[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Ontario 3-11-1985 by L.L. No. 2-1985. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 139.
The Town Board recognizes the potential adverse impact on the health, safety and general welfare of the residents of the Town of Ontario and to property within the Town by the use of unlicensed motor-driven vehicles and, therefore, deems it appropriate to control the use of said vehicles.
For the purpose of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- PUBLIC PROPERTY
- All streets, sidewalks, easements or any other areas dedicated or commonly used for vehicular or pedestrian traffic.
- TOWN-OWNED LAND
- All parks, recreation areas, ballparks, lake and stream areas, storage facilities, garage areas, parking areas and any and all other Town-owned land and premises.
- UNLICENSED MOTOR-DRIVEN VEHICLE
- Any type of unlicensed motor-driven vehicle or conveyance, including but not necessarily limited to snowmobiles, two-wheeled motor vehicles known as "trail bikes" and "motor scooters and four-wheeled or three-wheeled motor vehicles commonly known as "go-carts" or "all-terrain vehicles," but not including mopeds or any vehicle used for agricultural, landscaping or lawn maintenance purposes.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any unlicensed motor-driven vehicle upon any public property or Town-owned land in the Town of Ontario, except on designated lands specified by the Town Board of the Town of Ontario.
The operation of an unlicensed motor-driven vehicle is prohibited upon private property unless the operator of said unlicensed motor-driven vehicle has the express permission of the owner of said private property to operate said vehicle on said property.
Any driver of an unlicensed motor-driven vehicle who enters or remains upon private property which is either fenced or otherwise enclosed in a manner against trespassers where notice is given by posting in a conspicuous manner or where notice against trespassing has been personally communicated to such person by the owner of such land or other authorized person shall be presumed to be operating without the permission of the owner of said property.
It shall be unlawful to operate any unlicensed motor-driven vehicle in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the safety of any person or the property of any person.
It shall not be unlawful for any employee of the Town of Ontario to operate unlicensed motor-driven vehicles for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or doing any public work within the scope of his/her employment.
Nothing herein shall prohibit the use and operation of unlicensed motor-driven vehicles on premises duly approved for such use by the appropriate officials or regulatory bodies of the Town of Ontario.
A vehicle apprehended at the scene of a violation of this chapter will be held by the appropriate authorities until such time as the case is resolved and ownership of the motor-driven vehicle is determined.
Unless otherwise specifically provided by state statute, any person who violates any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and, upon conviction, subject to a fine of not more $250 or imprisonment not exceeding 15 days, or both.
Should any section or portion of this chapter be in conflict with the laws of the State of New York applicable to the operation, registration, ownership or control of unlicensed motor vehicles, then, in that instance, said laws of the State of New York shall prevail.