Golf carts can now operate on streets
Policy to reduce mall traffic on campus
Scott Dykowski, Editor-in-Chief. Ram Page
Dr. May signed a new operating policy, Wednesday, allowing golf carts to now drive on city streets.
Director of Risk and Emergency Management Mike Murphy has been working with the city and ASU to allow all registered golf carts to drive on streets to decrease mall traffic.
"ASU first started purchasing golf carts in 1997 and using them on our campus," Murphy said. "It was a cost saving issue and it was much more economical. There was a recognized savings in time and resources to start operating carts."
Murphy said they operated carts in the streets before and then there was a vehicle accident involving a cart which is when the city told the department they were not authorized to operate carts on city streets.
"San Angelo has now addressed [golf cart operation] and the City Council has enacted an ordinance amending the city Traffic Control Code," he said.
Those who do operate golf carts on campus have to be approved drivers, Murphy said. The driver's motor vehicle record is checked and if they have over a certain number of violations of tickets, the individual cannot be an approved driver.
"It is relieving to know that the golf cart drivers are inspected," sophomore Theresa Felts said. "I don't mind sharing the mall strip with them but I know that the drivers are not going to act reckless around all of the students and faculty."
Murphy said that pedestrians' sharing the same space with carts and bicycles is not ideal but if the space can be shared safely if both parties are courteous and aware of the surroundings. The city ordinance should help to eliminate some of the traffic with carts and pedestrians.
"Whenever I hear a cart driving up behind me, I move off the mall just to let them pass," junior Will Weirich said.
Carts may not be operated on streets that have a speed limit higher than 30 mph but the carts may still cross those streets to get across campus, Murphy said.
"Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org if a cart is causing a problem of being unsafe," he said.
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