[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Corinth 2-2-1971. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, welfare and safety by regulating the operation of snowmobiles within the Town of Corinth, Saratoga County, New York, in a manner which will promote their safe and proper use for recreation and commerce, minimize detrimental effects of such use on the environment and permit use of the highways and other lands of the town compatible with the use for vehicular and pedestrian travel and other uses.
This chapter is enacted pursuant to the provisions of Article 8 of the Conservation Law.
For the purpose of this chapter, the definitions contained in the Conservation Law or the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks and Recreation supplemental thereto are incorporated herein. Wherever the word "town" is used herein, reference shall be to the Town of Corinth, Saratoga County, New York.
The town highways of the Town of Corinth, Saratoga County, New York, listed below are hereby designated as "uncongested and safe for snowmobile travel," within the meaning of Article 8 of the Conservation Law of New York State, and snowmobile travel and operation on the shoulders thereof is hereby permitted subject to the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth herein and the applicable provisions of Article 8 of the Conservation Law and the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks and Recreation:
Hunt Lake Road (from Raisig Road to end).
Spruce Mt. Road (from Wells Road to west end).
Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on any highway of the town as provided herein, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby established and should be applicable to all snowmobile operation:
No snowmobiles shall be operated on any lands owned or occupied by a government agency or privately owned, except with the permission of any such owner or occupant.
It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile upon a public sidewalk or walkway.
It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile on any town highway described herein or any portion thereof at a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under surrounding circumstances.
It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile, except at special events sanctioned and approved by the Office of Parks and Recreation, in any manner which creates loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons or in any manner which constitutes a public nuisance or annoys, injures or endangers the health, safety, comfort or repose of the public. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass or any other device to defeat the operation of a muffler in good working condition.
Editor's Note: This office is now known as the "Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation."
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile on any of the listed roads or highways within the town unless such person is insured against public liability and carries with him proof of financial responsibility, such as a certificate of liability insurance of the type, coverage and of the minimum amount as defined and required of owners and operators of motor vehicles by the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York. Such proof shall be displayed by the owner or operator of any snowmobile upon the request to any law enforcement officer or to any person who has suffered or claims to have suffered either personal injury or damage to property as a result of the operation of such snowmobile by any such owner or operator.
Each person operating a snowmobile on any authorized road or highway within the town shall observe strictly all vehicular traffic signs and signals and all other rules and regulations applicable to vehicular traffic, and shall obey the orders and directions of any state or local police or other law enforcement officer authorized to direct or regulate traffic. Snowmobiles shall travel in single file.
Negligence in the use or operation of a snowmobile is attributable to the owner. Every owner of a snowmobile used or operated in this town shall be liable and responsible for the death or injury to persons or damage to property resulting from negligence in the use or operation of such snowmobile by any person using or operating the same with the permission, express or implied, of such owner; provided, however, that such operators negligence shall not be attributed to the owner as to claim or cause of action accruing to the operator or his legal representative for such injuries or death.
[Amended 12-5-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996]
Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a violation and the violator shall be liable to a fine of nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.).
Editor's Note: Original Section 9, which dealt with the effective date of this chapter and the posting of signs, and original Section 10, which dealt with persons under sixteen (16) operating a snowmobile on public property, both of which followed this section, were deleted at time of adoption of Code 12-5-1996 by L.L. No. 2-1996; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I.