Salado officials consider new rules for village’s ubiquitous golf carts

Updated: May. 27, 2021 at 6:07 PM CDT
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SALADO, Texas (KWTX)—Salado officials are considering a new ordinance that would impose stricter regulations regarding the use of golf carts in the village.

Golf carts are an integral part of Salado’s culture.

Residents use them to travel to nearby offices, schools and even the grocery store.

Village leaders however say they are making a new commitment to follow and enforce state law as it relates to golf cart use.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton last month at the request of Montgomery County officials issued an opinion that clarified the law.

He said state law does in fact require golf cart drivers to have driver’s licenses to operate golf carts on public roadways with speed limits of 35 mph or less.

State law also requires golf carts to display license plates if they’re operated on roadways authorized by a city or county.

The driver’s license requirement effectively bans children from driving golfcarts, which is a common sight in Salado.

Salado Village Administrator Don Ferguson said although the village hasn’t had many accidents involving golf carts, it’s important to make sure local rules are in line with state law.

“I don’t think anybody is interested in restricting golf cart traffic in this community,” Ferguson said.

“We have for years been golf cart friendly and the desire is to continue to be that way in the future. We just want people to understand that when they operate in the community that they have to operate under the rules of state law and that those will be enforced.”

Under the Texas Transportation Code, the penalty for failing to carry a driver’s license while driving could result fines ranging from no more than $200 for a first offense to as much as $500 for a third.

Ferguson said if the ordinance is approved by the board of aldermen, there will be a grace period during which violators will be given warnings.

He also said the village government would mail out fliers to inform residents of the change.

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