One Valley Town Holds Public Meeting on Golf Carts

By: David Coy Email
By: David Coy Email

GROTTOES -- One town in the Valley is thinking about adding a new way of travel on the streets. Neighbors voiced their opinion Tuesday night on whether to make golf carts street legal.

Some people in Grottoes think they should be allowed as long as they have strict laws with them.

Joe Grogg wants to ride his golf cart on the streets. He said his cart abides by the Virginia state code.

"We do ride them, me and my family. We run it from our house down to the town park. For ball practice, ball tournaments. It's very convenient instead of loading up the vehicle," said Grogg.

Aerika Williams also lives in Grottoes but doesn't agree with Grogg. She said she's worried about her son's safety.

"Within the past few months I have had a golf cart pull out in front of me two or three times with my son in the back seat. But if I would hit that golf cart, it's my responsibility and it's my insurance whether i was in the wrong or not," said Williams.

People at the planning commission meeting even proposed their own ordinances that include safety inspections.

"The headlights, tail lights, turn signals. If the golf cart is driving between sunset and sunrise. The horn adequate steering gears, brakes, emergency parking break, one mirror, adequate fixed drivers seat and slow moving triangle," said Grottoes resident Diann Buford.

One person was concerned about the cost of everything.

"The cost should be the responsibility of the Grottoes residents who actually wish to drive their golf carts. I do not believe that these costs should be born by the citizens of the residence of Grottoes who are not utilizing it," said one speaker.

The Grottoes Planning Commission will take all the information they gathered Tuesday and will meet again in September.

If they decide they have enough information, they may present a recommendation to the town council in October.

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