Snowmobiles


City Code

611.02  OPERATION GENERALLY.
 
Subd. 1.   A person may operate a snowmobile within the corporate limits of the city in only the following locations:
 
      a.   Public waters as permitted by resolution of the LMCD or Shorewood City Council, but not closer than 150 feet to the shoreline except when entering or exiting the public waters traveling in a line perpendicular to the shoreline;
 
      b.   On private property with the express permission of the property owner;
 
      c.   On a right-of-way subject to the limitations set forth in this section;
 
      d.   Such other locations and times as designated by resolution of the City Council for supervised training;
 
      e.   A person operating a snowmobile in any part of the City of Shorewood except as provided herein shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. 
 
Subd. 2.   No person shall operate a snowmobile upon the roadway of any street or highway except for the purpose of direct travel from the person’s home to the closest destination where snowmobiling is permitted by the shortest possible route and then only if travel on the adjacent street or highway right-of-way is restricted because of developed yards or physical barriers. 
 
Subd. 3.   Persons may operate a snowmobile on the street side of the plow ridge and avoid obstacles by going into the street, not onto the boulevard.  While traveling on streets, snowmobiles shall drive in the direction of traffic. 
 
Subd. 4.   No person shall operate a snowmobile on the LRT trail or within the LRT right-of-way.
 
Subd. 5.   A snowmobile may make a direct crossing of a street or highway provided:
 
      a.   The crossing is made at an angle of approximately 90 degrees to the direction of the street or highway and at a place where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing; 
 
      b.   The snowmobile is brought to a complete stop before crossing the shoulder or main traveled way of the highway; 
 
      c.   The operator of the snowmobile must yield the right-of-way to all oncoming traffic; 
 
      d.   In crossing a divided street or highway, the crossing is made at an intersection of such street or highway with another public street or highway; 
 
      e.   The crossing is made with both front and rear lights illuminated.
 
Subd. 6.   Where no special hazard exists, the following speeds shall be lawful, and any speeds in excess shall be deemed unlawful:
 
      a.   10 miles per hour on public property within the city;
 
      b.   10 miles per hour when operated on any public waters within the city closer than 150 feet to the shoreline.
 
Subd. 7.   No snowmobile shall enter any uncontrolled intersection without making a complete stop.  The operator shall then yield the right-of-way to any vehicles or pedestrians. 
 
Subd. 8.   Notwithstanding any prohibition in this chapter, a snowmobile may be operated on a public thoroughfare in an emergency during the period of time when snow upon such thoroughfare renders travel by automobile impractical. 
 
Subd. 9.   An operator shall bring the snowmobile to a stop and switch off the engine when flagged by a police officer or duly authorized uniformed snow patrol member.
 
(1987 Code, § 802.02)  (Ord. 358, passed 10-25-1999)
 
611.03  MANNER OF OPERATION. 
 
   Except as otherwise specifically permitted and authorized, it is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile within the limits of the city in the following manner: 
 
Subd. 1.   At any place while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics or habit-forming drugs; 
 
Subd. 2.   At a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding circumstances.  Racing is prohibited except as may be specifically authorized as part of an organized event, which authorization shall be by permit issued by the City Council.  Maximum speed limits shall be set from time to time by Council resolution; 
 
Subd. 3.   At any place in a careless, reckless or negligent manner so as to endanger the person or property of another or to cause injury or damage thereto; 
 
Subd. 4.   So as to tow any person or thing except through use of a rigid tow bar attached to the rear of the snowmobile; 
 
Subd. 5.   When the noise level of the snowmobile exceeds 78 decibels on the A Scale at a distance of 50 feet from the snowmobile; 
 
Subd. 6.   At any time within the city between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, and between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday through Thursday;
 
Subd. 7.   At any time between the first of April and the thirtieth of November; 
 
Subd. 8.   Abreast of another snowmobile except when overtaking and passing another snowmobile.  No passing shall be allowed if a pedestrian is within 30 feet of the snowmobile;
 
Subd. 9.   On the LRT Trail.
 
(1987 Code, § 802.03)  (Ord. 358, passed 10-25-1999)  Penalty, see § 104.01
 
611.04  EQUIPMENT. 

 
   It is unlawful for any person to operate or for the owner to cause or knowingly permit the operation of a snowmobile any place within the limits of the city unless it is equipped with the following: 
 
Subd. 1.   Standard mufflers which are properly attached and in constant operation and which reduce the noise of operation of the motor to the minimum necessary for operation.  Mufflers shall comply with Minn. Rules part 6100.5700, subp. 5 which certifies that a new snowmobile complies with the noise limitation requirements of this rule.  A manufacturer shall make such a certification based on measurements made in accordance with the SAE Recommended Practice J192(a) as set forth in the Report of the Vehicle Sound Level Committee, as approved by the Society of Automotive Engineers, September 1970 and revised November 1973; 
 
Subd. 2.   Brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold the snowmobile under any conditions of operation; 
 
Subd. 3.   A safety or deadman throttle in operating condition;
 
Subd. 4.   At least one clear lamp attached to the front, with sufficient intensity to reveal persons and vehicles at a distance of at least 100 feet ahead during the hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions. Such headlamp shall be so aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of an oncoming vehicle operator. It shall also be equipped with at least one red tail lamp having a minimum candle power of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear during the hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions. The lighting equipment shall be illuminated at all times the vehicle is operated; 
 
Subd. 5.   Reflective material at least 16 square inches on each side, forward of the handlebars, so as to reflect or beam light at a 90-degree angle. 
 
(1987 Code, § 802.04)  Penalty, see § 104.01
 
611.05  APPLICATION OF OTHER LAWS. 

 
   City traffic ordinances shall apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon streets and highways and M.S. §§ 84.81 to 84.88 and M.S. Chapter 169, as amended, and except for those provisions relating to required equipment, are adopted by reference. 
 
(1987 Code, § 802.05)
 
611.06  PERSONS UNDER CERTAIN AGE.

 
Subd. 1.   It is unlawful for any person under 14 years of age to operate on streets, highways, public lands or frozen water or make a direct crossing of a street or highway as the operator of a snowmobile unless accompanied by a parent or guardian.  A person 14 years of age or older, but less than 18 years of age, may operate a snowmobile on streets, highway, public lands or frozen waters as permitted under this section and make a direct crossing of a street or highway only if he or she has in his or her immediate possession a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by the Commissioner of Natural Resources. 
 
Subd. 2.   It is unlawful for the owner of a snowmobile to permit the snowmobile to be operated contrary to the provisions of this section.
 
(1987 Code, § 802.06)  Penalty, see § 104.01
 
611.07  LEAVING SNOWMOBILE UNATTENDED. 

 
   Every person leaving a snowmobile in a public place shall lock the ignition and remove the key from the snowmobile. 
 
(1987 Code, § 802.07)
 
611.08  CHASING ANIMALS FORBIDDEN. 

 
   It is unlawful to intentionally drive, chase, run over or kill any animal, wild or domestic, with a snowmobile. 
 
(1987 Code, § 802.08)  Penalty, see § 104.01
 
611.09  LITTERING AND OBSTRUCTIONS.
 
Subd. 1.   No person shall deposit paper, litter, rubbish or debris on public or private property or throw paper, litter, rubbish or debris from snowmobiles. 
 
Subd. 2.   No person shall place obstructions, including ice blocks, on publicly-owned lands or frozen waters so as to interfere with the lawful use thereof by the public. 
 
Subd. 3.   All traffic control devices used for routing snowmobile traffic away from private and public property shall be located on the same private or public property and shall be in place no earlier than November 1 and shall be removed on or before April 15. 
 
(1987 Code, § 802.09)
 
611.10  VIOLATIONS. 
 
   Any person violating the provisions of this chapter is guilty of a misdemeanor. 
 
(1987 Code, § 802.10)  (Ord. 245, passed 10-28-1991; Ord. 280, passed 10-11-1993; Ord. 296, passed 1-23-1995; Ord. 314, passed 10-14-1996)  Penalty, see § 104.01