City of Gerald, MO
Franklin County
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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.
A funeral composed of a procession of vehicles shall be identified as such by the display upon the outside of each vehicle of a pennant or other identifying insignia or by such other method as may be determined and designated by the Police Department.
No funeral, procession or parade containing two hundred (200) or more persons or fifty (50) or more vehicles except the forces of the United States Army or Navy, the military forces of this State and the forces of the Police and Fire Departments, shall occupy, march or proceed along any street except in accordance with a permit issued by the Chief of Police and such other regulations as are set forth herein which may apply.
The driver of a vehicle shall not drive within any sidewalk area except on a permanent or temporary driveway.
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.
A. 
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.
B. 
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.
A. 
No person shall ride a bicycle upon a sidewalk within a business district.
B. 
Whenever any person is riding a bicycle upon a sidewalk, such person shall yield the right-of-way to any pedestrian and shall give audible signal before overtaking and passing such pedestrian.
C. 
No person shall ride a motorized bicycle upon a sidewalk.
[Ord. No. 616 §1, 12-13-2007]
It shall be unlawful for any person to use roller blades, in-line skates or roller skates or ride a skateboard upon any bench, brick border, culvert, fence, fountain basin, handrailing, monument, pedestrian ramp, planter, pillar, retaining wall, stairway, step, stonework, stormwater drainage channel or on public roadways, parking areas, curb and gutter or similar infrastructure located on property owned or controlled by the City of Gerald.
[Ord. No. 2009-03 §1, 4-9-2009]
A. 
Pocket bikes and unauthorized bikes and motorized scooters are defined as:
1. 
Self-propelled vehicles equipped with either an electric motor or an internal combustion engine with piston displacement of less than fifty (50) cubic centimeters;
2. 
Having two (2) or more wheels;
3. 
Having a seat or operating platform with a height of less than twenty-nine (29) inches measured from the lowest point of the seat or operating platform; and
4. 
Which is ineligible for a State certificate of title.
B. 
No person shall operate such a vehicle as defined herein upon the streets, highways, alleys or sidewalks of this City or any property owned by the City.
C. 
Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted to apply to motorized mobility devices for the physically disabled.
D. 
Nothing in this Section shall be interpreted to apply to electric personal assistive mobility device as defined in Section 307.205.1, RSMo.
E. 
Violations of this Section shall be punishable by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00).
[Ord. No. 76.862 §§2(3), 6 — 8, 12-8-1988; Ord. No. 642 §1, 10-9-2008; Ord. No. 677 §1, 3-11-2010]
A. 
No person shall operate a scooter, golf cart, utility vehicle, four-wheeler or all-terrain vehicle, as defined in Section 300.020, upon the highways or streets of this City, except as follows:
1. 
All such owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use;
2. 
All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premise purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation;
3. 
Without first obtaining an informal vehicle safety inspection performed by a member of the Gerald Municipal Police Department;
4. 
Without first obtaining a permit from the City of Gerald for the operation of the vehicle within the City of Gerald, Missouri. The initial annual fee for such permit shall be twenty-five dollars ($25.00) payable to the City of Gerald, Missouri. The permit shall be renewable January first (1st) beginning in 2010 and every January first (1st) thereafter. The cost of said permit renewal shall be fifteen dollars ($15.00) per year.
B. 
No person shall operate an off-road vehicle, as defined in Section 301.001, 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 with 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 street 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.
C. 
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a City street 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. During operation on a City street, an all-terrain vehicle shall have a bicycle safety flag, extending not less than seven (7) feet above the ground, attached to the rear of the vehicle. The flag shall be triangular in shape, not less than thirty (30) square inches in area and shall be day-glow in color.
D. 
No person shall operate such vehicle:
1. 
In any careless way so as to endanger the person or property of another;
2. 
While under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance;
3. 
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 such vehicle, unless the individual is at least eighteen (18) years of age; or
4. 
On a County or State maintained highway within the City limits of Gerald, Missouri, except to cross over said highway from one City street to another City street.
E. 
No operator of such vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes.
F. 
Every such vehicle operated in the City of Gerald, Missouri, except those used in competitive events, shall have the following equipment:
1. 
A lighted headlamp and taillamp which shall be in operation at any time in which an all-terrain vehicle is being used on any street or highway in this City pursuant to Section 304.013, RSMo.;
2. 
An equilateral triangular emblem to be mounted on the rear of such vehicle at least two (2) feet above the roadway when such vehicle is operated upon any street or highway pursuant to this Section or Section 304.013, RSMo. The emblem shall be constructed of substantial material with a fluorescent yellow/orange finish and a reflective red border at least one (1) inch in width. Each side of the emblem shall measure at least ten (10) inches;
3. 
A braking system maintained in good operating condition;
4. 
An adequate muffler system in good working condition and a United States Forest Service spark arrester.
G. 
No person shall operate such vehicle on private property without the consent of the owner or lessor thereof. Any person operating such vehicle upon lands of another shall stop and identify himself/herself upon the request of the landowner or his/her duly authorized representatives and, if requested to do so by the landowner, shall promptly remove such vehicle from the premises.
H. 
A violation of this Section shall be a misdemeanor and/or punishable in Circuit Court.
[Ord. No. 885, 4-11-2019]
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.
No person shall drive a vehicle onto or from any controlled 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 five (5) 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.
A. 
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 highways, streets or roads of the City or on any publicly or privately owned parking lot or parking facility, within the City, generally open for use by the public and knowing that damage has been caused to property, due to his/her culpability or to accident, he/she leaves the place of the injury, damage or accident without stopping and giving his/her 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.
B. 
For the purposes of this Section, all Peace Officers shall have jurisdiction, when invited by an injured person, to enter the premises of any such privately owned parking lot or parking facility for the purpose of investigating an accident and performing all necessary duties regarding such accident.
Every person operating a motor vehicle on the highways of this City shall drive the vehicle in a careful and prudent manner and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person and shall exercise the highest degree of care.
A. 
Upon all public roads or highways of sufficient width a vehicle shall be driven upon the right half of the roadway, except as follows:
1. 
When overtaking and passing another vehicle proceeding in the same direction under the rules governing such movement;
2. 
When placing a vehicle in position for and when such vehicle is lawfully making a left turn in compliance with the provisions of this Title;
3. 
When the right half of a roadway is closed to traffic while under construction or repair;
4. 
Upon a roadway designated by local ordinance as a one-way street and marked or signed for one-way traffic.
B. 
It is unlawful to drive any vehicle upon any highway or road which has been divided into two or more roadways by means of a physical barrier or by means of a dividing section or delineated by curbs, lines or other markings on the roadway, except to the right of such barrier or dividing section, or to make any left turn or semi-circular or U-turn on any such divided highway, except in a cross-over or intersection.
C. 
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.
[Ord. No. 682 §1, 6-10-2010]
A. 
The driver of a vehicle shall not follow another vehicle or trailer more closely than is reasonably safe and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicle and the traffic upon and the condition of the roadway.
B. 
Violation of this Section shall be punishable by a fine of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or less.
A. 
The following rules shall govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction, subject to the limitations and exceptions hereinafter stated:
1. 
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
2. 
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.
B. 
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass to the right of another vehicle only under the following conditions:
1. 
When the vehicle overtaken is making or about to make a left turn;
2. 
Upon a City street with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width for two (2) or more lines of vehicles in each direction;
3. 
Upon a one-way street;
4. 
Upon a highway outside of a City with unobstructed pavement of sufficient width and clearly marked for four (4) or more lanes of traffic.
The driver of a motor vehicle may overtake and pass another vehicle upon the right only under the foregoing conditions when such movement may be made in safety. In no event shall such movement be made by driving off the paved or main traveled portion of the roadway. The provisions of this Subsection shall not relieve the driver of a slow-moving vehicle from the duty to drive as closely as practicable to the right-hand edge of the roadway.
C. 
Except when a roadway has been divided into three (3) traffic lanes, no vehicle shall be driven to the left side of the centerline 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.
D. 
No vehicle shall at any time be driven to the left side of the roadway under the following conditions:
1. 
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.
2. 
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.
A. 
No person shall stop or suddenly decrease the 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 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 the 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. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a highway upon meeting or overtaking from either direction any school bus which has stopped on the highway for the purpose of receiving or discharging any 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.
B. 
Every bus used for the transportation of school children shall bear upon the front and rear thereon a plainly visible sign containing the words "school bus" in letters not less than eight (8) inches in height. Each bus shall have lettered on the rear in plain and distinct type the following: "State Law: Stop While Bus is Loading and Unloading". Each school bus subject to the provisions of Sections 304.050 to 304.070, RSMo. shall be equipped with a mechanical and electrical signaling device approved by the State Board of Education, which will display a signal plainly visible from the front and rear and indicating intention to stop.
C. 
The driver of a school bus in the process of loading or unloading students upon a street or highway shall activate the mechanical and electrical signaling devices, in the manner prescribed by the State Board of Education, to communicate to drivers of other vehicles that students are loading or unloading. 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 and then only for such time as is actually necessary to take on and discharge passengers.
D. 
The driver of a vehicle upon a highway with separate roadways need not stop upon meeting or overtaking a school bus which is on a different roadway, which is proceeding in the opposite direction on a highway containing four (4) or more lanes of traffic, or which is stopped in a loading zone constituting a part of, or adjacent to, a limited or controlled access highway at a point where pedestrians are not permitted to cross the roadway.
[CC 1987 §76.325]
No vehicle shall be driven upon the highways or parking lots of this City in such a manner or condition that excessive acceleration, improper starting, or the breaking of traction shall occur.
[CC 1987 §76.861]
All motor vehicles, including motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-bikes, are restricted to the roads and parking areas or trails so designated. No unlicensed motor vehicles, all-terrain vehicles, and mini-bikes are allowed on City streets, alleys and parks. Motorized equipment used and/or authorized by the Board of Aldermen are excepted.
[Ord. No. 398 §§1 — 5, 5-25-1995]
A. 
Definition. For the purpose of this Section the phrase "skateboard or other like instrument" shall be deemed to refer to any non-motorized instrument, used to transport person or persons by means of wheels, rollers, etc., propelled solely by the force of its rider and shall not include any bicycle, wagon or other device not so propelled.
B. 
Permitted Where — Exceptions. The use of any skateboard or other like instrument as defined in Subsection (A) above is hereby permitted on all sidewalks, streets and other public ways within the City, except Highway "50", Highway "Y", and Highway "H" provided however, that any person who shall use, operate or permit to be used or operated, any skateboard or other like instrument on any street, sidewalk, parking lot, etc., shall do so in a careful and prudent manner so as to not cause danger to any person or property. Prohibited highways may, however, be crossed at intersections 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.
C. 
Prohibited Time. No person shall use, operate or permit the use or operation of any skateboard or like instrument on any sidewalk, street, parking lot, or other public place between sundown and sunrise.
D. 
Yielding Right-Of-Way, Etc. The user of any such skateboard or like instrument shall give way to any pedestrian, motor vehicle, bicycle or any other user of the said sidewalk, street, parking lot, etc., and shall not interfere with the proper use of the public way by any other person. Such user shall further obey all traffic laws and ordinances applicable to pedestrians or vehicles at all times.
E. 
Penalty For Violation. Every person convicted of a violation of any provision of this Section shall be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) or by impounding of such person's skateboard or other like instrument for a period not to exceed ninety (90) days or by any combination thereof, and the Chief of Police or officer designated by him/her may impound such person's skateboard or other like instrument until the violation charged is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction.