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superman1AZ
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Message Posted: Dec 22, 2013 9:14:42 PM

I have experienced seniors driving golf carts, albeit with "road-worthy" lights, on the street. They are small, slow, and they cut you off in parking lots because they are so small and agile. Mini-bikes and dirt bikes without lights are illegal. So why are these "toys" legal?
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Nov 22, 2014 9:54:42 AM

what does that have to do with fuel economy?
hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Nov 21, 2014 9:43:57 AM

They must obey the same rules as cars do.
GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 19, 2014 9:50:34 PM

Are they legal? I haven't seen any on the streets around here.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 11:21:54 PM

Donate for the cause!
gassaver1948
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 5:13:35 PM

They make me mad when they pass me.
51stovi
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 12:35:13 PM

They don't bother me. The group of 25 people on bicycles that ride on the 2 lane highway with no shoulder at rush hour bothers me a lot more. They have the legal right, but they sure can make a mess out of traffic.
Jetta_Pilot
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2014 10:56:35 AM

What about those late teens to mid 30's "Ricers" in their hopped up Hondas blasting rotten C RAP music to everyone. Hopefully they get an early eardrum failure.
On top of that their driving habits leave something to be desired!
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 9:55:15 AM

I have seen plenty of seniors driving golf carts. I don't see a problem.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 10:57:06 AM

Make sure they drive with both hands on the steering wheel, no spinners attached, mud flaps, blasting music system, fox tails, very dark tinted sunglasses, or nitrous bottle hook-ups, brush guards/off road lights, or a liquor cabinet trailered and by no means, a gun rack under the canopy.

Blast horns, oog/gaah horns, musical/PA horns, CB radios, Cane holder/oxy tank/easy scooter, golf supplies, tidy supplies, and porty allowed (with shield)blind? They won't need a road map.....or magnifier. Yet! Maybe a Police whistle..... Lastly..... a tow strap, Safety pins, extra napkins/tissues/large umbrella(fluorescent) of course.

Look at all the good economics they stimulate for their little bit of Senior Freedoms..... There's a song " We Will Work It Out" The Seniors have already done that Work part, most have anyway! (Adaptation).....
oldhillbillyAZ
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Message Posted: Aug 31, 2014 1:26:55 AM

So what's the "REAL" problem???
Is it the Seniors not driving fast enough for you???
Is it the Golf carts not being fast enough for you????
Is it vehicles without lights (safety equipment)

or is it that you feel you should be able to dictate who uses the road and with what !!!

In Arizona seniors are very plentiful...live with it... or move.

Golf carts can be licensed, as can ATV's...dirt bikes, etc. all must be equipped with safety equipment lights and require the driver to be licensed.

If you feel you own the road...be very careful in Arizona...some of those "Senior Citizens" are packing !!!!
And a life sentence is no big deal.

Remember it's Speed Limit...not Minimum speed.

[Edited by: oldhillbillyAZ at 8/31/2014 1:29:08 AM EST]
Hemond
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 4:04:51 PM

Quote drydem :::: I'm thinking ... geez ... it is really amazing that that guy can still drive at his age!!:::;


Do you hate Jews, blacks, gays, and women as much as you hate old people?

[Edited by: Hemond at 8/30/2014 4:05:35 PM EST]
heyman_31036
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Message Posted: Aug 30, 2014 3:34:12 PM

If you get cut off by one is it legal to do a "pit maneuver" on the offender?
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 10:37:22 AM

What does it matter WHO is driving a golf cart.

If the golf cart is a legal street vehicle (several places, mostly resort areas, in Ohio allow golf carts as legal vehicles), then we need to work with them.

But, if you're talking they're just driving them aimlessly around because they can, then no. I'd have an issue with that.
46chief
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Message Posted: Aug 9, 2014 10:35:07 AM

Golf carts are for a GOLF course. Not holding up traffic on a city street.
MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 7, 2014 8:35:24 AM

Anything a senior does absolutely pleases me.
drydem
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Message Posted: Aug 6, 2014 7:11:32 PM

On certain occasions I have seen these electric vehicles putting along in the streets at a nearby Leisure World and some seniors who venture out of Leisure World in these really old old vintage 1960-1970s cars poking along way under the speed limit... I'm thinking ... geez ... it is really amazing that that guy can still drive at his age!!



[Edited by: drydem at 8/6/2014 7:13:36 PM EST]
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 6:07:34 AM

Drive more of them before they just sit around and rust from the underside, during Winter. Maybe China has a better use for the electric models for their Estates.....(surplus left overs).
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Aug 5, 2014 3:26:15 AM

Not a problem when they are out golfing
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 10:04:37 AM

Private Alley use, restricted alleys that have a 10-15 MPH use only, really depends on the locale of Stores V/S Complexes or toured areas, and a reasonable Driver.... permits.... instead of "Handover the Keys" HMmmm...
randy3116
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 8:45:38 AM

golf carts are not street-legal in my area
Glasman
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Message Posted: Aug 3, 2014 5:00:45 AM

golf carts bicycles, mopeds need to pay tax's and have insurance and license plates if they are going to use the streets and roads just like any other vehicle.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2014 9:24:58 AM

Golf carts driven by anyone on the public streets here are illegal.
WES03
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2014 7:53:28 AM

On a golf course?
twt
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Message Posted: Aug 2, 2014 4:46:59 AM

Why is this in the "Fuel Economy" section? It has nothing to do, with fuel economy.
ricebike
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 10:06:59 AM

Doesn't bother me. But, why is this in the fuel economy section?
jorobins538
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 9:58:17 AM

as long as they are on the golf course, that is just fine.
pvdray
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Message Posted: Aug 1, 2014 7:30:41 AM

most golf carts i see are on rural streets so I do not really care
redfish67
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Message Posted: Jul 20, 2014 11:41:10 AM

don't care if they're on the golf course
RalphHightower
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 6:09:11 AM

Not a problem as long as it's on the golf course.
twt
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Message Posted: Jul 19, 2014 5:10:44 AM

Golf carts are not street legal, here.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 9:02:51 AM

Design Golf Cart City for those Freedom Senior events. Take off the tires, design a R/R track for cart activity (like a service road) to the places frequented, off the regular vehicles routes of higher speed.

Everyone gets Sad at times, that is better than injuries, Happy is just around the corner often. There are plenty of repair parts for carts, but...
lwood655
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Message Posted: Jul 18, 2014 8:14:24 AM

not on the road only on golf courses
Awing1
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 8:04:36 AM

Only on the golf course.
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 7:52:43 AM

I just believe any new trend, it doesn't matter about age, any trend can pose a new problem needing consideration where vehicles/people are involved.

Golf carts have multiple uses after the original purpose by design, extended life as a usable vehicle for many other owners, that is good economics, various jobs continue on also for more persons than just Seniors.

Where there is a newer use for energized machinery/people involved, and conflicts arise, a fair assessment would be wise. Problems always follow something New, but solved later. A badged quality Driver maybe......? Just for the touring Senior on a "Wild Freedom Ride" on energy cola.... LOL!
calypso93
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Message Posted: Jul 15, 2014 6:35:50 AM

Give them wide berth.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 6:22:48 AM

OK as long as they stay on the golf course
Madridjoe
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 6:17:23 AM

they need to stay off the roads
herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Jul 9, 2014 2:01:33 AM

Actual golf carts? Run into the same problem many times with seniors on those motorized wheelchairs who seem to think they're cars. Even saw one in the left turn lane once!
jimmy544
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 12:20:16 PM

Keep golf carts on the golf course and keep them off the street unless they can meet regulations for cars.
BUSSY
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 10:20:11 AM

Just keep them where they belong: on the golf course !!!!!!!!!!
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 8:25:47 AM

Really parking lots are for parking, that in itself should be a hint for the possibility of erratic driving, so a slow pace should be in each driver's mind.

Well there will always be the vehicle Zoom'ers there also, Text'ers, of course, backers, Kids running at a distance from adults, and the handicap slow movers, vast amounts of shopping carts often at an arms length away.

The difference with G..carts/Seniors seems to be Slower, rather than than WOThrottle as for the other toys. Legal on the public roads are somewhat regulated, The common Golf Cart Driver Senior or not feels the freedom of a young Kid riding a bicycle.

When you are young riding a bike just about anything goes down the tube on required regulations. Just watch the typical Kid riding on a bike today, almost like watching Spider Man ....performance.

Where, When, and most unlikely they show up, off roofs even, Golf carts don't do that, Seniors are docile by nature, G.. carts more visible! Noisy may be the answer, their too Quiet

Example; How many motorist mess with a group of motorcyclists moving slower than the speed limits and all grouped up as they ride, some noisy? I just drive around passing with Caution as I would a horseback rider, depends on the roads/territory.

Touring covers a lot of areas for all involved old or young, that clash of traffic speed and slow vehicles needs resolved before (wrecking yards for golf carts)occur! I like all that stuff(toys)as a Senior.... Nap time.....
Jackson126
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2014 7:17:34 AM

Should not be on the road
dassfg
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 8:26:33 AM

Should not be on road or streets
Jackson126
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 6:47:17 AM

Should not be on the road
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2014 6:15:18 AM

The alarm should sound, when you see a Hoveround.
randy3116
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2014 5:39:29 AM

those who drive their mobility scooters on or next to roads and parking lots present a hazard, as well
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Jun 20, 2014 2:11:07 AM

It could be an addiction, rarely, seems everyone wants to see WOT (leadfoot Seniors) not docile slow-pokes behind those G..Kart steering wheels. Put in place a High HP boat motor = (engine), motors are for Kids...!
Awing1
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2014 8:32:50 AM

Yes, as long as they are driving golf cart on the golf course or their property.
No, if they are on the road. It will disturb traffic and it's not safe.
PaylessKY
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Message Posted: Jun 18, 2014 8:08:02 AM

I see no problem if they are on a golf course or in an inclosed community.

I would not want to see a younger person driving one on the open road.
jorobins538
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2014 8:44:03 AM

if they are on a golf course - or in Florida - great!
Hemond
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Message Posted: Jun 13, 2014 7:24:43 AM

Seniors are the best drivers. As a bicyclist, I'd 100% rather see seniors on the road than drugged out teens/20 somethings... texting away.
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