City of Weldon Spring, MO
St. Charles County
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The driver of any vehicle other than one on official business shall not follow any emergency vehicle traveling in response to an emergency call 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.
[Ord. No. 14-14 §§2 — 3, 5-13-2014]
A. 
Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:
1. 
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 lanes with not less than two (2) lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; and
2. 
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.
B. 
Any determined to have violated any of the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) or to incarceration in the St. Charles County jail for up to ninety (90) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
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 Traffic Division.
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. 75 §2, 12-29-1988]
A. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain vehicle, as defined in Section 300.010, upon the streets and highways of this City, except as follows:
1. 
All-terrain vehicles owned and operated by a governmental entity for official use; or
2. 
All-terrain vehicles operated for agricultural purposes or industrial on-premises purposes between the official sunrise and sunset on the day of operation
B. 
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.
C. 
A person operating an all-terrain vehicle on a street or highway pursuant to an exception covered in this Section shall have a valid license issued by a State authorizing such person to operate a motor vehicle 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 dayglow in color.
D. 
No person shall operate an all-terrain 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; or
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 an all-terrain vehicle, unless the individual is at least eighteen (18) years of age.
E. 
No operator of an all-terrain vehicle shall carry a passenger, except for agricultural purposes.
F. 
A violation of this Section shall be an ordinance violation.
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. Neither shall the driver of a vehicle knowingly pull a rider behind a vehicle.
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.
[Ord. No. 06-20 §§2 — 3, 7-27-2006]
A. 
The Board of Aldermen believe it appropriate for the erection and enforcement of the following safety thirty (30) inch by thirty (30) inch signs:
1. 
A "limited sight distance" sign below the stop sign at the exit from Tudor Trace Court onto Independence Road.
2. 
A "dangerous intersection" sign for northbound Independence Road traffic located three hundred fifty (350) feet south of the entrance to Tudor Trace Court.
3. 
A "pull to white line before turning" sign on the western right-of-way line of Independence Road across from Tudor Trace Court.
B. 
Any operator of a motor vehicle failing to obey these safety signs shall be subject upon conviction to the payment of a fine of up to five hundred dollars ($500.00) and to imprisonment in the St. Charles County jail for up to ninety (90) days, or to both such fine and imprisonment.
[Ord. No. 11-15 §§1 — 7, 8-9-2011]
A. 
The City of Weldon Spring is authorized by State Statute to declare and determine appropriate requirements to protect the public with regard to the operation and use of certain motorized vehicles within the City that are not otherwise licensed and approved by the State of Missouri for operation upon State highways. The Board of Aldermen has determined that public safety in the City will be improved by regulating the use and operation of motorized scooters, skateboards, play vehicles, golf carts, wheelchairs and other motorized transportation devices upon City streets, alleys, sidewalks and roadways and, therefore, desires to establish such regulations.
B. 
Purpose And Intent. It is the purpose and intent of this Section to provide for the regulation of motorized scooters, skateboards, play vehicles, golf carts, wheelchairs and other motorized transportation devices upon City streets, alleys, sidewalks and roadways that are not otherwise licensed and approved by the State of Missouri for operation upon State highways in order to protect the safety of all those who enter upon and use such roadways, etc.
C. 
Definitions. The following terms shall apply in his Section unless the context otherwise requires:
1. 
An vehicle propelled by a motor (gas or electric) and, if driven by a piston engine, having an engine with a cylinder capacity of less than fifty (50) cubic centimeters;
2. 
Which produces less than three (3) gross brake horsepower;
3. 
Is capable of propelling the vehicle at a maximum speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground;
4. 
Which is not otherwise defined and regulated in the Weldon Spring Municipal Code as a "motor vehicle"; and
5. 
Which is not otherwise licensed by the State of Missouri for operation upon State highways.
PHYSICALLY DISABLED
Any person who because of physical disability either:
1. 
Cannot walk without sufficient risk of falling;
2. 
Cannot walk two hundred (200) feet without stopping to rest;
3. 
Cannot walk without the aid of another person, walker, cane, crutches, braces, prosthetic devices, and/or wheelchair;
4. 
Is restricted by respiratory disease to an extent that the person's forced (respiratory) expiratory volume for one (1) second when measured by spirometry is less than one (1) liter;
5. 
Has an arterial oxygen tension of less than sixty (60) mm/hg;
6. 
Uses portable oxygen;
7. 
Has a cardiac condition to the extent that the person's functional limitations are verified by their personal physician as requiring assistance for transportation purposes;
8. 
Has lost an arm or a leg and does not have or cannot use an artificial limb; or
9. 
Has a disability that would be aggravated by walking two hundred (200) feet or more under normal environmental conditions as verified by their personal physician.
ROADWAY
Any public street, alley, highway or roadway in the City designated for use by motor vehicles licensed by the State for use upon State roadways.
SIDEWALK
Any sidewalk, walkway or path in the City designated for pedestrian use and not for use by motor vehicles licensed by the State for use upon State roadways.
D. 
Operations.
1. 
No motorized alternative vehicle may be operated upon any private property without permission of the owner, the person entitled to immediate possession of the property, or the authorized agent of such.
2. 
Motorized alternative vehicles operated upon City roadways by physically disabled persons shall be operated on the shoulder of the right-of-way or, in the absence of an improved shoulder, on the right-hand-most portion of the right-of-way, and in the same direction as traffic on the right-of-way lane or side then being traveled upon.
3. 
Every physically disabled person operating a motorized alternative vehicle shall have all of the rights and duties applicable to pedestrians that are contained in the Municipal Code of the City of Weldon Spring, except those provisions which by their nature have no application.
4. 
Every non-physically disabled person operating a motorized alternative vehicle upon City roadways shall adhere to all rules of the road applicable to motorized vehicles set forth in the Municipal Code of Weldon Spring and State law, except those provisions which by their nature have no application.
5. 
No motorized alternative vehicle shall:
a. 
Be operated in a negligent manner (defined as operation in such a manner as to endanger any person or property, or to obstruct, hinder, or impede the lawful course of travel of any other motor vehicle or the lawful use by any pedestrian of public streets, sidewalks, paths, trails, walkways, or parks);
b. 
Be operated by a person under the influence of alcohol or any controlled substance or medicine prescribed by a physician;
c. 
Be operated on any sidewalk, path or walkway designed for use by pedestrians or operators of non-motorized vehicles (e.g. bicycles) unless the operator is physically disabled;
d. 
Carry more passengers than the vehicle is specifically designed to carry;
e. 
Be operated upon a City roadway at any time from one-half (½) hour before sunset to one-half (½) hour before sunrise unless equipped with a lamp on the front which shall emit a white light visible from a distance of at least five hundred (500) feet to the front, and on the rear a strip of red reflective tape, ASTM D4956 certified or equivalent, at least a two (2) inch by six (6) inch and either:
(1) 
A lamp emitting a solid red taillight visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful low beams of headlamps on a motor vehicle; or
(2) 
A flashing light emitting diode taillight together with a red reflector visible a distance of six hundred (600) feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful low beam of headlamps on a motor vehicle.
f. 
Be operated upon a City roadway at a speed of more than thirty (30) miles per hour and; in the case of physically disabled persons operating motorized alternative vehicles upon City sidewalks, at a speed of more than eight (8) miles per hour;
g. 
Be operated upon a roadway unless the total height of the vehicle including its passenger(s) is at least thirty-six (36) inches above the ground;
h. 
Be operated upon a roadway unless equipped with a red, orange or dayglow safety flag of at least thirty (30) square inches that extends, and is visible, at least seventy-two (72) inches above the ground; and
i. 
Be operated upon a roadway unless the driver has a valid operator's and/or driver's license.
E. 
Golf carts shall be permitted to traverse and travel along roadways within subdivisions that are part of a golf course community, subject to conditions of operations set out in Subsection (D) of this Section.
F. 
Any motor vehicle defined hereunder as a motorized alternative vehicle may be operated upon City rights-of-way only if licensed and approved by the State of Missouri as a motor vehicle for operation upon State highways.
G. 
Violation. Any person violating any of the provisions of this Section shall be subject to a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or jailed for a term of not more than ninety (90) days, or be both fined and jailed.
[Ord. No. 11-19 §§1 — 2, 10-11-2011]
A. 
Seat Belts And Child Restraint Devices.
1. 
Except as otherwise provided in this Section, each driver and passenger of a passenger car manufactured after January 1, 1968, operated on a street or highway in this City shall wear a properly adjusted and fastened safety belt that meets Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards 208-210, except that a child less than sixteen (16) years of age shall be protected as required in Subsection (A)(2)(d) of this Section.
2. 
With respect to Subsection (A)(1) of this Section:
a. 
The provisions of Subsection (A)(1) of this Section shall not be applicable to persons who have a medical reason for failing to have a seat belt fastened about his or her body or to any person employed by the United States Postal Service while performing duties for that Federal agency which requires the operator to service postal boxes from their vehicles, or which require frequent entry into and exit from their vehicles.
b. 
As used in Subsections (A)(1) of 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, motortricycles and trucks with a gross weight of twelve thousand (12,000) pounds or more.
c. 
Each driver who violates the provisions of Subsection (A)(1) of this Section shall upon conviction be subject to a fine not to exceed ten dollars ($10.00) in amount. All other provisions of law and court rules to the contrary notwithstanding, no court costs may be imposed if court costs have been assessed on any other charge arising out of the same occurrence.
d. 
Every person transporting a child under the age of sixteen (16) years on the streets or highways of this City shall be responsible for transporting such child as follows:
(1) 
Children less than four (4) years of age, regardless of weight, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
(2) 
Children weighing less than forty (40) pounds, regardless of age, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system appropriate for that child.
(3) 
Children at least four (4) years of age but less than eight (8) years of age, who also weigh at least forty (40) pounds but less than eighty (80) pounds, and who are less than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches tall, shall be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.
(4) 
Children at least eighty (80) pounds or children more than four (4) feet, nine (9) inches in height shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
(5) 
Children eight (8) years of age, but less than sixteen (16) years of age, regardless of weight or height, shall be secured by a vehicle safety belt or restraint system appropriate for that child.
(6) 
A child who otherwise would be required to be secured in a booster seat may be transported in the back seat of a motor vehicle while wearing only a lap belt if the back seat of the motor vehicle is not equipped with a combination lap and shoulder belt for booster seat installation.
(7) 
When transporting children in the immediate family when there are more children than there are seating positions in the enclosed area of a motor vehicle, the children who are not able to be restrained by a child safety restraint device appropriate for the child shall sit in the area behind the front seat of the motor vehicle unless the motor vehicle is designed only for a front seat area. The driver transporting children referred to in this Subsection is not in violation of this Section.
(8) 
Any person who violates this Subsection (A) shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00) and court costs.
B. 
Passengers In Truck Beds.
1. 
No person shall operate any truck, as defined in Section 301.010, RSMo., with a license gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds when such truck is operated within the corporate limits of this City when any person under eighteen (18) years of ago 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. Any person who operates a truck with a licensed gross weight of less than twelve thousand (12,000) pounds in violation of this Section shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty-five dollars ($25.00), plus court costs. The provisions of this Section shall not apply to:
a. 
Any employee engaged in the necessary discharge of the employee's duties where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
b. 
Any person while engaged in agricultural activities where it is necessary to ride in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
c. 
Any person riding in the unenclosed bed of a truck while such truck is being operated in a parade, caravan, or exhibition which is authorize by law;
d. 
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;
e. 
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 unenclosed bed due to the 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 a person riding in the unenclosed bed of the truck;
f. 
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 ensuring the safety of, other persons engaged in a recreational activity; or
g. 
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 Subdivision, the term "family" shall mean any persons related within the first degree of consanguinity.
[Ord. No. 12-05 §§1 — 2, 6-28-2012]
It shall be unlawful for any operator of any motor vehicle to drive away from a public street, highway or roadway onto or through any parking lot, driveway, entranceway or other public or private property for the purpose of avoiding traffic, traffic signals, traffic signs or street intersections at O'Fallon Road and Westwood Drive at State Highway 94.