Chapter 14 MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC*
Section 14-1 Definitions.
The following words and phrases, when used in this chapter,
shall have the meanings
Abandoned property. Any unattended motor vehicle, trailer or all-terrain vehicle removed
subject to removal from public or private property as provided by this chapter, whether or not
Alley or alleyway. Any public roadway which affords only a secondary means of access to the
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 or constable or deputy sheriff, traffic officer or any privately owned vehicle operated as
an ambulance when responding to emergency calls.
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 highway.
Campus area. An area bounded by the south right of way line of
Locust Street, the east right
of way line of Providence Road, the north right of way line of Stadium Boulevard and the west
right of way line of College Avenue.
Central business district.
ll streets and portions of streets within the area described as: being bounded on the north by Park
Avenue; on the south by Elm Street; on the west by Garth Avenue; and on the east by College
Commercial motor vehicle. A motor vehicle designed or regularly used for carrying freight and
merchandise or more than eight (8) passengers but not including van pools or shuttle buses.
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.
(1) 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.
(2) Any portion of a roadway at an
intersection or elsewhere distinctly indicated for
pedestrian crossing by lines or other markings on the surface.
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.
Cycle. As defined in section 14-491 of this chapter.
Driver. Every person who drives or is in actual physical control of a vehicle.
Highway. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained, or
the entire area ordinarily used for vehicular traffic or parking in municipal parking lots, when any
part thereof is open to the uses of the public for purposes of vehicular travel.
Holiday. For the purpose of this chapter, holidays shall be New Year's,
Martin Luther King,
Memorial, Independence, Labor,
Thanksgiving and Christmas Days.
(1) The area embraced within the prolongation
or connection of the lateral curblines, 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 (2)
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 separate intersections. In the event such intersecting highway also includes two (2) roadways
thirty (30) feet or more apart, then every crossing of the two (2) roadways of such highways shall
be regarded as a separate intersection.
Laned roadway. A roadway which is divided into two (2) or more clearly marked lanes for
Local commercial motor vehicle. A commercial motor vehicle whose operations are confined
solely to a municipality and that area extending not more than twenty-five (25) miles therefrom.
Motor vehicle. Any self-propelled vehicle not operated exclusively upon tracks, except farm
Motorcycle. A motor vehicle operated on two (2) wheels.
Motortricycle. A motor vehicle operated on three (3) wheels, including a motorcycle while
operated with any conveyance, temporary or otherwise, requiring the use of a third wheel.
Official time standard. Whenever certain hours are named herein, they shall mean standard
time or daylight savings time, as may be in current use in the city.
Official traffic control devices. All signs, signals, markings and devices not inconsistent with
this chapter, placed or erected by authority of a public body or official having jurisdiction, for the
purpose of regulating, warning or guiding traffic.
Owner. Any person who owns or holds legal title to a vehicle, either individually or jointly
with others, or in whose name such vehicle is registered or licensed, either individually or jointly
with others, according to the records of any city, county or state, but shall not include persons
holding only a security interest in such vehicle unless such persons have possession and control
of such vehicle.
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
Parking meter. A device for the purpose of measuring time elapsed since the deposit of a coin
in the slot provided, and equipped with a mechanism to indicate the legal time a vehicle may
remain parked in a designated place.
Parking meter district. All streets and portions of streets within an area where parking meters
are erected and maintained by authority of the city council.
Parking meter hood. Cover placed on parking meters by authority of the police department or
city traffic engineer.
Parking meter space. That portion of the street bounded by lines or marks on the curb, or on
the street, above or alongside each parking meter to designate the parking space for which each
meter is to be used.
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. The term pedestrian shall include a person on foot, a person walking a bicycle and
a person operating a manual or electric wheelchair.
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.
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
Railroad. A carrier of persons or property upon cars, other than streetc.ars, operated upon
Railroad train. A steam engine, electric or other motor, with or without cars coupled thereto,
operated upon rails, except streetc.ars.
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
Roadway. That portion of a highway, including the entire area of municipal parking lots, that
is improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel, exclusive of the berm or shoulder.
In the event a highway includes two (2) or more separate roadways, the term "roadway," as
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 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 curblines, or the lateral lines of a roadway,
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.
State highway. A highway maintained by the State of Missouri as a part of the state highway
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 signs or signal.
Street or highway. The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly
maintained, or the entire area ordinarily used for vehicular traffic or parking in municipal parking
lots, 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 the 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
Through truck traffic. Truck traffic which is not en route to a destination on the street on
which it is travelling.
Tractor or truck tractor. A self-propelled motor vehicle designed for drawing other vehicles
but not for the carriage of any load when operating independently. When attached to a
semitrailer, it supports a part of the weight thereof.
Traffic. Pedestrians, ridden or herded animals, vehicles, streetc.ars 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
division is not established, then such term whenever used herein shall be deemed to refer to the
police department of the city.
Trailer. Any vehicle without motive power designed for carrying property or passengers on its
own structure and for being drawn by self-propelled vehicle, except those running exclusively on
trucks, including a semi-trailer or vehicle of the trailer type so designed and used in conjunction
with a self-propelled vehicle that a considerable part of its own weight rests upon and is carried
by the towing vehicle.
Trucks. All motor vehicles designed, used, or maintained for the transportation of property.
University of Missouri campus. All streets and portions of streets within the area described
being contained within an area enclosed by a boundary beginning at the intersection of Stewart
Road and Providence Road; thence east on Stewart Road to Fifth Street; thence north on Fifth
Street to Elm Street; thence east on Elm Street to Hitt Street; thence south on Hitt Street to
Paquin Street; thence east on Paquin Street to College Avenue; thence south on College Avenue
to Missouri Highway 740; thence west on Missouri Highway 740 to Providence Road; and
thence north on Providence Road to the starting point at Stewart Road.
The streets and portions of streets which form the boundaries
of the campus area shall be
considered as without the University of Missouri campus for the purposes of section 14-223(b)(2)c.
Vehicle. Every device in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or
upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon stationary rails
(Code 1964, § 12.010; Ord. of 12-20-82; Ord. No. 10811, § 1, 12-2-85; Ord.
No. 14252 § 1, 10-17-94; Ord. No. 14598, § 1, 8-21-95; Ord. No. 16077, § 1, 7-6-99; Ord.
No. 17011, § 1, 9-17-01;
Ord. No. 19360, § 1, 1-2-07)
Cross reference(s)--Definitions and rules of construction generally, § 1-2.
State law reference(s)--Similar provisions, RSMo. § 300.010.
(Ord. 19360, Amended, 01/02/2007, Prior Text; Ord. 17011, Amended, 09/17/2001, Prior Text; Ord. 16077, Amended, 07/06/1999, Prior Text)