ORDINANCE NO. 317

ORDINANCE NO. 317
AN ORDINANCE ADDING SECTION 4.9 TO THE LESTER PRAIRIE MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING ROLLER BLADES, ROLLER SKATES, ROLLER SKIS AND SKATEBOARDS
The City Council of the City of Lester Prairie ordains:
Section 1: Section 4.9, Roller Blades, Roller Skates, Roller Skis and Skateboards is hereby added to the Lester Prairie Municipal Code as follows:
4.9.1 DEFINITIONS.
The following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning:
BUSINESS DISTRICT. That part of the City so designated by council resolution.
OPERATE. To ride on or upon or control the operation of roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard.
OPERATOR. Every person who operates or is in actual physical control of roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard.
ROLLER BLADES/ROLLER SKATES. A shoe with wheels attached or a device with wheels which is designed to be attached to a shoe.
ROLLER SKIS. A pair of skis platformed with wheels attached which is intended to simulate skiing.
SKATEBOARD. A device for riding-upon, usually while standing, consisting of an oblong piece of wood, or of other composition, mounted on skate wheels.
4.9.2 UNLAWFUL ACTS.
(A) It is unlawful for any person to operate roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard under the circumstances set forth hereafter:
(1) On any public sidewalk, street, or public parking lot within the Business District;
(2) On private property of another without the express permission to do so by the owner or occupant of the property; or
(3) In any careless, reckless, or negligent manner so as to endanger or be likely to endanger the safety of any person or property of any other person.
(B) It is unlawful for any person operating roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard to attach the same, or the person of the operator, to any vehicle upon a street.
(C) Every person operating roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard upon a street except where it is prohibited in the business district shall ride as close as possible to the right-hand curb or edge of the street.
(D) Every person operating roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard upon a street shall observe the same rules of the road as required of bicycles, pursuant to M.S. § 169.222.
4.9.3 RIGHT-OF-WAY.
The operator of roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard emerging from any alley, driveway, or building, upon approaching a sidewalk or the sidewalk area extending across any alleyway, shall yield the right-of-way to all pedestrians approaching on the sidewalk or sidewalk area and upon entering the street shall yield the right-of-way to all vehicles approaching on the street.
4.9.4 HOURS OF USE.
It is unlawful for any person to use roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or a skateboard upon a public street, sidewalk, or other roadway from 9:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., except on private property with express permission of owner, and except if the roller blades, roller skates, roller skis, skateboard or operator are equipped with reflective surfaces that shall be visible during the hours of darkness from 600 feet when viewed in front of lawful lower beams of head lamps on a motor vehicle. The reflective material shall be a minimum of 40 square inches. All reflective materials used in compliance with this section shall meet the requirements as prescribed by the Commissioner of Public Safety.
4.9.5 VIOLATIONS.
A person apprehended by a peace officer in violation of the provisions of this chapter does, by his or her use of the public sidewalks, streets, and public parking lots, consent to the impoundment by a police officer of the roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or skateboard for a period of three days upon a first offense, a week upon the second offense and 30 days upon a third or additional offense. Any operator aggrieved by the impoundment of his or her roller blades, roller skates, roller skis or skateboard may petition the Council for a hearing thereon at the next regular Council meeting following the impoundment. This provision is in addition to the maximum fine of $300.00 for petty misdemeanor offenses.
Section 2: This ordinance shall in effect and be in force from and after its passage and publication.
Adopted this 9th day of December, 2014.
CITY OF LESTER PRAIRIE
By /s/ Andrew Heimerl, Its Mayor
ATTEST
By /s/ Marilyn L. Pawelk, Its City Clerk
Published in the Herald Journal Jan. 26, 2015.

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