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Reckless golf cart drivers warned

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Concerns about minors driving golf carts in an unsafe manner have prompted Lantana officials to request assistance from the Denton County Sheriff’s Department.

“We’ve seen some that can barely reach the pedals and they can’t hardly see over the steering wheel,” said Kevin Mercer, Lantana General Manager.

Mercer said that state law allows the use of golf carts in Lantana under certain conditions.

“There are several conditions, some of them are enforceable and some of them are very difficult to enforce,” said Mercer.

“The driver has to be over the age of 14, they cannot be operated at night, they cannot be operated on a street with a speed limit over 35 miles an hour and they cannot be operated on a public sidewalk,” said Mercer.

The difficult item to enforce is that golf cart operators technically have to be either going to or from the golf course.

“Driving on the sidewalk is my biggest pet peeve because they generally have one wheel on the pavement and one wheel on the grass and now they’re starting to tear up our landscaping,” said Mercer. “They’ve damaged some of our electrical outlets and it’s starting to cost the district which is going to cost all the residents.”

Mercer said that he has contacted the Sheriff’s Department and deputies will be watching more closely for violators.

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