Bookmark§ 72.15  DEFINITIONS.

For the purpose of this subchapter, the following definitions shall apply unless the context clearly indicates or requires a different meaning.

CITY. The City of Decatur, Indiana.

DRIVER’S LICENSE. A valid license to operate a motor vehicle issued by the state or any other state.

FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY. Liability insurance coverage on a golf cart in an amount not less than required by state law for motor vehicles operated on public highways in the state.

GOLF CART. A four-wheeled motor vehicle originally and specifically designed to transport individuals and golf clubs for the purpose of playing golf.

GOLF COMMUNITY. The subdivisions of Cross Creek, platted in conjunction with the expansion and development of Cross Creek Golf Course to the extent such subdivision is located within the municipal boundary of the city.

HIGHWAY. A U.S. highway under the jurisdiction and control of the state and/or the United States Federal Government, including U.S. Hwy. 27, U.S. Hwy. 33 and U.S. Hwy. 224.

MANUFACTURING FACILITY. Any site or sites located within the municipal boundary of the city, which are zoned for industrial or manufacturing purposes and which are owned and operated by the same or affiliated parties who, in the normal course of business, utilize golf carts on city streets for the transportation of personnel from one plant location to another.

MUNICIPAL BOUNDARY. The existing corporate limits of the city and future annexations thereto.

OPERATE. To exercise any control over the function or movement of a golf cart.

STREET. A street, alley, park or parking area under the jurisdiction and control of the city.

TRAIL PASS. A decal affixed to a golf cart which indicates that an annual fee has been paid to Cross Creek Golf Course or Grey Goose Golf Course authorizing the use of a privately owned golf cart on golf cart trails located within or adjacent to Cross Creek Golf Course or Grey Goose Golf Course.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009; Ord. 2009-10, passed 9-15-2009)

Bookmark§ 72.16  OPERATION GENERALLY.

(A)   The operation of a golf cart on streets within the municipal boundary of the city is hereby authorized only so long as the golf cart is registered, operated, insured and equipped as hereinafter required. Failure to register, operate, insure and equip a golf cart as required herein shall constitute a violation of this subchapter and any subsequent codification of this subchapter in the code of ordinances.

(B)   Violations shall be punishable by fines, costs and penalties as hereinafter set forth. No golf cart may be operated on a highway, as defined herein, except for the purpose of crossing a highway, perpendicularly, at an intersection with a city street.

(C)   Golf carts must obey posted speed limits and may not be operated in excess of 30 mph.

(D)   Golf carts shall be operated to the right side of the street and may not impede the flow of normal traffic.

(E)   An operator of a golf cart on a city street shall obey all traffic rules and regulations adopted by the state and/or the city.

(F)   No golf cart may be operated or parked on city sidewalks.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009)  Penalty, see § 72.99

Bookmark§ 72.17  OPERATOR REQUIREMENTS.

Only a person with a valid driver’s license shall be authorized to operate a golf cart on a city street, which license must be in the possession of the operator while operating the golf cart. Operation without a valid driver’s license on a city street shall constitute a violation of this section. It shall also be a violation of this section for a golf cart owner to authorize or permit a person without a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart on a city street.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009)  Penalty, see § 72.99

Bookmark§ 72.18  REGISTRATION; FEE.

(A)   Unless otherwise excepted herein, no golf cart may be operated on a city street unless validly registered with the city. The City Police Department shall register all golf carts to be operated on city streets in the name of the owner upon the owner applying for such registration, upon the owner providing proof of financial responsibility covering the golf cart, upon an inspection of the golf cart by the City Police Department which confirms that the golf cart is equipped as required by this subchapter, and upon payment of the required registration fee. The registration of a golf cart shall be effective as of the date of registration and shall expire on December 31 of the year of registration Upon being registered, a registration sticker for the current calendar year shall be issued by the city, which sticker shall be affixed to the left side of the rear bumper of the golf cart as proof of registration.

(B)   Unless otherwise exempted herein, the owner of a golf cart shall pay a registration fee of $30 to the city at the time of registration of a golf cart. The registration fee may hereafter be amended from time to time by resolution adopted by the City Common Council. All registration fees shall be deposited into the city’s General Fund.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009)  Penalty, see § 72.99

Bookmark§ 72.19  PROOF OF FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY.

At all times during the operation of a golf cart on city streets, proof of financial responsibility covering the golf cart and its operation shall be kept in or on the golf cart. Failure to keep such proof of financial responsibility in or upon the golf cart shall constitute a violation of this section by the owner of the golf cart. Failure to do produce proof of financial responsibility, when requested by a law enforcement officer, shall constitute a violation of this section by the operator.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009)  Penalty, see § 72.99

Bookmark§ 72.20  EQUIPMENT.

(A)   Unless otherwise exempted herein, all golf carts shall be equipped with the following minimum safety equipment in order to be registered and operated on city streets:

(1)   Factory seating for all occupants;

(2)   Rear view mirror;

(3)   Head lights;

(4)   Tail lights;

(5)   Brake lights;

(6)   Turn signals (front and back);

(7)   Windshield; and

(8)   “Slow moving vehicle” sign attached to the rear of the golf cart.

(B)   All safety equipment shall be maintained in good operating order. Lights shall be used when time of day or weather conditions necessitate such use in order for the golf cart to be visible from a distance of at least 500 feet. Failure to equip, maintain and use such equipment as required herein shall constitute a violation of this section.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009)  Penalty, see § 72.99

Bookmark§ 72.21  OCCUPANTS OF GOLF CARTS.

Maximum occupancy of a golf cart when in use on a city street shall be limited to four persons, including the operator. When in motion, all occupants must be seated. No child under the age of three shall be allowed to occupy a golf cart while operated on a city street. Occupants shall keep all parts of the body within the perimeter of the golf cart while the golf cart is being operated on a city street. Failure by an operator of a golf cart on a city street to ensure compliance with the provisions of this section shall constitute a violation of this section by the operator.

(Ord. 2009-6, passed 7-21-2009; Ord. 2009-10, passed 9-15-2009)  Penalty, see § 72.99

Bookmark§ 72.22  TIME OF OPERATION.

No golf cart shall be operated on a city street between the hours of 12:00 midnight and 5:00 a.m. Operation of a golf cart during such prohibited time shall constitute a violation of this section.

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