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Snowmobiles

SNOWMOBILES

 

     8.301. Definitions.  For the purpose of Sections 8.301 to 8.303, the following terms shall have the meanings given them:

 

(1)        "Snowmobile" means a self‑propelled vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice or on natural terrain steered by wheels, skis, or runners.

 

(2)        "Owner" means a person other than a lien holder having an interest in or title to a snowmobile entitling that person to the use or possession thereof.

                                                                            

(3)        "To Operate" means to ride in or on and control the operation of a snowmobile.

 

(4)        "Operator" means every person who operates or is in actual physical control and custody of a snowmobile.

 

(5)        "Street Right of Way" means that portion of a street improved, designed, or ordinarily used for vehicular traffic, together with all boulevards and sidewalks.

(Ordinance 171, sec. 1, 1/20/69)

 


8.302. Restrictions on Operation of Snowmobiles.  No person shall drive or operate any snowmobile in the following ways:

 

(1)        At a rate of speed greater than 15 miles per hour.

 

(2)        In a careless, reckless, or negligent manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger or cause injury to the person or property of another.

 

(3)        While under the influence of intoxicating liquor, narcotics, or other habit‑forming drugs.

 

(4)        Without a lighted headlight and tail‑light when required for safety.

(Ordinance 171, sec. 3. 1/20/69)

 

8.303. Operation of Snowmobiles Generally. Snowmobiles may be operated in the city subject to the following conditions:

 

(1)        No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public street right of way or alley within the city in the area hereinafter described, except in an emergency during the period of time when, and at locations where, snow upon the street renders travel by automobile impractical.  The area where such operation is prohibited is the area bounded on the north by the north side of First Avenue North from the west side of First Street North to the east side of Fourth Street North; on the south by the south side of Second Avenue South from the west side of First Street South to the east side of Fourth Street South; on the east by the east side of Fourth Street North and Fourth Street           South from the north side of First Avenue North to the south side of Second Avenue South; and on the west by the west side of First Street North and First Street South from the north of First Avenue North to the south side of Second Avenue South. Also, on all of First Avenue Southeast from the intersection with Ninth Street East to the city limits and on all of Ninth Street Northeast and Ninth Street Southeast from the south side of First Avenue Southeast to the north side of First Avenue Northeast.

 

(2)        {Intentionally left blank}.

 

 

(3)        A snowmobile may make a direct crossing of a public street provided:

 

a.         The crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees to the direction of the public street, and at a time and place where no obstruction prevents the quick and safe crossing of said snowmobile.

 

b.         The snowmobile must be brought to a complete stop before crossing any uncontrolled intersection.

 

c.         The driver of the snowmobile must yield the right‑of‑way to all on coming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard.

 

(4)        All snowmobiles while operating on the streets or alleys must run single file and maintain a safe and reasonable distance between each other.

 

(5)        No snowmobile shall have a trailing sled or other object with a hitch length of more than 48 inches, including rope.

 

(6)        Nothing herein shall be construed to prevent the owner of a snowmobile who lives in an area where operation is restricted from using the street for access to streets where operation is allowed.

 

(7)        No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public property of the city except on a designated snowmobile route approved by the city.

 

(8)        No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public or private cemetery.

 

(9)        No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any private property without the permission of the owner.

(Ord, 171, sec. 2,6,7, 1/20/69. Ord. 205, sec. 1, 1/5/76)

 

8.304. Penalty.  Any person violating any provision of sections 8301 to 8.303 shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.