other provisions of rules and ordinances to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs may be imposed.
[Ord. No. 97-22 §§1 — 3, 11-25-1997]
A. 
No person shall operate any truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds on any highway within the corporate limits of the City of Lake Ozark, when any person under eighteen (18) years of age is riding in the unenclosed bed of such truck. No person under eighteen (18) years of age shall ride in the unenclosed bed of such truck when the truck is in operation.
B. 
Any person who operates a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds in violation of this Section is guilty of a violation of this Section, and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) and/or imprisonment of not more than ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
C. 
The provisions of this Section shall only apply when a truck as described in Subsection (A) of this Section is operated within the corporate limits of the City. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
1. 
An employee engaged in the necessary discharge of the employee's duties where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
2. 
Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
3. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck while such truck is being operated in a parade, caravan, or exhibition which is authorized by law;
4. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck if such truck has installed a means of preventing such person from being discharged, or such person is secured to the truck in a manner which will prevent the person from being thrown, falling, or jumping from the truck;
5. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck, if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of participating in a special event, and it is necessary that the person ride in such enclosed bed due to a lack of available seating. "Special event" for the purposes of this Section is a specific social activity of a definable duration which is participated in by the person riding in the unenclosed bed;
6. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck, if such truck is being operated solely for the purposes of providing assistance to, or insuring the safety of, other persons engaged in a recreational activity; or
7. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck, if such truck is the only legally titled, licensed, and insured vehicle owned by the family of the person riding in the unenclosed bed, and there is insufficient room in the passenger cab of the truck to accommodate all passengers in such truck. For the purposes of this Section, the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first degree of consanguinity.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
Signaling Devices. Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle in good working order, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other users of the highway and to pedestrians. Such signaling device shall be used for warning purposes only and shall not be used for making any unnecessary noise, and no other sound-producing signaling device shall be used at any time.
B. 
Muffler Cutouts. Muffler cutouts shall not be used and no vehicle shall be driven in such a 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.
C. 
Brakes. All motor vehicles, except motorcycles, shall be provided at all times with two (2) sets of adequate brakes, kept in good working order, and motorcycles shall be provided with one (1) set of adequate brakes kept in good working order.
D. 
Mirror. All motor vehicles which are so constructed or loaded that the operator cannot see the road behind such vehicle by looking back or around the side of such vehicle shall be equipped with a mirror so adjusted as to reveal the road behind and be visible from the operator's seat.
E. 
Projection on Vehicles. All vehicles carrying poles or other objects, which project more than five (5) feet from the rear of such vehicle, shall, during the period when lights are required by this Chapter, carry a red light at or near the rear end of the pole or other object so projecting. At other times a red flag or cloth, not less than sixteen (16) inches square, shall be displayed at the end of such projections.
F. 
Towlines. When one (1) vehicle is towing another, the connecting device shall not exceed fifteen (15) feet. During the time that lights are required by Sections 307.020 to 307.120, RSMo., the equired lights shall be displayed by both vehicles. Every towed vehicle shall be coupled to the towing vehicle by means of a safety chain, cable, or equivalent device in addition to the primary coupling device, except that such secondary coupling device shall not be necessary if the connecting device is connected to the towing vehicle by a center-locking ball located over or nearly over the rear axle and not supported by the rear bumper of the towing vehicle. Such secondary safety connecting devices shall be of sufficient strength to control the towed vehicle in the event of failure of the primary coupling device. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to wreckers towing vehicles or to vehicles secured to the towing vehicle by a fifth-wheel type connection. The provisions of this Subsection shall not apply to farm implements, or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
G. 
Commercial Motor Vehicles and Trailers. When being operated on any street or highway of this City shall be equipped with adequate and proper brakes, lighting equipment, signaling devices, steering mechanisms, horns, mirrors, windshield wipers, tires, wheels, exhaust system, glazing, air pollution control devices, fuel tank, and any other safety equipment required by the State in such condition so as to obtain a certificate of inspection and approval as required by the provisions of Section 307.360, RSMo.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any road or highway of this City 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.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
No person shall operate any passenger motor vehicle upon the public streets or highways of this City, the body of which has been altered in such manner that the front or rear of the vehicle is raised at such an angle as to obstruct the vision of the operator of the street or highway in front or to the rear of the vehicle.
B. 
Every motor vehicle which is licensed in this State and operated upon the public streets or highway of this City shall be equipped with front and rear bumpers if such vehicle was equipped with bumpers as standard equipment.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
No person shall operate without a permit granted because of physical disorder any motor vehicle on any public street or highway of this City with any manufactured vision-reducing material applied to any portion of the motor vehicle's windshield, sidewings, or windows located immediately to the left and right of the driver which reduces visibility from within or without the motor vehicle. 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 the motor vehicle safety glass.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Motor vehicles and equipment which are operated by any member of an organized Fire Department, Ambulance Association, or rescue squad, whether paid or volunteer, may be operated on streets and highways of this City as an emergency vehicle under the provisions of Section 304.022, RSMo., while responding to a fire call or ambulance call or at the scene of a fire call or ambulance call and while using or sounding a warning siren and while using or displaying thereon fixed, flashing or rotating blue lights, but sirens and blue lights shall be used only in bona-fide emergencies. Permits for the operation of such vehicles equipped with sirens or blue lights shall be in writing and shall be issued and may be revoked by the Chief of an organized Fire Department, organized ambulance association, or rescue squad and no person shall use or display a siren or blue lights on a motor vehicle, fire, ambulance, or rescue equipment without a valid permit authorizing the use. Permit to use a siren or lights as heretofore set out does not relieve the operator of the vehicle so equipped with complying with all other traffic laws and regulations.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
No person shall stop or suddenly decrease speed of or turn a vehicle from a direct course or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety and then only after the giving of an appropriate signal in the manner provided herein:
1. 
An operator or driver when stopping or when checking the speed of his/her vehicle, if the movement of other vehicles may reasonably be affected by such checking of such speed, shall extend his/her arm at an angle below horizontal so that the same may be seen in the rear of his/her vehicle.
2. 
An operator or driver intending to turn his/her vehicle to the right shall extend his/her arm at an angle above horizontal so that the same may be seen in front of and in the rear of his/her vehicle, and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway as near as practicable to the right side of the highway along which he/she is proceeding before turning.
3. 
An operator or driver intending to turn his/her vehicle to the left shall extend his/her arm in a horizontal position so that the same may be seen in the rear of his/her vehicle, and shall slow down and approach the intersecting highway so that the left side of his/her vehicle shall be as near as practicable to the centerline of the highway along which he/she is proceeding before turning.
4. 
The signals herein required shall be given either by means of hand and arm or by a signal light or signal device in good mechanical condition of a type approved by the State Highway Patrol; however, when a vehicle is so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle then such signals shall be given by such light or device. A vehicle shall be considered as so constructed or loaded that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear when the distance from the top of the steering post to the left outside limit of the body, cab or load exceeds twenty-four (24) inches, or when the distance from the center of the top of the steering post to the rear limit of the body or load thereon exceed fourteen (14) feet, which limit of fourteen (14) feet shall apply to single vehicles or combinations of vehicles. The provisions of this subdivision shall not apply to any trailer which does not interfere with a clear view of the hand signals of the operator or of the signaling device upon the vehicle pulling said trailer; provided further that the provisions of this Section as far as mechanical devices on vehicles so constructed that a hand and arm signal would not be visible both to the front and rear of such vehicle as above provided shall only be applicable to new vehicles registered within this State after the first (1st) day of January, 1954.
A. 
Trucks, semitrailers, and trailers, except utility trailers, without rear fenders, attached to a commercial motor vehicle registered for over twenty-four thousand (24,000) pounds shall be equipped with mud flaps for the rear wheels when operated on the public highways of this State. If mud flaps are used, they shall be wide enough to cover the full tread width of the tire or tires being protected; shall be so installed that they extend from the underside of the vehicle body in a vertical plane behind the rear wheels to within eight (8) inches of the ground; and shall be constructed of a rigid material or a flexible material which is of a sufficiently rigid character to provide adequate protection when the vehicle is in motion. No provisions of this Section shall apply to a motor vehicle in transit and in process of delivery equipped with temporary mud flaps, to farm implements, or to any vehicle which is not required to be registered.
B. 
Any person who violates this Section is guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction, shall be punished as provided by law.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
As used in this following Article, unless the context requires another or different construction the following words shall have the meanings set out herein:
APPROVED
Approved by the Director of Revenue and when applied to lamps and other illuminating devices means that such lamps and devices must be in good working order;
AUXILIARY LAMP
An additional lighting device on a motor vehicle used primarily to supplement the headlamps in providing general illumination ahead of a vehicle;
HEADLAMPS
A major lighting device capable of providing general illumination ahead of a vehicle;
MOUNTING HEIGHT
The distance from the center of the lamp to the surface on which the vehicle stands;
MULTIPLE-BEAM HEADLAMPS
Headlamps or similar devices arranged so as to permit the driver of the vehicle to use one (1) of two (2) or more distributions of light on the road;
REFLECTOR
An approved device designed and used to give an indication by reflected light;
SINGLE-BEAM HEADLAMPS
Headlamps or similar devices arranged so as to permit the driver of the vehicle to use but one (1) distribution of light on the road;
VEHICLE
Every device in, upon or by which a person or property is or may be transported upon a highway, excepting devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks;
WHEN LIGHTED LAMPS ARE REQUIRED
At any time from a one-half (½) hour after sunset to a one-half (½) hour before sunrise and at any other time when there is not sufficient light to render clearly discernible persons and vehicles on the highway at a distance of five hundred (500) feet ahead.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
No person shall drive, move, park or be in custody of any vehicle or combination of vehicles on any street or highway during the times when lighted lamps are required unless such vehicle or combination of vehicles displays lighted lamps and illuminating devices as hereinafter in this Article required.
B. 
No person shall use on any vehicle any approved electric lamp or similar device unless the light source of such lamp or device complies with the conditions of approval as to focus and rated candlepower.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
Except as in this Article provided, every motor vehicle other than a motor-drawn vehicle and other than a motorcycle shall be equipped with at least two (2) approved headlamps mounted at the same level with at least one (1) on each side of the front of the vehicle.
B. 
Every motorcycle shall be equipped with at least one (1) and not more than two (2) approved headlamps. Every motorcycle equipped with a sidecar or other attachment shall be equipped with a lamp on the outside limit of such attachment capable of displaying a white light to the front.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Any motor vehicle need not be equipped with approved headlamps provided that every such vehicle during the times when lighted lamps are required is equipped with two (2) lighted lamps on the front thereof display white or yellow lights without glare capable of revealing persons and objects seventy-five (75) feet ahead; provided however, that no such motor vehicle shall be operated at a speed in excess of twenty (20) miles per hour during the times when lighted lamps are required.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
A. 
Except as hereinafter provided, the headlamps or the auxiliary driving lamp or the auxiliary passing lamp or combination thereof on motor vehicles other than motorcycles or motor-driven cycles shall be so arranged that the driver may select at will between distributions of light project to different elevations and such lamps may, in addition, be so arranged that such selection can be made automatically, subject to the following limitations:
1. 
There shall be an uppermost distribution of light, or composite beam, so aimed and of such intensity as to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least three hundred fifty (350) feet ahead for all conditions of loading.
2. 
There shall be a lowermost distribution of light, or composite beam so aimed and of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet ahead; and on a straight level road under any condition of loading none of the high-intensity portion of the beam shall be directed to strike the eyes of an approaching driver.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
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 use a distribution of light or composite beam so aimed that the glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of the other driver, and in no case shall the high-intensity portion which is projected to the left of the prolongation of the extreme left side of the vehicle be aimed higher than the center of the lamp from which it comes at a distance of twenty-five (25) feet ahead, and in no case higher than a level of forty-two (42) inches above the level upon which the vehicle stands at a distance of seventy-five (75) feet ahead.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Every motor vehicle and every motor-drawn vehicle shall be equipped with at least two (2) rear lamps, not less than fifteen (15) inches or more than seventy-two (72) inches above the ground upon which the vehicle stands, which when lighted will exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear. Either such rear lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration marker and render it clearly legible from a distance of fifty (50) feet to the rear. When the rear registration marker is illuminated by an electric lamp other than the required rear lamps, all such lamps shall be turned on or off only by the same control switch at all times.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed three (3) auxiliary lamps mounted on the front at a height not less than twelve (12) inches nor more than forty-two (42) inches above the level surface upon which the vehicle stands.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than two (2) side cowl or fender lamps which emit a white or yellow light without glare. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not more than one (1) running board courtesy lamp on each side thereof which shall emit a white or yellow light without glare. Any motor vehicle may be equipped with a backup lamp either separately or in combination with another lamp; except that no such backup lamp shall be continuously lighted when the motor vehicle is in forward motion.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Any motor vehicle may be equipped with not to exceed one (1) spotlamp but every lighted spotlamp shall be so aimed and used so as not to be dazzling or glaring to any person.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Headlamps, when lighted shall exhibit lights substantially white in color; auxiliary lamps, cowllamps and spotlamps, when lighted, shall exhibit lights substantially white, yellow or amber in color. No person shall drive or move any vehicle or equipment, except a school bus when used for school purposes or an emergency vehicle upon any street or highway with any lamp or devices thereon displaying a red light visible from directly in front thereof.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
Any lighted lamp or illuminating device upon a motor vehicle other than headlamps, spotlamps, front direction signals or auxiliary lamps which projects a beam of light of an intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower shall be so directed that no part of the beam will strike the level of the roadway on which the vehicle stands at a distance of more than seventy-five (75) feet from the vehicle. Alternately flashing warning signals may be used on school buses when used for school purposes and on motor vehicles when used to transport United States mail from post offices to boxes of addresses thereof and on emergency vehicles as defined in Section 304.022, RSMo., but are prohibited on other motor vehicles, motorcycles and motordrawn vehicles except as a means for indicating a right or left turn.
[Ord. No. 88-4, 4-26-1988]
At the times when lighted lamps are required, at least two (2) lighted lamps shall be displayed, one (1) on each side of the front of every motor vehicle except a motorcycle and except a motor-drawn vehicle except when such vehicle is parked subject to the provisions governing lights on parked vehicles. Whenever a motor vehicle equipped with headlamps as in this Article required is also equipped with any auxiliary lamps or a spotlamp or any other lamp on the front thereof projecting a beam of an intensity greater than three hundred (300) candlepower, not more than a total of four (4) of any such lamps on the front of a vehicle shall be lighted at any one time when upon a street or highway.