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(a) Whenever ice conditions on a body of water deteriorate to such an extent that there is
substantial danger to persons using motorized vehicles, including snowmobiles and all-terrain
vehicles, the sheriff of the county where the body of water is located may prohibit or restrict the
use of motorized vehicles on all or a portion of the body of water. If the body of water is located
in more than one county, all counties involved must coordinate any prohibitions or restrictions
that are imposed. A county sheriff acting under this section shall, as soon as practicable, post all
common access sites and publicize the prohibitions or restrictions. The commissioner must be
notified immediately and may review and suspend any restrictions imposed. Restrictions may be
lifted as soon as conditions warrant.
(b) A person may not operate a motorized vehicle in violation of a prohibition or restriction
imposed under this section.
(c) This section does not apply to a person who:
(1) is a member of a sanctioned circuit watercross association and can provide proof of
(2) operates a snowmobile with a silenced exhaust and is practicing for a sanctioned event;
(3) receives written permission from a conservation officer who must set the date, time,
and location of the practice.
History: 1992 c 584 s 1; 1Sp2001 c 2 s 90