Posted: Dec 17, 2020, 7:07 AM
Licensed drivers in one Bossier Parish neighborhood will be allowed to operate electric golf carts on designated streets in their subdivision following a Wednesday vote by the Bossier Parish Police Jury.
Forest Hills subdivision residents who qualify must adhere to state law that defines safety equipment requirements which include safe tires, headlamps, a rearview mirror, front and rear turn signals, tail lights and brake lights. Carts may not be designed to exceed a maximum of 25 miles per hour.
Golf carts operated on residential streets will be required to carry liability insurance with the same minimum limits as required by provisions of R.S. 32:900 (B), which defines the state’s liability policy.
Individuals will also be required to have their carts undergo a safety inspection and display a proof of inspection decal on the windshield. Inspections will be conducted by the police jury’s Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Unit (CVEU).
Enforcement of rules governing operators and whether or not carts meet all safety requirements will be in the hands of the Bossier Parish Sheriff’s Office and CVEU officers.
During a road/subdivision committee meeting prior to Wednesday’s meeting, members learned that Bossier Parish deputies have answered complaints centering on operation of golf carts on streets and roads. Complaints centered on unlicensed youngsters and other individuals often driving carts recklessly on streets and roads.
Deputies have begun addressing complaints of carts on streets, whether operated by licensed or unlicensed individuals, with a warning on the first offense and tickets if a second offense is recorded.
Jury members agreed with committee chairman Glenn Benton that permission to operate carts on subdivision streets would be limited to Forest Hills since residents there had been polled by the Homeowners Association and agreed to the policy.
“This request came from Forest Hills and they agree that only individuals with a valid driver’s license should be allowed to operate properly equipped carts on streets,” Benton said. “They also agree that there should be a designated list of streets where carts are allowed and proper signage.”
Benton said he presented the request to the police jury because residents of Forest Hills, which is in his district, had asked him to do so. He also pointed out that a poll of residents showed an overwhelming majority agreed with the idea.
In other business at Wednesday’s meeting, police jury members:
a. Surveying Services (Disaster Relief) RFP No. 2020-114.
b. Construction & Material Testing Services (Disaster Relief) RFP No. 2020-113.
c. Resident Engineer Inspection Services (Disaster Relief) RFP No. 2020-112.
d. Disaster Recovery & Emergency Planning Services RFP No. 2020-116.
e. Architectural & Engineering Services (Disaster Relief) FRP No. 2020-115.