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(a) A person shall not operate a snowmobile required to be registered under this article, as amended from time to time, upon a public highway or street or right-of-way thereof or on a public or private parking lot not specifically designated for the use of snowmobiles, except under the following conditions and circumstances:

(1) A snowmobile may be operated on the public right-of-way adjacent to the traveled portion of the public highway, except a limited access highway, if there is sufficient width to operate at a reasonable distance off and away from the traveled portion, and in a manner so as not to endanger life or property.

(2) The operator of a snowmobile may cross a public highway, other than a limited access highway, at right angles for the purpose of getting from one area to another when the operation can be done in safety. The operator shall bring his snowmobile to a complete stop before proceeding across any public highway and shall yield the right-of-way to all traffic.

(3) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, snowmobiles may be operated on a highway in a county road system, outside the corporate limits of the Town of St. John, which is designated for such purpose by the Lake County highway department.

(4) A duly constituted law enforcement officer of the Town, Lake County, or the State of Indiana, may authorize use of a snowmobile on the public highways, streets and right-of-way within his jurisdiction during emergencies when conventional motor vehicles cannot be used for transportation due to snow or other extreme highway conditions.

(5) A snowmobile may be operated on a street or highway for a special event of limited duration conducted according to prearranged schedule only under permit from the Town. The event may be conducted on the frozen surface of public waters only under permit from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

(b) A person under the age of fourteen (14) shall not operate a snowmobile without immediate supervision of a person eighteen (18) years of age or older except on land owned or under the control of such person, or his parent or legal guardian.

(c) No person shall operate a snowmobile, as defined in this article, as amended from time to time, on a public highway without a valid motor vehicle driver's license.

(d) A snowmobile shall not be used to hunt, pursue, worry or kill a wild bird or any domestic or wild animal.

(Ord. No. 0975, § 7, 12-19-94)