[HISTORY: Adopted by the Lewiston Town Board 12-11-1973 by L.L. No. 6-1973 (Ch. 21B of the 1965 Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
This chapter shall be known as the "Town of Lewiston Snowmobile Local Law."
The provisions of Local Law No. 1-1973, enacted January 22, 1973, be and the same hereby are repealed.
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 Town of Lewiston 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.
Operation of snowmobiles on highways and public ways of the Town and of the County of Niagara shall be subject to the applicable provisions of Articles 21 through 27 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law, the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks and Recreation, and the rules, restrictions and conditions set forth in § 287-6 of this chapter.
Highways. Only the following highways or portions thereof of the Town 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, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law:
Swann Road, from Creek Road to Dickersonville Road.
Dickersonville Road, from the north line of the Town to Lower Mountain Road, including crossover of Ridge Road.
Schoolhouse Road, from Dickersonville Road to Old Ransomville Road.
Old Ransomville Road, from Schoolhouse Road north to its northerly terminus.
Lower Mountain Road, from Dickersonville Road to Meyers Hill Road.
Meyers Hill Road, from Lower Mountain Road to Upper Mountain Road.
Bridgeman Road, from Upper Mountain Road to Saunders Settlement Road.
West of Ward Road to east of Hoover Road running along Niagara Mohawk Power Line 101.
[Added 9-13-2004 by L.L. No. 4-2004]
Limited operation on highway. A snowmobile may be operated on a highway for the purpose of an emergency as authorized by § 25.05 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
Whenever the operation of a snowmobile is permitted on the shoulder, roadway or inside bank of any Town highway or portion thereof as provided by this chapter, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby imposed on all such snowmobile operations:
Prohibited operating hours. No person shall operate snowmobiles on any Town highway between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m., except that on Saturday and Sunday the prohibited hours shall be between 12:01 a.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Financial security. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile on any public lands or places of the Town 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 of the minimum amount as provided in § 25.13 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law. 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.
Direction of operation. No person shall operate a snowmobile within the highway right-of-way of the Town between sunrise and sunset except on the right side of such 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.
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 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.
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.
Other restrictions. No person shall operate a snowmobile who is under the age of 16 years unless he is in possession of a snowmobile operator's certificate issued pursuant to the provisions of § 25.19 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
A violation of any of the provisions of this chapter shall be punishable as provided in § 27.11 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
This local law 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 the requirements of Article 25 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and the rules and regulations of the New York State Office of Parks and Recreation.