Section 310.025 Obedience of Operators, Drivers and Riders to Police Officers' Directions and Signals.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.075; Ord. No. 1577 §1, 2-12-2003]
It shall be the duty of the officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police to enforce all traffic laws of the City and all of the State vehicle laws applicable to traffic in the City.
Officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police are hereby authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand or signal in conformance with traffic laws; provided that, in the event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, officers of the Police Department may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws.
Officers of the Fire Department, when at the scene of an incident, may direct or assist the Police in directing traffic thereat or in the immediate vicinity.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.080; Ord. No. 1577 §2, 2-12-2003]
No person shall knowingly fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of a Police Officer or Fire Department official.
Section 310.025 Obedience of Operators, Drivers and Riders to Police Officers' Directions and Signals.
[Ord. No. 1549 §1, 10-10-2002]
It shall be the duty of the operator or driver of any vehicle or the rider of any animal traveling on the highways of this City to stop on the signal of any Police Officer and to obey any other reasonable signal or direction of such officer given in directing the movement of traffic on the public streets, alleys and roads of the City. Any person who willfully fails or refuses to obey such signals or directions, or who willfully resists or opposes a Police Officer in the proper discharge of his or her duties shall be guilty of a class A misdemeanor and, on conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine not to exceed five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for a term not to exceed ninety (90) days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.085]
Every person propelling any push cart or riding an animal upon a roadway, and every person driving any animal-drawn vehicle, shall be subject to the provisions of this Title applicable to the driver of any vehicle, except those provisions of this Title which by their very nature can have no application.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.090]
No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, shall go upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk and when so crossing such person shall be granted all of the rights and shall be subject to all of the duties applicable to pedestrians. This Section shall not apply upon any street while set aside as a play street as authorized by ordinance of the City.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.095]
The provisions of this Title shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United States Government, this State, County, or City and it shall be unlawful for any said driver to violate any of the provisions of this Title, except as otherwise permitted in this Title.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.100; Ord. No. 1578 §1, 2-12-2003]
An "emergency vehicle" is a vehicle of any of the following types:
A vehicle operated by the State Highway Patrol, the State Water Patrol or a State Park Ranger, those vehicles operated by enforcement personnel of the Division of Motor Carrier and Railroad Safety of the Department of Economic Development, Police or Fire Department, Sheriff, Constable or Deputy Sheriff, Federal Law Enforcement Officer authorized to carry firearms and to make arrests for violations of the laws of the United States, traffic officer or coroner or by a privately owned emergency vehicle company;
A vehicle operated as an ambulance or operated commercially for the purpose of transporting emergency medical supplies or organs;
Any vehicle qualifying as an emergency vehicle pursuant to Section 307.175, RSMo.;
Any wrecker or tow truck or a vehicle owned and operated by a public utility or public service corporation while performing emergency service;
Any vehicle transporting equipment designed to extricate human beings from the wreckage of a motor vehicle;
Any vehicle designated to perform emergency functions for a civil defense or emergency management agency established pursuant to the provisions of Section Chapter 44, RSMo.;
Any vehicle operated by an authorized employee of the Department of Corrections who, as part of the employee's official duties, is responding to a riot, disturbance, hostage incident, escape or other critical situation where there is the threat of serious physical injury or death, responding to a mutual-aid call from another criminal justice agency, or in accompanying an ambulance which is transporting an offender to a medical facility;
Any vehicle designated to perform hazardous substance emergency functions established pursuant to the provisions of Sections 260.500 to 260.550, RSMo.
The driver of any vehicle referred to in Subsection (A) of this Section shall not sound the siren thereon or have the front red lights or blue lights on except when responding to an emergency call or when in the pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or when responding to, but not upon returning from, a fire alarm and may exercise the privileges set forth in this Section, but subject to the conditions herein stated.
The driver of an emergency vehicle may:
Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this Title or of Sections 304.014 to 304.026, RSMo.;
Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for safe operation;
Exceed the maximum or prima facie speed limit so long as the driver does not endanger life or property;
Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
The exemptions herein granted to an emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of any such vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren or exhaust whistle as may be reasonably necessary and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one (1) lighted lamp displaying a red or blue light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle.
No person shall purchase an emergency light as described in this Section without furnishing the seller of such light an affidavit stating that the light will be used exclusively for emergency vehicle purposes.
The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from the consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.105; Ord. No. 1578 §2, 2-12-2003]
Upon the immediate approach of an emergency vehicle giving audible signal by siren or while having at least one (1) lighted lamp exhibiting red light visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such vehicle or a flashing blue light authorized by Section 307.175, RSMo., the driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position parallel to and as far as possible to the right of the traveled portion of the highway and thereupon stop and remain in such position until such emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a Police or traffic officer.
Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:
Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle if on a roadway having at least four (4) lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or
Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.
Upon the approach of an emergency vehicle as above stated, the motorman of every streetcar shall immediately stop such car clear of any intersection and keep it in such position until the authorized emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a Police or Traffic Officer.
This Section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an emergency vehicle from the duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the street, road or highway.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.110]
The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more to one (1) person shall immediately by the quickest means of communication give notice of such accident to the Police Department if such accident occurs within the City.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.115]
The driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more to one (1) person shall, within five (5) days after such accident, forward a written report of such accident to the Police Department. The provisions of this Section shall not be applicable when the accident has been investigated at the scene by a Police Officer while such driver was present thereat.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.120]
Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving immediate notice of an accident as required Section 310.080 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable of doing so, such occupant shall give, or cause to be given, the notice not given by the driver.
Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written report of an accident as required Section 310.090 and such driver is not the owner of the vehicle, then the owner of the vehicle involved in such accident shall within five (5) days after the accident make such report not made by the driver.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VI, 4-3-1989; RSMo. §300.125]
All written reports made by persons involved in accidents or by garages shall be without prejudice to the individual so reporting and shall be for the confidential use of the Police Department or other Governmental Agencies having use for the records for accident prevention purposes, except that the Police Department or other Governmental Agency may disclose the identity of a person involved in an accident when such identity is not otherwise known or when such person denies his presence at such accident.
No written reports forwarded under the provisions of this Section shall be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal arising out of an accident except that the Police Department shall furnish upon demand of any party to such trial, or upon demand of any court, a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or has not been made to the Department in compliance with law, and if such report has been made, the date, time and location of the accident, the names and addresses of the drivers, the owners of the vehicles involved, and the investigating Officers.
[Ord. No. 1244 §VII (660.420), 4-3-1989]
A person commits the offense of leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident when, being the operator or driver of a vehicle on the highway or on any publicly or privately owned parking lot or parking facility generally open for use by the public and knowing that an injury has been caused to a person or damage has been caused to property due to his culpability or to accident, he leaves the place of the injury, damage or accident without stopping and giving his name, residence, including City and street number, motor vehicle number and driver's license number, if any, to the injured party or to a Police Officer or if no Police Officer is in the vicinity, then to the nearest Police Station or Judicial Officer.