With spring approaching, O’Fallon residents are reminded of the new city ordinance allowing golf carts on some city streets. The ordinance, which was passed in October, builds on State of Missouri laws, and clarifies the guidelines and better spells out how residents can use golf carts in a manner that is safe for riders and drivers of both carts and cars.
According to the new ordinance, a golf cart is defined as any motor vehicle that is or was originally designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course for sporting or recreational purposes and is not capable of exceeding speeds of 20 mph. All-terrain vehicles and off-road vehicle are not “golf carts” within the meaning of these regulations.
Under the new guidelines, golf carts may be operated on any public street, other than a state or federal highway, having a speed limit of 30 mph or less. Carts may cross federal or state highways or another street with a speed limit over 30 mph; however, no golf cart may cross a street with a posted speed limit that exceeds 45 mph.
Golf carts may be operated on public sidewalks and public pedestrian and bicycle paths which have a travel surface of at least 6 feet wide, unless prohibited by posted signs.
Golf carts may not be driven at any time between one-half hour before sunset and one-half hour before sunrise, unless the golf cart is equipped with a lamp on the front with a white light visible from at least 500 feet to the front and either a solid red taillight visible from 500 feet to the rear when directly in front of lawful low-beam headlights on a motor vehicle or a flashing LED taillight together with a red reflector visible for 600 feet. In addition, all golf carts must have a bicycle safety flag, triangular in shape, with an area at least 30 square inches in a dayglow color and extending at least 7 feet above the ground attached to the rear of the golf cart and must be equipped with a horn or other device capable of emitting an audible warning signal.
For additional rules and regulations, golf cart owners are advised to visit the city website [ofallon.mo.us].