Town of Henrietta, NY
Monroe County
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[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Board of the Town of Henrietta 1-18-1978. Amendments noted where applicable.]
GENERAL REFERENCES
Noise — See Ch. 168.
Vehicles and traffic — See Ch. 273.
The purpose of this chapter is to protect the public health, welfare and safety by regulating the operation of snowmobiles within the Town of Henrietta in a manner which will promote their safe and proper use for recreation and commerce, minimize detrimental effects of such use on the environment and permit use of certain highways in the Town compatible with the use for other vehicular and pedestrian travel.
This chapter is enacted pursuant to the provisions of § 25.09 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York, as enacted by Chapter 660 of the Laws of 1972 and thereafter amended.
This chapter shall hereafter be known as the "Town of Henrietta Snowmobile Law."
The words, phrases and terms used in this chapter shall have the meanings of those contained in the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law or in the rules and regulations of the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation supplemental thereto. Wherever the word "Town" is used herein, reference shall be to the Town of Henrietta, unless otherwise noted.
[Amended 2-18-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
No snowmobile shall be operated on any lands owned or occupied by a governmental agency or privately owned except with the permission of any such owner, or as otherwise permitted by this chapter.
The following streets, roads and highways in the Town of Henrietta, or portions thereof, as hereinafter set forth, are hereby designated as highways for the operation of snowmobiles for the purpose of this chapter as well as for the purpose of § 25.05 of the New York State Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law:
Name of Highway
Limits
Middle Road
From Lehigh Station Road south to the Rush town line
Martin Road
From Middle Road to Telephone Road
Telephone Road
From West Henrietta Road to the Rush town line
Ward Hill Road
From East Henrietta Road to Pinnacle Road
Pinnacle Road
From the New York State Thruway bridge to the Rush town line
Williams Road
From Pinnacle Road to Wardell Road
Wardell Road
From Williams Road to the Rush town line
Reeves Road
From Pinnacle Road to Tobin Road
Tobin Road
From Reeves Road to the Pittsford town line
Snowmobiles may be operated on the following portions of the highways in the Town of Henrietta designated by § 230-6 hereof, and only in accordance with the rules hereinafter set forth:
A. 
Shoulders and inside banks. On the shoulders and inside banks of such highways where identified by appropriate road markers.
B. 
Roadways. On roadways of such highways or portions thereof in case the outside banks or shoulders are determined by the Town to be impassable or nonexistent by reason of prevailing snow conditions or conditions of terrain.
C. 
Access areas. On such designated highways, for a distance not to exceed 500 yards, when, in the determination of the Town, it is otherwise impossible for snowmobiles to gain access to areas or trails adjacent to the highway, for the purpose only of gaining access to and from the areas of operation.
D. 
Limitation on highway operation.
(1) 
It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile on any designated Town highway or on any portion thereof at a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under the surrounding circumstances, but at no time at a rate of speed in excess of 20 miles per hour.
(2) 
Operators of snowmobiles on designated Town highways must be at least 18 years of age, or as stated in Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law § 25.19.
[Amended 2-18-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
(3) 
It shall be unlawful to operate snowmobiles on any designated Town highways or on any portion thereof between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 8:00 a.m.
(4) 
It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile, except at special events sanctioned and approved by the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, in any manner which makes loud, unnecessary or unusual noise so as to disturb or interfere with the peace and quiet of other persons or in any other manner which constitutes a public nuisance or annoys or endangers the health, safety, comfort or repose of the public. No person shall use a muffler cutout, bypass or any other device to defeat the operation of the muffler in good working condition.
(5) 
It shall be unlawful for any persons to operate a snowmobile on any road or highway within the Town unless such person is insured against public liability and carries with him proof of financial responsibility, such as a certificate of liability insurance of the type coverage and of the minimum amount as defined and required by § 25.13 of the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law of the State of New York. 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 personal injury or damage to property as a result of the operation of such snowmobile by any such owner or operator.
(6) 
Each person operating a snowmobile on any road or highway within the Town shall strictly observe any vehicular traffic 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. All snowmobiles operated on Town highways shall travel in single file, shall not travel tandem or abreast of each other, except in overtaking another snowmobile, and shall travel on the right side of the road in the same direction as the flow of vehicular traffic.
All other pertinent provisions of the New York State law, including but not limited to the Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Law as amended, are incorporated herein except as to those modifications set forth in this chapter. In case of inconsistency between the provisions of state law and this chapter, the stricter or more limiting provisions shall govern.
[Amended 2-18-2015 by L.L. No. 1-2015]
In addition to any penalty contained in any other provision of law, any person who shall violate any provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a violation and shall be punished by a fine of not less than $50 nor more than $250, 15 days' imprisonment, or both.