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Friday, December 13, 2013

Ind. Gov't. - More on: Golf cart proposal debated by New Haven City Council

Updating this ILB entry from Nov. 27th, WOWO 92.3FM reported Dec. 11th:

NEW HAVEN, Ind. (AP): The plug has been pulled on a proposal aimed at legalizing and regulating the use of golf carts on the streets of a Fort Wayne suburb.

The New Haven City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to kill the proposed ordinance after several contentious meetings on the issue.

Councilman Ron Steinman called the decision a sad one. He says golf carts will still be driven on city streets, but they will be unlicensed and without age limits, lights or safety standards.

Councilman Terry Werling says he proposed the golf cart ordinance because many elderly residents like to drive the carts around their neighborhoods and to attend events.
And now these residents may well be worse off than before they tried to get the use of golf carts legalized (golf carts use is legal in many other Indiana communities), according to this story today in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, reported by Vivian Sade, that begins:
New Haven’s police chief wants to remind the community that golf carts have always and continue to be illegal to use on city streets.

The police department issued a statement to that effect after the city council voted down a proposal Tuesday that would have legalized and regulated golf carts for street use.

“It remains illegal to operate a golf cart on city streets,” Police Chief Steve Poiry said Thursday.

It’s up to the officer’s discretion, but people who operate a golf cart on New Haven streets can be cited and the golf cart could be towed away at the owner’s expense, Poiry said.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on December 13, 2013 08:53 AM
Posted to Indiana Government