[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Sandyston 2-10-2015 by Ord. No. 2015-03. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 144.
As used in this chapter, the following words shall have the following meanings:
- MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE
- Shall mean, but not be limited to, mini-bikes, trail bicycles, dirt bikes, motor scooters, go-carts, swamp buggies, all-terrain vehicles, including the three- and four-wheel variety, snowmobiles, as well as any other motor-driven vehicle designed primarily for off-road use, regardless of whether it is registered under Title 39, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Statute, but shall not include vehicles used for farming purposes. The definition of "snowmobile" and "all-terrain vehicle" shall also include those terms as defined under N.J.S.A. 39:3C-1.
It shall be unlawful to operate any motor-driven vehicle of the type described in § 146-1 within the Township under the following circumstances:
On private property of another without the express permission to do so by the owner or occupant of the property.
On public grounds within the Township without the express permission or approval of the public authority having charge or control thereof and then only in accordance with such rules and regulations as such public authority may impose.
In such manner as to create loud unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons.
In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger the safety of any person or the property of any person.
Each unlicensed motor-driven or motorized vehicle shall at all times be equipped with a muffler in good working order and no person shall use a muffler cut-out, bypass or similar device on said vehicle.
Any person under the age of 18 years who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to be a juvenile delinquent and shall be proceeded against as such.
Any motor-driven vehicles as defined under § 146-1, operated within the Township shall comply with all relevant provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:3C-1 et seq., including, but not limited to, the registration provisions contained in N.J.S.A. 39:3-3 and the "unlawful act" regulations contained in N.J.S.A. 39:3C-19.
Any police officer enforcing this chapter may impound any motor-driven vehicle operated on public or private property in violation of this chapter or any violation of applicable state law.
In cases involving persons under the age of 18 years old, the vehicle may be returned to the operator's parent or legal guardian upon payment of all costs and fees associated with the impoundment which may include but not be limited to storage fees. In the case of an unregistered vehicle, the vehicle shall be released from impoundment upon proof that the vehicle has been registered and insured under the New Jersey statutes and upon payment of all fees and costs incurred in the impoundment including, but not limited to, storage fees.
For violation of this chapter, the maximum penalty, upon conviction, shall be a fine not exceeding $1,250, or imprisonment for a period not exceeding 90 days, or both. In addition to or in lieu of a fine or imprisonment, the court may impose a penalty of community service for a period not exceeding 90 days (N.J.S.A. 40:49-5).