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Connecticut Laws | Title 14 Motor Vehicles. Use Of The Highway By Vehicles. Gasoline
CHAPTER 255* SNOWMOBILES AND ALL-TERRAIN VEHICLES
Secs. 14-383 and 14-384. Registration of snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle dealers. Temporary registration plates.

Sections 14-383 and 14-384 are repealed, effective July 1, 2005. (3044)

Sec. 14-385. Renting or leasing of snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles. Records required. (3045)(Text)

Any person who is in the business, in whole or in part, of renting or leasing snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles shall keep a record of the name and address of every person who rents or leases a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, the identification number thereof, the departure date and time and the expected time of return. The record shall be preserved for at least one year. Neither the owner nor any agent or employee of such business shall permit any snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle to depart from the premises of such business unless it is provided, either by the owner or lessee, with such safety devices and equipment as may be required by law. (3046)

Sec. 14-386. Enforcement. Failure to stop snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle upon request. (3047)(Text)

(a) Any law enforcement officer of the Department of Environmental Protection, motor vehicle inspector, state police officer, uniformed municipal police officer, constable, state park policeman, state forest policeman or forest ranger may enforce the provisions of sections 14-379 to 14-390, inclusive. (3048)

(b) No person operating a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle shall refuse to stop his snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle after being requested or signaled to do so by an authorized law enforcement officer, or the owner or the agent of the owner of the property upon which such snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle is being operated. Any person operating a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle who refuses to stop his snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle upon such request or such signal by an authorized law enforcement officer shall have committed an infraction. (3049)

Sec. 14-386a. Prohibited manner of operation. Penalty. Liability for property damage. (3050)(Text)

No person shall operate a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle in the following manner: (1) At an unreasonable or imprudent rate of speed for existing conditions; (2) in a negligent manner so as to endanger any person or property; or (3) while under the influence of intoxicating liquor or any drug, or both, as provided in subsection (a) of section 14-227a. Any person who violates the provisions of subdivision (1) or (2) of this section, or any regulation relating thereto, shall be fined not more than two hundred fifty dollars for each offense. Any person who violates the provisions of subdivision (3) of this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in section 14-227a. In addition thereto, the operator or owner, or both, of a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, shall be responsible and held accountable to the owner of any land where trees, shrubs, crops, fences or other property have been damaged as a result of travel of such snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles over such land, or where consequential damage has resulted from such travel. Proof of the registration number of the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle shall be prima facie evidence in any prosecution or action for damages that the owner was the operator. (3051)

Sec. 14-387. Rules of operation. Violations. (3052)(Text)

No person shall operate a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle in the following manner: (1) On any public highway, except such snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, if operated by a licensed motor vehicle operator, may cross a public highway if the crossing is made at an angle of approximately ninety degrees to the direction of the highway and at a location where no obstruction prevents a quick and safe crossing, the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle is completely stopped before entering the traveled portion of the highway and the driver yields the right-of-way to motor vehicles using the highway, provided nothing in this subsection shall be construed to permit the operation of a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle on a limited access highway, as defined in subsection (a) of section 13a-1; (2) in such a manner that the exhaust of the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle makes an excessive or unusual noise; (3) without a functioning muffler, subject to the provisions of section 14-80, properly operating brakes, sufficient and adequate front and rear lighting and reflecting devices, except an all-terrain vehicle with an engine size of ninety cubic centimeters or less shall not be required to be equipped with front and rear lighting and shall not be operated after dark; (4) in any manner which would cause harassment of any game or domestic animal; (5) on any land without the written permission of the owner, or the agent of the owner, or in the case of state-owned land, without the written permission of the state agency or institution under whose control such land is, or in the case of land under the jurisdiction of a local municipality without the written permission of such municipality, which written permission shall be carried on the person operating the all-terrain vehicle while on such land; and (6) on any railroad right-of-way. Nothing in sections 14-379 to 14-390, inclusive, shall preclude the operation of a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle (A) on the frozen surface of any public body of water, provided any municipality may by ordinance regulate the hours of operation of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles on public waters within such municipality and provided the operation of a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle shall be subject to the provisions of section 25-43c; or (B) on any abandoned or disused railroad right-of-way or in any place or upon any land specifically designated for the operation of snowmobiles and all-terrain vehicles by statute, regulation or local ordinance. Any person who violates any provision of this section shall have committed a separate infraction for each such violation. (3053)

Sec. 14-388. Penalties. Liability. (3054)(Text)

Except as otherwise provided, any person who violates any of sections 14-379 to 14-390, inclusive, or any regulation relating thereto shall have committed an infraction for each such offense. In addition thereto the operator or owner, or both, of a snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle, shall be responsible and held accountable to the owner of any land where trees, shrubs, crops, fences or other property have been damaged as a result of travel of such snowmobiles or all-terrain vehicles over such land, or where consequential damage has resulted from such travel. Proof of the registration number of the snowmobile or all-terrain vehicle shall be prima facie evidence in any prosecution or action for damages that the owner was the operator. (3055)

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