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City Ordinance, Title Three
CHAPTER 310: ENFORCEMENT AND OBEDIENCE TO TRAFFIC
SECTION 310.010: AUTHORITY OF POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
A. It shall be the duty of the officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief
of Police to enforce all street traffic laws of the City and all of the State vehicle laws applicable to street traffic in
B. Officers of the Police Department or such officers as are assigned by the Chief of Police are hereby
authorized to direct all traffic by voice, hand, or signal in conformance with traffic laws; provided that, in the
event of a fire or other emergency or to expedite traffic or to safeguard pedestrians, officers of the Police
Department may direct traffic as conditions may require notwithstanding the provisions of the traffic laws.
C. Officers of the Fire Department, when at the scene of a fire, may direct or assist the Police in directing
traffic thereat or in the immediate vicinity. (Ord. No. KK176 §l, 6-7-71; RSMo. 300.075)
SECTION 310.020: OBEDIENCE TO POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT OFFICIALS
No person shall willfully fail or refuse to comply with any lawful order or direction of a Police Officer or Fire
Department Official. (Ord. No. KK176 §1, 6-7-71; RSMo. 300.080)
SECTION 310.030: PERSONS PROPELLING PUSH CARTS OR RIDING ANIMALS TO OBEY TRAFFIC
animal-drawn vehicle, shall be subject to the provisions of this Title applicable to the driver of any vehicle,
except those provisions of this Title which by their very nature can have no application. (Ord. No. KK176 §1, 6-
7-71; RSMo. 300.085)Every person propelling any push cart or riding an animal upon a roadway, and every
person driving any
SECTION 310.040: USE OF COASTERS, ROLLER SKATES AND SIMILAR DEVICES RESTRICTED
No person upon roller skates, or riding in or by means of any coaster, toy vehicle, or similar device, shall go
upon any roadway except while crossing a street on a crosswalk 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. This Section shall
not apply upon any street while set aside as a play street as authorized by ordinance of the City. (Ord. No.
KK176 §1, 6-7-71; RSMo. 300.090)
SECTION 310.050: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES TO OBEY TRAFFIC REGULATIONS
The provisions of this Title shall apply to the driver of any vehicle owned by or used in the service of the United
States Government, this State, County, or City and it shall be unlawful for any said driver to violate any of the
provisions of this Title, except as otherwise permitted in this Title. (Ord. No. KK176 §1, 6-7-71; RSMo.
SECTION 310.055: EMERGENCY VEHICLES─DESIGNATION BY THE BOARD OF ALDERMEN─
A. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a vehicle upon any street of the City if said vehicle is
equipped with a siren, or a red light or a blue light visible from the front of the vehicle, without first securing a
permit from the Board of Aldermen. Ambulances owned by the City and vehicles publicly owned and operated
by the Police, Fire Department, State Highway Patrol, Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff, Constable, or Coroner shall be
entitled to use a red light or a blue light and siren without said permit. The Board of Aldermen is hereby
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authorized and empowered to issue revocable permits for the use of red lights or blue lights and sirens for
certain vehicles of municipal departments, public service corporations, private ambulances, and wrecker or
tow trucks, when said Board of Aldermen determines that such authority should be granted in the interest of
public safety and welfare, for which said Board of Aldermen shall issue permits, renewable annually. Any
vehicle which is permitted the use of red lights or blue lights and siren under this Section or by permit of the
Board of Aldermen shall be deemed to be an "authorized emergency vehicle" under the provisions of this
B. When permits are issued by the Board of Aldermen, they shall be carried in the emergency vehicle and
are to be shown to any Police Officer upon request.
SECTION 310.060: AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES
A. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle, when responding to an emergency call or when in the
pursuit of an actual or suspected violator of the law or when responding to but not upon returning from a fire
alarm, may exercise the privileges set forth in this Section, but subject to the conditions herein stated.
B. The driver of an authorized emergency vehicle may:
1. Park or stand, irrespective of the provisions of this Title.
2. Proceed past a red or stop signal or stop sign, but only after slowing down as may be necessary for
3. Exceed the maximum speed limits so long as he does not endanger life or property;
4. Disregard regulations governing direction of movement or turning in specified directions.
C. The exemptions herein granted to an authorized emergency vehicle shall apply only when the driver of
any said vehicle while in motion sounds audible signal by bell, siren, or exhaust whistle as may be
reasonably necessary, and when the vehicle is equipped with at least one lighted lamp displaying a red light
visible under normal atmospheric conditions from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the front of such
D. The foregoing provisions shall not relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to
drive with due regard for the safety of all persons, nor shall such provisions protect the driver from the
consequences of his reckless disregard for the safety of others. (Ord. No. KK176 §1, 6-7-71; RSMo. 300.100)
SECTION 310.065: RECORDS OF EMERGENCY TRIPS
Records shall be kept of all emergency runs made by vehicles for which a permit has been issued. This
record shall give time and purpose of the trip and records shall be shown to any Police Officer upon request.
SECTION 310.070: OPERATION OF VEHICLES ON APPROACH OF AUTHORIZED EMERGENCY VEHICLES
Upon the immediate approach of an authorized emergency vehicle making use of audible and visual signals
meeting the requirements of the laws of this State, or of a police vehicle properly and lawfully making use of
an audible signal only:
1. The driver of every other vehicle shall yield the right-of-way and shall immediately drive to a position
parallel to, and as close as possible to, the edge or curb of the roadway nearest the lane in which the driver is
traveling clear of an intersection and shall stop and remain in such position until the authorized emergency
vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a Police Officer.
2. Upon the approach of an authorized emergency vehicle, as above stated, the motorman of every
streetcar shall immediately stop such car clear of any intersection and keep it in such position until the
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emergency vehicle has passed, except when otherwise directed by a Police Officer.
3. This Section shall not operate to relieve the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle from the duty to
drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the highway. (Ord. No. KK176 §l, 6-7-71; RSMo.
SECTION 310.080: IMMEDIATE NOTICE OF ACCIDENT
The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of any person or total property
damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more shall immediately by the quickest
means of communication give notice of such accident to the Police Department if such accident occurs within
the City. (Ord. No. KK409 §l, 11-28-89; RSMo. 300.110)
SECTION 310.090: WRITTEN REPORT OF ACCIDENT
The driver of a vehicle which is in any manner involved in an accident resulting in bodily injury to or death of
any person or total property damage to an apparent extent of five hundred dollars ($500.00) or more shall,
within five (5) days after such accident, forward a written report of such accident to the Police Department. The
provisions of this Section shall not be applicable when the accident has been investigated at the scene by a
Police Officer while such driver was present thereat. (Ord. No. KK409 §2, 11-28-89; RSMo. 300.115)
SECTION 310.100: WHEN DRIVER UNABLE TO REPORT
A. Whenever the driver of a vehicle is physically incapable of giving immediate notice of an accident as
required in Section 310.080 and there was another occupant in the vehicle at the time of the accident capable
of doing so, such occupant shall give, or cause to be given, the notice not given by the driver.
B. Whenever the driver is physically incapable of making a written report of an accident as required in
Section 310.090 and such driver is not the owner of the vehicle, then the owner of the vehicle involved in such
accident shall within five (5) days after the accident make such report not made by the driver.
C. Any person or persons found to be in violation of Sections 310.080-310.100 shall be found guilty of a
misdemeanor and fined not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00) and not more than one hundred dollars
($100.00). (Ord. No. KK409 §§3─5, 11-28-89; RSMo. 300.120)
SECTION 310.110: PUBLIC INSPECTION OF REPORTS RELATING TO ACCIDENTS
A. All written reports made by persons involved in accidents or by garages shall be without prejudice to the
individual so reporting and shall be for the confidential use of the Police Department or other governmental
agencies having use for the records for accident prevention purposes, except that the Police Department or
other governmental agency may disclose the identity of a person involved in an accident when such identity is
not otherwise known or when such person denies his presence at such accident.
B. No written reports forwarded under the provisions of this Section shall be used as evidence in any trial,
civil or criminal arising out of an accident except that the Police Department shall furnish upon demand of any
party to such trial, or upon demand of any court, a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or
has not been made to the department in compliance with law, and if such report has been made, the date,
time and location of the accident, the names and addresses of the drivers, the owners of the vehicles
involved, and the investigating officers. (Ord. No. KK176 §1, 6-7-71; RSMo. 300.125)