Barrett, Minnesota A picturesque village nestled in a valley in West Central Minnesota

Section VII. - Traffic Regulations, Snowmobile Regulations & Parking

                                                  SECTION VII 
                                       TRAFFIC REGULATIONS & PARKING

Highway Traffic Regulations
7.02 Exhibition Driving Prohibited
7.03 No Parking Where Posted
7.04 Other Parking Restrictions
7.05 Impoundment

 The Highway Traffic Regulations Act is hereby adopted by reference. The regulatory provisions of M.S. Chapter 169 as it may be amended from time to time are hereby adopted as traffic ordinances regulating the use of highway, streets and alleys within the City and are hereby incorporated in and made a part of this section as completely as {f set out in full herein.
 The penalty for violation of the provisions of the state statutes adopted by reference in this section shall be identical with the penalties provided for in the statutes for the same offense.


No person shall turn, accelerate, decelerate or otherwise operate a motor vehicle within the city in a manner which causes unnecessary engine noise or backfire, squealing tires, skidding, sliding, s\vaying, throwing of sand or gravel, or in a manner simulating a race. Unreasonable squealing or screeching sounds emitted by tires or the unreasonable throwing of sand or gravel by the tires is prima facie evidence of a violation of this section.
Penalty, see Section XII


No person shall stop, stand or park a vehicle upon the public streets of the city at any place where official signs or where appropriate devices, marks, or painting, either upon the surface or the street or the curb immediately adjacent thereto, prohibit these acts. This section specifically applies to all parking areas located at the public school in the City of Barrett.
Penalty, Petty Misdemeanor


The City Council may by resolution order the placing of signs, devices or marks, or the painting of streets or curbs prohibiting or restricting the stopping, standing or
parking of vehicles on any street where, in its opinion, as evidenced by a finding in its official minutes, the stopping, standing or parking is dangerous to those using the highway, or where the stopping, standing or parking of vehicles would unduly interfere with the free movement of traffic. The signs, devices, marks or painting shall be official signs, devices, marks or painting, and no person shall stop, stand or park any vehicle in violation of the restrictions thereon or as indicated thereby.
Penalty, Petty Misdemeanor


Any police officer'may order the removal of a vehicle from a street to a garage or other place of safety when the vehicle is left unattended and constitutes an obstruction to traffic or hinders snow removal, street improvements or maintenance operations. The vehicle shall not be released until the fees for towing and storage are paid in addition to any fine imposed for violation of this chapter.

                                                   SECTION VII A.
                                           SNOWMOBILES AND ATVs

7.01A Intent
7.02A Definitions
7.03A Application of Traffic Ordinances
7.04A Restrictions
7.05A Stopping and Yielding
7.06A Persons Under 18
7.07 A Equipment
7.08A Unattended Snowmobiles
7.09A Emergency Operation Permitted
7.10A Public Parks


It is the intent of this chapter to supplement M.S. Section 84.81 through 84.91, and M.S. Chapter 169, as these statutes may be amended from time to time and Minn. rules parts 6100.5000 through 6100.6000, as these rules may be amended from time to time, with respect to the operation of snowmobiles and A TV s. These statutes and rules are incorporated herein by reference. This section is not intended to allow what the state statutes and rules prohibit, nor to prohibit what the state statutes and rules allow.


For the purpose of this chapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

DEADMAN THROTTLE or SAFETY THROTTLE. A device which, when pressure is removed from the engine accelerator or throttle, causes the motor to be disengaged from the driving mechanism.

OPERATE. To ride in or on and control the operation ofa snowmobile or ATY.

OPERA TOR. Every person who operates or is in actual physical control of a snowmobile or ATV.

OWNER. A person, other than a lien holder having the property in or title to a snowmobile or A TV, or entitled to the use or possession thereof. 
PERSON.  Includes an individual, partnership, corporation, the state and its agencies and subdivision and any body of person, whether incorporated or not.

RIGHT OF WAY. The entire strip of land traversed by a highway or street in which the public owns the fee or an easement for roadway purposes.

ROADWAY. That portion of a highway or street improved, designed or ordinarily used for vehicular travel.

SNOWMOBILE. A self-propelled vehicle designed for travel on snow or ice, steered by skis or runners.

STREET. A public thoroughfare, roadway, alley or trail used for motor vehicular traffic which is not an interstate, trunk, county-state aid, or county highway.


The provisions of Ch. 70 of this code shall apply to the operation of snowmobiles upon streets and highways, except for those relating to required equipment and except those which by their nature have no application.
Penalty, see S'ection XII


a) It is unlawful for any person to enter, operate or stop a snowmobile or ATV within the limits of the city:

      1) On the roadway or any street, except the most right hand lane then available for traffic or as close as practicable to right hand curb or edge of the roadway, except when overtaking the passing another vehicle stopped in the lane or proceeding in the same direction, or in making a left turn. Snowmobiles or A TV s may also be operated upon the outside slope of trunk, county state aid and county highways where the highways are so configured within the corporate limits.
     2)  On a public sidewalk provided for pedestrian travel.
     3)  On boulevards within any public right of way.

     4) On private property of another without specific permission of the owner or person in control of the property.

     5) Upon any school grounds, except as permission is expressly obtained from responsible school authorities. 

     6) On public property, playgrounds and recreation areas, except areas previously listed or authorized for the use by resolution of the City Council, in which case the use shall be lawful, and snowmobiles and ATVs may be driven in and out of those areas by the shortest route.

     7) On streets as permitted by this chapter at a speed exceeding 10 miles per hour.

     8) During the hours of 10:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 12:01 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. on other days closer than 100 feet from any residence. This provision is not intended to prohibit snowmobiles. A TV s from operating on city streets during the hours specified herein.

b) It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile or A TV within the limits of the city;

     1) So as to tow any person or thing in a public street or highway except through use of a rigid tow bar attached to the rear of a snowmobile or ATV; provided, that a disabled snowmobile or A TV may be towed to a private residence or a place of business where snowmobiles or A TV s are repaired without the use of a rigid tow bar.
     2) Within lOO feet of any fisherman, pedestrian, skating rink or sliding area where the operation would conflict with use or endanger other persons or operations.
      3)  To intentionally drive, chase, run over or kill any animal.

Penalty, see Section XII.


No snowmobile or A TV shall enter any uncontrolled intersection without making a complete stop. The operator shall then yield the right of way to any vehicles or pedestrians at the intersection, or so close to the intersection as to constitute an immediate hazard.

Penalty, see Section XII. 

a)  No person under 14 years of age shall operate on streets or make a direct
crossing of a city street as the operator of a snowmobile or A TV. A person 14 years of age or older, but less than 18 years of age, may operate a snowmobile of ATV on the street as permitted under this chapter and make a direct crossing of those streets only ifhe or she has in his or her immediate possession a valid snowmobile safety certificate issue pursuant to M.S. Section 84.872, as it may be amended from time to time.

b) It is unlawful for the owner of a snowmobile of A TV to permit the snowmobile or ATV to be operated contrary to the provision of this section.


It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile or A TV any place within limits of the cIty unless it is equipped with the following:

a) Standard mufflers which are properly attached and which reduce the noise or operation of the motor to the minimum necessary for operation. No person shall use a muffler cutout, by-pass straight pipe or similar device on a snowmobile motor.

b) Brakes adequate to control the movement of and to stop and hold the snowmobile or A TV under any condition.
c)  A safety or so called deadman throttle in operation condition.

d) When operated between the hours of one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sumise, or at times of reduced visibility, at least one clear lamp attached to the front, within 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. The head lamp shall be so aimed that glaring rays are not projected into the eyes of an oncoming snowmobile or A TV operator. It shall also be equipped with at least one red light plainly visible from a distance of 500 feet to the rear during hours of darkness under normal atmospheric conditions.

e) Snowmobiles (and ATVs) from December I through April 1 shall fly a pennant flag or red or blaze material, of a size not less than 12 inches by 9 inches, at a height of not less than six feet from ground level at any time when the vehicle is operated on public streets.

     1)  Reflective material at least 16 square inches on each side, forward of the I handlebars and at the highest practical point of any towed object, so as to reflect lights at a 90 degree angle.

Penalty, see Section XII.


Every person leaving a snowmobile or A TV on a public place shall lock the ignition, remove the key and take the same with him or her.

Penalty, see Section XII.

Notwithstanding any prohibitions in this chapter, a snowmobile or A TV may be operated on a public thoroughfare in an emergency during the period of time and at locations whe're snow upon the roadway renders travel by automobile impractical.


It is unlawful for any person to operate a snowmobile or A TV in, on or upon any public park within the City of Barrett.

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