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Gov. vetoes golf cart license requirement

A bill that could have disallowed 15-year-olds and unlicensed seniors from driving golf carts in Peachtree City has been sacked by Gov. Sonny Perdue.

Today Perdue vetoed the bill that would have implemented those restrictions. The law’s enforceability had been called into question because it conflicted with existing laws.

Following is information provided by the Governor’s office:

“The unintended consequences of this legislation would have had a detrimental impact on the citizens of Peachtree City,” said Governor Perdue. “Thanks to Rep. Ramsey and Sen. Chance, we recognized the problems with the bill and asked the sponsors to come back next year with legislation without the language in question.”

The specific language is in Section 2 of the bill: “Operators of golf carts and landscape type vehicles must possess a valid driver’s license.” The intent of the bill was for that provision to apply to motorized carts used for companies distributing packages and other seasonal deliveries. The language, however, was not specific enough to only target those vehicles, and could have been applied to all carts, including golf carts.

“Senator Chance and I, on behalf of the citizens of Peachtree City, truly appreciate Governor Perdue hearing our concerns regarding the potential legal confusion that could have been created by SB 519 and its possible impact on Peachtree City’s long standing motorized cart ordinances,” said Rep. Ramsey.

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Thanks for ruining it for the rest of us who don't live in Peachtree city. All we wanted was to be able to operate golf carts on city streets within enclosed subdivisions with posted speed limits of 25MPH or less... Cobb County says it is illegal even within your own neighborhood.

Dondol's picture

I guess that's what makes us unique, we have 100 odd miles of golf cart paths that we (the City) pay for the upkeep, generally we just cross the roads to get to the paths. Sorry you guys lost out but if you want to drive a golf cart, pony up the money and move to PTC. I was raised in Smyrna and you wouldn't get me to move back for love nor money!

I have Family on the northside, they can have it. I have friends in Henry County too who got busted thinking they would roam their subdivision in golf carts.

Shouldn't you be addressing this within your own community? Peachtree City has a long history of golf cart usage and governance that can be used as a model.

Just Asking

Cyclist's picture

a stupid law. BTW, it was Senators Chance of the 16th and Mullis of the 53rd who crafted amendment 10 AM 34 0463ER to SB519 that inserted:

<cite>c) Golf carts and landscape type vehicles may travel on public roads within residential areas with a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less. <strong>Operators of golf carts and landscape type vehicles must possess a valid driver's license.</strong></cite>

In the end we have a statement from Rep Ramsey that reads:

<cite>“Senator Chance and I, on behalf of the citizens of Peachtree City, truly appreciate Governor Perdue hearing our concerns regarding the potential legal confusion that could have been created by SB 519 and its possible impact on Peachtree City’s long standing motorized cart ordinances,...</cite>

And yes, both Chance and Ramsey voted for the bill.

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S. Lindsey's picture

still going to destin...

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Cyclist's picture

No. Canceled last Friday.

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S. Lindsey's picture

come oil or floods

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

S. Lindsey's picture

Why don't you go to Myrtle Beach?

Apache campground would be great to stay and the beaches are good for surf fishing...

"Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel."

-Ayn Rand

Cyclist's picture

We're going to do Melbourne, Fl to try something different. I'm going to use some hotel points. The Double Tree hotel has a real nifty package. Got a nice 10 day deal. Anyways, I had to cut the trip short as I got to go to Los Angeles and then to New Zealand for a week.

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You seem to have some expertise in this area. This is from another site. Do you have an opinion or answer? Thanks

<CITE>I am going to make this very simple! I know there must be an expert out there somewhere who can explain this to me. There is a 20 inch pipe running from the seabed to the oil reserve that is two and a half miles below the seabed, 13,000 feet. The only thing necessary to stop the flow is to equalize the pressure. Why does our military not have the capability to set off a small conventional explosion at the wellhead that could go just deep enough to allow the tons of settling debris to close that hole and collapse the pipe? I don't know the actual engineering but I am betting a charge directed into the hole would not have to penetrate more than a 1000 feet to completely seal it. Are they trying to save the well at the expense of the entire Gulf of Mexico?</CITE>

Cyclist's picture

I appreciate that acknowledgement. The article's writer is correct, it is all about equalizing pressure or better yet overcoming the pressure of the oil coming out of the well head.

I suspect that the reason that a bomb is not used is that it could cause even more problems if it did not work. Rather than dealing with one leak source the oil could ooze through-out the blast displacement area as the seabed could become porus. If it was a nuclear bomb then the oil could become contaminated with the bomb's unhealthy byproducts.

But remember, I'm just a fat guy that rides his bicycle.

Actually, I wish "Git" would chime in. He worked on these oil rigs in the gulf.

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Cy, Dm must have missed the earlier thread on this subject--using a nuc option--that did draw some ridicule.

The Wedge's picture

It did draw some ridicule, but I wonder if anyone really checked to see if it had been done in the past and worked? The issue is the mile underwater thing, it has been done successfuly above ground.

Only thing I heard was that POTUS sent a tm of 5 Nuc Scientists to the area to investigate--nothing more heard.

Thanks! I guess I did miss some posts. This situation is so frightening to so many - who have no knowledge whatsoever about the difficulty of stopping this leak. I must say - using 'bombs' seems to be a dangerous solution. Thanks again!! If anyone else can add to this - it would be appreciated.

I always go a little bit north of that area, but not as far as Daytona. I love me some WAVES. I also enjoy a beach I can ride a bike on, with plenty of room between the waves and the soft sand. This area has it in spades.

As far as fishing, you'll see plenty of whiting in the surf, pompono and even some tarpon jumping off shore at times, close enough to see. Close to the parks too, if you have a hankering for a day trip.

Cyclist's picture

I went out this morning. I started out launching a large spoon about 75 yards out and came up with nothing. I finally resorted to some close in-shore action using a yellow crappie jig and caught a little flounder, whiting and croaker. One thing though, it ain't the gulf. Cruse that oil leak.

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Sounds like fun..

That said, I'm a Atlantic Ocean guy all day long. I love the vibe of New Smyrna Beach.

I will say that ANY ocean/beach in general is better than none. :)

DLB's picture

Thank you, Govenor. The state government has no business telling Peachtree City or any other city, county or private subdivision who can or cannot operate a golf cart. As info, I do not live in PTC.

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