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Huber Heights city council proposes golf carts on roads

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) - Huber Heights city council voted back in 2017 to allow golf carts on certain roads and it did not pass. 

However, some city council members said many residents are still interested and reintroduced the issue Monday, July 9.

"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 said 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.

"Instead of getting in their car and driving from point A to point B just down the road, they would take their golf cart," said Otto. "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."
 
Otto said they have researched other communities that have passed ordinances and have not seen any issues.

Also, Huber Height's proposed ordinance was written with help from the police chief, which would require certain features like headlights, seatbelts, turn signals, etc. on golf carts.
 
And 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, which causes concern.
 
"That could cause speed problems for different people on the road if the vehicle could only go up to a certain speed," said Julian Romero.

City council members will discuss this during their work session Tuesday, July 17, and will vote during their following meeting Monday, July 23. 


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