Village of Baldwin, WI
St. Croix County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Baldwin 4-28-2004 as Title 10, Ch. 3, of the 2004 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks and public property — See Ch. 416.
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 510.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 547.

§ 497-1 State snowmobile laws adopted.

Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the statutory provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to snowmobiles in the following enumerated sections of the Wisconsin Statutes are hereby adopted by reference and made part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Acts required to be performed or prohibited by such statutes are required or prohibited by this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of the statutes incorporated herein by reference are intended to be made part of this chapter.
350.01
Definitions
350.02
Operation of snowmobiles on or in the vicinity of highways
350.03
Right-of-way
350.04
Snowmobile races, derbies and routes
350.045
Public utility exemption
350.047
Local ordinance to be filed
350.05
Operation by youthful operators restricted
350.055
Safety certification program established
350.07
Driving animals
350.08
Owner permitting operation
350.09
Head lamps, tail lamps and brakes, etc.
350.10
Miscellaneous provisions for snowmobile operation
350.101
Intoxicated snowmobiling
350.102
Preliminary breath screening test
350.1025
Application of intoxicated snowmobiling law
350.104
Chemical tests
350.106
Report arrest to department
350.107
Officer's action after arrest for operating a snowmobile while under influence of intoxicant
350.12
Registration of snowmobiles; trail use stickers
350.125
Completion of application for registration by snowmobile dealers
350.13
Uniform trail signs and standards
350.15
Accidents and accident reports
350.17
Enforcement
350.18
Local ordinances
350.19
Liability of landowners
350.99
Parties to a violation

§ 497-2 State all-terrain vehicle laws and utility terrain vehicle laws adopted.

[Added 3-13-2013; amended 7-8-2015[1]]
The provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to all-terrain vehicles in the following-enumerated subsections of § 23.33, Wis. Stats., and any future amendments or revisions, are hereby adopted by reference and made part of this section as if fully set forth herein. Any acts required to be performed by the following Statutory Subsections or which are prohibited by such Statutory Subsections are required to be performed by this section or are prohibited by this section:
23.33(1)
Definitions [including Subsections (a) through (o)]
23.33 (1m)
Utility terrain vehicle program
23.33(2)
Registration
23.33(3)
Rules of operation
23.33(4)
Operation on or near highway [including Subsections (a) through (e)]
23.33(5)(a) and (c)
Age restrictions
23.33(6)
Equipment requirements [including Subsections (a) through (e)]
23.33(7)
Accidents [including Subsections (a) and (b)]
[1]
Editor's Note: This ordinance also amended the title of this chapter, which was formerly Snowmobiles and All-Terrain Vehicles.

§ 497-3 Applicability of traffic regulations to snowmobiles.

No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any street, highway or alley within the Village of Baldwin in violation of the traffic regulation provisions of §§ 346.04, 346.06, 346.11, 346.14(1), 346.18, 346.19, 346.20, 346.21, 346.26, 346.27, 346.33, 346.35, 346.37, 346.39, 346.40, 346.44, 346.46, 346.47, 346.48, 346.50(1)(b), 346.51, 346.52, 346.53, 346.54, 346.55, 346.87, 346.88, 346.89, 346.90, 346.91, 346.92(1) and 346.94(1) and (9), Wis. Stats.

§ 497-4 Unattended snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles and utility terrain vehicles.

[Amended 7-8-2015]
No person shall leave or allow a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle owned or operated by him/her to remain unattended on any public highway or public property while the motor is running or with the starting key left in the ignition.

§ 497-5 Operation on sidewalk prohibited.

[Amended 7-8-2015]
No person shall operate a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle upon any sidewalk, pedestrian way or upon the area between the sidewalk and the curbline of any street in the Village, except as specifically authorized by § 497-8 or for the purpose of crossing to obtain immediate access to an authorized area of operation.

§ 497-6 Speed limit; parking.

[Amended 7-8-2015]
A. 
Traffic flow and speed. Snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle traffic must travel with the normal traffic flow using the right hand lane of traffic on all routes. The speed of a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle must be reasonable and prudent determined by existing conditions and shall at no time exceed 10 miles per hour within the Village limits while on the routes established.
B. 
Parking. Parking of snowmobiles/all-terrain vehicles/utility terrain vehicles on the streets of the Village is prohibited except that parking of snowmobiles/all-terrain vehicles/utility terrain vehicles out of the traffic lanes will be permitted on the snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle route portion.

§ 497-7 Accidents and accident reports.

[Amended 7-8-2015]
A. 
If he/she can do so without serious danger to his/her own snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle or to persons on board, the operator of a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle involved in a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle accident within the Village shall stop his/her snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle and shall render to other persons affected thereby such assistance as may be practicable and necessary to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the accident and shall give his/her name and address and identification of his/her snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the accident.
B. 
If the snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle accident results in death or injury to any person or total property damage in excess of $200, every operator of a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle involved in such accident shall, as soon as possible, notify the Police Department of the accident and shall, within 10 days after the accident, file a written report thereof with the Department on forms prescribed by it.
C. 
If the operator of a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle is physically incapable of making the report required by this section and there was another occupant on the snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle at the time of the accident capable of making the report, he/she shall make such report.
D. 
"Snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle accident" means a collision, accident or other casualty involving a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle.

§ 497-8 Snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle routes and trails designated.

A. 
Operation areas designated.
[Amended 7-8-2015]
(1) 
Generally. Except as provided in §§ 350.02 and 350.03, Wis. Stats., no person shall operate a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle upon any public right-of-way, in any public park, or on any other public property in the Village except on designated routes or trails, adopted by the Village Board, or as otherwise permitted by this section.
(2) 
Operation on private premises restricted. No person shall operate a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle on any private property not owned or controlled by him/her within the Village of Baldwin without the express consent or permission of the owner of said property.
B. 
Snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle routes designated. The Village Board may, by resolution, designate snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle routes/trails within the Village of Baldwin.
[Amended 7-8-2015]
C. 
Snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle access to trail.
[Amended 3-13-2013; 7-8-2015]
(1) 
Snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle access is to provide a means for persons to travel from a residence within the limits of the Village of Baldwin for the shortest distance that is necessary for a person to operate a snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle to the snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle route or trail that is closest to that residence.
(2) 
This subsection is adopted as authorized under § 350.18(3)(a), Wis. Stats.
D. 
Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer of the Village of Baldwin.
E. 
Trail markers. The Chief of Police is directed and authorized to procure, erect and maintain appropriate snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle route, trail or limit markers.
[Amended 7-8-2015]
F. 
Rules of operation. A snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle operated on designated snowmobile routes over public highways shall observe the rules of the road for motor vehicles set forth in Ch. 346, Wis. Stats., and Chapter 547, Vehicles and Traffic, of this Code, which is hereby adopted by reference and made part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by such laws is required or prohibited by this section.
[Amended 7-8-2015]
G. 
Declaring trails closed. Due to weather conditions or emergency, the Village President or Chief of Police may declare snowmobile/all-terrain vehicle/utility terrain vehicle trails closed within the Village.
[Amended 7-8-2015]
H. 
Closing of trail. Any trail or section of trail may be closed by the Village President or Chief of Police if in his opinion inadequate coverage of snow or ice may lead to damage to the trail.[1]
[Amended 3-13-2013]
[1]
Editor's Note: Original Subsection (i), Minimum age for all-terrain vehicles, which immediately followed this subsection, was repealed 3-13-2013.

§ 497-9 Violations and penalties.

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not less than $25 and not more than $500, together with the costs of prosecution, provided that no person shall forfeit an amount in excess of the maximum fine or forfeiture allowed in the Wisconsin Statutes for the same offense, and further provided that the penalty and forfeiture for parking violations on highways shall be the amount applicable to such violations by owners or operators of motor vehicles under Chapter 547, Vehicles and Traffic, of this Code.

§ 497-10 Enforcement.

A. 
Uniform citation for highway violations. The uniform traffic citation promulgated under § 345.11, Wis. Stats., shall be used for violations of this chapter relating to highway use except as herein provided.
B. 
Parking violations. The special traffic citation described and defined in Chapter 547, Vehicles and Traffic, of this Code shall be used for enforcement of violations of rules of the road relating to parking of vehicles adopted by reference in § 497-3 of this chapter.
C. 
Other violations. All violations of this chapter not described in Subsection A or B shall be enforced in accordance with §§ 66.0111 and 66.0114, Wis. Stats. Stipulations of guilt or no contest may be made as provided in § 66.0114(1)(b), Wis. Stats., in substantially the form provided in the uniform traffic citation within five days of the date of the citation for such violation. Bail deposits may also be made under § 66.0114, Wis. Stats.
D. 
Police Department to receive stipulations and penalties. Stipulations, forfeited penalties and deposits for obtaining release from arrest authorized under this chapter may be accepted at the Police Department offices.
E. 
Forfeited penalties and deposits. Except as otherwise provided in § 345.26, Wis. Stats., and the deposit schedule adopted by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference thereunder, required penalties and deposits or bail not including costs or fees for violation of this chapter shall be as established by the schedule adopted by the Village Board. The penalty for violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a forfeiture as herein provided together with costs under § 345.27, Wis. Stats., and a penalty assessment, where applicable, as required under § 757.05(1), Wis. Stats.