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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Can I cut through a parking lot to avoid a red light in Missouri?


Can I cut through a parking lot to avoid a red light in Missouri?


 Answer:  All depends upon where you are at. This is a law I have always heard about but never took the time to research.  Well now I have. A cursory glance shows that several cities have these laws.  The city of Parkville's city code states as follows:

Section 315.030Obedience To Traffic Control Devices.

[Ord. No. 995 §402, 5-19-1987Ord. No. 1532 §1, 9-5-1995]
A. 
The drivers of all vehicles except authorized emergency vehicles on official emergency trips are required to observe the instructions of all official traffic devices placed under the provision of this Chapter. Such devices shall include all lettered signs, all buttons, all curbing, all mechanical traffic signals, and all paint marks placed upon the surface of the roadway. Such devices shall be held to have the same authority as the personal direction of the Police Officer.
B. 
Placement of traffic signals is hereby authorized at the following locations:
The intersection of Highway 9 and 45, controlling northbound, southbound, eastbound and westbound traffic.
Highway 45 at Melody Lane on the north and Parkville Heights Shopping Center on the south, controlling northbound, southbound, eastbound and westbound traffic.
Highway 9 at Lakeview Drive controlling northbound, southbound, eastbound and westbound traffic.

Many other Missouri cities have the similar laws, so in general, avoid this practice or you might find yourself with a ticket.

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