Ky cities dealing with golf carts on public roads

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky cities are regulating how and where people can ride golf carts on public streets as the low-power vehicles become more popular as a way to beat high gas prices.

Lewisport in Hancock County is weighing an ordinance this summer while Calhoun and Bowling Green moved in 2011 to allow people to drive the carts on side streets.

Kentucky first allowed golf carts on city streets in 2008 - for any streets that were within five miles of a golf course.

State law now says the carts may not operate at more than 35 mph, carry up to six people and have a maximum weight of 2,500 pounds.

Owensboro Mayor Ron Payne told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer the carts on city streets may be dangerous because of heavy traffic.

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