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Traffic Tickets You Didn’t Know Existed

We are all familiar with speeding tickets, running a stop sign, improper lane changes, failure to use turn signals, and many more.

I’m sure we’ve all done something when behind the wheel, but have these ever come up in conversation with friends or family members?!

Disobey Funeral Procession Ordinance; A funeral procession is when two or more vehicles are heading to where additional funeral services will be performed. Funeral lead vehicles must have an amber or purple light or lens or alternating flashing headlamps. The law gives the procession the right-of-way, except it must yield to emergency vehicles. Once the lead vehicle lawfully enters an intersection, all other vehicles in the procession may follow without stopping but must exercise due care. All vehicles in the procession must follow each other as closely and as safely as possible, and toll-free passage is given to processions on any toll bridges, tunnels, or other roads. Other vehicles are prohibited from driving between, joining, attempting to pass, or crossing the path of a funeral procession. Mo. Rev. Stat. § 194.500-509.  – If you are not part of the funeral procession, and you get in the middle of or stop their procession, you can be ticketed.

Driving A Motorcycle Between Vehicles; also known as lane splitting. According to the American Motorcyclist Association’s website, every state except California bans the practice of lane splitting. Specifically, the states prohibit motorcycles from passing a vehicle in the same lane and riding between lanes of traffic or rows of vehicles.

Driving Under Min Speed Limit; Missouri code on reasonable and prudent speed. Minimum speed law: Section 304.011. 1 states, “No person shall operate a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic.” 

Failure to Dim Lights; According to Missouri state law, it is illegal to use your high beams when you come within 500 feet(about one block) of an oncoming vehicle and 300 feet when following a vehicle. The same rule applies on all types of roads

Failure to Sound Horn; Every motor vehicle shall be equipped with a horn, directed forward, or whistle in good working order, capable of emitting a sound adequate in quantity and volume to give warning of the approach of such vehicle to other users of the highway and to pedestrians.  Such signaling device shall be used for warning purposes only and shall not be used for making any unnecessary noise, and no other sound-producing signaling device shall be used at any time.

Improper Start from Parked Position; An unsafe start from a parked, stopped, or standing position occurs when a motorist burns out from a complete stop, screeches their tires from a stopped position, performs donuts in a parking lot, accelerates in speed too quickly but is not necessarily speeding or pulls out from a parking spot without checking for oncoming traffic.

Opening Car Door into Traffic; No person shall open the door of a motor vehicle on the side available to moving traffic unless and until it is reasonably safe to do so, nor shall any person leave a door open on the side of a motor vehicle available to moving traffic for a period longer than necessary to load or unload passengers.

Warning of Radar; Motorists could be prosecuted if they are caught warning other drivers on the road for any speed trap.