Chapter 11.40
MOTORIZED FOOT SCOOTERS

Sections:

11.40.010    Definition.

11.40.020    Operation of motorized foot scooters.

11.40.030    Parent Responsibility.

11.40.040    Violation Penalty.

11.40.050    Severability.

11.40.010 Definition.

"Motorized foot scooter" means a device with no more than two ten-inch or smaller diameter wheels that has handlebars, is designed to be stood or sat upon by the operator, and is powered by an internal combustion engine or electric motor that is capable of propelling the device with or without human propulsion.

(Added Ord. 04-129, December 1, 2004, Eff date December 12, 2004)

11.40.020 Operation of motorized foot scooters.

(1) It is unlawful for any person to do any of the following:

(a) Operate a motorized foot scooter while under the age of sixteen years;

(b) Operate a motorized foot scooter on a public roadway having a speed limit greater than twenty-five miles per hour;

(c) Operate a motorized foot scooter outside of a marked bicycle lane upon the roadway if one exists;

(d) Operate a motorized foot scooter on county owned property, including a county park;

(e) Operate a motorized foot scooter on a sidewalk, except as may be necessary to enter or leave property adjacent to the sidewalk;

(f) Operate a motorized foot scooter on any public bicycle path or trail or on any public equestrian, hiking, or recreational trail;

(g) Operate a motorized foot scooter at any time from one-half hour after sunset to one-half hour before sunrise;

(h) Operate a motorized foot scooter with a passenger in addition to the operator;

(i) Operate a motorized foot scooter in such a manner as to endanger or be likely to endanger any person or property; operation of a motorized foot scooter in excess of a posted speed limit shall be prima facie evidence of operation in a manner likely to endanger any person or property;

(j) Operate a motorized foot scooter that is not equipped so that the drive motor is engaged through a switch, lever, or other mechanism that, when released, will cause the drive motor to disengage or cease to function;

(k) Operate a motorized foot scooter powered by an internal combustion engine that is not at all times equipped with a muffler in good working order; or

(l) Operate a motorized foot scooter without wearing a protective helmet that meets or exceeds the safety standards set by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The helmet must be worn over the head and equipped with either a neck or chinstrap that must be fastened securely while the motorized foot scooter is in motion.

(2) Any person operating a motorized foot scooter upon a public way shall obey all rules of the road as adopted by Title 11 SCC.

(Added Ord. 04-129, December 1, 2004, Eff date December 12, 2004)

11.40.030 Parent Responsibility.

The parent of any child and the guardian of any ward shall not authorize or knowingly permit any such child or ward to violate any of the provisions of this chapter.

(Added Ord. 04-129, December 1, 2004, Eff date December 12, 2004)

11.40.040 Violation Penalty.

Any person violating any provisions of this chapter shall be deemed to have committed a traffic infraction and shall be punished by the imposition of a monetary penalty not to exceed $250.00, exclusive of statutory assessments; provided, conduct that constitutes a criminal traffic offense may be charged as such and subject to the maximum penalties allowed for such offenses.

Added Ord. 04-129, December 1, 2004, Eff date December 12, 2004)

11.40.050 Severability.

If any provision of this chapter or its application to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the chapter or the application of the provision to other persons or circumstances is not affected.

(Added Ord. 04-129, December 1, 2004, Eff date December 12, 2004)