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Diamondhead registers golf carts so they can be on roads

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DIAMONDHEAD, MS (WLOX) -

Driving through Diamondhead you will probably notice a lot of people cruising around in golf carts.

Interim Councilman Ernie Knobloch said, "A lot of the people that don't play golf have golf carts and ride around. Go visit people. Drive to the store and things like that."

City Manager Richard Rose said, "That's the type of community Diamondhead has been for 30 years and we do not want to change that."

So years ago when residents began petitioning for the community to become a city, the interim leaders began working with state lawmakers to pass an exception to the law.

"We started working with the legislature about three years ago and it took a while and in 2012 they passed a local and private bill which applies only to the City of Diamondhead in all of Mississippi," Knobloch said.

Since the majority of the streets will be turned over to the new city in January, officials held a two day registration to get residents in compliance with the law which requires golf cart drivers to have a valid license, proof of insurance and a registration sticker if they are riding on a public road.

Rose said, "We are thankful that the residents are coming out in droves to come out and get these $5.00 registration stickers on their carts."

Nearly 300 carts were registered throughout the weekend and leaders expect more residents will register in the new year and possibly more cities will follow Diamondhead's lead and petition the legislature.

Knobloch said, "We've had several other communities, some of them local, express interest in trying to do the same thing."

If you are a Diamondhead resident and you did not get your golf cart registered you can do so at city hall beginning January 1, 2013.

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