The department shall distribute any rule that it is proposing and that affects snowmobiles or snowmobiling to each member of the snowmobile recreational council for his or her review and comment at least 20 days before the notice stating that the proposed rule is in final draft form is submitted to the legislature in the manner provided under s. 227.19 (2)
. A member of the snowmobile recreational council may submit his or her written comments on the proposed rule to the department.
The department shall include in the report required under s. 227.19 (3)
the written comments that it receives under par. (a)
(3) Recommendations for executive budget bill. 350.145(3)(a)1.1.
Before June 30 of each even-numbered year, the department shall consult with the snowmobile recreational council on the proposed changes for the succeeding biennium in the appropriations and laws that affect snowmobiles and snowmobiling.
A member of the snowmobile recreational council may submit before August 1 of the even-numbered year his or her written comments on the proposed changes specified in subd. 1.
to the secretary of natural resources.
The secretary of natural resources shall submit any written comments that the secretary receives under par. (a) 2.
to the natural resources board and to the secretary of administration with the department's submission of its budget report under s. 16.42
Before March 1 of each odd-numbered year, the snowmobile recreational council shall meet and review the provisions that are included in the executive budget bill or bills and that affect snowmobiles and snowmobiling. A member of the snowmobile recreational council may submit his or her written comments on these provisions to the secretary of natural resources before March 10 of each odd-numbered year.
The secretary shall submit the written comments that he or she receives under par. (a) 2.
before March 10 of the odd-numbered year to the cochairpersons of the joint committee on finance before March 15 of that odd-numbered year.
History: 1991 a. 39
; 2013 a. 168
Accidents and accident reports. 350.15(2)(2)
Duty to render aid.
Insofar as the operator is capable of doing, the operator of a snowmobile involved in a snowmobile accident shall render to other persons affected thereby such assistance as is practicable and necessary to save them from or minimize any danger caused by the accident and shall give his or her name and address and identification of his or her snowmobile to any person injured and to the owner of any property damaged in the accident.
If a snowmobile accident results in the death of any person, or in an injury that requires the treatment of a person by a physician, the operator of each snowmobile involved in the accident shall give notice of the accident to a conservation warden or local law enforcement officer as soon as possible and, within 10 days after the accident, shall file a written report of the accident with the department on the form prescribed by it.
If the operator of a snowmobile is physically incapable of making the report required by this subsection and there was another occupant on the snowmobile at the time of the accident capable of making the report that other occupant shall make such report.
(4) Reports not used as evidence.
No report required by this section to be filed with the department shall be used as evidence in any trial, civil or criminal, arising out of an accident, except that the department shall furnish upon demand of any person who has or claims to have made such a report, or upon demand of any court, a certificate showing that a specified accident report has or has not been made to the department solely to prove a compliance or a failure to comply with the requirement that such a report be made.
The department shall investigate any snowmobile accident that results in the death of any person.
The department may investigate any snowmobile accident that results in an injury that requires the treatment of a person by a physician.
This section does not apply to snowmobile accidents that occur during a sanctioned race or derby.
Reports under sub. (3) are not confidential documents. 76 Atty. Gen. 56
Coroners and medical examiners to report; require blood specimen. 350.155(1)(1)
Every coroner or medical examiner shall on or before the 10th day of each month report in writing to the department the death of any person within the coroner's or medical examiner's jurisdiction during the preceding calendar month as the result of an accident involving a snowmobile and the circumstances of such accidents.
In cases of death involving a snowmobile in which the decedent died within 6 hours of the time of the accident, a blood specimen of at least 10 cc. shall be withdrawn from the body of the decedent within 12 hours after death, by the coroner or medical examiner or by a physician so designated by the coroner or medical examiner or by a qualified person at the direction of such physician. All funeral directors shall obtain a release from the coroner or medical examiner prior to proceeding with embalming any body coming under the scope of this section. The blood so drawn shall be forwarded to a laboratory approved by the department of health services for analysis of the alcoholic content of such blood specimen. The coroner or medical examiner causing the blood to be withdrawn shall be notified of the results of each analysis made and shall forward the results of each such analysis to the department of health services. The department of health services shall keep a record of all such examinations to be used for statistical purposes only. The cumulative results of the examinations, without identifying the individuals involved, shall be disseminated and made public by the department of health services. The department shall reimburse coroners and medical examiners for the costs incurred in submitting reports and taking blood specimens and laboratories for the costs incurred in analyzing blood specimens under this section.
Any officer of the state traffic patrol under s. 110.07 (1)
, inspector under s. 110.07 (3)
, warden of the department under s. 23.10
, county sheriff or municipal peace officer may enforce the provisions of this chapter.
No person operating a snowmobile shall refuse to stop after being requested or signaled to do so by a law enforcement officer or a commission warden, as defined in s. 939.22 (5)
Notwithstanding subs. (1)
, no law enforcement officer may stop a snowmobile operator for a violation of a statutory provision under this chapter or a rule promulgated or an ordinance adopted under this chapter unless the law enforcement officer has reasonable cause to believe the snowmobile operator has committed such a violation.
See s. 23.50
concerning enforcement procedures.
Local ordinances. 350.18(1)(1)
Counties, towns, cities and villages may regulate snowmobile operation on snowmobile trails maintained by or on snowmobile routes designated by the county, city, town or village.
A town, city or village may enact an ordinance allowing the operation of snowmobiles on a roadway and shoulder of a highway for any portion of a highway that lies within the boundaries of the town, city or village for the purpose of residential access, or for the purpose of access from lodging if the town, city or village also enacts or has in effect an ordinance for the purpose of residential access.
The department and the snowmobile recreational council shall jointly prepare a model ordinance as an example of an ordinance that a town, city or village may enact under par. (a)
See s. 23.50
concerning enforcement procedures.
Liability of landowners.
applies to this chapter.
History: 1971 c. 277
; 1983 a. 418
Parties to a violation. 350.99(1)(1)
Whoever is concerned in the commission of a violation of this chapter for which a forfeiture is imposed is a principal and may be charged with and convicted of the violation although he or she did not directly commit it and although the person who directly committed it has not been convicted of the violation.
A person is concerned in the commission of the violation if the person:
Is a party to a conspiracy with another to commit it or advises, hires or counsels or otherwise procures another to commit it.
History: 1975 c. 365