By Lauren Seabrook
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
7:22 PM CST, January 10, 2013
With three golf courses inside city limits, a lot of golfers live in Andover. A new ordinance makes getting around a little bit easier for them.
"We think it's pretty cool because now, when we go over to the club, we can get there real easily and not have to worry about traffic and stuff like that. We were always worried the police would pull us over," said golfer Paul Hanneman.
Golf carts typically must stay on the designated path, but they are now street legal for roads with a speed limit of 25 miles an hour or less.
"The golf carts can only be operated from sunrise to sunset. Some of the other vehicles have the appropriate lighting capabilities and can be operated at other times," Andover Police Chief Michael Keller said.
But not everyone can drive the vehicles. You must have a permit and a drivers license. Keller anticipates selling a lot of permits.
Hanneman believes the new law connects the community. "We have a lot of friends in the neighborhood so it's kind of nice to be able to go to their house. It's pretty cool," he said.
Keller warns car drivers to watch out for smaller vehicles and reminds cart drivers to be responsible. "They must abide by all the traffic laws. That includes alcohol related laws, such as driving under the influence or transporting open containers," the chief said.
The permits can be purchased at the Andover Police Department for $25. The ordinance takes affect Saturday, January 12.
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