City of Howard Lake Snowmobile Ordinance

Chapter 12.06

SNOWMOBILE REGULATIONS

(Within the City of Howard Lake)

Operation on Streets, Roadways, Etc. No person shall operate snowmobiles upon any street, roadway or alley within the city, except between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 10:30 P.M. to drive from the owner's residence or place where such snowmobiles are stored to the nearest city limits or to the nearest area authorized for the operation of snowmobiles by the shortest and most direct route, or returning to the owner's place of residence or place where such snowmobile is stored by the shortest and most direct route. Persons may operate a snowmobile after 10:30 P.M. only by a special permit granted by the Chief of Police for special events.

It shall be unlawful at any time to operate a snowmobile on the boulevards, sidewalks, driveways or shoulders or other areas of the dedicated but unimproved portion of the public right of way, except to drive to and from the owner's residence or place where such snowmobiles are stored to the nearest public street.

An exemption exists within this section of the Ordinance for the operation of a snowmobile in an area North of U.S. Highway 12 and East of Wright County Road No. 6. This exemption exists for the purpose of allowing a snowmobile operator to reach community businesses during normal business hours.

Operation in Parks, Public Grounds, Etc. No person shall operate a snowmobile in any public park or in other public grounds owned by the city within the territorial limits of the city. The City Council having direct supervision and control over any public park or public grounds may, by written resolution duly adopted, authorize the operation of snowmobiles in a specified area or areas of any public park or public grounds in accordance with rules and regulations set forth in such written resolution. No authorization to operate snowmobiles in any public park or public grounds shall be effective until posted in the area authorized for such operation. No person shall operate a snowmobile in any public park or in any other public grounds owned by the city or under the control of its City Council between the hours of 10:00 P.M. and 8:00 A.M.

Rules for Operation Generally. It shall be unlawful for any person to drive or operate any snowmobile in the city in the following unsafe or harassing ways:

1. At a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding circumstances. Operation of a snowmobile at a speed greater than ten miles per hour on any public street or alley shall be prima facie evidence that the speed is unreasonable and improper under this article.

2. In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the person or property of another or to cause injury or damage thereto.

3. While under the influence of intoxicating liquor or habit forming drugs.

4. Without a lighted head and tail light when required for safety.

5. In any tree nursery or area wherein trees, shrubs, plants, flowers or other vegetation is growing in a manner which damages or destroys said vegetation.

Age Requirements for Operators. Notwithstanding anything in this article to the contrary, no person under fourteen years of age shall operate a snowmobile on any public street, roadway or alley or other public area where the operation of snowmobiles is permitted by this article. A person fourteen years of age or older, but less than eighteen years of age may operate the snowmobile on the areas permitted by this article only if he has in his immediate possession a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of Conservation of the state. It is unlawful for the owner of a snowmobile to permit a snowmobile to be operated contrary to the provisions of this section.

Towing of Objects. It shall be unlawful for the operator of any snowmobile to tow any person, vehicle or thing on any public street, roadway or alley in the city.

Position When Traveling on Streets. When operating a snowmobile on a public street, the operator shall, insofar as practicable, operate the snowmobile as near as practicable to the right curb line, except in preparation for making a left turn.

Yielding Right of Way. The driver of a snowmobile shall yield the right of way to all oncoming traffic which constitutes an immediate hazard.

Lights and Equipment. No person shall operate a snowmobile within the right-of-way of any street or alley between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise, or in conditions of reduced visibility, except when both front and rear lights are on. Snowmobiles are required to have such equipment as may be required by Chapter 84 of the Minnesota Statutes.


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