City of Prescott, WI
Pierce County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of Prescott as Title 10, Chs. 3 and 6, of the former City Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Parks, beaches and boating — See Ch. 421.
Peace and good order — See Ch. 435.
Abandoned vehicles — See Ch. 541.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 545.

§ 481-1 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 Code.
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
350.103
Implied consent
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
350.108
Public education program
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
350.135
Interference with uniform trail signs and standards prohibited
350.15
Accidents and accident reports
350.155
Coroners and medical examiners to report; require blood specimen
350.17
Enforcement
350.18
Local ordinances
350.19
Liability of landowners
350.99
Parties to a violation

§ 481-2 Applicability of traffic regulations to snowmobiles.

No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any street, highway or alley within the City of Prescott 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.

§ 481-3 Unattended vehicles.

No person shall leave or allow a snowmobile owned or operated by him to remain unattended on any public highway or public property while the motor is running or with the starting key left in the ignition.

§ 481-4 Operation on sidewalks prohibited.

No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any sidewalk, pedestrian way or upon the area between the sidewalk and the curbline of any street in the City, except as specifically authorized by § 481-8 or for the purpose of crossing to obtain immediate access to an authorized area of operation.

§ 481-5 Speed; hours of operation; unattended snowmobiles.

A. 
Speed. No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public highway within the City at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour. No person shall operate a snowmobile on any trail designated in § 481-8 of this chapter or in any public park or recreation area at a speed in excess of the posted limit.
B. 
Hours of operation. No person shall operate a snowmobile in the City after the hour of 10:00 p.m. during weeknights and before 7:00 a.m. and after 12:00 midnight on Fridays, Saturdays and nights before legal holidays, excepting, however, that operation of snowmobiles shall be permissible after such hours while such operator is returning from out-of-town by the most direct route from a trail to his home or designated loading area.

§ 481-6 Restrictions on operators.

A. 
No person under the age of 12 years may operate a snowmobile. No person over the age of 12 years but under the age of 16 years may operate a snowmobile unless he holds a valid snowmobile safety certificate or is accompanied by a person over 18 years of age or by a person over 14 years of age having a snowmobile safety certificate issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
B. 
No person shall operate any snowmobile upon any street, alley or other public right-of-way in the City unless such person shall have a valid motor vehicle operator's license or unless such operator is accompanied by a person who has a valid motor vehicle operator's license and who is occupying a seat on the vehicle.

§ 481-7 Accidents and accident reports.

A. 
If he can do so without serious danger to his own snowmobile or to persons on board, the operator of a snowmobile involved in a snowmobile accident within the City shall stop his snowmobile 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 name and address and identification of his snowmobile to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the accident.
B. 
If the snowmobile accident results in death or injury to any person or total property damage in excess of $200, every operator of a snowmobile 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 is physically incapable of making the report required by this section and there was another occupant on the snowmobile at the time of the accident capable of making the report, he shall make such report.
D. 
"Snowmobile accident" means a collision, accident or other casualty involving a snowmobile.

§ 481-8 Snowmobile routes and trails designated.

A. 
Routes designated. Except as provided in Sections 350.02 and 350.045 of the Wisconsin Statutes, or for snowmobile events authorized in accordance with Section 350.04, Wis. Stats, no person shall operate a snowmobile in the City of Prescott except on trails/routes designated by resolution of the Common Council.
B. 
Trail markers. The Director of Public Works is directed and authorized to procure, erect and maintain appropriate snowmobile route, trail and limit signs and markers as approved by the State Department of Natural Resources under § 350.13, Wis. Stats. The Chief of Police shall have the power to declare the stated snowmobile route and trails either open or closed.
C. 
Markers to be obeyed. No person shall fail to obey any route or trail sign, marker or limit erected in accordance with this section.

§ 481-9 Violations and penalties. [1]

Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-4 of this Code, 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 545, Vehicles and Traffic, of this Code.
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 481-10 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 545, 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 § 481-2 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 of the Wisconsin Statutes. 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 Common Council.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Amended at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).

§ 481-11 Operation on portion of roadway or shoulder of highway.

A. 
Intent. The intent of this section is to provide a means for persons to travel from a residence and lodging establishment within the limits of the City of Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin, for the shortest distance that is necessary for a person to operate a snowmobile to the snowmobile route or trail that is closest to that residence and lodging establishment.
B. 
Statutory authority. This section is adopted as authorized under § 350.18(3)(a), Wis. Stats.
C. 
Designated City roadways and highways.
(1) 
No person shall operate a snowmobile on a shoulder of a highway or City roadway not designated as a snowmobile route other than the following listed shoulders:
(a) 
Monroe Street from Highway 35 to Flora Street.
(b) 
From Flora Street to Orange Street.
(c) 
From Orange Street to Albert Street to College Street to Highway 10/29.
(d) 
From Flora Street to Walnut Street to Campbell Street to Highway 10/29.
(e) 
From Dakota and Orange Street to Albert Street to College Street to Highway 10/29.
(f) 
Parallel to the south side of Highway 10/35 from Pearl Street to the eastern City limits, then going south to Pine Street and Pierce County Trail.
(g) 
On Pine Street from City Hall, east to City limits and County Trail.
(2) 
A map of the roadways and highways designated by this section is on file at the office of the City Clerk.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Added at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II). Original Sec. 10-6-4, Conditions, which immediately followed this Subsection C, was repealed at time of adoption of Code (see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. II).
D. 
Speed. A snowmobile operated on a portion of the roadway or shoulder of a highway pursuant to this section shall observe roadway speed limits.
E. 
Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by any enforcement officer of the City of Prescott, Pierce County, Wisconsin.
F. 
Penalties. Wisconsin snowmobile penalties as found in § 350.11(1)(a), Wis. Stats., are adopted by reference.