Golf Carts Trump Maglev

In a transportation battle royale it seems that Caddyshack beats the Chattanooga Choo Choo.

From Galloway:

Late Friday, Gov. Sonny Perdue vetoed SB 519, a bill sponsored by Senate Transportation Chairman Jeff Mullis of Chickamauga intended to require driver licenses for those who operate motorized carts used by delivery companies.

But the legislation would also have applied to the free-wheeling drivers on Peachtree City’s network of cart paths — which allow residents to make short trips without automobiles.

In his veto message, Perdue said the bill would have had a “devastating impact” on such communities. The governor credited two Fayette County lawmakers, Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City) and Sen. Ronnie Chance (R-Tyrone) for helping him find the narrow asphalt path to wisdom.

Kudos to Sen. Ronnie Chance and Rep. Matt Ramsey for standing up for individual rights.

9 comments

  1. Ludwig Von Beachbum says:

    Anything to keep the rich little kids up near Atlanta in the streets. I cant believe I am saying this ( playing the race card ) but if black little kids in a gang were on golf carts on the streets of Peach Tree , Perdue would have called a special session to pass a law.

    Frankly we needed a law to blast slow Yankee drivers out of the left lane with hovering drones and missiles.

  2. chefdavid says:

    http://www.chattanoogan.com/articles/article_177268.asp
    “The specific language is in Section 2 of the bill: “Operators of golf carts and landscape type vehicles must possess a valid driver’s license.” The intent of the bill was for that provision to apply to motorized carts used for companies distributing packages and other seasonal deliveries. The language, however, was not specific enough to only target those vehicles, and could have been applied to all carts, including golf carts.”
    Wasn’t the wording on his Transportation Bill last year that had everyone scratching their heads. Wonder how that TSPLOST is going to play out.
    He said that this bill was strictly for companies to be able to deliver using green methods. I wonder what the reason is also. He already is aware of the issue with electric vehicles as one of his big supporters rides around in one. It is basically a sooped up golf cart. So what is the need for this legislation.
    When you sponsor I think 242 bills it would be kinda hard to get all the wording right.

  3. TalmadgeGhost says:

    Please as someone who lives very close to Peachtree City, allow me:

    1. An overwhelming majority of the folks living in Peachtree City would not be impacted by the bill’s passage, as they don’t believe they are a part of the Metro-Atlanta area, much less the state they are not beholden to GA law. They claim an arcane matter in the OCGA called “carpetbaggers exemption” still applies to them.

    2. Peachtree City has more police officers per populous than any other city in the metro area. There are two inexcusible offenses in PTC – #1 is DWB, see it every single Sunday on my way to church. Some poor soul trying to go to the Avenues from Fayetteville or (heaven forbid) College Park, pulled over waiting on their ticket and car search. #2 is DWT or driving while teenaged. The PTC harrassment of their younger populous is legendary.

    3. It is downright unsafe to be on those golf carts going through parking lots with “real cars”. I don’t care how many times my wife tells me it’s safe, it sure doesn’t feel like it.

    • Icarus says:

      Got to cry foul here.

      If you lived anywhere near the place, you would know that Peachtree City was built so we could keep all the carpetbaggers in one place.

      Then we gave them golf carts, to make it much easier to round them up with our 4×4’s.

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