WASHINGTON — Golf carts aren't allowed on Washington streets.
The prohibition will remain in place after several residents asked the city over the past few months to consider lifting the ban.
Golf carts are considered non-highway vehicles under state law and can't be driven on roads unless a municipality allows them on a road that it deems safe for golf carts and has a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less.
Washington City Administrator Ray Forsythe, Police Chief Mike McCoy, Deputy Police Chief Jeff Stevens and City Council members are unanimous in their unwillingness to bypass the state law regarding golf carts.
They point to the time it would take to determine if a city road was safe for golf carts, the liability the city could face if there was an accident involving a golf cart on a city road, and the need for other governing bodies to approve the use of golf carts on a road that is under multiple jurisdictions.
McCoy said he's fine with golf carts being allowed on private roads, but there aren't any private roads in Washington.
"The volume of traffic on our streets is too great to allow golf carts," he said.
Research conducted by Alderman Randall Black prior to a golf cart discussion at a recent City Council public safety committee meeting revealed that 164 Illinois municipalities, including Chillicothe, allow golf carts on their roadways.
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