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Grovetown regulates golf cars

Posted: June 16, 2013 - 12:01am

Grovetown officials have approved an ordinance requiring residents to register golf cars driven along city streets.

City Council members ap-proved the second reading of the ordinance, which regulates where and how residents can operate their golf cars, at Monday’s monthly meeting.

Like state law, the ordinance 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. Those vehicles are allowed to cross state highways only at designated cross-walks, according to Grovetown Department of Public Safety Director Gary Owens.

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.

“In talking to (Owens), he’s going to issue warnings until July 1, then actually start enforcing it,” City Attorney Brendan Fleming said at the meeting.

The 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.

Anyone caught driving a golf car recklessly, without a driver’s license or proper registration and insurance can face up to six months in jail, 12 months probation and a $1,000 fine.

For more information, call the Grovetown Department of Public Safety at (706) 863-1212.

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Lamya Dalton

Even if they don't qualify as

Even if they don't qualify as cars, any vehicle that is driven on public roads should be registered, so it's only natural that Grovetown officials regulate their legal status through an ordinance. Unlike real cars, however, golf buggies are much easier to fix thanks to the readily available EZ GO golf cart parts, not to mention that they're a lot of fun to drive, and if it wasn't for their heavy range and speed limitations, a lot of people would probably consider driving them as their daily commute.

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