Jackson County

Ocean Springs wants to jump on the golf cart fad. But where will they be allowed?

Diamondhead has been using golf carts on roadways for some time. Gulf Coast Golf Carts in Diamondhead can create custom interiors for golf carts.
Diamondhead has been using golf carts on roadways for some time. Gulf Coast Golf Carts in Diamondhead can create custom interiors for golf carts. jmitchell@sunherald.com File

City leaders want permission to allow golf carts and low-speed vehicles on city streets that are marked 30 mph or less.

Aldermen have an item on the agenda Tuesday to ask for local and private legislation that would allow it.

Chief of Police Mark Dunston said the most important thing is that residents not operate golf carts on streets that exceed the capacity or speed ability of the cart.

According to the resolution that will require a vote of the aldermen:

▪  The low-speed vehicles will be allowed on all city streets and roads where the speed limit doesn’t exceed 30 mph.

▪  All drivers must have a valid state driver’s license and proof of financial responsibility.

Edmond Meyer and Wild Bill tell why golf carts are a way of life in Old Town Bay St. Louis.

▪  Drivers of carts may cross public roads with speed limits higher than 30 mph if they are going to a street marked 30 mph or less and they use the shortest route. “We don’t want them on U.S. 90,” Dunston said.

▪  Drivers must run the carts in the outside lane (or slow lane) of streets with more than one lane.

▪  Unless stated otherwise in the law, they will be permitted on a city sanctioned parade route during the parade.

▪  The vehicles must be registered with the city. They will pay a fee and be issued a decal by the county tax collector that must be displayed on the rear fender. Fees are one-time but can’t be transferred to a new owner.

▪  Operating without a valid registration will be a misdemeanor.

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