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Rules Regarding Snowmobiles

As snowmobile season is in full swing please remember to mind the City ordinances (Chap 32-11(i)) and others when operating them.

(i)ATVs, UTVs, snowmobiles and other vehicles not already controlled or regulated by this article.

     (1)Operation by minors.

          a.It is a violation for any person under the age of 14 years to operate a snowmobile, ATV, UTV, or other vehicle or means of transportation not licensed for state streets or highways on streets or other public property in the city.

          b.A person 14 years of age or older, but less than 18 years of age, may operate a snowmobile, ATV, UTV, or other vehicle or means of transportation not licensed for state streets and highways on the streets of the city if he has in his immediate possession a valid driver license, permit, or certificate for the operation of said snowmobile, ATV, UTV, or other vehicle or means of transportation.

     (2)General operation.

          a.Notwithstanding any provision in state law to the contrary, it is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile, ATV, UTV, or other vehicle in excess of 15 miles per hour.

          b.Operation of such vehicles shall be limited to passing through the city, and, for residents of the city, shall be limited to going in a direct line to an out-of-town destination, or returning to the place of residence or place of housing within the city.

          c.Operation of such a vehicle shall be restricted to the city streets only, except and provided in subsection (f) of this section.

          d.It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile, ATV, UTV, or other vehicle or means of transportation on private property of another without the permission of the owner or occupants thereof.

          e.Snowmobiles, ATVs, UTVs, or other vehicles or means of transportation shall yield to all other vehicles and traffic, including pedestrians, at all intersections and shall abide by all signs governing the operation of motor vehicles within the city.

          f.ATVs and UTVs may be used within the city for the purpose of agricultural use or snow removal. Under all circumstances, the operator must abide by the other provisions of this section and state statutes.

          g.It is unlawful to tow or pull any person or object behind a snowmobile, ATV, UTV, or other vehicle that is not designed for that purpose.