Message From the Mayor

Welcome to the July monthly edition of Message From the Mayor—where I, as Mayor, keep you informed on issues of interest to the community.

Warm weather is upon us, and I’m glad to see so many of you out enjoying the sunshine. Denton residents have always loved the outdoors, and whether you are visiting one of our parks or just strolling around downtown, our town is a great place for outdoor activities.

I would like to use this month’s message to clear up some questions about one popular outdoor activity—golf carts.

Both Police Chief Mark Hicks and I are often asked about golf carts that are being driven on public streets. Is it legal to drive a golf cart on the street? Are there any special requirements that must be met before doing so? Do golf carts even need to be licensed if they are driven on the street? These are all excellent questions, and the answer to them all is the same: yes.

Let me see if I can clarify this issue, for the benefit of those who own golf carts, and for those who may just want to know if golf carts they encounter in traffic are obeying the law.

Golf carts are considered “low speed motor vehicles” by Denton town ordinances. As such, they may be driven on public streets, but ONLY if all of the following conditions are met first:

  1. Everyone who operates a golf cart on a public street must be at least 16 years of age and hold a valid driver’s license.
  2. The owner must have valid insurance on their golf cart.
  3. Golf carts may be operated only on streets with a maximum posted speed limit of 35 MPH.
  4. Golf carts can be driven across Hwy 109, but may not be driven on the highway.
  5. Seatbelts must be worn by the driver and by every passenger.
  6. Small children must be secured in a child safety seat, just as they would be in a regular vehicle.
  7. The golf cart must have brake lights, head lights and tail lights.
  8. Golf carts must obey all traffic laws, including maintaining a safe and proper speed—not too fast and not too slow, and not traveling side-by-side.
  9. Golf carts may not be driven on public streets outside the town limits. Town ordinances provide driving privileges for carts only within the town.
  10. Golf carts are prohibited from riding or parking on the sidewalk.

There are a few other requirements, as well. If you own a golf cart and want to operate it on the street, full compliance is mandatory. Failure to meet any requirements of relevant ordinances can result in your receiving a citation.

To make sure your golf cart is in compliance with the town statutes, visit the Denton Police Department at 101 West Newsome Avenue, Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., or call the Department at 336-859-2164

Golf carts are a convenient way to get about town and enjoy the great outdoors. I just ask that all owners make sure that you operate your carts legally and respectfully. A recent complaint to the Police Department concerned a golf cart blasting loud music while traveling through a residential neighborhood at 3:00 a.m. Let’s all respect the peace of our neighbors, shall we? Finally, I ask that everyone share the road with our friends and neighbors who own golf carts, so that we can all get where we are going safely.

Till next month, have a blessed summer. And, as always, please contact me if I can help you in any way.

Yours,
Mayor Larry Ward

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201 W. Salisbury Sreet, Denton, NC 27239
Phone:  336-859-4231