Golf cart complaints lead to increased enforcement in Daviess Co.

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DAVIESS COUNTY, Ky. (WEHT) Golf carts are mainly seen on golf courses. But complaints regarding them in some Daviess County neighborhoods has law enforcement officials cracking down on where they can’t be driven.

You can drive trucks and cars on neighborhood streets. But in Daviess County, you can’t drive a golf cart on those same roads.

“I ended up selling mine,” said Greg Mullen, who used to own a golf cart, but sold it after he and others were warned by sheriff’s deputies about driving them in his neighborhood.

“All of a sudden, sheriff’s department started getting calls, started getting calls, they came out, issued everyone their warning, ‘Hey, you’re going to have to put them up,'” he recalled.

The sheriff’s office says they’ll start issuing citations to golf cart owners driving them on public roads. They started warning drivers the past month after getting multiple complaints in two western Daviess County neighborhoods, including about minors driving golf carts.

“Our second shift sergeant dealt with one recently where there were six children on a golf cart, and the one that was driving was nine years old,” says Lt. Scott Wedding of the Daviess Co. Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s deputies cite a county law that says golf carts, low speed vehicles and utility vehicles are not allowed on public roads or highways. Lt. Wedding says having golf carts on public roads can create safety issues, since they move slower than cars and that children don’t know all driving rules.

“I think it’s for the safety of the children if anything else, anybody riding a golf cart on the road because people may not see them. It’s not safe,” says Marsha Coffman, who lives in one of the neighborhoods where golf cart complaints were reported.

Some residents like Mullen are looking to get county and city officials to change the laws to allow golf carts on neighborhood streets.

“I don’t condone anyone going out on Highway 60, trying to go to the Dollar Store on it. But as far as the neighborhood, I don’t see anything wrong with it,” he said.

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This story was originally published on July 11, 2019

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