[HISTORY: Adopted by the Common Council of the City of New Lisbon 2-18-2002. Amendments noted where applicable.]
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.
No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any street, highway or alley within the City of New Lisbon 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.
Speed. No person shall operate a snowmobile within the City or on any route designated in § 426-9 of this chapter at a speed in excess of 10 miles per hour.
Restriction on equipment. No snowmobile or other vehicle operating on the snowmobile route shall be allowed if it has an expansion chamber or any muffler other than the type and size provided by the manufacturer. Each snowmobile must display a lighted headlight and taillight at all times, and said lights must conform to the requirement of § 350.09, Wis. Stats.
No person shall leave or allow a snowmobile owned or operated by him or 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.
No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any sidewalk or pedestrianway or upon the area between the sidewalk and the curbline of any street in the City, except as specifically authorized for the purpose of crossing to obtain immediate access to an authorized area of operation.
No person under the age of 12 years may operate a snowmobile unless the person is accompanied either by a parent or guardian or by a person over 18 years of age. For the purpose of this subsection, "accompanied" means being on the same snowmobile as the operator.
No person over the age of 12 years may operate a snowmobile unless he or she holds a valid snowmobile safety certificate. Any person who is over the age of 12 who holds a snowmobile safety certificate shall carry it while operating a snowmobile and shall display it to a law enforcement officer on request. Persons enrolled in a snowmobile safety program approved by the Department of Natural Resources may operate a snowmobile in an area designated by the instructor.
No person under the age 18 years shall operate a snowmobile in the City of New Lisbon between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. the following day on Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday unless accompanied on the vehicle by a parent, guardian, adult relative, or other adult person having actual care, custody and control of such child.
If he or she can do so without serious danger to his or her own snowmobile or to persons on board, the operator of a snowmobile involved in a snowmobile accident within the City shall stop his or her snowmobile and 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 or her name and address and identification of his or her snowmobile to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the accident.
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.
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 or she shall make such report.
"Snowmobile accident" means a collision, accident or other casualty involving a snowmobile.
Routes designated. Except as provided in §§ 350.02 and 350.045, Wis. Stats., or for snowmobile events authorized in accordance with § 350.04, Wis. Stats., no person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public right-of-way, in any public park or on any other public or private property in the City except upon snowmobile routes designated by the Common Council. There shall be established within the City limits four snowmobile routes through the City. These snowmobile routes shall be designated as snowmobile routes and are to be used only to leave and enter the City at a speed not to exceed 10 miles per hour. The routes are described as follows:
Route markers. The Director of Public Works and City law enforcement officers are directed and authorized to procure, erect and maintain appropriate snowmobile route and limit signs and markers as approved by the State Department of Natural Resources under § 350.13, Wis. Stats. City law enforcement officers shall have the power to declare the stated snowmobile routes either open or closed.
Markers to be obeyed. No person shall fail to obey any route sign, marker or limit erected in accordance with this section.
Statutory authority. State law allows towns, cities, and villages to enact local regulations allowing snowmobilers to travel from a residence or lodging establishment along roadways and/or shoulders of highways to the closest snowmobile route or trail. The authority to enact local snowmobile residential access regulations is found in § 350.18(3)(a), Wis. Stats. By authority of § 350.18(3)(a), Wis. Stats., the City of New Lisbon does hereby provide for snowmobile access to residential and lodging establishments within the City limits.
Operation authorized. This section allows the operation of snowmobiles on a roadway and/or shoulder of a street or highway by persons residing in or staying at a lodging establishment within the limits of the City of New Lisbon, Juneau County, Wisconsin, for the sole purpose of traveling for the shortest distance that is necessary to reach the snowmobile trail or route that is closest to that residence or lodging establishment.
This section designates the roadways and/or shoulders of specific highways for snowmobile travel by persons residing in or staying at a lodging establishment within the City of New Lisbon, Juneau County, Wisconsin, to travel for the shortest distance that is necessary to reach the snowmobile trail or route that is closest to that residence or lodging establishment subject to the following conditions:
Snowmobiles shall be operated on the extreme right side of the roadway and travel with the flow of traffic.
Snowmobiles are to be operated in single file.
Headlights should be on at all times.
Snowmobile operators shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicular traffic and pedestrians.
Snowmobiles violating any of the above conditions would be subject to the underlying violation of operating on the roadway.
Speed. A snowmobile operated on a portion of the roadway or shoulder of a highway pursuant to this section shall observe a speed limit of 10 miles per hour.
Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer of the City of New Lisbon, Juneau County, Wisconsin, or such other local, county or state law enforcement officers.
Penalties. Wisconsin state snowmobile penalties as found in § 350.11(1)(a), Wis. Stats. are adopted by reference.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, forfeit not more than $500, together with the costs of prosecution, and in default of payment thereof may be imprisoned in the county jail for not exceeding 10 days, 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 478, Vehicles and Traffic, of this Code.