[HISTORY: Adopted by the Borough Council of the Borough of Old Forge 8-17-1999 by Ord. No. 1999-12. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to provide reasonable regulations for the use of recreational motor vehicles. This chapter is not intended to allow what state law prohibits. It is intended to prevent a public nuisance.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the following meanings, unless the context clearly indicates that a different meaning is intended:
- RECREATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLE
- Any self-propelled vehicle, and any vehicle propelled or drawn by a self-propelled vehicle, used for recreational purposes, including a trail bike or other all-terrain vehicle, hovercraft or motor vehicle licensed for highway operation which is being used for off-road recreational purposes.
No person shall:
Enter and operate a recreational motor vehicle on land not his own without the written or oral permission of the owner, occupant or lessee of the land, except where otherwise allowed by law. Written permission may be given by a posted notice which specifies the kind of vehicles allowed, such as "Recreational Vehicles Allowed," "Trail Bikes Allowed," All-Terrain Vehicles Allowed," or words substantially similar.
Operate a recreational motor vehicle carelessly or heedlessly in disregard of the rights or the safety of others or in any manner which endangers or is likely to endanger any person or property.
Operate a recreational motor vehicle in excess of 25 miles per hour on publicly owned land.
Operate a recreational motor vehicle within 150 yards of a gathering of people.
Post, alter, mutilate or remove any notice or sign relating to recreational motor vehicles on property in which he/she has no legal interest.
Enter or leave the lands of another with a recreational motor vehicle, or pass from one portion of those lands to another, through a closed gate, without returning the gate to its original position. No person shall enter or leave the lands of another with a recreational motor vehicle by cutting a wire or tearing down or destroying a fence.
Operate a recreational motor vehicle on any public property, including public school grounds, park property, playgrounds and recreational areas, except on specifically designated trails or in areas specifically designated for use of such vehicles.
Operate a recreational motor vehicle in a manner so as to create a loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons.
Operate a recreational motor vehicle upon any sidewalk or pedestrianway in the Borough.
Any person, firm or corporation violating any provision of this chapter shall be fined not less than $50 nor more than $600 for each offense, plus costs of prosecution, and, in default of payment of such fine and costs, by imprisonment for not more than 30 days, and a separate offense shall be deemed committed on each day during or on which a violation occurs or continues.