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Ask Mr. Answer Person: Snowmobile speed

Posted: Tue, Mar 5, 2013 4:15 PM
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Brett e-mails: Just a question regarding snowmobiles. Would it make sense for the city law to read  @ #3) "Speed not to exceed the posted speed limit for cars on parallel streets or  Driving at a speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the existing circumstances; WHICHEVER IS LESS" as opposed to the current "3) Driving at a speed greater than reasonable or proper under all the existing circumstances;

This based on having viewed snowmobiles going faster than vehicular traffic on Montgomery st as they paralleled the road on the side of the fairgrounds? When I drive/bicycle/walk, I gauge vehicle speed based on the posted speed. If the car or snowmobile is exceeding that, my assumptions are wrong and endanger me. Snowmobiles can go quite fast. Fine. Not in town and not where there is other traffic basing decisions on anticipated speed (as cars are supposed to do).


Mr. Answer Person says: "You make a good suggestion, Brett.  The phrase "greater than reasonable or proper" is open to interpretation.  The posted speed limit for cars on parallel speed is a concrete number.

The city ordinances have other provisions that are open to interpretation, such as the disorderly conduct language, which prohibits making a "loud and raucous noise," but doesn't, for instance, specify a decibel reading.

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