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Grovetown to regulate golf cars

Posted: June 9, 2013 - 12:02am

A proposed city ordinance will regulate how and where Grovetown residents can operate their golf cars on public streets.

Grovetown officials likely will approve final reading of the ordinance at the monthly City Council meeting on Monday.

Mayor George James said underage drivers operating the golf cars in neighborhoods are becoming a problem.

“Kids and parents evidently don’t understand there is a state law that says you will have a licensed driver (operating the golf cars),” James said. “In some of our neighborhoods, it’s kind of gotten out of hand, with kids not really old enough to be on a golf car. ”

State law, which Columbia County deputies also enforce, requires that only licensed drivers operate golf cars on public streets. The law allows golf cars and other motorized vehicles such as ATVs, dirt bikes and Go-Karts to be driven in neighborhoods only on roadways that are not state highways and those with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.

The proposed ordinance goes beyond state law and requires that owners, who must be at least 18, register their golf cars for a $10 fee. It also requires that owners have liability insurance on the vehicle.

The proposed ordinance allows golf cars on public streets only during daylight hours – from 30 minutes after sunrise to 30 minutes before sunset – unless they are equipped with headlights and taillights.

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