[HISTORY: Adopted by the Township Committee of the Township of Medford 9-3-1975 as Ord. No. 1975-16. Section 143-4 amended at time of adoption of Code; see Ch. 1, General Provisions, Art. I. Other amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- RECREATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLE
- Includes but is not expressly limited to minibikes, motor scooters, gocarts, golf carts, motorbikes, dune buggies and swamp buggies and any other similar motor vehicles of the type that are normally used on land for recreation, entertainment or pleasure. The use of lawn mowers, powered garden vehicles and other similar utilitarian domestic vehicles is specifically excepted herefrom.
It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or permit and suffer to be operated a recreational motor vehicle, as defined herein, within the Township of Medford under any of the following circumstances:
On private property of another without the express prior written consent of the owner and the occupant of said property. Such consent may be revoked at any time by the grantor thereof. Where such express prior written consent has been obtained, the operator or person at the site responsible for such operation shall keep said consent on his person and available for immediate display at all times during the period of such operation. Excepted from the operation of this subsection are any private clubs or other organizations that permit the operation of recreational motor vehicles on their property in connection with the principal use of said property by the members of any such club or organization.
On any public grounds or property, including township-owned land, which shall include but not be limited to parks, ball parks, recreation areas, lake area, township-owned streets, easements and sidewalks or areas dedicated or commonly used for vehicular or pedestrian traffic, township storage facilities, garage areas and Board of Education lands, unless specifically designated, set aside and reserved therefor by resolution of the Township Council.
In such manner as to create loud or unnecessary noise so as to unreasonably disturb or interfere with persons in the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their property. To this end no person shall operate a recreational motor vehicle before the hour of 9:00 a.m. and after the hour of 7:00 p.m., prevailing time, or sunset, whichever shall first occur.
In a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the safety or property of any person.
It shall not be unlawful for any township or School Board officer or employee or other public employee to operate recreational motor vehicles for the purpose of maintaining, repairing or performing other work for the Township of Medford or for the Board of Education, or for members of the Police Department or other duly constituted peace officers to operate recreational motor vehicles while in the performance of their duties.
Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this chapter shall, upon conviction thereof, be punished by a fine not to exceed $500 or by imprisonment in the county jail for a term not exceeding 90 days, or both.