[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Bergen 12-8-1975 by L.L. No. 1-1975. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 454.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, welfare and safety by regulating the operation of snowmobiles on public highways and places in the Town of Bergen, New York, in a manner which will be compatible with the use of such highways and places for vehicular and pedestrian travel and other uses, and which will promote the safe and proper use of snowmobiles for recreation and commerce and minimize detrimental effects of such use on the environment.
The terms, words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the same meaning as such terms, words and phrases are defined in § 21.05 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York.
Whenever the word "Town" is used herein, it shall mean the Town of Bergen, New York.
Operation of snowmobiles on highways and public ways of the Town shall be subject to the applicable provisions of Articles 21 through 27 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York, the Rules and Regulations of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation, and the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth in this chapter.
Streets or highways. Only the following streets or highways or portions thereof of the Town are hereby designated for the purpose of operation of snowmobiles on the shoulders and inside banks thereof as authorized by § 25.05 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law:
Limited operation on highway.
Emergency. A snowmobile may be operated on a highway for the purpose of an emergency as authorized by § 25.05 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
Roadway. A snowmobile may be operated on the roadway of the highways or portions thereof described in Subsection A of this section if it be determined by the Town that the outside bank or shoulder of such highways or portions are nonexistent, or by reason of normally prevailing snow conditions and conditions of terrain are impassable.
Access areas. A snowmobile may be operated on the shoulder, inside bank, and roadway for a distance not to exceed 500 yards on the highways or portions thereof described in Subsection A of this section solely for the purpose of gaining access to an area adjacent to such highways in which a snowmobile operation is authorized.
No person shall operate a snowmobile on any highway, when otherwise permitted, between sunset and sunrise except on the right side of such right-of-way and in the same direction as the highway traffic or the nearest lane of the roadway adjacent thereto.
When operation on a roadway is permitted by any provision of this article, snowmobiles shall travel in single file, shall not ride tandem or abreast of each other, except in overtaking another snowmobile, and shall travel on the right side of the road in the same direction as the flow of vehicular traffic.
No person shall operate a snowmobile on or across a highway while pulling a person on skis or drawing or towing a sleigh, sled or toboggan which carries or transports any person. No person on skis shall be pulled by, and no person shall ride on or in a sleigh, sled or toboggan which is being towed or trailed by a snowmobile on a highway.
It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator to leave or allow a snowmobile to be left unattended on any Town highway while the motor is running, or with any key for starting the same left in the ignition or elsewhere in said snowmobile.
Each person operating a snowmobile on any Town highway shall observe strictly all vehicular traffic signs and signals and all other rules and regulations applicable to vehicular traffic, and obey the orders and directions of any state or local police or other law enforcement officers authorized to direct or regulate traffic.
A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in § 27.11 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon filing in the office of the Secretary of State. No snowmobile shall be operated under the provisions hereof until such time as the signs and markers are installed or constructed in accordance with the requirements of Article 25 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York and the rules and regulations of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historical Preservation.