City of Rockwood, MI
Wayne County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the City Council of the City of Rockwood as Ch. 480 of the 1989 Codified Ordinances. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 144.

§ 208-1 Definitions.

As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
HIGHWAY or STREET
The entire width between the boundary lines of every way publicly maintained when any part thereof is opened to the use of the public for purposes of vehicular traffic.
OPERATE
To ride in or on and to control the operation of a snowmobile.
OPERATOR
Any person who operates or is in actual physical control of a snowmobile.
OWNER
Any person, other than a lien holder, having property in or title to a snowmobile, and title to the use or possession thereof.
PERSON
An individual, partnership, corporation or any body of persons, whether incorporated or not.
SNOWMOBILE
Any motorized vehicle designed for travel primarily on snow or ice, steered by wheels, skis or runners.

§ 208-2 Permitted operation.

No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any highway, street, alleyway or sidewalk within the city, with the following exceptions:
A. 
Snowmobiles may be operated on a street, public highway or alleyway within the City during a period of emergency, when so declared by the Chief of Police, when travel by conventional automotive equipment is not possible.
B. 
Whenever it is impractical to gain immediate access to an area adjacent to a public highway where a snowmobile is to be operated, the vehicle may be operated adjacent and parallel to the highway for the purpose of gaining access to the area of operation. This subsection shall apply to the operation of a snowmobile from the point where the vehicle is unloaded from a motorized conveyance to and from the area where the snowmobile is to be operated when loading and unloading cannot be effected in the immediate vicinity of the area of operation without causing a hazard to vehicular traffic approaching from either direction on the highway. Loading or unloading must be accomplished with due regard to safety at the nearest possible point to the area of operation.

§ 208-3 Operation on private property.

No person shall operate a snowmobile on or across private property without the express permission of the owner of such property.

§ 208-4 Prohibited operation.

No person shall operate a snowmobile:
A. 
At a rate of speed greater than is reasonable and proper and without due regard for conditions then existing;
B. 
While under the influence of alcoholic beverages or narcotic drugs, or both;
C. 
In a careless or negligent manner likely to endanger any person or property, but without wantonness or recklessness;
D. 
With willful or wanton disregard for the safety of persons or property;
E. 
During the hours from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise without displaying a lighted headlight and a lighted taillight; or
F. 
Unless it is equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise and annoying smoke.

§ 208-5 Responsibility of owners.

No owner shall permit his or her snowmobile to be operated in a manner that violates any of the provisions of this chapter.

§ 208-6 Penalty.

A violation of any provision of this chapter shall be a misdemeanor, punishable as provided in Chapter 1, General Provisions, Article I.