City mulls allowing residents to drive golf carts instead of cars

Saturday, May 31, 2008 | 5:54 p.m. CDT; updated 12:36 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 22, 2008

CARDWELL— The city of Cardwell is taking aim at soaring gas prices with measures to help residents who have met with hardship amid that and other recent economic demands.

During its last city council meeting, officials mentioned the idea of allowing four-wheelers and golf carts as a source of transportation for those who can legally drive.

City Clerk Mary Vaughn said the council has discussed the idea with the local police department, which said it saw no problem with the idea as long as drivers abide by the same rules and laws of the town.

“The driver will have to wear a helmet,” police Chief Anthony Parker said. “There can’t be any double riding either,” he said.

Parker said that, in order for the four-wheelers and golf carts to be legalized within the city limits, the driver must be at least 16 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, have insurance and purchase a city sticker for the device.

“That’s a way for us to keep track of who is authorized to legally drive the four-wheeler or golf cart,” Parker said, “as well as give the citizens of Cardwell a break from the steep gas prices.”

In doing that, the city of Cardwell will also benefit from the sale of additional city stickers. “It’s a win-win for everybody,” Vaughn said, “as long as everybody respects the laws and other drivers.”

Several other cities in the area have discussed the idea of giving residents the same options. The city of Senath allows golf carts to be driven by licensed drivers, who are either elderly or handicapped.

The city of Hornersville agreed to allow four-wheelers, as long as they were driven by a licensed driver and not being driven down the main street.

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