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Published May 04, 2011, 07:58 PM

Golf Carts Could Soon be Street-legal in Crookston

People in Crookston could soon have a new way to get around. The city is looking into making golf carts legal for city streets.

By: David Schwab, WDAZ

People in Crookston could soon have a new way to get around. The city is looking into making golf carts legal for city streets.

They aren't just for chasing golf balls any more. Golf carts are hitting the streets.

"It's going on a lot throughout the country and has been in Florida forever," Lee Leach at the Minakwa Golf Course in Crookston said.

Leach was excited to hear the city is now in the driver seat looking at legalizing golf carts on its streets.

"Especially nowadays with gas prices going way up. Some of the people just driving around in town being able to get groceries and that without running a vehicle out there, because (the golf carts) are pretty efficient vehicles," Leach said.

But there is much more than just passing an ordinance. Crookston has to follow state laws which require modifying the golf carts. That includes adding things such as a slow-moving vehicle sign, rear-view mirrors and possibly turning signals.

Crookston studying other towns that have tried it.

"Red Lake Falls allowed golf carts starting last year and it's been very successful for them over there. Obviously, Crookston is a little larger community and it has some different concerns," police chief Tim Motherway said.

One of those concerns right now is that golf carts could only be driven on city streets, not state or county roads. The carts would be limited to where they could go. For example they couldn't drive on the downtown streets, and it would even be hard to get to the golf course itself.

"If they can't drive down a state highway or a county highway, there is no way for a golf cart to go east to west on the north side of town, because there is only two streets that go east to west," Motherway said.

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