Golf carts soon will be street-legal in Ironton, following a split vote in the city county Thursday.
In a 4-3 vote, the council agreed to allow the carts on all city streets with speed limits of 35 mph or less. Other than U.S. 52, every street in the city is within that range.
Carts would be allowed to cross streets with a higher limit.
The ordinance, which takes effect 30 days after the vote, requires drivers to be licensed and carts to be titled, registered and insured, and display license plates.
It restricts street operation to licensed drivers 16 and older, and all carts will require inspection by the Ironton Police Department before use on the street.
Carts will be required to have lights, brake lights and turn signals, and will be legal to use at night.
The council will monitor the use of carts and may modify the ordinance if necessary, Mayor Rich Blankenship said. The council may decide to keep carts off heavily traveled main roads such Park Avenue and Second and Third Streets downtown. “Hopefully it will work out, but if not the council has the opportunity to modify it or repeal it,” he said.
Blankenship said he doesn’t anticipate “a bombardment” of carts when the ordinance takes effect.
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