[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Massena 11-13-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Off-highway recreational vehicles — See Ch. 204.
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 Massena 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.
Operation of snowmobiles on highways and public ways of the town and of the County of St. Lawrence shall be subject to the applicable provisions of Articles 21 through 27 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law, the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth in § 185-5 of 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 following highways or portions thereof described herein, it being hereby determined 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:
Operation of snowmobiles on any public parks and public places other than highways of the town is hereby expressly prohibited.
Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on the shoulder, roadway or inside bank of any town street or highway or portion thereof as provided in this chapter, the following conditions and restrictions shall apply to all such snowmobile operation:
Prohibited operating hours. No person shall operate snowmobiles on any town highway between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m., except that on Friday, Saturday or Sunday the prohibited hours shall be between 1:30 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Financial security. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile on any public lands or places of the town unless the owner or operator of such snowmobile is insured against public liability and carries with him proof of financial responsibility in the manner prescribed by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and of the minimum amount provided in Subdivision 2 of § 25.13 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law. Such proof shall be displayed by the owner or operator of any snowmobile upon request of any magistrate, any law enforcement officer or any person having authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter, or to any person who has suffered or claims to have suffered either personal injury or damage to property as a result of the operation of such snowmobile by any such owner or operator.
Direction of operation. No person shall operate a snowmobile within the street or highway right-of-way of the town between sunrise and sunset except on the right side of such right-of-way and in the same direction as the highway traffic. Operation on other public places shall be only in the direction marked by appropriate route direction markers.
Unattended snowmobiles. It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator to leave a snowmobile or allow it to be left unattended on any town highway or public place while the motor is running or with any key for starting the same left in the ignition or elsewhere in said snowmobile.
Obedience to vehicular traffic controls. 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 shall obey the orders and direction of any state or local police or other law enforcement officer 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.
This chapter shall take effect December 13, 1974; provided, however, that 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 and the rules and regulations of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation.