[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Council of the Township of Jefferson 12-1-2004 by Ord. No. 33-04. Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE
- Minibikes, trail bicycles, dirt bikes, motor scooters, go-carts, swamp buggies, all-terrain vehicles, including the three- and four-wheel variety, snowmobiles, as well as any other motor-driven vehicle designed primarily for off-road use, regardless of whether it is registered under Title 39, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Statute. The definition of snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle shall also include those terms as defined under N.J.S.A. 39:3C-1c and e.
It shall be unlawful to operate any motor-driven vehicle of type described in § 472-1 within the Township under the following circumstances:
On private property of another without the express permission to do so by the owner or occupant of the property.
On any private street or right-of-way.
On public grounds within the Township without the express written permission or approval of the public authority having charge or control thereof and then only in accordance with such rules and regulations as such public authority may impose.
In such manner as to create loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons.
In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger the safety of any person or the property of any person.
Any person under the age of 18 years who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to be a juvenile delinquent and shall be proceeded against as such.
Any motor vehicle, as defined under § 427-1, operated within the Township shall comply with all relevant provisions of N.J.S.A. 39:3C-1 et seq., including, but not limited to, the registration provisions contained in N.J.S.A. 39:3C-3 and the unlawful act regulations contained in N.J.S.A. 39:3C-19.
Any police officer enforcing this chapter may impound any motor-driven vehicle operated on public or private property if the said vehicle cannot be legally driven upon the public roadways of this state.
In cases involving persons under the age of 17 years old, the vehicle may be returned to the operator's parent or legal guardian upon payment of all costs and fees associated with the impoundment, which may include, but not be limited to, storage fees. In the case of an unregistered vehicle, the vehicle shall be released from impoundment upon proof that the vehicle has been properly registered and insured under the New Jersey statutes and upon payment of all fees and costs incurred in the impoundment, including, but not limited to, storage fees. In the case of the vehicle being unable to be registered and insured in this state and if the person(s) is under the age of 18 years old, then the vehicle may be returned to his/her parent guardian.
In the event that the impounded vehicle is unable to be driven legally upon the roadways of this state (i.e., all-terrain vehicles, dirt bikes and such), the vehicle must be removed from impound by either towing or carting.