[HISTORY: Adopted by the Village Board of the Village of Stratford 4-12-1988 as Title 8, Ch. 3 of the 1988 Code. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Except as otherwise specifically provided in this chapter, the statutory provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to snowmobiles in Ch. 350, Wis. Stats., are hereby adopted by reference and made part of this chapter as if fully set forth herein. Acts required to be performed or prohibited by such statutes are required or prohibited by this chapter. Any future amendments, revisions or modifications of the statutes incorporated herein by reference are intended to be made part of this chapter.
No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any street, highway or alley within the Village of Stratford in violation of the traffic regulation provisions of §§ 346.04, 346.06, 346.11, 346.14(1), 346.18, 346.19, 346.20, 346.21, 346.26, 346.27, 346.33, 346.35, 346.37, 346.39, 346.40, 346.44, 346.46, 346.47, 346.48, 346.50(1)(b), 346.51, 346.52, 346.53, 346.54, 346.55, 346.87, 346.88, 346.89, 346.90, 346.91, 346.92(1) and 346.94(1) and (9), Wis. Stats.
Speed. No person shall operate a snowmobile within the Village or on any trail designated in § 435-6 of this chapter at a speed in excess of 20 miles per hour.
Hours of operation restricted. Except on a designated trail, no person shall operate a snowmobile anywhere within the Village between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except for returning home via the most direct route.
Restriction on equipment. No snowmobile shall be allowed if it has an expansion chamber or any muffler other than the type and size provided by the manufacturer. Each snowmobile must display a lighted headlight and taillight at all times and said lights must conform to the requirements of § 350.09, Wis. Stats.
No person shall leave or allow a snowmobile owned or operated by him to remain unattended on any public highway or public property while the motor is running or with the starting key left in the ignition.
No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any sidewalk, pedestrianway or upon the area between the sidewalk and the curbline of any street in the Village, except as specifically authorized by § 435-6 or for the purpose of crossing to obtain immediate access to an authorized area of operation.
Operation on private property. Except as otherwise permitted by this Code, it shall be unlawful to operate any snowmobile on the Village streets, alleys, parks, or parking lots or on any public lands or private lands or parking lots held open to the public. The operator shall at all times have the express consent of the owner before operation of such snowmobile on private property not owned or controlled by him.
Permitting operation by improper persons prohibited. No owner or person having charge or control of a snowmobile shall authorize or permit any person to operate such snowmobile who is not permitted under state law to operate such snowmobile or who is under the influence of an intoxicant or a dangerous narcotic drug.
Operation while under influence prohibited. Sections 350.101 through and including 350.107, Wis. Stats., shall apply to the operation of a snowmobile any place within the Village.
Operation in parks. No person shall drive a snowmobile in any park within the Village except upon designated snowmobile trails as shall be designated by the Village Board.
Written consent of owner required. The consent required under § 350.10(1)(f), (k), (L) and (m), Wis. Stats., and in Subsection A above shall be written consent dated and limited to the year in which the consent is given. If the property is owned or leased by more than one person, the consent of each must be obtained.
No person under the age of 12 years may operate a snowmobile unless the person is accompanied either by a parent or guardian or by a person over 18 years of age. No person over the age of 12 years but under the age of 16 years may operate a snowmobile unless he holds a valid snowmobile safety certificate or is accompanied by a person over 18 years of age or by a person over 14 years of age having a snowmobile safety certificate issued by the Department of Natural Resources.
No person shall operate any snowmobile upon any street, alley or other public right-of-way in the Village unless such person shall have a valid motor vehicle operator's license or unless such operator is accompanied by a person who has a valid motor vehicle operator's license and who is occupying a seat on the vehicle.
If he can do so without serious danger to himself or to persons on board, the operator of a snowmobile involved in a snowmobile accident within the Village shall stop his snowmobile and shall render to other persons affected thereby such assistance as may be practicable and necessary to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the accident and shall give his name and address and identification of his snowmobile to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the accident.
If the snowmobile accident results in death or injury to any person or total property damage in excess of $200, every operator of a snowmobile involved in such accident shall, as soon as possible, notify the Police Department of the accident and shall, within 10 days after the accident, file a written report thereof with the Department on forms prescribed by it.
If the operator of a snowmobile is physically incapable of making the report required by this section and there was another occupant in the snowmobile at the time of the accident capable of making the report, he shall make such report.
"Snowmobile accident" means a collision, accident or other casualty involving a snowmobile.
Routes designated. Except as provided in §§ 350.02 and 350.045, Wis. Stats., or for snowmobile events authorized in accordance with § 350.04, Wis. Stats., no person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public right-of-way, in any public park or on any other public municipal property in the Village except upon snowmobile routes and trails designated on the map authorized by the Village Board.
[Amended 10-12-1993; 2-13-1996]
Intent. The intent of this Subsection A is to provide a means for persons to travel from a residence within the limits of the Village of Stratford for the shortest distance that is necessary for a person to operate a snowmobile to the snowmobile route or trail that is closest to that residence. This Subsection A is adopted as authorized under § 350.18(3)(a), Wis. Stats.
Designated roadways and/or highways.
Any other areas must get approval on a temporary basis from the Chief of Police.
Snowmobiles shall be operated on the extreme right side of the roadway and travel with the flow of traffic.
Snowmobiles are to be operated in single file.
Headlights should be on at all times.
Snowmobile operators shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicular traffic and pedestrians.
Speed. A snowmobile operated on a portion of the roadway or shoulder of a highway pursuant to this Subsection A shall observe roadway speed limits [see §§ 350.02(2)(a)6 and 350.18, Wis. Stats.].
Enforcement. This Subsection A shall be enforced by any law enforcement officer of the Village of Stratford or Marathon County Sheriff's Department.
Penalties. Wisconsin state snowmobile penalties as found in § 350.11(1)(a), Wis. Stats., are adopted by reference.
Trail markers. The Director of Public Works is directed and authorized to procure, erect and maintain appropriate snowmobile route, trail and limit signs and markers as approved by the State Department of Natural Resources under § 350.13, Wis. Stats. The Chief of Police shall have the power to declare the stated snowmobile routes and trails either open or closed.
Markers to be obeyed. No person shall fail to obey any route or trail sign, marker or limit erected in accordance with this section.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be subject to a penalty as provided in § 1-5 of this Code, provided that no person shall forfeit an amount in excess of the maximum fine or forfeiture allowed in the Wisconsin Statutes for the same offense, and further provided that the penalty and forfeiture for parking violations on highways shall be the amount applicable to such violations by owners or operators of motor vehicles under Chapter 495, Vehicles and Traffic, of this Code.
Uniform citation for highway violations. The uniform traffic citation promulgated under § 345.11, Wis. Stats., shall be used for violations of this chapter relating to highway use except as herein provided.
Other violations. All violations of this chapter not described in Subsection A or B shall be enforced in accordance with §§ 66.0111 and 66.0114, Wis. Stats. Stipulations of guilt or no contest may be made as provided in § 66.0114, Wis. Stats., in substantially the form provided in the uniform traffic citation within five days of the date of the citation for such violations. Bail deposits may also be made under § 66.0114, Wis. Stats. Such deposits shall include a Clerk's fee as set by the Village Board and costs of prosecution.
Police Department to receive stipulations and penalties. Stipulations, forfeited penalties and deposits for obtaining release from arrest authorized under this chapter may be accepted at the Police Department offices by the Chief or officer designated by him. The officer authorized to accept penalties and deposits shall be bonded and such bond shall be filed with the Village Clerk.
Forfeited penalties and deposits. Except as otherwise provided in § 345.26, Wis. Stats., and the deposit schedule adopted by the Wisconsin Judicial Conference thereunder, required penalties and deposits or bail, not including costs or fees, for violation of this chapter shall be as established by the schedule adopted by the Village Board.