[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Arbor Vitae as indicated in article histories. Amendments noted where applicable.]
[Adopted 11-15-1971 by Ord. No. 1-71]
State snowmobile laws (as amended through 1971) adopted except as otherwise specifically provided in this article, the statutory provisions describing and defining regulations with respect to snowmobiles in the following enumerated sections of the Wisconsin Statutes, are hereby adopted by reference and made a part of this article as if fully set forth herein. Acts required to be performed or prohibited by such statutes as required by this article:
Section 350.01, Definitions.
Section 350.02, Operation of snowmobiles on or in the vicinity of highways.
Section 350.03, Right-of-way.
Section 350.04, Snowmobile races, derbies and routes.
Section 350.07, Driving animals.
Section 350.08, Owner permitting operation.
Section 350.09, Head lamps, tail lamps and brakes, etc.
Section 350.10, Miscellaneous provisions for snowmobile operation.
Section 350.12, Registration of snowmobiles; train use stickers.
Except as provided in §§ 350.02 and 350.03, Wisconsin Statutes, no person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public right-of-way except as hereinafter designated.
The following streets or roads are designated as approved snowmobile routes and are subject to change per the Town Board and shall be used as such from December 1 through March 31, or whenever the official snowmobile trails are declared legally open for travel, whichever is shorter.
[Last amended 12-18-2002]
Snowmobiles operated on designated snowmobile routes over public highways shall observe the rules of the road for motor vehicles set forth in Chapter 346, Wisconsin Statutes, which is hereby adopted by reference and made a part of this article as if fully set forth herein. Any act required to be performed or prohibited by such statutes is required or prohibited by this article.
Speed. No person shall operate a snowmobile upon any public right-of-way or highway at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour.
Intersections. Snowmobiles must stop at all intersections.
Restrictions on operators. No person under the age of 16 years shall operate nor shall any snowmobile owner knowingly authorize such person to operate a snowmobile on public property within the town of Arbor Vitae. No person shall operate or knowingly permit operation of a snowmobile on any public highway within the Town of Arbor Vitae by a person who does not have a valid motor vehicle operator’s license which is not expired, revoked, cancelled or otherwise suspended unless such person is accompanied by a licensed driver who is occupying a seat on the vehicle.
Unattended vehicles. No person shall leave or allow a snowmobile owned or operated by him to remain unattended on any public highway or property while the motor is running or with the starting key left in the ignition.
Operation on sidewalks prohibited. No person shall operate a snowmobile on any sidewalk within the Town of Arbor Vitae, provided such sidewalk has been cleared of snow.
Any person who shall violate any provision of this article shall upon conviction thereof forfeit not less than $10 nor more than $20 together with the costs of prosecution for the first offense and not less than $25 nor more than $50 together with the costs of prosecution for the second offense within a year.
[Adopted 12-18-2002 by Ord. No. 3-02]
The intent of this article is to provide a means for persons to travel from a residence and lodging establishment within the limits of the Town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, Wisconsin, 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 and lodging establishment.
This article is adopted as authorized under § 350.18(3)(a), Wisconsin Statutes.
This article authorizes snowmobile travel on a roadway or shoulder of a highway as follows:
All Town roadways or shoulders of such roadways not designated as snowmobile trail routes with the exception of state highways.
This article designates the roadways and/or shoulders of specific highways for snowmobile travel by persons residing in or staying at a lodging establishment within the limits of the Town of Arbor Vitae, Vilas County, Wisconsin, to travel for the shortest distance that is necessary to reach the snowmobile trail or route that is closest to that residence or lodging establishment subject to the following conditions:
Snowmobiles shall be operated on the extreme right side of the roadway and travel with the flow of traffic.
Snowmobiles shall be operated in single file.
Headlights shall be on at all times.
Snowmobile operators shall yield the right-of-way to other vehicular traffic and pedestrians.
Snowmobile operators violating any of the above conditions are subject to the underlying violations of operating on the roadway.
A snowmobile operated on a portion of the roadway or shoulder of a highway pursuant to this article shall observe roadway speed limits.
This article shall be enforced by the Vilas County Sheriff’s Department or other authorized state law enforcement agency.
Wisconsin state snowmobile penalties as found in § 350.11(1)(a), Wisconsin Statutes, are adopted by reference.
The provisions of this article shall be deemed severable and it is expressly declared that the Town Board would have passed the other provisions of this article irrespective of whether or not one or more provisions may be declared invalid. If any provision of this article or the application to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of the article and the application of such provisions to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected.
The snowmobile access routes authorized for the operation of snowmobiles shall be used as such from December 1 through March 31, or whenever the official snowmobile trails are declared legally open for travel, whichever is shorter.