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BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.38 Division I Snow Emergency 

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DIVISION I. TRAFFIC CODE

Chapter 17.38
Snow Emergency 

Sections:

17.38.010 Definitions.
17.38.020 Parking on snow emergency routes.
17.38.030 Conditions of motor vehicles operated on snow emergency routes.
17.38.040 Stalled vehicle on snow emergency route.
17.38.050 Declarations of the snow coordinator.
17.38.060 Termination of parking prohibition by the snow coordinator.
17.38.070 Provisions temporarily effective to take precedence.
17.38.080 Signs to mark snow emergency routes.
17.38.090 Removal.
17.38.100 Snow emergency routes designated.
17.38.110 Depositing of snow and ice restricted.
17.38.120 Interference with snow plows.
17.38.130 Studded tires, prohibited when.
17.38.140 Penalties.

17.38.010 Definitions.

The following definitions shall apply in the interpretation and enforcement of this chapter:

A. The "snow coordinator" is the director of streets.

B. "Snow emergency routes" are those streets marked as such in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.

C. "Snow tires" are radial tires or any other tires mounted on drive wheels of motor vehicles which are designed to give effective traction on snow, mud, or ice covered streets by means of extra heavy duty treads with specifically high-traction patterns except that no tire so defined shall be construed to be a snow tire which is damaged or worn to the extent that its performance would be substantially impaired.

D. "Tire chains" are any metal chains mounted on drive wheel tires of motor vehicle which cross the tread of each such tire laterally in at least three (3) different places.

E. "Studded tires" are any tires mounted on drive wheels of motor vehicles which are especially designed to give effective traction on snow, mud, or ice covered streets by means of metal studs spaced as to give high traction patterns except that no tire so defined shall be construed to be a studded tire which is damaged or worn to the extent that its performance would be substantially impaired.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.010.)

17.38.020 Parking on snow emergency routes.

A. Whenever the snow coordinator finds, on the basis of falling snow, sleet or freezing rain, or on the basis of a forecast by the U.S. Weather Bureau or other weather service of snow, sleet or freezing rain, that weather conditions will make it necessary that motor vehicle traffic be expedited and that parking on city streets be prohibited or restricted for snow plowing and other purposes, the snow coordinator shall put into effect a parking prohibition on parts or all snow emergency routes as necessary by declaring it in a manner prescribed in this chapter.

B. Once in effect, prohibition under this section shall remain in effect until terminated by announcement of the snow coordinator in accordance with this chapter.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.020.)

17.38.030 Conditions of motor vehicles operated on snow emergency routes.

A. No person operating a motor vehicle on a snow emergency route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice shall allow such vehicle to become stalled wholly or partly because the drive wheels thereof are not equipped with effective tire chains, snow tires or studded tires.

B. No person operating a motor vehicle on a part of a snow emergency route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice, or on which there is a parking prohibition in effect, shall allow such vehicle to become stalled because the motor fuel supply is exhausted or the battery has become inoperative.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.030.)

17.38.040 Stalled vehicle on snow emergency route.

Whenever a vehicle becomes stalled for any reason, whether or not in violation of this chapter, on any part of a snow emergency route on which there is a covering of snow, sleet or ice, or on which there is a parking prohibition in effect, the person operating such vehicle shall take immediate action to have the vehicle towed or pushed off the roadway of such snow emergency route onto the first cross street which is not a snow emergency route. No person shall abandon or leave his vehicle in the roadway of a snow emergency route regardless of whether he indicated, by raising the hood or otherwise, that the vehicle is stalled.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.040.)

17.38.050 Declarations of the snow coordinator.

A. The snow coordinator shall cause each declaration of a snow route emergency made by him pursuant to this chapter to be publicly announced by means of broadcasts and/or telecasts from stations with a normal operating range covering the city, and he may cause such declaration to be further announced in newspapers of general circulation when feasible. Each announcement shall describe the action taken by the snow coordinator including the time it became or will become effective, and shall specify the streets affected.

B. The snow coordinator shall make or cause to be made a record of each time and date when any declaration is announced to the public in accordance with this section.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.050.)

17.38.060 Termination of parking prohibition by the snow coordinator.

Whenever the snow coordinator shall find that some or all of the conditions which give rise to a parking prohibition in effect pursuant to this chapter no longer exist, he may declare the prohibition terminated, in whole or in part, in a manner prescribed by this chapter, effective immediately upon announcement.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.060.)

17.38.070 Provisions temporarily effective to take precedence.

Any provision of this chapter which becomes effective by declaration of the snow coordinator or upon the occurrence of certain weather conditions shall, while temporarily in effect, take precedence over other conflicting provisions of law normally in effect, except that it shall not take precedence over provisions of law relating to traffic accidents, emergency travel of authorized emergency vehicles, or emergency traffic directions of a police officer.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 838.070.)

17.38.080 Signs to mark snow emergency routes.

On each street designated by this chapter as a snow emergency route, the snow coordinator shall post special signs at intervals indicating that this is an emergency snow route. These signs shall be distinctive and uniform in appearance and shall be plainly readable to persons traveling on the street.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.080.)

17.38.090 Removal.

A. Whenever any vehicle shall be found parked or abandoned on a snow emergency route in violation of this chapter, such vehicle may be removed and conveyed by means of towing and impounding the same or by towing or otherwise removing to the nearest available parking space on the first cross street which is not a snow emergency route.

B. Parking Pedestrian Notice. Whenever any vehicle shall be found illegally parked or abandoned in violation of this chapter, the police shall notify the owner or driver of such vehicle by handing to him or affixing on the vehicle a parking pedestrian notice. The owner or driver of the vehicle may appear in person or mail the sum of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) to the traffic violation bureau within five (5) days excluding Saturdays, Sundays and holidays in lieu of the penalty provided in Section 17.38.140, and in full satisfaction of such violation. Upon failure to pay such penalty within five (5) days, the owner of the vehicle found parked in violation of this chapter shall be deemed guilty of an infraction and upon conviction punished as provided in Section 17.38.140.

C. Owner's Responsibility. The presence of any vehicle found parked or abandoned in violation of this chapter on any snow emergency routes shall be prima facie evidence that the person, firm or corporation in whose name such vehicle is registered, in either the records of the City License Collector or the records of the Director of Revenue of the state of Missouri, committed or authorized such violation.
(Ord. 57890 1, 1979: Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.090.)

17.38.100 Snow emergency routes designated.

The schedule of streets or parts of streets controlled by this section shall be kept on file in the Office of the Register and the Traffic and Transportation Division, and shall be available for examination.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.100.)

17.38.110 Depositing of snow and ice restricted.

No person, partnership, corporation, joint-stock company, syndicate or association, shall deposit or cause to be deposited any snow and ice on or against a fire hydrant or on any sidewalk, street or loading and unloading areas of a public transportation system, except that snow and ice may be windrowed on public roadways incident to the cleaning thereof or windrowed on curbs incident to the cleaning of sidewalks in business districts.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.110.)

17.38.120 Interference with snow plows.

No vehicle shall impede or interfere in any way with a snow plow or other snow removal vehicle while such snow plow or other removal vehicle is in operation on City streets.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.120.)

17.38.130 Studded tires, prohibited when.

No person shall operate any motor vehicle upon any street or highway between the first day of April and the first day of November while the motor vehicle is equipped with tires containing metal or carbide studs.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.130.)

17.38.140 Penalties.

Any person convicted of a violation of any provision of this chapter shall be punished by a fine of not more than $500.00, or by imprisonment for not more than 90 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.
(Ord. 57831 1 (part), 1979: 1960 C. 838.140.)

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