Street-legal golf carts gain traction at City Hall
December 03. 2013 2:06PM
It’s illegal to drive golf carts on most roads in South Dakota, but Dell Rapids streets might soon be the anomaly.
The city council here is mulling the idea of establishing a licensing system to allow golf carts to be operated on city streets.
“This was brought to me by a small group of people who drive their golf carts around town all the time right now anyway,” said Councilor Lee Burggraff at the city council’s Nov. 18 meeting. “So they said, ‘why don’t you make it legal for us.’ Cops pretty much look the other way but they don’t have to.”
Golf carts would still be illegal on county and state roads like Highway 115, but when it comes to municipal roads, the matter is entirely up to the council, said Dean Hammer, city attorney.
“There are only three sections of state law dealing with golf carts,” he said. “It must be insured and the driver must hold a drivers license. It doesn’t have any restrictions on age or turn signals or headlights.”
The proposed ordinance would require licensed golf carts to be equipped with a slow-moving emblem and a warning light.
The council approved a first reading of the ordinance on a 6-1 vote. Councilor Chad Andrews voted nay and councilor Dave Sommerveld was not present.
The council was expected to set the rate for the licensing fee during the second reading Monday.