Golf carts are becoming very popular in neighborhoods around New Jersey and all over America. It’s a convenient and affordable way to get around.

With the alarming rise in gasoline costs, electric vehicles are poised to become even more popular for (at least) the foreseeable future.

Hamilton Township, New Jersey (Atlantic County) Mayor Charles Cain wants to take this to the next level.

Mayor Cain is proposing a first-of-its-kind program.

Mayor Cain would like to create a “Low-Speed Vehicle” (LSV) community in Hamilton Township, (Mays Landing).

Mayor Cain, Police Chief Gregory Ciambrone, and Traffic Sergeant Wade Smith delivered an innovative presentation to the Hamilton Township Committee.

Mayor Cain told us that the goal is to “connect Hamilton’s Historic Downtown with the outlying residential areas by implementing an LSV Community. This will be the first of its kind,” said Cain.

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A “Low-Speed Vehicle (LSV) is defined as a street-legal vehicle that typically has a minimum speed of 20 mph and a maximum speed of 25 mph.

It can legally be driven on approved roads with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less.

All LSV vehicles must meet all U.S. federal safety standards; they are required to have a VIN number, automotive safety windshield glass, safety belts, turn signals, headlamps, brake lights, horn, mirrors, reflex reflectors, a parking brake, and a rearview camera.

LSVs must also meet all state and local laws which may include windshield wipers and warning beacons.

The authorization to operate LSVs on public roads is at the discretion of the local authority of the jurisdiction where the vehicle will be operated.

If Cain can deliver on his proposal, this could be the start of a new trend that could be replicated in other communities.

By comparison, Ocean City has “Blue Laws” and the residents overwhelmingly approve. It is unique and special to them.

This could be the same kind of quaint practice that may become a popular character in Hamilton Township.

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