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Oswego Mayor Breaks Tie to Defeat Golf Cart Proposal

Proposal would have allowed golf carts to be driven on streets in the Hunt Club subdivision.

Credit: File photo
Credit: File photo
Village of Oswego trustees voted 3-3 on a proposal for a pilot program that would have allowed people to drive golf carts on public streets.

Village President Brian LeClercq voted no to break the tie and defeat the proposal, according to the Beacon-News.

Trustees Trustees Gail Johnson, Terry Michels and Pam Parr voted no, while Tony Giles, Judy Solinger and Scott Volpe voted in favor of the plan.

The proposal called for the use of golf carts only in the Hunt Club subdivision this summer and from May 1 to Oct. 1, 2014.

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Father of 2 teenagers July 03, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Thank goodness this idea was defeated! There are so many reasons why this idea is stupid, yes, stupid. Safety is the most glaring reason. Automakers spend billions improving the safety of cars and some want to put their families in a golf cart on streets?! One minor accident with a car could easily be fatal for a cart rider. One quick turn or even avoidance maneuver could displace a rider onto the street. At that point the rider may hit their head and cause serious injury or death, or may consequently be hit by another vehicle. The possibilities are infinite, and most are bad. The stupidity, or naïveté of those in favor of this idea is amazing. Ask any golfer how unsafe these vehicles are. And don't tell me residents won't drive them irresponsibly. Of course some will, all you have to do is look at the way people drive cars and the number of car accidents. Lower speeds? Sure, but still extremely dangerous. And no kids on the back? Sure, that law would be followed. Carts on bike/walking paths? Are you kidding?! Do you really think insurance companies would insure these vehicles for these suggested uses? No way. I am so happy this did not pass. Children depend on adults to care for and protect them as they have no voice in these debates. Imagine the pain and sorrow we all would encounter the 1st time a child, or adult was hurt or killed while riding a golf cart. Forget the unrealistic picture in your head of the lovely family tooling down the neighborhood street to the neighbor's house while holding their swim mask and snorkeling gear. Replay the picture in your head of that same family being t-boned by a car that just blew the stop sign in your beautiful subdivision. Sounds horrible, and it is. That's the point. That is reality. And shame on the board members who voted in favor of trying this. I think you simply gave in to a few just to make yourself feel good about this "fun" idea. Voting "yes" was extremely irresponsible.
Jen Wilson July 03, 2014 at 04:34 PM
The CDC reports that 10 people die each DAY in swimming pools, 3 people die daily in bicycle related injuries with another 515,000 emergency department visits. All totaled crash-related injuries to bicyclists resulted in a lifetime medical costs and productivity losses of 5 billion dollars. (Data from the Center for Disease control Google CDC bicycle related injuries). Yet Oswego allows AND regulates both pools and bicycling which are both more inherently dangerous than golf carts.                                                                                                                    My situation... All summer my kids and I (10, 7, 5) ride our bikes or walk to our community pool. Often we can only utilize our residential street as a path because there are still many vacant lots along the route and the sidewalks and community paths are not installed yet. I believe in this case it would be safer to ride in a golf cart, kids buckled in and wearing helmets (as required by the proposed ordinance) and under my exclusive control rather than walking or biking next to me. My belief is that life can be dangerous. I would prefer to decide if any activity is safe enough for me and my family to participate in. I am sure others disagree and I also respect their opinion.
Father of 2 teenagers July 04, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Your CDC data is invalid, you must compare injuries per capita, not raw numbers! Anybody knows there are a zillion more bikes and pools than golf carts, are you kidding? And you think you should make safety decisions for your kids? You don't know how to interpret data! As I said, children count on us to keep them safe, glad you are not my mom. And if you insist on making uninformed decisions for your kids, at least keep them on your property. I don't want to be the guy driving behind you when your child falls out of your golf cart. Seat belts, helmets? Come on, who you kidding? I can hear it now, "it's only down the block, blah, blah, blah". Let's put this silly idea to rest once and for all, your kids will thank clearer minds when they are older.
Rachael B. July 05, 2014 at 01:24 AM
It's highly disturbing that 3 of our Village Board members supported this idiotic idea of golf carts on residential streets! This is a major safety issue.

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