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(a) Snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, and all-purpose vehicles shall include, but not be limited to requirements for the following items of equipment:
(1) At least one (1) headlight having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to reveal persons and objects at a distance of at least one hundred (100) feet ahead under normal atmospheric conditions during hours of darkness;
(2) At least one (1) red tail light having a minimum candlepower of sufficient intensity to be plainly visible from a distance of five hundred (500) feet to the rear under normal atmospheric conditions during hours of darkness;
(3) Adequate brakes. Every snowmobile, while traveling on packed snow, shall be capable of carrying a driver who weighs one hundred seventy-five (175) pounds or more, and, while carrying such driver, be capable of stopping in not more than forty (40) feet from an initial steady speed of twenty (20) miles per hour, or locking its traction belt.
(4) A muffler system capable of precluding the emission of excessive smoke or exhaust fumes, and of limiting the engine noise of vehicles. On snowmobiles manufactured after January 1, 1973, such requirement shall include sound dampening equipment such that noise does not exceed eighty-two (82) decibels on the “A” scale at fifty (50) feet as measured according to SAE J192 (September 1970).
(b) No person shall operate any snowmobile, off-highway motorcycle, or all-purpose vehicle in violation of division (a)(1), (a)(2), (a)(3), or (a)(4) of this section, except that equipment specified in divisions (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section shall not be required on snowmobiles, off-highway motorcycles, or all-purpose vehicles operated during the daylight hours on state controlled land under the jurisdiction of the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and that are limited to off-street or off-highway use.
(c) Except as otherwise provided in this section, whoever violates division (b) of this section shall be fined not more than fifty dollars ($50.00). If the offender within the preceding year previously has committed a violation of division (b) of this section, whoever violates division (b) of this section shall be fined not less than fifteen dollars ($15.00) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100.00), imprisoned not more than three (3) days, or both.
(RC 4519.20; Ord. No. 726-17. Passed 10-16-17, eff. 10-20-17)