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Sharing the Road with Golf Carts

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By Andrea Blanford

LA GRANGE, N.C.- It’s becoming a trend in small towns across the East.  Residents are allowed to ride golf carts down public roads.  One more town is looking into the pros and cons of drivers sharing the road.  In La Grange, golf carts could soon go off course.

You can't find a golf course here but you could soon see golf carts cruising around downtown la grange.

"We have some older residents that had some interest in operating carts down in that area,” said John Craft, La Grange Town Manager. 

He says the town council is proposing an ordinance allowing golf carts to operate on restricted roads with posted speed limits of 35 miles per hour.

He's still undecided on the ordinance and so are the residents.

"You can get hurt bad on a golf cart, than you can a car really,” said Karen Sutton of La Grange.  “Like, it can flip over.”

"It would just be, I think, a good fellowship time if several people were out driving to stop and talk to them and see your neighbors,” said Bob Mooring of La Grange.

Craft will compare notes with other towns across the state that already share the road with golf carts.

"I'll tell him that I think it's a very good thing.  And they can put most any rule in place that they wanted to" said Doug Jackson, Mayor of Winterville.

Jackson says he hasn't heard any complaints since the town passed its ordinance six months ago.

You have to be at least 16 to drive a cart on public streets but it's up to the local government to require a license.

"It could cause a traffic problem if the person operating the golf cart doesn't use common sense,” said Jackson. 

Jackson says as long as the cart is equipped with a rear view mirror, lights and turning signals it doesn't have to be insured. 

"I can get on the street with my lawn mower, with my motorized wheel chair, with my moped, with my tractor, without insurance,” said Jackson.  “So why require golf carts?”

Jackson says driving his cart's like hitting a hole in one.  He drives it to work while doing some good for the environment.  The La Grange town council meets again in September.  Craft thinks members will have enough information by then to decide whether to pass the ordinance.

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