Chapter 375: Snowmobiles and All Purpose Vehicles


Cross references

  • See sectional histories for similar State law
  • Power of trial court of record to impound registration certificate for certain violations - see Ohio R.C. 4519.47
  • Power to regulate; municipal licensing prohibited - see Ohio R.C. 4519.48
  • Street or highway defined - see TRAF. 301.42
  • Required usage of helmets and safety glasses - see TRAF. 373.05(f)

375.01   Definitions

For purposes of this chapter, the following terms shall have the meanings respectively ascribed to them in this section:

  1. (a) “Operate” means to ride in or on and to control the operation of a snowmobile and all purpose vehicle in any manner.

  2. (b) “Snowmobile” means any self-propelled vehicle designed for travel primarily on snow or ice steered by wheels, skis or runners.

  3. (c) “All purpose vehicle” means any self-propelled vehicle designed primarily for cross country travel on land and water, or on more than one type of terrain and steered by wheels or caterpillar treads, or any combination thereof, including vehicles that operate on a cushion of air, vehicles commonly known as all-terrain vehicles, all season vehicles, mini-bikes and trail bikes, but excluding any self-propelled vehicle not principally used for purposes of personal transportation, any vehicle principally used in playing golf, any motor vehicle or aircraft required to be registered under Ohio R.C. [Chapter 4503][ORC Chapter 4503] or Chapter 4561 and any vehicle excepted from definition as a motor vehicle by Section 301.20.

  4. (d) “Public thoroughfares” means the entire width between the boundary lines of any highway, road, street, avenue, alley, public place or public driveway within the Municipality when any part thereof is open to the use of the public, as a matter of right, for purposes of vehicular traffic.
    (Ord. 1972-860. Passed 3-21-72.)

375.02   Operation

  1. (a) No person shall operate a snowmobile and any all purpose vehicle:

    1. (1) Upon any property owned or leased by the Municipality.

    2. (2) Upon or within ten feet of any public thoroughfare within the Municipality, except a mini-bike properly safety equipped.

    3. (3) On private property within the Municipality without consent of the owner or lessee thereof. Any person operating a snowmobile or all purpose vehicle upon lands of another shall stop and identify himself upon the request of the land owner or his duly authorized representative, and if requested to do so by such land owner, shall promptly remove such snowmobile and any all purpose vehicle from the premises.

    4. (4) Between the hours of ten p. m. and seven a. m.
      (Ord. 1972-860. Passed 3-21-72.)

  2. (b) Whoever violates this section shall be fined not less than fifty dollars ($50.00) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500.00), imprisoned not less than three nor more than thirty days, or both.
    (ORC 4519.40)

375.03   Emergencies

The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to the operation of snowmobiles for the purpose of emergency travel only, during the period of snow emergency as hereinafter defined, on any public thoroughfare; when and at locations where snow upon the public thoroughfare renders travel by automobile impracticable, when a snow emergency is declared by the Mayor or Chief of Police, after reasonable efforts to announce such snow emergency by use of the local press, radio and television stations. Such snow emergency is defined and may be declared when snowfall in the Municipality exceeds a depth of four inches during any twenty-four hour or less period.
(Ord. 1972-860. Passed 3-21-72.)