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					Victoria Snowmobile Ordinances
Sec. 24-90. Prohibited Acts

Except as otherwise specifically permitted and authorized, it is unlawful for any person to
operate a snowmobile within the limits of the city:

    (1) On any private property within the city unless such property is a designated
        snowmobile trail or the operator has the express consent of the property owner.

    (2) In any planting or tree nursery in a manner which damages or destroys growing
        stock.

    (3) Through any wildlife sanctuary, either public or private.

    (4) In any cemetery.

    (5) At any place while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or narcotics or habit
        forming drugs.

    (6) At a rate of speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the surrounding
        circumstances.

    (7) 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.

    (8) In a manner so as to create a loud, unnecessary or unusual noise which disturbs,
        annoys or interferes with the peace and quiet of other persons.

    (9) So as to tow any person or thing except through the use of a rigid tow bar attached
        to the rear of the snowmobile.

    (10) Unless the snowmobile is equipped with:

          a. Brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold the
             snowmobile under any condition of operation.

          b. A safety or deadman throttle in operating condition.

          c. When operated between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half
             hour before sunrise or at times of reduced visibility, equipped with 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 snowmobile
             operator. It shall also be equipped with at least one red taillamp having a


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             minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to exhibit a red light plainly
             visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear during hours of darkness under
             normal atmospheric conditions.

Sec. 24-91. Persons under 18.

    (a) No person under 14 years of age shall operate on streets or make a direct crossing
        of a city or village street as the operator of a snowmobile. A person 14 years of
        age or older, but less than 18 years of age, may operate a snowmobile on streets as
        permitted under this article and make a direct crossing of such streets only if he
        has in his immediate possession a valid snowmobile safety certificate issued by
        the commissioner of natural resource as provided by Minn. Stats. 84.86.

    (b) It is unlawful for the owner of a snowmobile to permit the snowmobile to be
        operated contrary to the provisions of this section.

Sec. 25-92. On city streets, highways, public lands or ice covered waters.

    (a) No person shall operate a snowmobile on any street, roadway or alley within the
        city at a speed in excess of ten miles per hour, except that no snowmobile may be
        operated on Victoria Drive between Stieger Lake Lane and Arboretum Boulevard.

    (b) A snowmobile may traverse the shorezone by the shortest direct route from
        shoreline to open ice 500 feet beyond shoreline and return as necessary for access
        to a lake.

    (c) A snowmobile may traverse the shorezone approximately parallel to the shoreline
        in narrow areas of a lake when necessary to proceed from one part of a lake to
        another.

    (d) A snowmobile may not be operated at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour
        within the shorezone; provided, however, that the vehicle may be temporarily
        accelerated to a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour where necessary to cross
        areas of ice where the increase in speed is necessary to avoid the risk of danger to
        the vehicle and its operator or passengers.

    (e) Outside a shorezone a snowmobile may not be operated on a lake at a speed in
        excess of 40 miles per hour during daylight hours and 30 miles per hour during
        the hours between sunset and sunrise. A snowmobile may be operated at a speed
        in excess of 40 miles per hour during daylight hours, provided the snowmobile
        remains 1,000 feet from the shoreline.

    (f) No snowmobile may be operated at a speed in excess of 15 miles per hour within
        150 feet of any fisherman, fishhouse, pedestrian skating rink, sliding area, or in
        any other area on a lake where the operation would conflict with or endanger
        other persons or property.



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    (g) It is unlawful to permit a snowmobile to enter upon the ice of a lake at any point
        other than a public access, or from the owner’s own property, or from property of
        a person other than the owner’s with the written permission of such property
        owner.

    (h) It shall be unlawful to operate a snowmobile:

             (1) On a public sidewalk or walkway provided or used for pedestrian travel,
                 or on boulevards within any public right-of-way.

             (2) On any public or private school grounds except as permission is expressly
                 obtained from responsible school authorities.

             (3) On any other publicly owned lands including, but not limited to, park
                 property, playgrounds, recreation areas and golf courses, except areas
                 previously listed or authorized for such use by proper authority.
                 Authorized areas in the city owned by the city shall be designated by
                 council resolution.

             (4) Anywhere on the ice of Kelzer Pond or on the land surrounding Kelzer
                 Pond, which is owned by the City of Victoria.

    (i) 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 which constitutes an immediate hazard.

    (j) City traffic ordinances shall apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon street
        and highways, except for those relating to required equipment, and except those
        which by their nature have no application.




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