Ordinance Passed, Stricter Rules For ATV's, Golf Carts In Bainbridge

By: Kara Duffy Email
By: Kara Duffy Email

By: Kara Duffy
June 24, 2013

Residents in South Georgia can expect to see stricter rules when it comes to ATV's, golf carts, and other similar motorized vehicles.

City Council Members in Bainbridge unanimously passed "The Bainbridge Low Speed Motor Vehicle Ordinance."

Public Safety officials say the ordinance aims to get motorized vehicles off busy roads and out of harms way.

Under the ordinance there will also be stricter age requirements when it comes to who can drive the vehicles.

The ordinance goes into effect immediately.

By: Kara Duffy
June 11, 2013

Bainbridge, GA- It's known as, 'The Bainbridge Low Speed Motor Vehicle Ordinance' and if passed, it would mean stricter rules when it comes to who can be behind the wheel of golf carts, ATVs, four wheelers and other similar vehicles.

"It started because of some conversation on Facebook about seeing kids in neighborhoods and, 'watch out for kids,' and people started asking me personally, 'hey, what can we do?,'" said Roslyn Palmer, a City Council member.

Eric Miller, the Director of Bainbridge Public Safety said they've seen an increase in the number of motorized vehicles traveling along busy streets such as Shotwell Street and even Tallahassee Highway.

"We get individuals that are 8 years old driving them that don't have the skills or training to operate them," Miller said.

Under the proposed ordinance, motorized vehicles would be prohibited on city roads that exceed a 35 mile per hour speed limit.

There would also be stricter age requirements when it comes to who can drive the vehicles.

"You must be 16 years old or if you are 15, you must have a learners permit and someone with you in the front seat who is at least 18 years old," said Palmer.

Some Bainbridge residents said although they do have a lot of golf cart traffic in their neighborhoods, they haven't had any issues yet with irresponsible or dangerous driving.

City officials, however say, that's the purpose of the proposed ordinance.; to be proactive, instead of waiting for an accident to happen, to then take action.

"You read about it in the papers; you see it on TV, where something has happened to a child somewhere else. Let's keep it out of our community," Palmer said.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on the ordinance at its meeting, next Tuesday June 18.

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