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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Ind. Law - Golf carts on county roads adopted, three years later

SEA 113 is on its way to the Governor. For background, see this ILB entry from Jan. 8, 2012. (Here is a long list of all ILB golf cart entries.)

Here is the CCR synopsis:

Synopsis: Golf carts in unincorporated areas. Conference committee report for ESB 113. Provides that an ordinance authorizing the use of golf carts in a county: (1) must require that an individual who operates a golf cart in the county hold a driver's license; (2) must provide that a fine assessed for a violation of the ordinance be deposited in the general fund of the county; (3) must set a limit as to the number of passengers (other than the operator) that may be permitted on a golf cart; and (4) may allow an operator of a golf cart to cross a highway in the state highway system, at right angles, in order to travel from one highway under the jurisdiction of the county to another highway under the jurisdiction of the county when the operation can be done safely. Specifies that a violation of an ordinance governing the use of a golf cart on a state highway in a county is considered an ordinance violation (instead of a Class C infraction). (This conference committee report deletes language concerning the use of a golf cart on a highway under the jurisdiction of the county or on a highway in the state highway system from sunset to sunrise if the golf cart has working headlights and taillights in use.)
Golf carts on county roads were authorized in the law adopted in 2009. But in the 2009 special session that followed, a "surprise" amendment in the budget bill narrowed the application of the new law.

This March 8, 2012 story by Mark Stalcup in the Greene County Daily World, headed "Linton may change golf cart ordinance," illustrates how towns that have adopted golf cart ordinances since the 2009 authorization are now, with experience, finding ways to tailor those requirements.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 11, 2012 09:36 AM
Posted to Indiana Law