New ordinance will address golf cart use in Maple Park

by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARK—Tooling around on a golf cart can be fun and a great way to get from one place to another, but it’s not as free-wheeling as you might think. Maple Park is taking steps to develop a golf cart ordinance that would help regulate the vehicles’ use on village streets.

“Yes, they are legal, and residents are using them,” Village President Kathy Curtis said Oct. 5, during the Village Board meeting. “But we need an ordinance to police them better. We need something to use as a guideline.”

Golf cart drivers must have a valid driver’s license and insurance. Illinois does not require the cart to have a license plate. Golf cart drivers are subject to Illinois driving laws.

“They are accountable to all state statutes,” Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta said. “They can be charged with drunk driving.”

Curtis said that a local golf cart ordinance will benefit both police officers and residents because the village will have clarified rules to follow.

Trustee Terry Borg noted that a number of senior citizens use golf carts to get around, so the intent of the law is not to do away with the carts.

“The issue is safety, not prohibition,” Borg said.

Trustee Mark Delaney volunteered to draft the ordinance.

The new ordinance will pertain to golf carts only.