A proposal to require golf cart homeowners in Whispering Pines to register with the village and supply proof of insurance coverage has acquired blended opinions throughout a public listening to.
The Village Council has been discussing higher enforcement of state legal guidelines that already regulate golf carts since August, following common complaints this yr about underage drivers.
Whispering Pines is proposing that any resident who drives a golf cart off of personal property be required to acquire a village-issued decal. To try this, they’ll have to supply proof of legal responsibility insurance coverage exterior of a house owner’s insurance coverage coverage.
There may be an related price of about $30 for 3 years, however the Village Council is anticipated to revisit the price if it in the end adopts new registration necessities.
Golf cart homeowners and people who share the village streets with them typically fell on both facet of the problem in a public listening to through the Village Council’s common assembly on Wednesday. Village Clerk Linda Christopher learn 5 feedback emailed in for the listening to — two in favor of the proposal and three towards — and a sixth resident current on the assembly spoke in favor of the extra necessities proposed.
Residents towards the proposal urged that the Whispering Pines Police Division already has the ability to implement driver’s license legal guidelines.
Matthew Craig Dabbs, writing on behalf of a small group of golfers, urged that the village implement an internet registration course of that doesn’t contain a price or a particular identification sticker.
“Whereas we perceive and acknowledge the necessity to implement underage and reckless driving of golf carts, we don’t see how registration and a decal will dissuade these actions from occurring,” Dabbs wrote.
Resident Ernie Dumlao, who additionally emailed enter to be learn throughout Wednesday’s listening to, mentioned that he has witnessed conditions that may doubtlessly be in violation of current legal guidelines, however has had no approach of reporting them.
“I believe the operation of golf carts by underaged and unlicensed folks poses an incredible risk to the security of villagers who bike, stroll and drive alongside our peaceable streets. I’ve additionally witnessed unsafe operations by individuals who ought to know higher,” Dumlao wrote. “If I had any approach of figuring out the violator I actually would have reported the incident to our police division as a substitute.”
In earlier discussions, council members have mentioned that there’s no intent to focus on golfers behind the proposed ordinances. Many Whispering Pines residents use golf carts to cruise round their neighborhoods or go to pals.
One other resident, Paulette Veloon, urged that the village additionally take into account including language
prohibiting golf cart drivers from tying their canine to shifting carts or in any other case “strolling” their canine whereas driving in a cart.
The proposed ordinances additionally alter the lighting necessities for golf carts pushed after darkish or earlier than dawn. The village can be contemplating doubling the penalty for any violation of the ordinance to $100.
“This measure will doubtless solely have an effect on accountable golf cart homeowners,” wrote Matt Gomlak. “An method that imposes heavy fines towards unlicensed and underaged drivers or leads to costly tickets for violators of golf cart driving ordinances would handle the issue instantly.”
The Village Council is anticipated to proceed discussing new golf cart rules throughout its work session on the finish of the month and doubtlessly vote in November for the brand new guidelines to take impact Jan. 1.
In different enterprise on Wednesday, the Village Council provisionally accredited a home-based enterprise on Covenant Highway, the place Joshua Stokes plans to start out an internet firearms and tactical tools enterprise. Nobody spoke throughout a public listening to on Stokes’ request for a house occupation allow. Stokes should present the village with a replica of his Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allow and different relevant permits as soon as he receives them.