City files rules for golf carts

Could be street-legal in Clinton in a few weeks; council vote August 3


CLINTON — City commissioners filed an ordinance Monday that, if passed, would govern the use of golf carts on city streets.

The city council discussed the ordinance during Monday’s regu-lar council meeting.  The possibility of the use of golf carts on streets was introduced by a group of residents during the July 6 council meeting.

Mayor Roger Cyrulik urged commissioners to debate the issue and be prepared to place an ordinance on file Monday so the council could vote at the first meeting in August.

“We need to get it done tonight,” Cyrulik said.

Commissioner Ken Buchanan suggested the ordinance allow 30 minutes before sunrise and 30 minutes after sunset primarily to allow people using golf carts to get home without violating the ordinance.  Originally it would have allowed operation from sunrise to sunset.

Buchanan said people who use the carts to go to work in town would be in violation of the original plan during the fall because it would be dark earlier.

Commissioner Dan Ballenger said, while he still was concerned about safety, he could accept the hours proposed by Buchanan but no more.

“It’s a safety issue for me; I’ve said that all along.”

No riders under the age of 8 would be allowed as passengers, and drivers would have to be at least age 18 with a valid driver’s license.  Safety restraints also would be required.

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