Franklin cracks down on illegal golf cart use - WKRN News 2

Franklin cracks down on illegal golf cart use

Posted: Updated: July 12, 2013 07:07 PM

Franklin police are cracking down on illegal golf cart use on city streets.

It is against the law to operate golf carts on city roads, yet in the Westhaven community off Highway 96, golf carts can be seen driving down the streets, sometimes driven by un-licensed teenagers.

Franklin police issued a warning Friday that anyone operating a golf cart on city streets, unless they are crossing an intersection, will be cited.

Police spokesman Charles Warner told Nashville's News 2 that anyone driving a golf cart on the street will receive a citation.

The increased patrols come, Warner said, in reaction to complaints from residents. Neighbor Douglas Bunch said the patrols are necessary.

"I'm all for it," Bunch said. "If there's any kind of problem with the law and the police are aware of it, whatever it is. Something as silly as a golf cart they should make the effort and enforce it."

In May of 2012, a 15-year-old boy was killed and three other teens injured in a golf cart crash on Lake Valley Drive in the Legend's Ridge subdivision of Franklin.

Warner said state law differentiates between golf carts and low speed vehicles.

Those with top speeds of 20 miles-per-hour and built to use on golf courses are in fact golf carts and illegal on city streets.

Vehicles that go faster than 20 miles-per-hour can travel public streets, but must comply with U.S. Department of Transportation standards, which include seat belts, headlights, brake lights, turn signals, mirrors, reflectors and parking brake.

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