[Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Pittsfield 5-13-1997 as §§ 3.701 to 3.705 of the 1997 Code; amended July 2007; August 2008. Subsequent amendments noted where applicable.]
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 232.
Statutes adopted. Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the statutory provisions in Chapters 340 to 348 of the Wisconsin Statutes, describing and defining regulations with respect to vehicles and traffic, exclusive of any regulations for which the statutory penalty is a fine or term of imprisonment or exclusively state charges, are hereby adopted and by reference made a part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by any regulation incorporated herein by reference is required or prohibited by this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of the statutory regulations in Chapters 340 to 348 incorporated herein are intended to be made a part of this chapter in order to secure to the extent legally practicable uniform statewide regulation of vehicle traffic on highways, streets and alleys of the State of Wisconsin. Any person who shall, within the Town of Pittsfield, Wisconsin, violate any provisions of any statute incorporated herein by reference shall be deemed guilty of an offense under this section.
Statutes specifically incorporated by reference. Whenever this chapter incorporates by reference specific sections of the Wisconsin Statutes, such references shall mean the Wisconsin Statutes as from time to time amended, repealed or modified by the Wisconsin Legislature.
Whenever traffic regulations created by this chapter, including a State of Wisconsin regulation adopted by reference in § 250-1, require the erection of traffic control devices for enforcement, the Town Chair, or his/her designee, shall procure, erect and maintain uniform traffic control devices conforming to the Wisconsin Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices promulgated by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, giving notice of such traffic regulations to the users of the streets and highways on which such regulations apply.
No person shall use motor vehicle brakes within the Town of Pittsfield which are in any way activated or operated by the compression of the engine of any such motor vehicle or any unit or part thereof at locations along Town roadways as specifically signed. The use of compression brakes is allowed in those signed locations only in case of emergency stopping.
Conduct prohibited. No person shall, within the Town of Pittsfield, by or through the use of any motor vehicle, including but not limited to an automobile, truck, motorcycle, minibike, go-cart, snowmobile, or other means of conveyance operated by motor, cause or provoke disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle.
Definition. Disorderly conduct with a motor vehicle shall mean, while operating or in control of a motor vehicle, to engage in conduct or activities which are violent, unreasonably loud, dangerous to persons or property, or otherwise against the public peace, welfare, and safety, including but not limited to unnecessary, deliberate, or intentional spinning of the wheels, squealing of the tires, revving or racing of the engine, blowing of the horn, causing the engine to backfire, or causing the vehicle, while commencing to move or while in motion, to raise one or more wheels off the ground. This subsection also applies to the intentional pushing, unlawful towing or any other intentional contact of a motor vehicle by another motor vehicle on any highway within the Town. Specifically excluded from this definition are legitimate, scheduled racing events. Police officials, highway maintenance units or authorized wrecker services in the performance of their respective duties are exempt from this section.
[Amended 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1]
[Amended 11-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-1]
The Town of Pittsfield hereby determines that the statutory speed limits on the following streets or portions thereof are unreasonable, unsafe or imprudent, and modifies such speed limits under authority granted by § 349.11, Wis. Stats., as follows.
[Added 7-10-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-02]
Adoption of State ATV and UTV laws and definitions: State ATV and UTV laws and definitions found in § 23.33, Wis. Stats., and Ch. NR 64, Wis. Adm. Code, are adopted by reference and fully incorporated hereby by reference, pursuant to § 23.33(11)(a), Wis. Stats.
All town roads in the Town of Pittsfield as well as any road that is signed in the Town of Pittsfield in accordance with Ch. NR 64.12 and 64.12(7)(c), Wis. Adm. Code (as those sections may hereafter be amended), may be used by ATVs and UTVs in accordance with such signage and as provided by the applicable portions of § 23.33, Wis. Stats., and this section.
Local regulation. The operator of an ATV/UTV shall obey all State of Wisconsin laws regarding the operation of ATVs/UTVs and the following conditions:
No person may operate an ATV or UTV on the roadway portion of any highway in the Town unless it is a Town road or a road that has been properly signed, in accordance with Ch. NR 64.12(7)(c), Wis. Adm. Code, as an ATV and/or UTV route, by this section.
ATV/UTV routes in the Town of Pittsfield will be open from 5:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and dosed from 11:00 p.m. through 5:00 a.m, year-round.
All ATV and UTV operators shall ride on the extreme right side of the pavement, except that left turns may be made from any part of the roadway which is safe given prevailing conditions, but shall not operate on the shoulders or in the ditch.
All ATV and UTV operation on any portion of a designated route shall not exceed the posted speed limit.
All ATV and UTV operation on any portion of a designated route shall be single-file in a line of ATVs and UTVs arranged one behind the other.
No person under the age of 16 may operate an ATV on a route or roadway under any circumstances.
All ATVs and UTVS operating on any portion of an established designed ATV or UTV route shall display lighted headlights(s) and taillights conforming to § 23.33, Wis. Stats., equipment requirements at all times.
Enforcement. This section shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer authorized to enforce the laws of the State of Wisconsin.
The provision of this section shall be deemed severable, and it is expressly declared that the Town would have passed the other provisions of this chapter irrespective of whether one or more provisions may be declared invalid. If any provision of this section or the application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter and the application of such provisions to other person's circumstances shall not be deemed affected.
The Town Clerk shall immediately send a copy of the ordinance to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR), to the state traffic patrol, and to the Brown County Sheriff's Department per § 23.33 (11)(b), Wis. Stats.
This section shall become effective upon its passage and posting according to law.