Village of Carthage, NY
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY:[1] Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Carthage 3-6-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Bicycles — See Ch. 40.
Curfew — See Ch. 63.
Sledding and skating — See Ch. 120.
Traffic regulations — See Ch. 135.
[1]
Editor's Note: This chapter was adopted in conjunction with Article 8 of the Conservation Law, which was subsequently repealed. Editor's notes in this chapter identify approximate equivalent sections in the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.

§ 115-1 Legislative intent.

The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, welfare and safety by regulating the operation of snowmobiles on public highways and places in the Village of Carthage in a manner which will be compatible with the use of such highways and places for vehicular and pedestrian travel and other uses and which will promote the safe and proper use of snowmobiles for recreation and commerce and minimize detrimental effects of such use on the environment.

§ 115-2 Definitions.

A. 
The terms, words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the same meanings as such terms, words and phrases are defined in § 8-0105 of the Conservation Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: See § 21.05 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
B. 
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
VILLAGE
The Village of Carthage.

§ 115-3 Additional regulations.

Operation of snowmobiles on highways and public ways of the Village of Carthage shall be subject to the applicable provisions of Article 8 of the Conservation Law,[1] the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks and Recreation and the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth in § 115-5 of this chapter.
[1]
Editor's Note: See Titles D, E and F of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.

§ 115-4 Operation in parks and on streets.

A. 
The streets and highways of the Village of Carthage are hereby designated for use for the purpose of operation of snowmobiles on the shoulders and inside banks thereof as authorized by § 8-0303 of the Conservation Law,[1] except as follows: No snowmobiles shall be operated in any manner upon State Street between North James Street and Riverside Drive nor shall they be operated on North and South Mechanic Street from Furnace Street to West Street. Operation of snowmobiles within the business section of the Village, as above defined, is strictly prohibited. The operation of snowmobiles within the Village of Carthage is hereby permitted solely for the purpose of gaining access to an area adjacent to such streets and highways on which a snowmobile may be operated as authorized by law.
[1]
Editor's Note: See §§ 25.01, 25.03, 25.05, 25.07, 25.11, 25.13 and 25.15 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
B. 
The operation of snowmobiles within or upon the Monument Park and State Street and the Village Recreational Park on outer State Street and Park Drive is hereby prohibited, except where posted for snowmobile use.
C. 
Snowmobiles may be operated on the State Street Bridge on the south side only between the white line and the sidewalk.
[Added 10-5-1998 by L.L. No. 6-1998]

§ 115-5 Operating restrictions.

Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on the shoulder roadway or inside bank of any Village street or highway or any portion thereof as provided in this chapter, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby imposed:
A. 
No person shall operate snowmobiles on any Village street or highway between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 7:00 a.m.
[Amended 10-5-1998 by L.L. No. 6-1998]
B. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile on any public lands or places of the Village unless the owner or operator of such snowmobile is insured against public liability and carries with him proof of financial responsibility in the manner prescribed by the Office of Parks and Recreation and of the minimum amount as provided in Subdivision 2 of § 8-0303 of the Conservation Law.[1] Such proof shall be displayed by the owner or operator of any snowmobile upon 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.
[1]
Editor's Note: See §§ 25.01, 25.03, 25.05, 25.07, 25.11, 25.13 and 25.15 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
C. 
No person shall operate a snowmobile within the street or highway right-of-way of the Village, except on the right side of such right-of-way and in the same direction as the highway traffic. Operation on other public places shall be only in the direction, if any, marked by appropriate route direction markers.
D. 
It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator to leave or allow a snowmobile to be left unattended on any Village highway or public place while the motor is running or with any key for starting the same left in the ignition or elsewhere in said snowmobile.
E. 
Each person operating a snowmobile on any Village highway 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.
F. 
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile who is under the age of 16 years of age, unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, and, in such event, such operator must possess a New York State snowmobile safety certificate. It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile on any of the sidewalks within the Village of Carthage. It shall be unlawful for anyone to operate a snowmobile within the Village of Carthage at a speed in excess of 25 miles per hour. It shall be unlawful for anyone to operate a snowmobile after sunset and before sunrise, unless the machine is equipped with headlights and same are properly lit and illuminated.
[Amended 10-5-1998 by L.L. No. 6-1998]

§ 115-6 Penalties for offenses.

[Amended 10-21-1985 by L.L. No. 10-1985; 8-5-1991 by L.L. No. 2-1991]
Any person committing an offense against any provision of this chapter shall be subject to the penalties set forth in Chapter 5 of the Code.