Man Will Appeal Golf Cart Ban
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
December 15, 2004
PEORIA HEIGHTS, ILLINOIS--Rick Peters says he plans to appeal a decision by the Peoria Heights Village Board which bans him from driving a specially-equipped golf cart on side streets.
According to the Peoria Journal Star, Peters has Friedrich's ataxia which makes it difficult for him to walk and keep his balance. This summer he bought a golf cart and installed seat belts, brake lights, turn signals, special tires and a rearview mirror. He started driving the cart on the streets while taking his young daughters to a nearby park and country club to swim.
In August, police warned Peters that it was illegal to drive an unlicensed vehicle on village roads. When Peters asked village officials what he needed to do so he could drive his cart on those streets, he was told that Peoria Heights, the Peoria Park District, and the city of Peoria would all need to pass laws allowing golf carts in the streets.
The park district passed such a law in September. The city of Peoria said they would go along with whatever the village decided.
On December 7, the village board decided against allowing Peters to drive his golf cart on its public roadways.
Peoria Heights Mayor Earl Carter told the Journal Star that the village had to "weigh the safety of many against the convenience of one". He added that it wouldn't be fair to allow Peters to use his cart on public roads while not allowing others to do so.
"It's not over," Peters said after the meeting. He explained that he is looking at his legal options under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act.
"Peters will appeal golf-cart ruling" (Peoria Journal Star)