[HISTORY: Adopted by the Town Council of the Town of Pinedale 1968 and 1970 by Ord. No. 22 (Ch. 10.28 of the 1983 Municipal Code). Amendments noted where applicable.]
As used in this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings indicated:
- OVER-SNOW VEHICLE
- A mechanically driven vehicle in, upon or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a roadway as defined in Title 31, Chapter 5, Wyoming Statutes ("snowmobiles"), the motive force of which is applied through a revolving track, guided by skis or differential track operation. No over-snow vehicle shall be operated within the incorporated limits of the Town except upon compliance with this chapter.
No over-snow vehicles shall be operated within the incorporated limits which are propeller-driven or have tracks capable of damaging road surfaces.
[Amended 1971 by Ord. No. 37]
No person shall operate any over-snow vehicle upon the streets and alleys of the Town unless such person has first obtained and has in his possession a motor vehicle driver's license, a motor vehicle instruction permit or a power cycle operator's permit.
No over-snow vehicle shall be operated without a proper and valid registration from the state. It is not the intent of this chapter to in any way limit the state's control of over-snow vehicles while operated within the Town.
Over-snow vehicles shall operate over designated roadways when the roadways are snow-covered or snow-packed only, and such vehicles shall not be permitted to operate on the sidewalks.
Every operator of an over-snow vehicle shall observe all of the rules of the road pertaining to vehicles and, in addition, shall yield the right-of-way to motor vehicles. All ordinances of the Town pertaining to the operation of vehicles, to the extent that the same are not in conflict with this chapter, shall be applicable to the operation of over-snow vehicles and are adopted by reference and made a part of this chapter the same as if set forth fully in this chapter.
[Amended 1986 by Ord. No. 187]
All over-snow vehicles shall come to a complete stop before entering onto or crossing any street from any alley or private property.
[Amended 1984 by Ord. No. 156]
Over-snow vehicles are prohibited from operating or traveling on Pine Street (U.S. 191) within the corporate limits of the Town, with the following exceptions: Over-snow vehicles may cross Pine Street at established street/alley intersections and the Pine Street Bridge.
[Amended 1971 by Ord. No. 37]
No over-snow vehicle shall be operated within the Town while occupied by more than two persons, and if an over-snow vehicle is so operated, each occupant thereof shall be in violation of this chapter.
No over-snow vehicle shall pull any skier, sled or other combination vehicle by rope or flexible coupling; all sleighs or cutters shall be safely and securely affixed to the over-snow vehicle by direct coupling, solid tongue or triangular-shaped towbar not to exceed 40 inches in length, securely affixed to two points on the sleigh or cutter, with one flexible joint at the center of the over-snow vehicle.
It is a misdemeanor for any person to drive or move, or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit to be driven or moved on any roadway, any over-snow vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in such unsafe condition as to endanger any persons or property, or which does not contain those parts or is not at all times equipped with such equipment in proper condition and adjustment as required by this chapter or which is equipped in any manner in violation of this chapter.
Every over-snow vehicle shall be at all times equipped with a muffler in good working order and in constant operation to prevent excessive or unusual noise or annoying smoke.
Every over-snow vehicle shall be equipped with brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold such vehicle.
[Amended 8-14-2017 by Ord. No. 630]
Any law enforcement officer may, at any time, upon reasonable cause to believe that an over-snow vehicle is unsafe or not equipped as required by this chapter, or that its equipment is not in proper adjustment or repair, require the driver of such vehicle to stop and submit such vehicle to an inspection and test with reference thereto as may be appropriate. No person shall operate any vehicle after receiving notice with reference thereto as provided in this section except as may be necessary to return such vehicle to the residence or place of business of the owner or driver or to a garage, until the vehicle and its equipment have been placed in proper repair and adjustment and otherwise made to conform to the requirements of this chapter.