FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Frankfort’s streets may soon be filled with cars, bikes and golf carts.
A new city ordinance recently passed five to two in the city of Frankfort, allowing for golf carts to share city roads with other motor vehicles.
It’s not exactly welcome news to Frankfort drivers.
“It could seriously injure some golfers potentially, because a van’s more powerful than a golf cart,” said Abbott.
“You’re in a hurry. You don’t see them. You might hit them. Or you’re frustrated, you’re wanting to go thirty, people might speed around them, and so I think it’s not going to be a good idea,” said City council member Rick Gunyon.
Gunyon was one of only two city council members to vote against the ordinance. He said his number one concern with the new rule was the safety problems it could pose.
“First and foremost, it’s public safety. I am concerned about the mix of golf carts and their speed and size and weight with conventional traffic on city streets. And I personally feel it’s not a real safe situation,” said Gunyon.
City Council member James Moyer tried to introduce the bill last year, and was only successful on his second time around.
He said he introduced the ordinance as a courtesy to two or three of his elderly constituents that want to drive the smaller carts around town.
He said if everyone simply stays alert, there should be no problem with the new ordinance.
“I think if drivers will just be courteous and drive defensively like they’re supposed to drive anyway, and if the golf cart operators will also be courteous and pull over when they see there are people coming up behind them, I don’t think there will be much of a problem,” said Moyer.
The golf carts will not be allowed on state roads and the city council will be revisiting this ordinance again next year, and could, at that time, decide to reverse it.