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Police Seeking Voluntary Compliance with Vehicle Codes

April 26, 2018
St. Peters residents who are storing abandoned vehicles or illegally parking cars such as recreational vehicles or business vehicles may be getting a notification in the mail from the police so that they don’t get a ticket down the road.

 

In the coming weeks, the St. Peters Police Department will mail notices to homes where police have found violations of City vehicle codes. The notice will ask for voluntary compliance to avoid consequences.

 

St. Peters Police periodically check St. Peters subdivisions for vehicle code violations such as illegally parked RVs, boats and trailers, business vehicles parked on the street instead of driveways, or the storage of inoperable vehicles at homes. The notice in the mail will warn the homeowner to remove or properly store the vehicle within seven days to avoid a ticket. Police will check the home again to ensure that the violation was corrected.

 

“This is a soft approach to code enforcement with the idea that most residents will correct a code violation if they know the law,” said Police Chief Jeff Finkelstein. “We don’t want to use the courts to correct the problem if we don’t have to.”

 

Here are some tips to avoid code violations:
  • Don’t park on your lawn.
  • Don’t leave derelict (inoperable or abandoned) vehicles at your property.
  • Don’t park a vehicle so that it blocks a sidewalk.
  • Park your business vehicle (a car that displays the name, emblem or symbol of a business enterprise) on your driveway, not on the street. Only one business vehicle is permitted per residence.
  • Follow all of the laws concerning recreational equipment. Recreational Vehicles (RVs), campers, boats and trailers are considered recreational equipment.
  • Do not store more than one piece of recreational equipment at your home.
  • Your recreational vehicle is limited to 22 feet in length and 8 feet in width.
  • Recreational vehicles stored on residential property must be behind all front building lines and must not extend beyond the front of the house.
  • Park your RV on the street or your driveway in front of your home for no longer than 2 hours while loading/unloading and no more than 10 days per year for seasonal preparation.

 

The City of St. Peters has other laws regulating the parking of recreational equipment. For more information concerning the proper parking of recreational vehicles, go online to www.stpetersmo.net/police-faqs.aspx, or call 636-278-2244, ext. 3586.