[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council (now Township Committee) of the Township of Oxford 9-6-1977 by Ord. No. 77-8 (Ch. 92, Art. I, of the 1974 Township Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any vehicle propelled otherwise than by muscular power, except such vehicles as run only upon rails or tracks.
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- All streets, sidewalks, easements or any other areas dedicated or commonly used for vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
- TOWNSHIP-OWNED LAND
- All parks, recreation areas, ballfields, lake areas, storage facilities, garage areas, Board of Education property and any and all other publicly owned lands and premises.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit or suffer to be operated any type of unregistered motor vehicle or conveyance, including but not limited to motor vehicles known as minibikes, motor scooters, go-carts, golf carts, motorbikes, dune buggies, swamp buggies, snowmobiles, tractors and riding lawnmowers, upon any public property or Township-owned land in the Township of Oxford.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit or suffer to be operated any type of motor vehicle on private property of another or Township-owned land without the prior written consent of the owner and the occupant of said property. Such consent may be revoked at any time by the grantor thereof. Where such prior written consent has been obtained, the operator or person at the site responsible for such operation shall keep said consent on his person and available for immediate display at all times during the period of such operation. Excepted from the operation of this subsection are any private clubs or other organizations that permit the operation of recreational motor vehicles on their property in connection with the principal use of said property by the members of any such club or organization.
It shall be unlawful to operate any unregistered motor vehicle in a manner so as to create loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with persons in the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their property.
It shall be unlawful to operate any unregistered motor vehicle in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the safety of any person or the property of any person.
It shall not be unlawful for any public employee to operate a motor vehicle on public property or Township-owned land for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or doing any public work within the scope of his employment.
It shall be unlawful for the parent, guardian or any person having the care, custody and control of any child under the age of 18 years to permit such child to operate a motor vehicle in violation of the terms of this chapter.
The operation of a motor vehicle in violation of this chapter by a minor, after a warning notice pursuant to § 325-5A has been mailed to the parent, guardian or custodian of that minor, shall be prima facie evidence that the parent, guardian or custodian has permitted the minor to operate the motor vehicle in violation of this chapter.
Any minor charged with violating the provisions of this chapter for the first offense shall be issued a warning notice by the enforcement officer, and a copy thereof shall be forwarded to the parent, guardian or custodian of such minor.
Any minor who shall violate the provisions of this chapter after having been issued a warning notice as described in Subsection A shall be deemed to be a juvenile offender.
Any parent or guardian or any person having the care, custody and control of any minor under the age of 18 years who shall permit said minor to operate a motor vehicle in violation of this chapter shall, upon conviction, be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]
Any person of the age of 18 years or over who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not to exceed 90 days, or both.
[Amended 10-21-1993 by Ord. No. 93-11]