by Lynn Meredith
MAPLE PARKâ€”Tooling around on a golf cart can be fun and a great way to get from one place to another, but itâ€™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 vehiclesâ€™ use on village streets.
â€œYes, they are legal, and residents are using them,â€ Village President Kathy Curtis said Oct. 5, during the Village Board meeting. â€œBut we need an ordinance to police them better. We need something to use as a guideline.â€
Golf cart drivers must have a valid driverâ€™s license and insurance. Illinois does not require the cart to have a license plate. Golf cart drivers are subject to Illinois driving laws.
â€œThey are accountable to all state statutes,â€ Maple Park Police Chief Mike Acosta said. â€œThey can be charged with drunk driving.â€
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.
â€œThe issue is safety, not prohibition,â€ Borg said.
Trustee Mark Delaney volunteered to draft the ordinance.
The new ordinance will pertain to golf carts only.