[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Onondaga 10-16-1974 by L.L. No. 5-1974. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, welfare and safety by regulating the operation of snowmobiles on public highways in the Town of Onondaga in a manner which will be compatible with the use of such highways 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.
Operation of snowmobiles on highways and public ways of the Town of Onondaga shall be subject to the applicable provisions of Article 8 of the Conservation Law, the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks and Recreation and the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth in § 228-4 of this chapter.
Streets or highways. Only the following streets or highways or portions thereof of the Town of Onondaga are hereby designated for the purposes of operation of snowmobiles on the shoulders and inside banks thereof as authorized in § 25.05, Subdivision 7, of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York: Hogsback Road; Red Mill Road; Fish Gulf Road; Fox Road; Nichols Road; Everingham Road between its points of intersection with Hitchings Road and Route 20; Holmes Road; Rohe Road; Gardner Road; Stevens Road; and Tanner Road between its points of intersection with Cedarvale Road and Amber Road.
[Amended 3-7-1977 by L.L. No. 1-1977; 4-5-1982 by L.L. No. 1-1982]
Limited operation on highway.
Impassable outside bank or shoulder. A snowmobile may be operated on the roadway or inside bank of the highways described in Subsection B of this section, it being hereby determined that the outside bank or shoulder of such highways by reason of normally prevailing snow conditions and conditions of terrain is often impassable.
Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on the shoulder, roadway or inside bank of any Town highway, as provided in this chapter, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby imposed on all such snowmobile operations:
Unattended snowmobiles. It shall be unlawful for any owner or operator to leave or allow a snowmobile to be left unattended on any Town highway while the motor is running, or with any key for starting the same left in the ignition or elsewhere in said snowmobile.
Obedience to vehicular traffic controls. Each person operating a snowmobile on any Town 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.
Failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a violation, and the violator shall be liable to a fine of not less than $5 nor more than $100. A convicted person is required to complete a snowmobile safety course.
This chapter shall take effect immediately upon its filing in accordance with the provisions of § 27 of the Municipal Home Rule Law; provided, however, that no snowmobile shall be operated under the provisions hereof until such time as the signs and markers are installed or constructed in accordance with Article 8 of the Conservation Law, the rules and regulations of the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation and the Department of Transportation.