Knox residents whose golf carts are equipped with headlights and taillights will be allowed to drive them to Wythogan Park for Saturday’s events leading up to the fireworks show. However, they will still be charged the $10 per vehicle gate fee to get in and will not be allowed to drive their carts around the park while the activities are going on.
The city’s golf cart ordinance takes effect July 23. It requires all golf carts operated within the city limits to be inspected annually and issued a registration sticker for either daytime only or day/night operation.
Knox Police Chief Harold Smith says golf cart owners can schedule those inspections now by calling the police department at 574-772-4122. Owners will have a 30 day grace period to get the inspections done. After Aug. 23, Smith says golf cart operators will be ticketed for registration violations. The city will honor golf cart permits issued by the county.
All golf carts must have rearview mirrors and slow-moving vehicle signs and carry at least liability insurance. Drivers must be licensed unless the city council approves a waiver on a case-by-case basis. Also seating is limited to the manufacturer’s recommended capacity.
All golf cart owners will be provided a copy of the city’s ordinance at the time of registration.