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N. Mankato considers golf carts on city streets

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (AP) — City officials are weighing the safety of having slow-moving vehicles on city streets after elderly residents asked for permission to drive golf carts around 5/8own.

"I just don’t like the idea of them running around on city streets," council member Bill Schindle said Monday.

One resident wants permission to drive his disabled wife to a nearby park. An 89-year-old man would like to use his cart to run errands, council member Kenny DeWitte said.

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Police Chief Mike Pulis told the City Council last fall that it’s not safe for golf carts to run on city streets because they often brake poorly, lack seatbelts and are prone to rolling over.

City law bans golf carts on streets, alleys, sidewalks and other public property. In September, the city’s Traffic and Safety Committee recommended that the ban remain in place.

Several Minnesota cities have passed ordinances allowing golf carts. In most cases, the carts can only be driven during daylight hours, on streets with speed limits less than 35 mph.

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Information from: The Free Press, http://www.mankatofreepress.com

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