Golf carts approved for some city streetsBy MEGAN PHILLIPS,
Madison residents can now officially ride their golf carts in certain neighborhoods.
City officials approved an ordinance in February approving the subdivisions of Annandale, Reunion and Northbay as ones wherein residents can operate golf carts.
The use of golf carts was approved in the 2017 legislative session through House Bill 1754, but city officials wanted to work with the golf course neighborhoods before finalizing the city ordinance.
“The creation of the ordinance took time, because the city worked closely with the neighborhoods to make sure that the draft met their needs and the needs of each community,” Mayor Mary Hawkins Butler said.
The issue of legally using golf carts arose when some residents throughout Madison County would use them to drive around the neighborhood and even out in public roads with regular city traffic.
However, city officials felt it necessary for some residents to be able to use them, such as those who live in golf course subdivisions.
“The ordinance does not affect subdivisions without a golf course,” City Attorney Dale Danks said. “It’s applicable only to those that are adjacent to or a part of golf courses… It was felt that it was a safety issue and that an ordinance was needed to regulate the utilization of golf carts in subdivisions related to or in conjunction with golf courses.”
Officials unanimously approved the ordinance during a February mayor and board of aldermen meeting.
The ordinance stipulations include:
• Golf carts may only be operated by a person holding a valid state of Mississippi driver’s license.
• Any golf cart operated from dusk through dawn must have working headlights and tail lights.
• Gold carts may not be used to pull any object or person.
• All occupants of a golf cart must be in a seat and must remain seated at all times while the golf cart is in operation.
The ordinance also detailed what qualifies as a golf cart and that the city will publish a list of neighborhoods consistent with the ordinance.
Any golf cart owner on public streets must have liability insurance amounting to at least $25,000 per person and $50,000 per occurrence; traffic law violations can result in citations; and other nontraditional motorized transportation, such as ATVs and side-by-sides, are prohibited on public streets.
City officials can revoke residents’ rights to use golf carts in subdivisions at any time.
A copy of the full ordinance can be found at www.northsidesun.com.
Read the ordinance here. Golf Cart Ordinance 2-20-18.pdf