GROTTOES, Va. A public hearing on Tuesday will allow neighbors to voice their opinions on allowing people to operate golf carts in Grottoes.
Brandy May who owns a golf cart supports drafting an ordinance.
"It's family oriented. Just a good way for us to get out and away from the video games and the TV ," said May.
She said she was granted permission to operate the cart. However, currently it is illegal to drive golf carts in Grottoes.
Under Virginia Law, golf carts or utility vehicles are cannot operate on a public highway, unless the county, city or town government drafts an ordinance.
Planning commission co-chairman Brian Robertson said members have been reviewing state requirements.
"We have to figure out how to abide by those specific state requirements and still provide that convenience and in some cases the necessity of folks who are no longer able to drive a vehicle," said Robertson.
If the town approves an ordinance, people can drive a golf cart where the posted speed limit is 25 miles per hour or less. However, people cannot ride along a street with a 35 miles per hour speed limit. Unless, they are crossing a highway at an intersection controlled by a traffic light.
Robertson said this would limit the amount of people who would be able to use golf carts. According to Robertson, some of the speed limits in the outskirts of the city are for 35 miles per hour.
"They are not allowed to ride along that street at 35 miles per hour and they are not allowed to ride on the sidewalks so that's one of the problems," said Robertson.
He said another problem could be people people misoperating the carts.
"They are going slow, it could be anywhere from 5 miles an hour to 20 or 25 miles an hour and if someone comes along and whacks them at 35 miles an hour, people are going to get hurt," said Robertson.
The town would have to set up signs to alert drivers of golf carts on the road.
May said if golf cart crossing signs would be put in place, it could be beneficial for both cars and golf carts.
"This would be mainly so we have safe places for us to cross. It would look for other drivers and us and keep everyone safe," said May.
The town will could set stricter regulations than the state from the ordinance. However, it cannot make the requirements easier.
The public hearing will be held at the Grottoes town hall at 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
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