Manteno Considers Golf Cart Ordinance
Anyone that spends time in Manteno has surely seen people driving golf carts around town. It is not uncommon to see several different golf carts on the same day. Manteno Police Chief and Village Administrator Bernie Thompson wants to create an ordinance that requires owners to register their golf carts with the village. Manteno has been very lax in regards to this issue. Most towns in Illinois already have similar ordinances and have been enforcing them for years. In Illinois you need to have a driver’s license to legally operate a golf cart. I know of at least five families in Manteno that use a golf cart to take short trips around town. In all of my years of living in Manteno I have never seen someone that appeared under-age driving one but that hasn’t happened in other parts of town.
I personally do not see an issue with driving them on the side streets. That doesn’t mean that I think that Thompson’s proposed ordinance is some nefarious plot to find another fee for people to pay or undermine our rights. Thompson claimed that driving a golf-cart around town violates numerous ordinances as things stand right now.
I would like to see people in Manteno using a little more common sense when it comes to driving a golf cart around town. Several times I have seen a golf cart with an unsafe number of young passengers. I’m talking about 6+ people piled on to a golf cart, typically with three kids with their feet dangling off of the back. Obviously they are not wearing safety buckles but that is beside the point. Golf carts may not be able to drive fast but that is irrelevant. What would happen if another car hit a golf cart with that many passengers?
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