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City Council to revisit the possibility of allowing golf carts on roadways

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) -- Golf carts could soon be seen on the roads in Huber Heights.

At Monday night’s city council meeting, the issue of allowing golf carts on roadways was reintroduced. Allowing golf carts on certain roads was voted on back in 2017, but it did not pass. Some city council members say many residents are still interested while others have their concerns.

According to some members, there was not a full council when the vote failed to pass last year, and constituents have expressed a lot of interest in the issue since then.

“People are not commuting as much. They want to stay local and have different types of transportation,” said City Council member Glenn Otto.

Proponents for the ordinance say it would be used for things like parents dropping kids off at bus stops, easy transportation for the elderly and help bring about a sense of community

Otto went on to say, “Instead of getting in their car and driving from point A to point B just down the road, they would take their golf cart and the big difference is in their car when they drive through a neighborhood or see some of their neighbors. It’s just a quick wave and they move along, but on a golf cart, they seem more inclined to stop and chat with folks.”

He says they have researched other communities that have passed ordinances and have not seen any issues, and Huber Height's proposed ordinance was written with help from the police chief, which would require certain features on golf carts such as headlights, taillights, turn signals, a windshield, and safety belts.

Additionally, they would not be allowed on roads with speed limits over 34 miles per hour, but golf carts typically run about 15 to 20 miles per hour, causing concern.

One citizen said, “That could cause speed problems for different people on the road if the vehicle could only go up to a certain speed.”

City Council members will discuss this during their work session next Tuesday and will vote during their following meeting on Monday, July 23rd.

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