Lightner said the city could also mandate the use of seat belts on golf carts, as well as prohibit children who need car seats or booster seats from riding on the vehicles.
“Some ordinances have seat belts, headlights, horns, and so forth,” Lightner said of other communities that have adopted similar legislation. He added, “There’s some mandatory things that have to be on there, and then there are some things you have leeway on.”
Several residents have spoken in favor of golf carts at recent council meetings and work sessions. Council discussed the topic for about 15 minutes at a recent work session.
Council members largely expressed openness to exploring different proposals.
“Generally speaking I’m in favor of this,” said Councilman Glenn Otto. “I think just the way we’re moving as a society, we’re getting to smaller, lighter and different technology in vehicles. I think we’re going to see a lot more smaller local vehicles anyway, we might as well get used to it.”
Mayor Tom McMasters proposed an alternative plan, which would create zones in the city where golf carts could drive. Gerald McDonald, the city’s law director, said he did not think the zone proposal would work under Ohio law.