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Invasion of the golf carts

Posted Tuesday, August 21, 2007, at 9:33 AM

You know it's Celebration time when swarms of golf carts make their yearly appearance near the show grounds.

Visitors use them to travel in the nearby neighborhoods, often between the arena, barns and travel trailers.

I have a love-hate attitude toward golf carts on streets. They've never really upset me, because I've found they don't travel long distances and the traffic's usually slow anyway near the Celebration grounds. Plus, the visitors will only be here for a few days.

But after I nearly rammed the rear of an unlighted cart in the middle of Glenoaks Road before sunrise while heading to work a few years ago, my opinion changed a little.

A few carters, just like a few drivers in regular vehicles, don't feel traffic rules apply to them. I've had carters run stop signs directly in front of me, then glare as if they expected special treatment.

And I can understand why some year-round residents are upset because visitors aren't ticketed while a local in a golf cart at any other time of the year would be.

I've thought for years that cart drivers, visitors or locals, should be required to obtain city permits at a nominal fee. And reasonable use at any time on side streets only for short distances with carters realizing they're traveling at their own risk can't hurt anything.

Your thoughts?

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I'm not sure why anyone would consider them less liable for their own actions. Though I have never really heard about some horrible golf cart crash, I imagine with enough stupidity it is possible.

-- Posted by sambntn on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 12:01 PM

well I have never seen it as a problem although I am sure it is to some people. I really never understood though why they were allowed to drive golf carts down the road during the celebration but residents of Shelbyville can't even get their 4 wheeler on the road.. but of course I have more of a problem with tractors on the highways more than this.

-- Posted by Dianatn on Tue, Aug 21, 2007, at 6:28 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.