Bexley may not have a golf course within the city limits, but that doesn't mean golf carts won't soon be cruising the city's streets.

Bexley may not have a golf course within the city limits, but that doesn't mean golf carts won't soon be cruising the city's streets.

If city council approves legislation under consideration, the carts commonly spotted along fairways may be putting down Fair Avenue.

City attorney Lou Chodosh is fine-tuning a draft ordinance that would permit the operation of golf carts on city streets.

The ordinance was scheduled for a second reading July 26, after ThisWeek's press deadline, and is expected to be approved on third reading when city council reconvenes after the annual August recess.

Amended Ordinance 29-11, introduced by council member Mark Masser, would enact a new chapter in the city's codified ordinances to provide for the inspection and operation of golf carts upon public streets.

According to the ordinance:

No person shall operate a golf cart on the streets within the city of Bexley unless the golf cart has been inspected by the chief of police or his/her designee for compliance with Ohio's statutory requirements that are applicable to motor vehicles. The owner or operator of any golf cart shall be required to pay an inspection fee of $25. If the chief of police or his designee determines that the golf cart complies with the state's statutory requirements that are applicable to motor vehicles, the chief of police or designee shall issue the owner or operator a certificate of compliance entitling the owner or operator to operate a golf cart on the streets within the city of Bexley. The chief of police or designee must also see proof of liability insurance for the golf cart before a certificate of compliance is used. No golf carts shall be permitted to travel on any city street where the speed limit is greater than 25 mph. Golf carts will be permitted to cross intersections with higher speeds, so long as they continue upon a street having a speed lime of 25 mph or less. No person shall operate a golf cart on a public sidewalk or other leisure path. The operator of a golf cart on the streets and alleys of Bexley shall be required to follow all traffic regulations. Violating the ordinance is a minor misdemeanor on a first offense; on a second offense within one year after the first offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the fourth degree; and each subsequent offense within one year after the first offense, the person is guilty of a misdemeanor of the third degree. Bexley Chief of Police Larry Rinehart said anyone who wants to operate a USV (under speed vehicle) or golf cart on city streets must also have a valid Ohio driver's license. In order to pass the vehicle inspection, Rinehart said golf carts must: Be equipped with at least one taillight visible at a distance of 50 feet. Have a working windshield wiper. Have at least two working taillights. Have two working headlights visible at a distance of 1,000 feet. Have a horn audible at a distance of 500 feet. Have a rear view mirror with an unobstructed view to the rear. Have a windshield (glass or safety glass) free from discoloration, diffusion, cracks or obstructions. Have self-illuminating electrical or mechanical directional signals, visible from the front and rear. Have two license plate mounting brackets (front and rear). Have the ability to illuminate the rear license plate so that it is legible from a distance of 50 feet.