- Associated Press - Saturday, June 7, 2014

KINDER, La. (AP) - Residents could soon be cruising around town on golf carts if Kinder’s Town Council approves a plan to allow the use of street-legal golf carts and other slow-speed vehicles on town streets.

Mayor Estes LeDoux tells The American Press (https://bit.ly/1umVVnL) the idea was brought mainly for the convenience of older residents so they can get around without having a vehicle. “It is not for sports or young people to just be riding around,” he said.

Under the plan, the carts would be allowed only from sunrise to sunset on town streets and designated highway crossings with restrictions, including speed limits of 25 mph or less. A licensed driver would have to be behind the wheel and a $10 annual permit must be issued by Kinder police.

LeDoux said drivers would not be allowed to operate carts in inclement weather, at night or on state highways except for those approved by the state Department of Transportation and Development.

“It is illegal to operate them on a state highway, but designated crossing areas will be provided and properly posted,” town attorney Michael Holmes said.

Three highways - U.S. Highway 165, Louisiana Highway 383 and U.S. Highway - run through Kinder.

All golf carts would be required to have appropriate equipment, including signal lights, brake lights, headlights and mirrors.

Owners must show proof of insurance and ownership and have a valid driver’s license to receive a permit from police, LeDoux said.

The proposed ordinance is similar to one approved by the town of Welsh in 2012.

The council has not indicated when it will decide the issue.

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Information from: American Press, https://www.americanpress.com

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