Rantoul to consider allowing golf carts on streets

Rantoul to consider allowing golf carts on streets

RANTOUL — The village will study the possibility of allowing golf carts on village streets.

Village Trustee Hank Gamel said several residents have approached him about the issue.

At the request of Mayor Neal Williams, Gamel agreed to work with Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl to prepare a presentation for the board in March.

Several other trustees Tuesday said they believe the idea is worth studying.

Trustee Roger Jones said he believes golf carts should be considered for in-town travel because of the high price of gas.

One concern is how golf carts would be allowed to cross U.S. 136 and U.S. 45.

Sandahl said the village could look at examining the issue "as far as Department of Motor Vehicles requirements for crossing state highways. Plus ... there are various vehicles that are classified under a four-wheel application, not necessarily just golf carts."

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DMC wrote on February 10, 2012 at 9:02 pm

I have friends who live in rural areas who have nearly run over children as young as 10 years old who were driving golf carts on country roads.  The children did not have good driving skills and put themselves and others at risk, even on relatively empty roads with little to no traffic.  Complaints to the parents put an end to this dangerous practice.  I would encourage the Rantoul Village council to consider the issues regarding age limits and licensing requirements for people who drive non-standard vehicles on public roads.