TITLE III. TRAFFIC CODE
CHAPTER 300: GENERAL PROVISIONS
ARTICLE I. GENERALLY
SECTION 300.010: MODEL TRAFFIC CODE─ADOPTION AND EXCEPTIONS
Chapter 300, consisting of Sections 300.010 through 300.600, Revised Statutes of Missouri, as amended,
commonly known as the "Model Traffic Ordinance", is hereby adopted as the traffic ordinance of this City. (Ord.
No. KK176 §1, 6-7-71)
SECTION 300.020: DEFINITIONS
The following words and phrases when used in this Title mean:
ALLEY OR ALLEYWAY: Any street with a roadway of less than twenty (20) feet in width.
ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLE: Any motorized vehicle manufactured and used exclusively for off-highway use which
is fifty (50) inches or less in width, with an unladen dry weight of six hundred (600) pounds or less, traveling
on three, four or more low pressure tires, with a seat designed to be straddled by the operator, and
handlebars for steering control.
AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLE: A vehicle publicly owned and operated as an ambulance, or a vehicle
publicly owned and operated by the State Highway Patrol, police, or fire department, sheriff, constable or
deputy sheriff, traffic officer, or any privately owned vehicle operated as an ambulance when responding to
BUSINESS DISTRICT: The territory contiguous to and including a highway when within any six hundred (600)
feet along the highway there are buildings in use for business or industrial purposes, including but not limited
to hotels, banks, or office buildings, railroad stations and public buildings which occupy at least three
hundred (300) feet of frontage on one side or three hundred (300) feet collectively on both sides of the
CENTRAL BUSINESS (OR TRAFFIC) DISTRICT: All streets and portions of streets within the area described
by City ordinance as such.
COMMERCIAL VEHICLE: Every vehicle designed, maintained, or used primarily for the transportation of
CONTROLLED ACCESS HIGHWAY: Every highway, street or roadway in respect to which owners or
occupants of abutting lands and other persons have no legal right of access to or from the same except at
such points only and in such manner as may be determined by the public authority having jurisdiction over the
highway, street or roadway.
11 That part of a roadway at an intersection included within the connections of the lateral lines of the
sidewalks on opposite sides of the highway measured from the curbs, or in the absence of curbs from the
edges of the traversable roadway;
A.2. Any portion of a roadway at an intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for pedestrian crossing by
pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
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CURB LOADING ZONE: A space adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles during the
loading or unloading of passengers or materials.
DRIVER: Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
FREIGHT CURB LOADING ZONE: A space adjacent to a curb for the exclusive use of vehicles during the
loading or unloading of freight (or passengers).
HIGHWAY: The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part
thereof is open to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
.1. The area embraced within the prolongation or connection of the lateral curb lines, or, if none, then the
lateral boundary lines of the roadways of two (2) highways which join one another at, or approximately at, right
angles, or the area within which vehicles traveling upon different highways joining at any other angle may
come in conflict.
.2. Where a highway includes two roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of each
roadway of such divided highway by an intersecting highway shall be regarded as a separate intersection. In
the event such intersecting highway also includes two (2) roadways thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every
crossing of two (2) roadways of such highways shall be regarded as a separate intersection.
LANED ROADWAY: A roadway which is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for vehicular traffic.
MOTOR VEHICLE: Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm tractors and
MOTORCYCLE: Every motor vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on
not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, but excluding a tractor.
MOTORIZED BICYCLE: Any two-wheeled or three-wheeled device having fully operative pedals capable of
propulsion by human power, an automatic transmission and a motor with a cylinder capacity of not more than
fifty cubic centimeters, which produces less than two gross brake horsepower, and is capable of propelling
the device at a maximum speed of not more than thirty (30) miles per hour on level ground.
OFFICIAL TIME STANDARD: Whenever certain hours are named herein they shall mean standard time or
daylight-saving time as may be in current use in the City.
OFFICIAL TRAFFIC CONTROL DEVICES: All signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with this
Title placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the purpose of regulating,
warning or guiding traffic.
PARK OR PARKING: The standing of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than temporarily for the
purpose of and while actually engaged in loading or unloading merchandise or passengers.
PASSENGER CURB LOADING ZONE: A place adjacent to a curb reserved for the exclusive use of vehicles
during the loading or unloading of passengers.
PEDESTRIAN: Any person afoot.
PERSON: Every natural person, firm, copartnership, association or corporation.
POLICE OFFICER: Every officer of the Municipal Police Department or any officer authorized to direct or
regulate traffic or to make arrests for violations of traffic regulations.
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PRIVATE ROAD OR DRIVEWAY: Every way or place in private ownership and used for vehicular travel by the
owner and those having express or implied permission from the owner, but not by other persons.
RAILROAD: A carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than streetcars, operated upon stationary rails.
RAILROAD TRAIN: A steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto, operated
upon rails, except streetcars.
RESIDENCE DISTRICT: The territory contiguous to and including a highway not comprising a business
district when the property on such highway for a distance of three hundred (300) feet or more is in the main
improved with residences or residences and buildings in use for business.
RIGHT-OF-WAY: The right of one vehicle or pedestrian to proceed in a lawful manner in preference to another
vehicle or pedestrian approaching under such circumstances of direction, speed and proximity as to give rise
to danger of collision unless one grants precedence to the other.
ROADWAY: That portion of a highway improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of
the berm or shoulder. In the event a highway includes two or more separate roadways the term ROADWAY as
used herein shall refer to any such roadway separately but not to all such roadways collectively.
SAFETY ZONE: The area or space officially set apart within a roadway for the exclusive use of pedestrians
and which is protected or is so marked or indicated by adequate signs as to be plainly visible at all times
while set apart as a safety zone.
SIDEWALK: That portion of a street between the curb lines, or the lateral lines of a roadway, and the adjacent
property lines, intended for use of pedestrians.
STAND OR STANDING: The halting of a vehicle, whether occupied or not, otherwise than for the purpose of
and while actually engaged in receiving or discharging passengers.
STOP: When required, complete cessation from movement.
STOP OR STOPPING: When prohibited, any halting even momentarily of a vehicle, whether occupied or not,
except when necessary to avoid conflict with other traffic or in compliance with the directions of a Police Officer
or traffic control sign or signal.
STREET OR HIGHWAY: The entire width between the lines of every way publicly maintained when any part
thereof is open to the uses of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
THROUGH HIGHWAY: Every highway or portion thereof on which vehicular traffic is given preferential right-of-
way, and at the entrances to which vehicular traffic from intersecting highways is required by law to yield right-
of-way to vehicles on such through highway in obedience to either a stop sign or a yield sign, when such
signs are erected as provided in this Title.
TRAFFIC: Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetcars and other conveyances either singly or
together while using any highway for purposes of travel.
TRAFFIC CONTROL SIGNAL: Any device, whether manually, electrically or mechanically operated, by which
traffic is alternately directed to stop and to proceed.
TRAFFIC DIVISION: The Traffic Division of the Police Department of the City, or in the event a Traffic Division
is not established, then said term whenever used herein shall be deemed to refer to the Police Department of
VEHICLE: Every device in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a
highway, excepting motorized bicycles and devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon
stationary rails or tracks. (Ord. No. KK176 §1, 6-7-71; RSMo. 300.010)
§ 300.030 Lawson City Code §
SECTION 300.030: GENERAL PENALTY
Unless another penalty is expressly provided by law, every person convicted of a violation of any provision of
this Title shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) or by imprisonment for
not more than ninety (90) days or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. No. KK176 §3, 6-7-71)
ARTICLE II. LICENSING PROVISIONS
SECTION 300.040: OPERATOR'S AND CHAUFFEUR'S LICENSE
It shall be unlawful for any person to:
.1. Drive as a chauffeur any vehicle upon any street in this City unless such person has first procured a
valid license as a chauffeur from the State of Missouri.
.2. Drive other than as a chauffeur any motor vehicle upon any street of this City unless such person has a
valid license as an operator from the State of Missouri, except that any person holding a valid chauffeur's
license shall not be required to procure an operator's license. The provisions of this Section shall not deprive
the City of Lawson of the right to license, tax, and regulate taxicab drivers.
SECTION 300.050: EXEMPTIONS FROM OPERATOR'S AND CHAUFFEUR'S LICENSE REQUIREMENTS
The following persons are exempt from the operator's or chauffeur's license requirements of this Article:
.1. Any person holding a valid operator's license shall not be required to procure a chauffeur's license
while operating for official use any motor vehicle owned by the United States, the State of Missouri, or by any
municipality or political subdivision of this State, except that any person operating a school bus carrying more
than ten (10) pupils shall be required to procure a chauffeur's license.
.2. Any person while driving or operating any road machine, farm tractor, or implement of husbandry
temporarily operated or moved on a street.
.3. A non-resident who is at least sixteen (16) years of age and who has in his immediate possession a
valid operator's license issued to him in his home state or country. Such person may operate a motor vehicle
in Lawson, Missouri, only as an operator.
.4. A non-resident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age and who has in his immediate possession a
valid chauffeur's license issued to him in his home state or country. Such person may operate a motor
vehicle in Lawson, Missouri, either as an operator or chauffeur, except any person must be licensed as a
chauffeur hereunder before accepting employment as a chauffeur from a resident of the State of Missouri.
.5. Any non-resident who is at least eighteen (18) years of age, whose home state or country does not
require the licensing of operators. Such person may operate a motor vehicle as an operator only for a period
of not more than sixty (60) days in any calendar year, if the motor vehicle so operated is duly registered in the
home state or country of such non-resident.
.6. Inmates of the division of penal institutions selected by the division and warden, who have not been
convicted of a motor vehicle felony as follows: Driving while intoxicated, failing to stop after an accident and
disclosing his identity, or driving a motor vehicle without the owner's consent may operate state-owned trucks
for the benefit of the institution, provided that such inmate operator shall be accompanied by a guard in the
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SECTION 300.060: DRIVER'S LICENSE─LICENSE TO BE CARRIED
A. No person shall display or permit to be displayed or have in his possession any chauffeur's license or
operator's license, knowing the same to be fictitious or to have been cancelled, suspended, revoked or
altered; lend to or knowingly permit the use of by another any chauffeur's or operator's license issued to the
person so lending or permitting the use thereof; display or represent as one's own any chauffeur's or
operator's license not issued to the person so displaying the same, or fail or refuse to surrender to the Clerk
of the Municipal Court any chauffeur's or operator's license which has been suspended, cancelled, or
revoked, as provided by law; use false or fictitious name or give a false or fictitious address on any application
for a chauffeur's or operator's license, or any renewal or duplicate thereof, or knowingly make a false
statement, or knowingly conceal a material fact, or otherwise commit a fraud in any such application,
authorize, order, or consent to any motor vehicle owned by him or under his control to be driven by any person,
when he has knowledge that any such person has no legal right to do so, or for any person to drive any motor
vehicle in violation of any of the provisions of this Article; employ as a chauffeur of a motor vehicle, with
knowledge that such person has not complied with the provisions of this Article, or whose license as a
chauffeur has been revoked or suspended, during the period of such suspension, or who operates a vehicle
in any manner in violation of the restriction imposed in a restricted license to him; or refuse to write his name
in the presence of such person or persons in order that identity of the licensee may be determined.
B. The license shall be carried at all times by the holder thereof while driving a motor vehicle, and shall be
displayed upon demand of any Officer of the Highway Patrol, or any Police Officer or Peace Officer, or any
other fully authorized person for inspection, when demand is made therefor. Failure to exhibit his license to
any of the aforesaid officers or other duly authorized officer, shall be presumptive evidence that said person is
not a duly licensed chauffeur or motor vehicle operator.
SECTION 300.070: CITY MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE FEE REQUIRED
A. All motor vehicles, except those properly displaying a historic license plate issued by the State of
Missouri pursuant to Section 301.131, RSMo., operated and owned by persons who are residents of Lawson,
Missouri, or by persons who maintain a living abode within this City and all motor vehicles used for business
purposes by businesses located within the City are required to have paid a City motor vehicle license fee, and
violation of this requirement shall constitute an offense by either the operator or owner of such motor vehicle.
B. Parking of a vehicle on any public street without the operator or owner having the proper City license fee
paid as required by this Article shall be considered as a violation of this Section.
C. City motor vehicle license fees shall be per annum and valid from January first (1st) through December
thirty-first (31st) the same year, after which time any City motor vehicle fee paid for said year shall expire and
D. Per annum license fee for all motor vehicles shall be assessed on a per vehicle basis, based upon
ownership as of January first (1st) of each calendar year, and shall be included on each personal property tax
statement as follows:
Car $ 5.00 each
Trucks (including pickups and commercial vehicles) 5.00 each
Motorcycles and motortricycles 2.50 each
E. The City Collector is authorized to collect City motor vehicle license fees. All City motor vehicle license
fees paid on and after January first (1st) of each year shall be subject to a one and one-half percent (1½%)
per vehicle per month penalty.
F. The County Assessors of Ray County and Clay County are hereby authorized to assess the per annum
license fee for all motor vehicles as set forth in this Code for the City of Lawson, and to include the same on
the City of Lawson personal property tax statements.
G. The City of Lawson shall be responsible for any costs associated with allowing the County Assessors
of Ray County and Clay County to initiate this procedure on behalf of the City of Lawson. (Ord. No. KK573 §1,
10-16-95; Ord. No. KK781 §E, 10-21-02)
§ 300.080 Lawson City Code § 300.130
SECTION 300.080: METAL CITY MOTOR VEHICLE LICENSE TAGS
Metal license tags shall be provided and used for motorcycles, motor-tricycles, and other classes of motor
vehicles for which licenses are required by ordinance, except motor vehicles required to have a license sticker.
SECTION 300.090: RESERVED
Editor's Note─Ord. no. KK573 §2, adopted October 16, 1995, repealed section 300.090 "display of City motor
vehicle license" with no replacement provisions. At the editor's discretion, we have left this Section reserved
for the City's future use.
SECTION 300.100: VEHICLE AND TRAILER REGISTRATION
No person shall operate any vehicle or trailer on any street of this City without having displayed as provided in
following Sections, the license plates or temporary permit issued to the owner of the vehicle by the Director of
the Department of Revenue of the State of Missouri, except any vehicle owned by a non¬resident of the State
of Missouri may be operated on any street of this City, provided the vehicle has been duly registered for the
current year in the State, country, or other place of which the owner is a resident, and which at all times when
operated in the City has displayed upon it the number plate or plates issued for such vehicle in the place of
residence of such owner; however, the provisions of this Section shall be operative as to a vehicle owned by a
non-resident of this State only to the extent that under the laws of the State, country, or other place of
residence of such non-resident owner, like exemptions are granted to vehicles registered under the laws of
and owned by residents of this State.
SECTION 300.110: DISPLAY OF REGISTRATION
No person shall operate any vehicle or trailer upon which license plates or temporary permits are required to
be displayed by law, unless the license plates legally registered and issued for such vehicle be so displayed
thereon, so fastened as not to swing, in a vertical position, right side up, and not covered, obscured, or
concealed by any part or accessory of such vehicle or by any other substance, and at night illuminated with a
white light so as to be clearly visible from a distance of fifty (50) feet to the rear. On all motor vehicles, one
plate shall be displayed on the front and the other on the rear of such motor vehicle, not less than eight (8) or
more than forty-eight (48) inches above the ground, except that on trailers, motorcycles, motor¬tricycles, and
motor scooters, one plate shall be so displayed on the rear thereof.
If only one (1) license plate is issued, such plate shall be displayed on the rear of the vehicle.
SECTION 300.120: PARKING WITH IMPROPER OR WITHOUT LICENSE PLATES
No person shall park upon any street any motor vehicle or trailer not bearing or displaying number or license
plates or bearing or displaying number or license plates not specifically issued for such motor vehicle or
trailer, except as the same may be authorized by law or regulations of any duly authorized governmental
agency issuing such number or license plates; or park upon private property without the consent of the owner,
lessee, or person in charge of such property any motor vehicle or trailer not bearing or displaying number or
license plates; or park any place within the City any motor vehicle or trailer bearing or displaying number or
license plates not specifically issued for such motor vehicle or trailer, except as the same may be authorized
by law or regulation of any duly authorized governmental agency issuing such number of license plates; or
park, drive, or operate any motor vehicle on the streets of this City bearing or displaying number or license
plates issued by the State of Missouri or any other duly authorized governmental agency, unless such number
or license plates are for the current registration period.
SECTION 300.130: FAILING TO USE LICENSE PLATES
No person shall show, exhibit, display, or have in possession for the purpose of sale, any motor vehicle
§ 300.130 General Provisions §
bearing or displaying thereon any number or license plates, except those of the dealer or owner so displaying
said motor vehicle, provided however, that where the motor vehicle is placed on consignment with a dealer by
the owner thereof, there may be displayed the number of license plate issued to the owner thereof.
SECTION 300.140: REPORTING UNUSED LICENSE PLATES
No person having in his or its business or receiving in connection with his or its possession, or otherwise,
any number or license plates for vehicles or trailers not properly displayed upon the vehicle or trailer for which
issued and not called for by the owner to whom issued within five (5) days, shall fail immediately after said
five (5) day period to notify the traffic and safety division of the Police Department of such fact and surrender
said number of license plates to any Police Officer demanding same.
SECTION 300.150: CERTIFICATE OF OWNERSHIP
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate in this City a motor vehicle or trailer registered as provided by
law, unless a certificate of ownership shall have been issued.
SECTION 300.160: PLATES REMOVED ON TRANSFER OR SALE OF VEHICLES─USE BY
PURCHASER─REGISTRATION─USE OF DEALER'S PLATES─FALSE
A. Upon the transfer of ownership of any motor vehicle or trailer, the certificate of registration and the right
of use of the number plates shall expire, and the number plates shall be removed by the owner at the time of
the transfer of possession, and it shall be unlawful for any person other than the person to whom such
number plates were originally issued to have the same in his possession, whether in use or not; except that
the seller may give the buyer written permission to use such plates for a period of fifteen (15) days, in which
event the buyer shall have and display upon demand of any proper officer, said written consent of previous
owner, together with an affidavit or other proof that he has made application for registration.
At the expiration of this fifteen (15) day period, the said number plates shall be returned to the original owner
who may fasten said plates to such other motor vehicle as he may thereafter in his name, provided such
vehicle is in the same classification as the one for which the plates were originally issued.
B. Upon the sale of a motor vehicle or trailer by a dealer, a buyer who has made application for
registration, by mail or otherwise, may operate the same for a period of fifteen (15) days after taking
possession thereof, if during such period the motor vehicle or trailer shall have attached thereto number
plates issued to the dealer. Upon application and presentation of satisfactory evidence that the buyer has
applied for registration, a dealer may furnish such number plates to the buyer for such temporary use. In
such event, the dealer shall require the buyer to deposit the sum of ten dollars fifty cents ($10.50) to be
returned to the buyer upon return of the number plates, as a guarantee that said buyer will return to the dealer
such number plates within fifteen (15) days.
C. No dealer shall advise any purchaser of a motor vehicle or trailer that such purchaser may drive such
motor vehicle or trailer without compliance with the foregoing license requirements.
SECTION 300.170: COMMERCIAL VEHICLES
In addition to having the proper registration displayed as required by law, no person shall operate a
commercial motor vehicle in this City without displaying in a conspicuous place on both sides thereof in
letters at least three (3) inches in height and in a contrasting color to the background:
1. The name of the owner.
2. The address from which such motor vehicle is operated.
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3. The gross weight for which said vehicle is licensed.
4. Local commercial vehicles, in addition, shall display in a conspicuous place the word "local".
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