Traffic Safety Education
Safety is an important aspect in all aspects of our lives. We wish to be safe in our houses, offices, schools, colleges, and on the roads while travelling. One of the most important, and overlooked areas of safety, is traffic safety. Some view traffic laws and regulations as tedious, but the laws and ordinances passed in Missouri, and specifically Olivette, were enacted to help keep all motorists, passengers, and pedestrians safe while on the roadways.
As of 12/29/2016, 600 (over 60%) of the 931 fatalities on Missouri Roadways were not wearing seatbelts. It's a sad statistic to share, but our intent is to bring awareness and promote seat belt usage since a seat belt is your best defense in any traffic crash. Under the Graduated Driver License Law, teens from age 15-18 are required to wear their seat belt and it’s a primary offense if they don’t, meaning they can be pulled over solely for not wearing their seat belt. Beginning in 2014, Olivette officers are able to stop any vehicle solely for lack of seat belt use by either the driver or any front-seat passenger. The City of Olivette is the 43rd municipality in Missouri (18th in St. Louis metropolitan area) to join this seat belt enforcement effort to help save more lives.
Helpful OrdinancesIn addition to reminding residents to buckle up and drive safe, the Police Department would like to remind residents about several other ordinances.
Distracted Driving Ordinance
One of the most dangerous violations that occur on a daily basis in the State of Missouri is distracted driving. Olivette City Ordinance prohibits any conduct that causes the operator’s vision or attention to be diverted, obscured, diminished, or directed away from the path of travel or the operation of the vehicle. Motorists may be stopped for these distractions, which may include, but not limited to, using a mirror or other device to engage in personal grooming, reading anything located in the vehicle other than operational information displayed on vehicle gauges and equipment, eating, drinking, writing, drawing, or inputting information into or otherwise operating a GPS system, mapping device, sound system, or telephone (Olivette Careless and Imprudent Driving Ordinance # 340.160).
Parking OrdinancesOlivette City Ordinance requires all vehicles parked on the roadways be parked with the right-hand wheels of the vehicle parallel to and within eighteen (18) inches of the right-hand curb.
Ordinance also prohibits parking: in front of a public or private driveway, within thirty (30) feet of an intersection, within ten (10) feet of a fire hydrant, within six (6) feet of any U.S. mailbox, and within thirty (30) feet upon the approach to any flashing signal, stop sign or traffic control signal located at the side of a roadway.
Seat Belt Ordinance
The City of Olivette passed a primary seat belt ordinance on October 21st 2014. The ordinance allows police officers to stop a vehicle solely for lack of seat belt use by the driver or any front-seat passenger. Before, another violation was needed to be able to enforce the secondary ordinance.