Cart ordinance adopted

by David Maas
Maple Park—The village of Maple Park on Tuesday adopted an ordinance concerning the use of qualified golf carts and utility-terrain vehicles on village streets.

“(The ordinance) is consistent with other villages in the area,” Police Chief Mike Acosta said.

The ordinance will allow golf carts, not exceeding 25 mph, and utility-terrain vehicles, not exceeding 15 mph, to use any of the streets and alleys within the boundaries of the village, which have a speed limit of 25 mph. The use of four-wheel all-terrain vehicles is excluded from this ordinance, as well as the use of County Line Road as one of the permitted roadways.

The operators of these vehicles will be required to be at least 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, and have proof the vehicle is insured. Drivers will also have to comply with all state and village traffic laws.

Qualified vehicles under this ordinance will be required to have head and tail lights, breaks and break lights, a rear-view mirror, a steering wheel, tires, and an approved “Slow Moving Vehicle” emblem on the rear of the vehicle.