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O’Fallon proposing regulations to authorize golf cart use on city streets

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The increasingly popular act of using golf carts rather than cars within city limits may be coming soon to O’Fallon.

Council member Dale Kling [Ward 3] introduced a bill [No. 7136] on Oct. 10 that would amend Chapter 300 of the O’Fallon Municipal Code by inserting a new section [340.360] authorizing the use of golf carts on streets and roadways within the city.

Rules on golf cart use on roadways already exists at the state level. However, rather than defaulting to less precise and difficult to enforce state law, the O’Fallon bill would establish specific, more easily enforceable rules for how and when a golf cart can and cannot be used. Those proposed rules are:

  1. Operator/driver must have a valid driver’s license in their possession.
  2. Golf cart will be adequately insured, and proof of insurance retained.
  3. Golf cart will require for night operation front light bar with headlights and turn signals, two rear taillights, rear turn signals and brake lights.
  4. City does not assume any liability for accidents, injuries or death.
  5. Top speed is not to exceed 20 miles per hour.
  6. Number of occupants limited to the number of persons for which seats are provided.
  7. Golf carts can only be operated on streets with coded speed under 35 miles per hour.
  8. Golf carts must adhere to all city traffic laws and local ordinances regarding the rules of the road.
  9. Golf carts will not be parked on or operated on sidewalks or nature trails.
  10. The area where golf bags are stored will not be used as seats.
  11. City alcohol codes apply when operating a golf cart.
  12. Golf cart is manufactured for the prime purpose of operation on a golf course.
  13. Golf cart not to be operated in a careless or imprudent manner so as to endanger any person or property of any person.
  14. Golf cart will not be operated while under the influence of alcohol or controlled substance.
  15. Golf carts shall be exempt from requirements for purpose of titling and registration.
  16. Golf carts are not allowed to cross a street that is higher than 45 miles per hour

A second reading on the bill is expected at the council’s Oct. 24 meeting.


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