BULLET St. Louis City Revised Code Chapter 17.55 Division II Crusing

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Chapter 17.55

17.55.010 Definitions.
17.55.020 Cruising prohibited.
17.55.030 Temporary designated areas.
17.55.040 Exceptions.
17.55.050 Penalty for violation.

17.55.010 Definitions.

As used in this chapter:

A. "Cruising" is defined as the repetitive driving of any motor vehicle past a police established traffic control point, on three (3) or more occurrences, within a two (2) hour period on any highway, roadway, roadway within the boundaries of any City park, or alleyway of the City of St. Louis in a manner and under circumstances manifesting a "purpose" of unnecessary, repetitive driving in such area. Among the circumstances which may be considered in determining whether such purpose is manifested are that such person or any other person present in the vehicle attempts to gain the attention of other motorists or pedestrians or engages them in conversation, whether by hailing, arm waving, horn blowing, or another action or device; that such person or any other person present in the vehicle enters or exits the vehicle directly from or to another vehicle driven in or parked in close proximity to the designated area; that such person or any other person present in the vehicle violates state or City traffic regulations or City ordinances; or that such person has declared his or her purpose for driving to be that of cruising. The violator's conduct must be such as to demonstrate a specific intent to cruise. No citation shall be made for a violation of this section unless the police officer first affords an opportunity to explain such conduct; and no person shall be convicted of violating this section if it appears at trial that the explanation given was true and disclosed a lawful purpose, not unnecessary, repetitive driving. Lawful purposes include traveling to a specific destination by a person whose residence address is in the designated area or by a person whose business or employment requires driving in the designated area, and operating an official emergency or police vehicle in the designated area.

B. "Traffic control point" is defined as a clearly identified reference point on a designated street, as determined and marked from time-to-time by the Police Department for the purpose of enforcing this chapter.
(Ord. No. 68127, 1, 10-14-2008.)

17.55.020 Cruising prohibited.

It shall be unlawful for any person to engage in cruising. For the purposes of this section, a police officer may issue a citation to any person engaged in cruising, including the passenger(s), whom are sixteen (16) years of age or older.
(Ord. No. 68127, 2, 10-14-2008.)

17.55.030 Temporary designated areas.

The Chief of Police or his or her designee may establish temporary designated areas where cruising is prohibited where one or more of the following conditions exist or, are reasonably anticipated to exist at these locations:

A. Dangerous and continuous traffic congestion during afternoon, evening and night hours.

B. Excessive levels of noise or air pollution caused by traffic congestion.

C. Obstruction of streets, sidewalks or access to parking lots caused by vehicular traffic.

D. Interference with the use of property or conduct of business by vehicular traffic.

E. Obstruction of access to and through the public way for emergency vehicles by vehicular traffic.

F. Loud, disruptive, dangerous or unruly behavior directly related to vehicular traffic.

Prior to establishing a temporary designated area, the chief of police or his or her designee shall file a written plan, approved by the chief of police, with the district captain or captains responsible for the areas in which the designated area is to be located. A copy of the final plan shall also be provided to the City Director of Public Safety and the Aldermen affected by this designation five (5) days prior to the date on which the designated area takes effect. The plan shall contain the following information:

1. The boundaries of the designated area.

2. The date(s) and times during which the designated area will be in effect.

3. A statement enumerating the problem or problems that require the creation of the designated area.

4. Any instructions given to enforcement officers concerning the designated area.

5. The location of the signs to be posted.

6. The location of traffic control points.

Every temporary designated area shall be posted with sufficient signs to provide notice of the prohibition against cruising seven (7) days prior to establishment of such area. Such signs shall include the times, days and location of the cruising prohibition. These signs shall be of such size and shape as shall be deemed appropriate by the Director of Public Safety.
(Ord. No. 68127, 3, 10-14-2008.)

17.55.040 Exceptions.

Official emergency vehicles, residents residing within the boundaries of the temporary designated area traveling to a specific destination, taxicabs for hire and other commercial or passenger vehicles being driven for business purposes are exempted from the provisions of this section.
(Ord. No. 68127, 4, 10-14-2008.)

17.55.050 Penalty for violation.

Any person who violates the provisions of Section 17.55.020 may first be given a written or verbal warning by the attending police officer and thereafter shall be subject to a fine of not less than $100.00 for a first offense, not less than $200.00 for a second offense committed within a six-month period, and not less than $300.00 and not more than $500.00 for a third or subsequent offense committed within a one-year period. The court may, in lieu of a fine, impose not less than twenty (20) hours of community service for the first offense; not less than sixty (60) hours of community service for the second offense.
(Ord. No. 68127, 5, 10-14-2008.)

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