city ordinances – chapter 8
(SEE CHAPTER 7 FOR DEFINITIONS, SCOPE AND APPLICATION RELATING TO THIS CHAPTER)
SECTION 8.01. CERTAIN STATUTES ADOPTED BY REFERENCE.
Subd. 1. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, or in Chapters 7 and 9 of this Code, the regulatory and procedural provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 169, commonly referred to as the Highway Traffic Regulation Act, as amended through Laws of 1994, is hereby incorporated herein and adopted by reference, including the penalty provisions thereof.
Subd. 2. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, or in Chapters 7 and 9 of this Code, Minnesota Statutes, Sections 171.02, 171.03, 171.08 and 171.24, as amended through Laws of 1994, are hereby incorporated herein and adopted by reference, including the penalty provisions thereof.
Source: Ordinance No. 10, Series IV
Effective Date: 9-9-94
SEC. 8.03. LEFT TURNS PROHIBITED. The Chief of Police may, in his discretion, and with the consent of the Council, prohibit left turns entirely, or during specified hours, at certain intersections. It is unlawful for any person to make a left turn at any intersection sign-posted prohibiting the same, or make a left turn during the hours of such sign-posted prohibition.
SEC. 8.04. EXHIBITION DRIVING.
Subd. 1. Prima Facie Evidence. It is prima facie evidence of exhibition driving when a motor vehicle stops, starts, accelerates, decelerates, or turns at an unnecessary rate of speed so as to cause tires to squeal, gears to grind, soil to be thrown, engine backfire, fishtailing or skidding, or, as to two-wheeled or three-wheeled motor vehicles, the front wheel to lose contact with the ground or roadway surface.
Subd. 2. Unlawful Act. It is a misdemeanor for any person to do any exhibition driving on any street, parking lot, or other public or private property, except when an emergency creates necessity for such operation to prevent injury to persons or damage to property; provided, that this Section shall not apply to driving on a racetrack. For purposes of this Section, a “racetrack” means any track or premises whereon motorized vehicles, horses, dogs, or other animals or fowl legally compete in a race or timed contest for an audience, the members of which have directly or indirectly paid a consideration for admission.
Subd. 1. The Council may, by resolution, designate streets as one-way streets.
Subd. 2. It is a misdemeanor for any person to travel upon any one-way street in a direction opposite that designated when the same has been duly sign-posted.
Source: City Code
Effective Date: 10-1-85
SEC. 8.20. RECREATIONAL MOTOR VEHICLES (INCLUDING SNOWMOBILES).
Subd. 1. Certain Statutes Adopted by Reference. Except as otherwise provided in this Chapter, the regulatory and procedural provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Sections 84.81 through 84.928, inclusive, as amended through 1997, are hereby adopted by reference, incorporated herein, and made a part hereof, except as otherwise provided herein.
Subd. 2. Other Unlawful Acts. It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile or recreational motor vehicles as follows:
A. On any lands, including school grounds, hospital grounds, cemeteries and golf courses, without lawful authority or permission of the owner or occupant.
B. Other than on the right hand side of a roadway.
C. In excess of 20 miles per hour on any street or alley.
D. On any street or alley other than on a direct route to and from a specific destination.
E. On private property unless the operator has been provided oral or written authority by the owner of the private property.
F. On the boulevard along the curb of any city street unless the operator has been provided oral or written authority by the City of Buffalo.
G. On any public sidewalk
H. On any public park located within the City of Buffalo.
Source: Ordinance No. 10, Series V
Effective Date: 1-15-98
SEC. 8.25. SPECIAL VEHICLE USE BY HANDICAPPED.
Subd. 1. Operation Authorized. Operation of motorized golf carts or four-wheel all-terrain vehicles are hereby authorized on the roadways of all streets, except such as are prohibited by resolution of the Council, and only in strict compliance with this Section. For the purpose of this Section, a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle has the same meaning identified in Minnesota Statute 84.92 Subd 8.
All-terrain vehicle means a motorized flotation-tired vehicle of not less than three low pressure tires, but not more than six tires, that is limited in engine displacement of less than 960 cubic centimeters and includes a class 1 all-terrain vehicle and class 2 all-terrain vehicle.
Subd. 2. Permits. Except as outlined in Subd. 4, permits shall be issued only to handicapped persons as defined by statute. Application for a permit to operate a motorized golf cart or a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle on the roadways of streets shall include the name and address of the applicant and such other information as may from time-to-time be required by the Council. Applications for initial or renewal permits shall be accompanied by a certificate signed by a physician stating that the applicant is capable of safely operating a motorized golf cart or a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle on the roadway of streets. All permits shall expire on December 3l, unless renewed. The fee for a permit shall be fixed by resolution of the Council.
Subd. 3. Unlawful Acts. It is unlawful for any person to operate a motorized golf cart or a four-wheel all-terrain vehicle on the roadway of a street unless:
A. The operator has in possession a valid, current and unrevoked permit from the City.
B. The operation is on a roadway which has not been designated as prohibited for such operation, except crossing at an intersection.
C. The operation is during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset.
D. The operation is not during inclement weather, or when visibility is impaired by weather, smoke, fog, or other conditions, or when there is insufficient light to clearly see persons or vehicles thereon at a distance of 500 feet.
E. The motorized golf cart or four-wheel all-terrain vehicle displays a slow moving vehicle emblem, as described by statute, on the rear thereof.
F. The motorized golf cart or four-wheel all-terrain vehicle is equipped with rear view mirrors as required by statute for other vehicles.
G. The operator has insurance coverage as provided by statute (presently Section 65B.48, Subdivision 5) for motorcycles.
H. The operator observes all traffic laws, except such as cannot reasonably be applied to motorized golf carts or four-wheel all-terrain vehicles.
I. The motorized golf cart is operated under permitted authority granted in Subd. 4 of this section.
Source: Ordinance No. 39, Series III
Effective Date: 2-7-92
Subd 4. Permits for Special Events. The Chief of Police may authorize the issuance of or issue temporary permits for the operation of motorized golf carts for use in special circumstances or events, provided:
A. The purpose for the permit is for a community event or emergency.
B. The permit is issued for no more than three days.
C. The operator is a licensed driver.
D. The operator observes all traffic laws, except such as cannot reasonably be applied to motorized golf carts.
Source: Ordinance No. ____, Series V
Effective Date: 1-6-2011
SEC. 8.99. VIOLATION A MISDEMEANOR OR PETTY MISDEMEANOR. Every person violates a section, subdivision, paragraph or provision of this Chapter when he performs an act thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, or fails to act when such failure is thereby prohibited or declared unlawful, and upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as follows:
Subd. 1. Where the specific section, subdivision, paragraph or provision specifically makes violation a misdemeanor, he shall be punished as for a misdemeanor; where a violation is committed in a manner or under circumstances so as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property, he shall be punished as for a misdemeanor; where he stands convicted of violation of any provision of this Chapter, exclusive of violations relating to the standing or parking of an unattended vehicle, within the immediate preceding 12-month period for the third or subsequent time, he shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.
Subd. 2. As to any violations not constituting a misdemeanor under the provisions of Subdivision 1 hereof, he shall be punished as for a petty misdemeanor.
Subd. 3. As to any violation of a provision adopted by reference, he shall be punished as specified in such provision, so adopted.
Source: City Code
Effective Date: 10-1-85