City of Fredericktown, MO
Madison County
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Section 320.010 State Speed Laws Applicable.

The State traffic laws regulating the speed of vehicles shall be applicable upon all streets within the City, except that the City may by ordinance declare and determine upon the basis of engineering and traffic investigation that certain speed regulations shall be applicable upon specified streets or in certain areas, in which event it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of any speed so declared when signs are in place giving notice thereof.

Section 320.020 Regulation Of Speed By Traffic Signals.

The City Traffic Engineer is authorized to regulate the timing of traffic signals so as to permit the movement of traffic in an orderly and safe manner at speeds slightly at variance from the speeds otherwise applicable within the district or at intersections and shall erect appropriate signs giving notice thereof.

Section 320.030 General Speed Limit.

Except where otherwise provided by signs erected pursuant to duly passed and approved ordinances, no person shall operate a vehicle on any street in the City in excess of thirty (30) miles per hour.

Section 320.040 Slow Speed — Regulations.

No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace Officers may enforce the provisions of this Section by directions to drivers, and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation by a driver is an ordinance violation.

Section 320.050 Special Speed Limits On Roadways.

No person shall operate a motor vehicle upon those portions of the roadways which are set forth and described in Schedule III at a rate of speed in excess of that speed limit set for such portions of the roadways by said Schedule.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included at the end of Title III.

Section 320.060 Speed Limits — Generally.

[R.O. 2013 § 320.030(D) — (E); Ord. No. 50-A § 12]
A. 
The provisions of this Chapter or Title declaring prima facie speed limits, in posted zones or otherwise, shall not be construed to relieve the plaintiff in any civil action from the burden of proving negligence on the part of the defendant as the proximate cause of an accident.
B. 
Any speed of a vehicle in excess of the limits described in Schedule III, which shall never be conclusive nor have the effect of shifting the burden of proof, shall be considered prima facie evidence of driving at a rate of speed which is not reasonable, careful, prudent and lawful, and which is considered dangerous to persons, property, life and limb.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Said schedule is included at the end of Title III.

Section 320.070 Speed Limits — Special Or Unusual Road Conditions.

[R.O. 2013 § 320.040; Code 1952, Ch. 6 § 16]
The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of this Chapter, drive at an appropriate reduced speed when approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing, when approaching and going around a curve or right angle turn, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway and when special hazards exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic, or by reason of weather or highway and street conditions.

Section 320.080 Use Of Speed Meter Measurements As Evidence.

[R.O. 2013 § 320.050; Ord. No. 50-A § 8]
The use of and results determined by any speed meter, machine or mechanism which seeks to reduce the error of manual operation to a minimum, shall be acceptable as evidence where driving in excess of posted speed limits is the cause of action; except, that the use thereof shall not be construed to exclude any competent evidence secured by any other manner or means.