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Franklin City Council To Consider Golf Cart Ordinances

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The city of Franklin could be close to allowing golf carts on its streets.

The Franklin City Council is expected to consider two ordinances that would address a request from the city’s mayor for an ordinance allowing golf carts on city streets. Indiana law forbids the practice unless a city or town establishes an ordinance for regulation.

A disabled citizen was recently ticketed for driving a golf cart on a city street, resurrecting an issue that was defeated by the council in 2009. City councilman and law enforcement officer Joe Ault believes the practice is dangerous and fears golf cart drivers might be seriously injured or even killed in collisions with other, heavier vehicles, so he has drafted an ordinance of his own.

He says the ordinance “would allow the gentlemen that is really behind this to operate their golf carts within their neighborhoods, which would allow them to get out because some of them have disabilities. But it would restrict the use of golf carts like going across U.S. 31 and stuff like that — you know, five lanes of busy traffic.”

A second ordinance has been drafted by other council members easing the restrictions to allow more flexibility in travel for those with disabilities. Ault said there may be enough support on the council to pass at least one of the laws.

“It’s looking like there’s four council members that are for passing an ordinance and three that might be against it,” he said. “I can only speak for myself really.”

The council will hear both proposals when it convenes again on September 19.

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