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Legislation #: 060118 Introduction Date: 1/26/2006
Type: Ordinance Effective Date: none
Sponsor: COUNCILMEMBER EDDY
Title: Enacting a new section 70-402, Code of Ordinances, entitled “Approaching stationary emergency vehicles” to require motorists on certain streets to change lanes when passing by a stationary emergency vehicle or if a lane change is not possible to reduce speed as passing the emergency vehicle and to establish a minimum $100.00 fine.

Legislation History
DateMinutesDescription
1/26/2006 Filed by the Clerk's office
1/26/2006 Referred to Operations Committee
2/1/2006 Advance and Do Pass as a Committee Substitute, Debate
2/2/2006 Passed as Substituted

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COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR DINANCE NO. 060118

 

Enacting a new section 70-402, Code of Ordinances, entitled Approaching stationary emergency vehicles to require motorists on certain streets to change lanes when passing by a stationary emergency vehicle or if a lane change is not possible to reduce speed as passing the emergency vehicle and to establish a minimum $100.00 fine.

 

WHEREAS, Section 302.022.2, Revised Statutes of Missouri, regulates the behavior of motorists when passing stationary emergency vehicles; and

 

WHEREAS, to enable more efficient enforcement of this safe driving practice enactment of a municipal ordinance is required; NOW, THEREFORE

 

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE COUNCIL OF KANSAS CITY:

 

Section 1. That Chapter 70, Code of Ordinances Traffic and Vehicles is amended by enacting a new section 70-402 entitled Approaching stationary emergency vehicles to read as follows:

 

Sec. 70-402. Approaching stationary emergency vehicles.

 

(a) Duty to approach emergency vehicles with caution. Upon approaching a stationary emergency vehicle displaying lighted red or red and blue lights, the driver of every motor vehicle shall:

 

(1) Lane change. Proceed with caution and yield the right-of-way, if possible with due regard to safety and traffic conditions, by making a lane change into a lane not adjacent to that of the stationary vehicle, if on a roadway having at least four lanes with not less than two lanes proceeding in the same direction as the approaching vehicle; or

 

(2) Reduce speed. Proceed with due caution and reduce the speed of the vehicle, maintaining a safe speed for road conditions, if changing lanes would be unsafe or impossible.

 

(b) Penalty. Upon conviction, a person shall be punished by a fine of not less than $100.00 and not more than $500.00, or by imprisonment in the municipal correctional institution for a term not to exceed 180 days, or by both such fine and imprisonment.

 

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Approved as to form and legality:

 

 

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William Geary

Assistant City Attorney