Golf Carts Now Street Legal in Dayton

By: Garrett Wymer Email
By: Garrett Wymer Email

DAYTON, Va. (WHSV) -- People in Dayton can now drive their golf carts around town.

But before you hop in and start buzzing around, drivers of cars and golf carts will need to keep a close eye on the road.

Headlights, tail lights and turn signals are just some items that Chad Dunham with Virginia Golf Cars, Inc. says are required on golf carts before they can be on the road. They're things he calls "common sense" items.

"So not only can a driver see when they're driving, but they can be seen by other drivers and let other people know what they're doing," said Dunham.

That's important in Dayton because the town lies in a part of the county where slow-moving vehicles including tractors and buggies are common.

Dayton Mayor Charles Long says safety was the town's first concern when it looked at the ordinance.

He says they researched other towns in the state that allow golf carts on roads and found there haven't been any accidents involving carts.

Under the new ordinance, folks are allowed to drive their golf carts on streets in Dayton as long as the speed limit is 25 miles an hour or slower; however, Dunham says most golf carts will be going even slower, between 15 and 20 miles an hour, which is something he says golf cart drivers need to remember.

"You are going significantly slower than other vehicles. It's just a matter of paying attention where you're at, making sure that you're not turning in front of a full-sized vehicle. Just having good common sense. You're not on a golf course, you're on a public street, so just keep that in mind," said Dunham.

It's something those driving cars through the town need to remember, too.

Long says the idea for the ordinance came from people who live in the town and he hopes it draws the community closer together.


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