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Chapter 39 – Snowmobiles





3-39-1     Purpose
3-39-2     Definitions
3-39-3     Operation Limitations
3-39-4     Penalties for Violation
3-39-5     Severability Clause


SECTION 3-39-1                  PURPOSE. The purpose of this ordinance is to authorize the use of snowmobiles on certain public highways within the corporate limits of the City of Belle Plaine, Iowa, and to prescribe reasonable rules and regulations for the times and places of the use of such snowmobiles and the operation thereof and to provide for the safety of the operators and the general welfare of the citizens of Belle Plaine.

SECTION 3-39-2                  DEFINITIONS. For use within this ordinance the following terms are defined:

            (1)        “Snowmobiles” means any self-propelled vehicle weighing less than 1000 pounds which utilizes wheels with low pressure tires and is designed to operate on land or ice or is equipped with sled type runners or skis, endless belt-type tread, or any combination thereof, and is designed for travel upon snow, land or ice, except any vehicle registered as a motor vehicle under Chapter 321 of the 2008 Code of Iowa.

            (2)        “Person” means an individual, partnership, firm, corporation, association, and the state, it’s agencies and political subdivisions.

            (3)        “Operate” means to ride in or on other than as a passenger only, use or control the operation of a snowmobile in any manner, whether or not the snowmobile is moving.

            (4)        “Registered snowmobile” means any snowmobile registered within the meaning of Chapter 321G of the 2008 Code of Iowa.

SECTION 3-39-3                  OPERATION LIMITATIONS.

(1)   Registered snowmobiles may be operated within the corporate limits of the City of Belle Plaine only on such streets and avenues which are not also State of Iowa Highways, and only on such street or avenues which provide the shortest and most direct route from the premises of the operator to the corporate limits or returning therefrom.

(2)   Snowmobiles shall not be operated on public streets after 11:00 p.m. or before 7:00 a.m. except in an emergency and where snow on the public streets renders travel by conventional motor vehicles impractical.

(3)   All snowmobiles operated in permitted areas shall be equipped with a muffler in good working order to prevent excessive and unusual noise.

(4)   No snowmobile shall be operated on a public street in excess of 15 miles per hour.

(5)   No snowmobile shall be operated under any circumstances upon the property of another person without the express consent of the owner of said property.

(6)   No snowmobile shall be operated on any streets by anyone under the age of 16 or anyone without a valid motor vehicle operator’s license.

(7)   All snowmobiles shall be equipped in accordance with the statutes of the State of Iowa.

(8)   All snowmobile operators shall be required to observe all traffic control devices on public streets.

(9)   It shall be unlawful for the owner or operator of a snowmobile to leave or allow a snowmobile to remain unattended on public property while the motor is running or with keys for starting the vehicle left in the ignition.

(10)  All snowmobiles, while operating on a city street, shall display a flag with an area of not less than 50 square inches of fluorescent red color on a staff holder to put such flag at least 5 ½ feet above the surface of the street.

(11)  All snowmobiles operating on city streets shall at all times have a lighted headlight and taillight.

SECTION 3-39-4                  PENALITES FOR VIOLATION. Any person who shall violate any of the provisions of this ordinance shall, upon conviction, be guilty of a misdemeanor and shall be punished by a fine or not more than $100.00 or imprisonment for not more than thirty (30) days.

SECTION 3-39-5                  SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.  If any provision or part of this ordinance shall be adjudged invalid or unconstitutional, such adjudication shall not affect the validity of the ordinance as a whole or any other section or provision thereof which is not adjudged invalid or unconstitutional.

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