MOUNT VERNON — Should golf carts be allowed to operate on the streets of Mount Vernon?
The issue arose recently when police encountered a couple instances of golf carts being driven on city streets. They advised the operators that city ordinances do not permit such use, although they did not issue any citations.
Warning tickets are being issued and repeated offenses could result in a cart being impounded, explained Capt. Scott McKnight. That could result in a cost of $90 for towing and $12 per day storage fee, just as when a car is impounded.
The issue has come up because of a law — Ohio Revised Code 4511.215 — that went into effect Jan. 1, 2017, which allows local authorities to authorize the operation of “under-speed or utility vehicles or mini-trucks on a public street or highway under its jurisdiction.”