LAKE OZARK, Mo. — The City of Lake Ozark has approved a new ordinance that will allow golf carts to be driven on most city streets.

The Lake Ozark Board of Aldermen passed the ordinance on Tuesday, Aug. 27. It allows the use of golf carts on most streets and roadways, but golf cart drivers are prohibited from operating on the following:

-Bagnell Dam Blvd.

-Lakeland Rd.

-Welsh Rd. - from Highway W to Bluebird Rd.

-Lighthouse Rd. - from Highway W to Mockingbird Road

-All state-owned highways - although golf carts may cross any state highways as long as the posted speed limit in that area of the highway is less than 45 mph.

Rules about driving golf carts on city streets:

-Golf carts may not be operated over 20 mph

-Drivers must have a valid driver’s license

-A seat belt or safety harness is required for all passengers under age 12

-All traffic laws apply

-All carts must be operated with headlights and taillights from 1/2-hour after sunset to 1/2-hour before sunrise

-Regardless of the time of day, a golf cart must use headlights and taillights, or a florescent flag or slow-moving vehicle safety triangle

-All golf carts must have a rear-view mirror

-All golf carts must be registered with the city and have an attached registration sticker (provided by the Lake Ozark Police Department)

The new ordinance goes into effect on Nov. 1, 2019, but police will begin conducting inspections and registrations beginning Oct. 1. The inspections and registrations will take place in neighborhoods (specific times are to be determined), or residents may request an officer come to their home: call 573-365-5371.

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