The driver of any vehicle other than one on official business shall not follow any fire apparatus traveling in response to a fire alarm closer than five hundred (500) feet or drive into or park such vehicle within the block where fire apparatus has stopped in answer to a fire alarm.
No vehicle shall be driven over any unprotected hose of a Fire Department when laid down on any street, private driveway or streetcar track, to be used at any fire or alarm of fire, without the consent of the Fire Department official in command.
No driver of a vehicle shall drive between the vehicles comprising a funeral or other authorized procession while they are in motion and when such vehicles are conspicuously designated as required in this Title. This provision shall not apply at intersections where traffic is controlled by traffic control signals or Police Officers.
Each driver in a funeral or other procession shall drive as near to the right-hand edge of the roadway as practicable and shall follow the vehicle ahead as close as is practicable and safe.
[Code 1962 §18-250; CC 1979 §16-237; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No parade or procession shall occupy, march or proceed along any highway, road or street, except in accordance with a permit issued by the Police Department and such other regulations as may apply.
[Code 1962 §18-249; CC 1979 §16-236; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
Any group of twenty-five (25) or more persons or five (5) or more vehicles, except the forces of the United States Army or Navy, the military forces of the State and the forces of the Police and Fire Departments shall be deemed to be a "parade" or "procession" for the purposes of this Chapter.
The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except on a permanent or temporary driveway.
[Code 1962 §18-145; CC 1979 §16-72; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No person shall ride a motorcycle upon or along any public sidewalk or along any street crossing of the City, or into or through any public park in the City.
The driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with reasonable safety and without interfering with other traffic.
No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period of time longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.
[Code 1962 §18-87; CC 1979 §16-95; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977; Ord. No. 96-39 §1, 9-3-1996]
A person operating a motorcycle shall ride only upon the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and such operator shall not carry any other person nor shall any other person ride on a motorcycle unless such motorcycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person, in which event a passenger may ride upon the permanent and regular seat if designed for two (2) persons, or upon another seat firmly attached to the rear or side of the operator.
The operator of a motorized bicycle shall ride only astride the permanent and regular seat attached thereto, and shall not permit more than one (1) person to ride thereon at the same time, unless the motorized bicycle is designed to carry more than one (1) person. Any motorized bicycle designed to carry more than one (1) person must be equipped with a passenger seat and footrests for the use of a passenger.
No person shall operate or ride as a passenger on any motorcycle or motorized bicycle unless such person is wearing protective headgear at all times the vehicle is in motion.
No person shall operate or ride as a passenger on any motorcycle unless such motorcycle is equipped with a windshield, intact and firmly attached, or unless the operator and passenger is wearing shatterproof goggles or glasses which shield the eyes from wind and foreign objects.
Notwithstanding any other Section of this Code, the sole penalty for violation of this Section shall be a fine of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and no court costs shall be imposed on any person due to a violation of this Section.
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in Section 300.020, upon the streets and highways of this City, except as follows:
All-terrain vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;
All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation;
All-terrain vehicles whose operators carry a special permit issued by this City pursuant to Section 304.013, RSMo.
No person shall operate an off-road vehicle, as defined in Section 304.001, RSMo., within any stream or river in this City, except that off-road vehicles may be operated within waterways which flow within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns, or for agricultural purposes within the boundaries of land which an off-road vehicle operator owns or has permission to be upon, or for the purpose of fording such stream or river of this State at such road crossings as are customary or part of the highway system. All Law Enforcement Officials or Peace Officers of this State and its political subdivisions shall enforce the provisions of this Subsection within the geographic area of their jurisdiction.
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a street or highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid operator's or chauffeur's license, but shall not be required to have passed an examination for the operation of a motorcycle, and the vehicle shall be operated at speeds of less than thirty (30) miles per hour. When operated on a street or highway, an all-terrain vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, which extends not less than seven (7) feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The bicycle safety flag shall be triangular in shape with an area of not less than thirty (30) square inches and shall be day-glow in color.
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle:
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another;
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance; or
Without a securely fastened safety helmet on the head of an individual who operates an all-terrain vehicle or who is being towed or otherwise propelled by an all-terrain vehicle, unless the individual is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
No operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes.
No person riding upon any bicycle, motorized bicycle, coaster, roller skates, sled or toy vehicle shall attach the same or himself/herself to any vehicle upon a roadway.
[Code 1962 §18-92; CC 1979 §16-100; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any limited access roadway, except at such entrances and exits as are established by public authority.
It shall be unlawful for the directing Officer or the operator of any railroad train to direct the operation of or to operate the same in such a manner as to prevent the use of any street for purposes of travel for a period of time longer than fifteen (15) minutes; provided that this Section shall not apply to a moving train or to one stopped because of an emergency or for repairs necessary before it can proceed safely.
No vehicle shall at any time be driven through or within a safety zone.
[Code 1962 §18-93; CC 1979 §16-101; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
Whenever any highway has been divided into two (2) roadways leaving an intervening space or a physical barrier or a clearly indicated divided section which seeks to avoid friction between opposing movements of traffic and so constructed or marked, every vehicle shall be driven only upon the right-hand roadway, and no vehicle shall be driven over, across or within any such clearly constructed or marked dividing space, barrier or section, except through an opening therein or at a crossover or intersection established by public authority.
[Code 1962 §18-94; CC 1979 §16-102; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
It shall be unlawful for any person to drive any vehicle of any nature, or any animal, over or across any newly-made pavement within the City, or over or across any street or sidewalk where there is a barrier, sign, light or person warning the driver thereof that such street or sidewalk is closed to traffic.
[Code 1962 §18-83; CC 1979 §16-91; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No driver of a vehicle shall drive across any freshly painted lines or markings upon any street or highway in the City which are designated by flags, cones, signs or other warning devices.
[Code 1962 §18-95; CC 1979 §16-103; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No person shall stand, sit or ride upon the outside of any passenger motor vehicle while the same is in motion.
[Code 1962 § 18-80; CC 1979 §§16-88, 16-104; Ord. No 973 § 1, 10-4-77; Ord. No. 93-49 § 1, 11-16-1993]
The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations and exceptions hereinafter stated:
The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left thereof at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle; and
Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle and shall not increase the speed of his/her vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;
Upon a City street with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two or more lines of vehicles in each direction;
Upon a one-way street;
Upon any highway outside of a City with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width and clearly marked for four (4) or more lines of traffic.
Except when a roadway has been divided into three (3) traffic lanes, no vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the center line of a highway or public road in overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction unless such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance ahead to permit such overtaking and passing to be completely made without interfering with the safe operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction or any vehicle overtaken.
No vehicle shall at any time be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:
When approaching the crest of a grade or upon a curve of the highway where the driver's view is obstructed within such distance as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle might approach from the opposite direction;
When the view is obstructed upon approaching within one hundred (100) feet of any bridge, viaduct, tunnel or when approaching within one hundred (100) feet of or at any intersection or railroad grade crossing.
No person, in or on any vehicle whatsoever, while proceeding on any two (2) lane roadway shall pass and/or overtake another vehicle by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway.
No driver of a vehicle proceeding on any two (2) laned roadway shall overtake and pass another vehicle moving in the same direction within an intersection.
Upon all public roads or highways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
When placing a vehicle in position for and when such vehicle is lawfully making a left turn in compliance with the provisions of Sections 304.014 to 304.026, RSMo., or traffic regulations thereunder or of municipalities;
When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;
Upon a roadway designated by local ordinance as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic.
All vehicles in motion upon a highway having two (2) or more lanes of traffic proceeding in the same direction shall be driven in the right-hand lane except when overtaking and passing another vehicle or when preparing to make a proper left turn or when otherwise directed by traffic markings, signs or signals.
The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection from a different highway, provided however, there is no form of traffic control at such intersection.
When two (2) vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the driver of the vehicle on the right. This Subsection shall not apply to vehicles approaching each other from opposite directions when the driver of one of such vehicles is attempting to or is making a left turn.
The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.
The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley, building or any private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the highway to be entered.
The driver of a vehicle intending to make a left turn into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction when the making of such left turn would create a traffic hazard.
[Code 1962 §18-76; CC 1979 §16-84; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977; Ord. No. 88-4 §16-84, 2-2-1988]
The driver of a vehicle upon any public road, alley, street or highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging school children and whose driver has, in the manner prescribed by law, given the signal to stop, shall stop the vehicle before reaching such school bus and shall not proceed until such school bus resumes motion or until signaled by its driver to proceed.
The driver of a vehicle upon a road or highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or overtaking a school bus which is on a different roadway.
The driver of a vehicle need not stop upon meeting a school bus which is proceeding in the opposite direction on a highway containing four (4) or more lanes of traffic.
If any vehicle is witnessed by a Peace Officer or the driver of a school bus to have violated the provisions of this Section and the identity of the operator is not otherwise apparent, it shall be a rebuttable presumption that the person in whose name such vehicle is registered committed the violation.
[Code 1962 §18-77; CC 1979 §16-85; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No driver of a school bus shall take on or discharge passengers at any location upon a highway consisting of four (4) or more lanes of traffic, whether or not divided by a median or barrier, in such manner as to require the passengers to cross more than two (2) lanes of traffic; nor shall he/she take on or discharge passengers while the vehicle is upon the road or highway proper unless the vehicle so stopped is plainly visible for at least three hundred (300) feet in each direction to drivers of other vehicles upon the highway or road, and then only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
[Code 1962 §18-78; CC 1979 §16-86; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard to the speed of such vehicle and his/her ability to stop if necessary and the traffic upon and condition of the roadway.
[Code 1962 §18-48; CC 1979 §16-92; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No person shall drive, convey or operate upon, over or across any improved public street or highway or other public place in the City any wagon, engine, tractor, truck or vehicle of any kind having on its wheels any clamps, ridges, extensions, projections, bars, bolts, rods, curves, gutters or other contrivances that will cut or mash holes, gashes or crevices into the streets or otherwise tear up, injure or damage such streets, or any part thereof.
[Code 1962 §18-85; CC 1979 §16-93; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
It shall be unlawful to operate a motor vehicle which has more than three (3) persons over the age of sixteen (16) years in the front seat, nor shall any person extend any part of his/her body outside the vehicle except the hand and arm for signaling purposes only.
[Code 1962 §18-88; CC 1979 §16-96; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall operate a vehicle or motor vehicle the gross weight of which, including the load, exceeds the weight indicated upon any of the streets or parts of streets described in an ordinance of the Council.
[Code 1962 §18-89; CC 1979 §16-97; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
When signs are erected giving notice thereof, no person shall operate commercial motor vehicles, except local trucks making deliveries to residents thereon of goods, wares, merchandise and household deliveries, including household moving trucks, upon any of the streets or parts of streets so designated.
[Code 1962 §18-90; CC 1979 §16-98; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
No person shall drive a vehicle in an overloaded condition or when any part of the load is likely to fall upon and litter the street or cause injury or damage to persons or property; nor shall he/she permit any part of the load to fall upon and remain on the street; nor shall he/she drive when any part of the load extends more than twenty-four (24) inches beyond the vehicle without attaching to such extending part a red flag during the day or a red light at night.
[Code 1962 §18-91; CC 1979 §16-99; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
All motor vehicles and every trailer and semitrailer operating upon the public streets of this City and carrying goods or material or farm products which may reasonably be expected to become dislodged and fall from the vehicle, trailer or semitrailer as a result of wind pressure or air pressure and/or by the movement of the vehicle, trailer or semitrailer shall have a protective cover or be sufficiently secured 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.
[Code 1962 §18-70; CC 1979 §16-78; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
Any person who drives any vehicle or bicycle with a wilful and wanton disregard for the safety of persons, property, life, limb or traffic shall be deemed guilty of careless and imprudent driving.
[Code 1962 §18-66; CC 1979 §16-74; Ord. No. 973 §1, 10-4-1977]
Every person operating a motor vehicle on the streets, alleys and highways of the City shall operate and drive the same in a careful and prudent manner, exercising the highest degree of care and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger property of another or the life or limb of any person, taking into consideration the time of day, the amount of vehicular and pedestrian traffic, the condition of the street or the highway, the atmospheric conditions and the location with reference to intersecting streets or highways, curves, residences or schools.