BUTLER — A vote on a proposed ordinance on whether to allow golf carts and all-terrain vehicles on public roads in Butler was parked on the sidewalk during Monday’s city council meeting.
Indeed, City Attorney Cedric Hollabaugh is to make further changes after submitting an updated version of the order. He received more feedback from council members and the Butler Police Department.
A first vote should take place at the next council meeting on Monday, October 3. Golf carts and ORVs are not currently permitted for use at Butler and could be subject to citations for state code violations.
The revisions include an appropriate definition of a golf cart. By law, Hollabaugh said golf carts are not considered all-terrain vehicles. All-terrain vehicles — such as four-wheelers — would not be allowed in Butler’s order and are not allowed on public roads by state law.
The proposed ordinance states that all-terrain vehicles and golf carts would be allowed on public roads within the city limits, but not on US 6 or SR 1, also matching Indiana law. . “They should cross SR 1 and US 6 at 90 degree angles,” Hollabaugh said.
The police department has asked that golf carts and off-road vehicles stop, yield or pull over if approached by a motorized vehicle.
The proposed order states that golf carts must have two headlights, turn signals and at least one tail light. The operator of a golf cart or ORV must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid Indiana operator’s license. Any passenger under the age of 18 must wear a safety helmet.
If adopted, golf carts and ORVs will need to be registered annually with the city, with a fee set at $35 for each golf cart or ORV. Owners of these vehicles must purchase insurance and these vehicles must be inspected by the police department. Golf carts and ORVs would not be allowed to operate between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.
ORVs are also subject to guidelines set by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Hollabaugh noted.
Failure to comply with any of the rules could result in a $100 fine for any first violation; a $250 fine and a 60-day suspension from the use of a golf cart or ORV for a second offence; and a $500 fine and lifetime ban from the use of a golf cart or ORV to Butler on a third violation. Violating the 60-day or lifetime suspension is punishable by a $1,000 fine.
In addition, the proposed order states that any criminal trespassing conviction involving either a golf cart or ORV will result in a lifetime suspension.