Ordinance No. 13 – Governs Operation Of Vehicles In City

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An ordinance regulating the operation of vehicles, motor vehicles, motorcycles and snowmobiles within the city of Bellechester, Minnesota.

The City Council of the City of Bellechester do ordain as follows:

SECTION 1. Definitions

Subdivision 1. Vehicle. “Vehicle” means every device in, upon, or which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, except devices moved by human power or used exclusively upon rails or tracks.

Subdivision 2. Motor Vehicle “Motor Vehicle” means every vehicle which is self-propelled and not deriving its power from overhead wires.

Subdivision 3. Motorcycle “Motorcycle” means every vehicle having a seat or saddle for the use of the rider and designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground, including motor scooters and bicycles with motor attached, but excluding a tractor.

Subdivision 4. Snowmobile “Snowmobile” means a self-propelled vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice steered by skies or runners.

SECTION 2. Operation of Vehicles, Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, and Snowmobiles on Private or Public Property

No person shall operate a vehicle, motor vehicle, motorcycle, or snowmobile on private or public property within the City without advance permission of the property owner, unless otherwise permitted by law, except public highways, streets, and roadways.

SECTION 3. Operation of Vehicles, Motor Vehicles, Motorcycles, and Snowmobiles on Publicly Leased Land Prohibited

No person shall operate a vehicle, motor vehicle, motorcycle or snowmobile on publicly-

leased land, including but not limited to parks, skating rinks, ball diamonds, except public highways, streets, and roadways.

SECTION 4. Reckless Driving

Any person who operates any vehicle, motor vehicle, motorcycle or snowmobile within the City in such a manner as to indicate either a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others or property is guilty of reckless driving.

SECTION 5. Careless Driving

Any person who operates any vehicle, motor vehicle, motorcycle or snowmobile within the City in such a manner as to carelessly or heedlessly be in disregard of the rights or the safety of others is guilty of careless driving.

SECTION 6. Exhibition Driving Prohibited

No person shall turn, accelerate, decelerate, or otherwise operate a vehicle, motor vehicle, motorcycle or snowmobile within the City in a manner which causes unnecessary engine noise or backfire, squealing tires, skidding, sliding, swaying, throwing sand or gravel, or in a manner simulating a race. Unreasonable squealing or screeching sounds emitted by tires, or throwing sand or gravel is prima facie evidence of a violation of this Section.

SECTION 7. Peace Officers

The Mayor and all other members of the City Council are designated peace officers pursuant to Minnesota Statutes Section 412.101 for purposes of this Ordinance. The Council, pursuant to said Statute, may designate by resolution one or more of its members as a process officer who shall all the powers and duties of town constable.

SECTION 8. Penalty

Any person violating any provision of this Ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and may be fined up to $500.00 or ninety (90) days imprisonment or both to which court costs of prosecution may be added.

SECTION 9. Severability

The several provisions of this Ordinance shall be deemed severable, and a finding of invalidity of any section hereof shall not have the effect of invalidating any other section.

SECTION 10. Effective Date

This Ordinance shall be effective upon its passage and publication.

Passed this 12th day of March 1981.

Attest: Barbara Heppelmann, Clerk Quentin J. Majerus, Mayor

Published in the Goodhue County Tribune on the 9th day of April 1981 Page 46