[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Royalton 10-9-1972 by L.L. No. 1-1972. Amendments noted where applicable.]
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 175.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, safety and welfare of the residents of the Town of Royalton by regulating the operation of snowmobiles on public highways of the Town in a manner which will be compatible with the use of such highways for vehicular and pedestrian traffic, and which will promote the safe and proper use of snowmobiles.
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- The Town of Royalton.
Operation of snowmobiles on highways of the Town is subject to Title D of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law, the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation regarding snowmobiles, and the provisions of this chapter.
All Town highways and county highways in the Town of Royalton are hereby designated to be uncongested highways and, therefore, the operation of snowmobiles on the inside banks and shoulders thereof is permitted as authorized by Title D, Article 25, of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law. Notwithstanding the designation of county highways as uncongested highways, no person shall operate a snowmobile on a county highway in the Town until such time as the Niagara County Superintendent of Highways shall also designate the county highways, or particular county highways, as being uncongested and suitable for snowmobile use as authorized by § 25.09 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
No highways in the Town of Royalton are designated as customarily unplowed and no person shall be permitted to operate a snowmobile on the roadway of a Town highway unless so authorized under Title D of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law.
Whenever operation of a snowmobile is permitted on the shoulder or inside bank of any Town highway as provided in this chapter, the following conditions and restrictions are hereby imposed on all such snowmobile operators:
No person shall operate a snowmobile on any Town highway unless said vehicle is equipped with head and tail lights, both of which are illuminated, brakes a muffler and reflector material as required by PRHPL § 25.17.
No person shall operate a snowmobile on any Town highway except on the right side of the highway and in the same direction as the flow of traffic.
No person, be he owner or operator, shall leave or allow a snowmobile to be left unattended on any Town highway while the motor is running or with the key for starting the same in the ignition or elsewhere in the snowmobile.
Every person operating a snowmobile on any Town highway shall observe all vehicular traffic signs and signals and all other rules and regulations applicable to vehicular traffic and shall obey the orders and directions of all law enforcement officers authorized to direct and regulate traffic.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile on any road or highway within the Town unless the owner or operator of such snowmobile is insured against public liability and carries with him proof of financial responsibility as required by PRHPL § 25.13. Such proof shall be displayed by the owner or operator of any snowmobile upon request to any law enforcement officer 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.
Failure to comply with any provision of this chapter shall be deemed a violation and the violator shall be liable to a fine of not more than $250, 15 days’ imprisonment, or both, for each offense.
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 Title D of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law and the rules and regulations of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation and the Department of Transportation.