Sound Off – June 24

Several Hancock County towns are considering ordinances that would allow golf carts on local roads. Critics of the proposal have cited safety concerns, while proponents say residents can be trusted to drive responsibly. What do you think? Should golf carts be permitted?

•We have three golf carts, and I do not drive on the streets! Too dangerous in a car — no way in a golf cart!

•Not if they’re going to hold up traffic.

•No. Even on the country road I live on, cars fly down this street like it is the interstate.

•I don’t see why not.

•Sure, if they can go the speed limit on the streets.

•Yes, in smaller towns, like that of Shirley, but in Greenfield, it isn’t wise.

•Yes, as long as they abide by the rules of the road. It is good for older people.

•Peachtree City, Georgia: The whole city is dedicated to their golf carts. It’s actually really neat, but they have trails and roads for golf carts. It’s too dangerous otherwise — too many crazies driving regular cars!

•Adults should be able to do anything they want, as long as it doesn’t harm others.

•We drive ours on neighborhood streets. It is street legal, having passed city police inspection. We have it insured and have license plates, front and back. It can go almost 25 mph.

•Only out in the country.

•Only in residential areas. People should be driving slow in that area anyway.

•No! They have no license plate so should not be on any road! They are called GOLF carts for a reason.

•My campground doesn’t have a golf course, and they’re still used. Should they be called “camp carts.”

•No. No. No. This isn’t Palm Springs.

•Can it be any more hazardous than bicyclists on busy roads?

•Yes, but only in 40 mph and above areas so they can create a safety hazard and back up traffic. And only in the right lanes of Interstates. Better yet — let’s spend several million or more creating cart lanes and bike lanes that no one uses.

•I think if it’s within a neighborhood, there’s no issue.

•Inside subdivisions, but not on county roads or highways. Too many people getting killed in accidents now, and there is no protection in a golf cart. Too many underage kids would be driving in the center, and tempers would fly. Talk about road rage!

•I was down in Linton, Indiana, last summer, and they are allowed to drive golf carts, four-wheelers, and the big four-seater off-road ATVs. Didn’t really seem to cause any issues, there were 100s of them on the road, too.

•Sure, so long as the driver is required to meet similar standards as a car — license, insurance, etc.

•Why not? You can have bicycles, horses, mopeds. If they have lights, turn signals and slow vehicle signage, seems OKto me. Most are electric. I know we are a country of laws, but for every law, you lose a freedom.

•They will have no coverage on their policy if they do and should they cause an accident, you will not be covered as well for what they do to you. They are not covered for road use, and they shouldn’t be.

•With headlights, tail lights, insurance, licensing, safety flags and seat belts — sure, why not?