No person shall operate a snowmobile upon the streets or highways within the City of Flint, as defined in this ordinance, with the following exceptions:
   (a)   Properly registered snowmobiles may cross such streets and highways, except limited access highways and freeways as defined in Act 300 of the Public Acts of 1949, if such crossing can be made in safety and it does not interfere with the free movement of vehicular traffic approaching from any direction on the highway. The snowmobile operator shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicular traffic upon any street or highway.
   (b)   Snowmobiles may be operated on a street and highway during a period of emergency, when so declared by the Chief of Police, when travel by conventional automotive equipment is not possible.
   (c)   Snowmobiles may be operated on the highways within the restrictions set forth herein for the purposes of crossing bridges and culverts.
   (d)   Snowmobiles may be operated on a street or highway for a special snowmobile event of limited duration which is conducted according to a prearranged schedule under permit from the governmental unit having jurisdiction.
   (e)   Whenever it is impractical to gain immediate access to an area adjacent to a public highway where a snowmobile is to be operated, the vehicle may be operated adjacent and parallel to the highway for the purpose of gaining access to the area of operation. This subsection shall apply to the operation of a snowmobile from the point where the vehicle is unloaded from a motorized conveyance to and from the area where the snowmobile is to be operated when loading and unloading cannot be effected in the immediate vicinity of the area of operation without causing hazard to vehicular traffic approaching from either direction on the highway. Loading or unloading must be accomplished, with due regard to safety, at the nearest possible point to the area of operation.
(Ord. 2109, passed 2-3-1969)
Statutory reference:
   Michigan Vehicle Code, see MCLA 257.1 et seq.