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Lexington to study golf carts on city streets

March 10, 2009 | | Comments Comments

Lexington will study whether golf carts should be allowed on city streets.

The Urban County Council unanimously referred the issue to the council’s services committee on Tuesday.

“There are people in Lexington who are interested in pursuing the issue,” said Councilman Kevin Stinnett, who referred the item to committee.

The committee will study whether the city should allow golf carts on city roads, and if so, what restrictions should be placed on them.

Last year, the state gave local governments permission to authorize and regulate the operation of golf carts on public roadways under their jurisdiction. The carts can be operated only on roads with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less and within 5 miles of a golf course.

The bill also requires permits and inspections. And golf cart drivers must have a valid driver’s license.

Some Central Kentucky communities have recently discussed laws permitting golf carts on public roads. Winchester passed an ordinance in September. Franklin Fiscal Court discussed a possible golf cart ordinance in January, but the issue was dropped.

The Georgetown City Council was poised to give a proposed golf cart ordinance second reading last month when it was tabled to give the council time to review safety statistics

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  1. Clay says:

    Apparently these folks do not drive in the city. In anything but a tank, it is a high risk gamble