Village of Clayton, NY
Jefferson County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Clayton 4-4-1974 by L.L. No. 1-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Streets and sidewalks — See Ch. 110.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 120.
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 Clayton 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.
A. 
The terms, words and phrases used in this chapter shall have the same meanings as such terms, words and phrases have in § 21.05 of the Parks and Recreation Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Chapter 679 of the Laws of 1981 retitled the Parks and Recreation Law as 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 Clayton.
Operation of snowmobiles on highways and public ways of the Village and of the County of Jefferson shall be subject to the applicable provisions of Articles 21 through 27 of the Parks and Recreation Law, the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks and Recreation[1] and the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth in § 106-4 of this chapter.
A. 
Streets and highways. All of the streets or highways within the Village are hereby designated for the purpose of operation of snowmobiles on the shoulders and inside banks thereof as authorized by § 25.05 of the Parks and Recreation Law.
B. 
Limited operation on highways for emergencies. A snowmobile may be operated on a highway for the purpose of an emergency as authorized by § 25.05 of the Parks and Recreation Law.
C. 
Roadways. A snowmobile may be operated on the roadway of the following highways or portions thereof described herein, it being hereby determined that the outside bank or shoulder of such highways or portions is nonexistent or by reason of normally prevailing snow conditions and conditions of terrain is impassable: all of the streets and highways within the limits of the Village of Clayton.
[1]
Editor's Note: Chapter 679 of the Laws of 1981 retitled the Parks and Recreation Law as the "Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law" and the Office of Parks and Recreation as the "Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation."
Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on the shoulder, roadway or inside bank of any Village street or highway or portion thereof as provided in this chapter or on parks or public lands of the Village, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby imposed on all such snowmobile operations:
A. 
Prohibited operating hours. No person shall operate snowmobiles on any Village highway between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except for the purpose of returning to his residence or place of domicile.
B. 
Financial security. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile on any public lands or places in 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 in the minimum amount as provided in Subdivision 1 of § 25.13 of the Parks and Recreation Law.[1] Such proof shall be displayed by the owner or operator of any snowmobile upon request of any magistrate, any law enforcement officer or any person having authority to enforce the provisions of this chapter, 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: Chapter 679 of the Laws of 1981 retitled the Parks and Recreation Law as the "Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law" and the Office of Parks and Recreation as the "Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation."
C. 
Direction of operation. No person shall operate a snowmobile within the street or highway right-of-way of the Village between sunrise and sunset except on the right of side right-of-way and in the same direction as the highway traffic. Operation on other public places shall be only in the direction marked by appropriate route direction markers.
D. 
Unattended snowmobiles. 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. 
Obedience to vehicular traffic controls. 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. 
Operation by youthful operators. No person under the age of 10 years shall operate a snowmobile except on lands owned or leased by his parents or guardian unless he is accompanied by a person over 18 years of age or a person over 14 years of age who holds a snowmobile safety certificate. No person under the age of 16 years of age may operate a snowmobile on the Village streets.
A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in § 27.11 of the Parks and Recreation Law.[1]
[1]
Editor's Note: Chapter 679 of the Laws of 1981 retitled the Parks and Recreation Law as the "Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law."