Town of Grand Lake nixes golf carts on streets |

Town of Grand Lake nixes golf carts on streets

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Coloraod

The Town of Grand Lake voted against a law that would have allowed neighborhood electric vehicles access to town roads.

Four board members present at last week’s Grand Lake town board meeting voted unanimously to reject the draft law based on a letter from Grand County Sheriff Rod Johnson, who did not support Grand Lake’s golf-cart-friendly direction.

In doing so, the board elected not to hold a public hearing on the matter.

As written in Johnson’s letter, Grand Lake’s law left open too many unanswered questions, such as would a driver’s licenses be necessary to operate a golf cart on town streets? Or would a golf-cart driver need to wear a seat belt? Or could a golf-cart driver be charged with a DUI?

Johnson also challenged the town’s ability to pass such a law, since golf carts – which are not directly defined as “neighborhood electric vehicles” in a recently adopted state law – would need to meet the National Highway Transportation motor vehicle safety standards.

Besides a Grand Lake town staff recommendation advising trustees to reject the golf-cart law in light of the sheriff’s views, two town citizens also voiced opposition, citing the lack of golf-cart driver safety during busy Grand Lake traffic days, were the law passed.

– Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail

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