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1362 – Bill No. 351 Operation of Motor Vehicles






BE IT ORDAINED by the Board of Aldermen of the City of Rich Hill, Missouri, as follows:

SECTION 1:  Chapter 300, consisting of section 300.010 through 300.600, of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, commonly known as the “Model Traffic Ordinance,” is hereby adopted as and for the traffic ordinance of this City with like effect as if recited at length herein.

SECTION 2:  No person shall operate a motor vehicle within the City without a valid state operator or chauffeur’s license, or operate a motor vehicle without a valid state operator’s or chauffeur’s license on or about his or her person, or operate a motor vehicle without a valid motor vehicle registration.

SECTION 3:  No owner or driver of any motor vehicle shall place the vehicle in charge of or permit it to be driven upon the streets of the City by any person under the age of sixteen years without a valid permit.

SECTION 4:  The parking of motor vehicles upon any street or alley in the City for longer period than 48 hours is hereby prohibited.  Streets or alleys cannot be blocked at any time.

SECTION 5:  No vehicle shall be stopped or parked and left without an operator or driver at any place upon the streets of the City between a parked car and the center of the street.

SECTION 6:  (a) In any prosecution charging a violation of any law or regulation governing the parking of a vehicles, proof that the particular vehicle described in the com­plaint was parked in violation of any such law or regulation, together with proof that the defendant named in the complaint was at the time of such parking the registered owner of such vehicle, shall constitute in evidence a prima facie presumption that the registered owner of such vehicle was the person who parked or placed such vehicle at the point where, and for the time during which, such violation occurred.

(b)     The foregoing presumption shall apply only when the procedure as prescribed in sections 360.585 and 300.590 of the Model Traffic Ordinance adopted by section 6 has been followed.

SECTION 7:      Upon the arrest of any minor under age seventeen for violation of any provisions of this ordinance they shall be turned over to the juvenile officer for disposition.

SECTION 8:       No person engaged in hauling coal, gravel, rock, tile, trash, refuse, brush or other material wil1 load the vehicle used in such hauling to such an extent that a part of the load may be shaken off, or used in any such hauling any broken or leaky box, body or bed from which such materials may fall or leak out upon the streets or alleys of the City. And any person who shall purposely, accidentally or by reason of accident, have dropped from his vehicle any such substance shall immediately stop such vehicle and make all reasonable effort to clear such street or alley thereof.

SECTION 9:       Any freshly oiled street within the City shall be barricaded by the person doing the oiling, and it shall be unlawful for any person to drive a vehicle upon such street while barricaded.

SECTION 10:    Every person operating a motor vehicle on the streets of this City shall drive in a careful and prudent manner, and shall exercise the highest degree of care and at a rate of speed so as not to endanger the property of another or the life or limb of any person.

SECTION 11:      No person shall operate a motor vehicle in the City ofRich Hillin excess of 25 miles per hour unless otherwise designated by traffic signs.  No person shall operate a motor vehicle in the excess of 70 miles per hour on Highway 71 or in excess of 35 miles per hour on Route A for the portions that is inside the City limits of Rich Hill. 

SECTION 12:      No person shall drive, use or tamper with a motor vehicle without the permission of the owner or person in charge thereof.   No person shall, without permission of the owner or person in charge thereof, climb upon or into or swing upon any motor vehicle whether it is in motion or at rest, or sound the horn thereof or attempt to manipulate any of the machinery thereof or set such vehicle in motion, or hold to such vehicle while riding a bicycle or other vehicle.

SECTION 13: No person shall operate a motor vehicle while in an intoxicated condition, or while under the influence of drugs.

SECTION 14: No person driving a motor vehicle upon the streets or alleys of the City and knowing that an injury has been caused to any person or damage has been caused to property due to the culpability or negligence of such driver, or to accident, shall fail to stop promptly nor shall he leave the scene of such injury, damage or accident without giving his name, residence, including city street number, state motor vehicle number and chauffeur’s or registered operator’s number to the injured party or to a City Police Officer or to the Police Judge in case no police officer is present,

SECTION 15:  No person shall drive a motor vehicle upon the streets of the City unless it is equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle, in good operating condition and two head lights and tail lights in good working condition; nor shall any person drive a motor vehicle upon the streets of the city with muffler cutout open; and no vehicle shall be driven in such manner or be in such condition that excessive noise shall he made by its machinery, motor, signaling device or other parts; and all such motor vehicles shall be provided with a set of adequate brakes, kept in good working condition.

SECTION 16:  The driver of a vehicle approaching an inter­section shall yield the right of way to a vehicle, which has entered the intersection from a different highway, provided, however, there is no form of traffic control at such intersection.

SECTION 17:  When two vehicles enter an intersection from different highways at approximately the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right of way to the drive of the vehicle on the right. This subsection shall not apply to vehicles approaching each other from opposite directions when the driver of one of such vehicles is attempting to or is making a left urn.

SECTION 18:    The driver of a vehicle within an intersection intending to turn to the left shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close thereto as to constitute an immediate hazard.

SECTION 19:       The driver of any vehicle shall stop as required by this section at the entrance to a through highway and shall yield the right of way to other vehicles which have entered the intersection on the through highway or which are approaching so closely on the through highway as to constitute an immediate hazard. The state highway commission may erect stop signs at the entrance of any public road into a through highway.

SECTION 20:      The driver of a vehicle about to enter or cross a highway from an alley or any private road or driveway shall yield the right of way to all vehicles approaching on said road or highway.

SECTION 21:    The driver of a vehicle intending to make a left turn into an alley, private road or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction when the making of such left turn would create a traffic hazard.

SECTION 22:    The Police Judge shall have all powers and authority and shall perform such duties as are prescribed for municipal courts in rules 37.46 to 37.40 of the rules of the Supreme Court of Missouri. (He may appoint as traffic violations clerk the Chief of Police or any Police Officer designated by the Chief of Police, or the City Clerk. In establishing schedules of fines and rules for the payment of fines including time limits, the police judge shall conform to the provisions of this article.

SECTION 23:      No person shall cause a motor vehicle to be parked or set idiling with any marked fire lane, in front of a fire hydrant, or any other marked “No Parking” area within the City ofRich Hill


SECTION 24:      Any person violating any provisions of this ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and upon conviction thereof shall be punished by a fine not exceeding $500.00 or by imprisonment in the county jail not exceeding 120 days or by both such fine and imprisonment.

SECTION 25:     All ordinances or parts or ordinances in con­flict with this ordinance arc hereby repealed to the extent of such conflict.

SECTION 26:     This ordinance shall take effect and be enforced from and after its passage and approval.

          First readingMay 24, 2011 

          Second readingMay 31, 2011


Read two times and passed this 31st day of May 2011.


Approved this 31st day of May 2011





Jim Kithcart, Mayor








Rebecca Rich, City Clerk


Ayes: Becker, Perkey-Ewing, Thurman, Kassner

Nays: None