In the interest of public safety, the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen have approved a new ordinance that outlines the limited use of golf carts on certain city streets and roadways.

In the interest of public safety, the Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen have approved a new ordinance that outlines the limited use of golf carts on certain city streets and roadways.

Golf carts have become an increasingly popular mode of transportation to go short distances within neighborhoods and communities. In order to improve the safety, the city has set out rules and regulations to make the use of golf carts safer and subject to enforcement.

The ordinance prohibits the use of golf carts on Bagnell Dam Blvd., Welsh Rd from Hwy W to Bluebird Rd., Lighthouse Rd. from Hwy. w to Mockingbird and all of Lakeland Rd. No operation of golf carts are allowed on any state highway with the exception of crossing the highway if the posted speed limit is less than 45 mph.  

The ordinance takes effect on Nov. 1, of this year. In the meantime, the Lake Ozark Police Department will be conducting inspections and registrations beginning on Oct. 1. The police department will conduct theses in neighborhood settings with dates and times to be determined or residents may request to have an officer to come by their residence by calling for an appointment. 

Rules for operating on public roadway:

•Speed is restricted to 20 mph or less

•Driver must have a valid license 

•A seat belt or safety harness is required for all passengers under the age of 12 

•All traffic laws apply while being operated on any city street 

•All carts must be operated with headlights and tail lights from 1/2 hour after sunset to 1/2 hour before sunrise

•Regardless of the time of day, any golf cart on a city street must have headlights or tail lights or a fluorescent flag or slow moving vehicle triangle and a rear view mirror 

•All golf carts must be registered with the city and have attached a registration sticker provided by the police department.