Local Georgia Council Delays Vote on Golf Cart Ordinance in Wake of Teen Injury
DALTON, GA. – According to a news story reported online by suwaneedemocrat.com, the city council in Dalton, Georgia, delayed voting on a golf cart ordinance in the wake of an accident that caused serious injuries to a teenage girl. The council was poised to allow personal transportation vehicles on streets in a local subdivision, but council members have put off a vote until they learn more about the accident.*
On February 3, several teenagers left a Super Bowl party and were riding a golf cart through the Highland Forest Subdivision in Whitfield County, Georgia. The teenage driver of the cart lost control, and the cart crashed. One of the teens was ejected and suffered head trauma in the wreck. She is still hospitalized.
On February 4, the Dalton City Council was planning to approve an ordinance that would allow operation of personal transportation vehicles (PTVs) on roadways in the Windmere Subdivision, which is also in Whitfield County. PTVs look like golf carts but are regulated differently. Upon learning of the golf cart accident, the City Council agreed to table the vote.
“I just found out about the accident [today],” Council Member Denise Wood said at the meeting. “I just think it would be prudent to find out more about what happened and see if we need to make any changed to our ordinance.”
Other members of the council had also just learned about the accident and agreed it should be part of the consideration regarding the ordinance. The council voted unanimously to table the vote. Members will address the issue again at a future meeting.
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