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Belpre City Council considers allowing golf carts on streets

Published: Jun. 14, 2021 at 11:30 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2021 at 11:31 PM EDT
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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) -

By a narrow 4-to-3 vote, Belpre City Council approved the second of three readings for an ordinance to establish Rules, Regulations and Registration of golf carts in the city.

Several people questioned how the city would enforce the restrictions that have been proposed for limited crossings and no operating on major arteries in the city.

One citizen pointed out that there would be no access to most pharmacies, gas stations nor Kroger, if enacted.

Several police officers spoke up critical of the proposal and fearing having to investigate a fatal crash with golf carts driven by unlicensed teens or drunk driver.

Many amendments fine tuned the proposal and were passed, but after an hour of debate, the second reading barely passed.

The amended proposal will be posted on the Belpre City website and taken up for final reading at next council meeting.

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