Big Lakes County discusses use of golf carts on roads

Richard Froese
For the Lakeside Leader

A Joussard woman wants Big Lakes County to do something about ATVs roaring and speeding in the hamlet; also to allow people to use golf carts on local roads.
At its regular meeting on June 28, council listed to the issues expressed by Sheri Duchesneau during the open forum.
“Slow down the quads,” she said. “It’s a concern. It’s not being policed; enforce the rules.”
Duchesneau added that other residents agree that some drivers of ATVs are driving hazardously and risking the lives of young children. An alternative, she suggested, would be golf carts.
“Elderly people prefer to drive them around,” she said.
Council will consider it.
“I know other municipalities that allow golf carts and they are required to have taillights, Reeve Ken Matthews said. “That’s something we’ll have to look into, to know what we can legally do.”
Others agreed.
“I think we should allow golf carts,” said councillor Ann Stewart.
Duchesneau suggested that the county impose a fee on driving golf carts in the hamlet and require drivers to be at least 14 years of age.
However, Faust councillor Robert Nygaard said Faust RCMP has pulled over golf carts driving on roads, since they are not legal.
Kinuso councillor Ken Killeen added that golf carts and ATVs are off-highway vehicles and legally not intended to be driven on roads.


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