Assistant Albany City Manager Wes Smith sent a message to news outlets Friday, requesting that citizens be reminded that operating golf carts is not allowed on the public roadway.
Smith included a message from Dr. Charles Gillespie, longtime Albany physician, and designer of Georgia's Emergency Medical Response system.
Here is Smith's message:
I have attached an excerpt from an e-mail I received regarding near-miss golf cart incidents. There appears to be a sudden growth of kids out on carts since school closed.
THIS IS ILLEGAL AND DANGEROUS.
Below is a copy of a message that I just received from one of the DGNW [Doublegate Northwest] registrants.
My wife also saw this same group riding down WDG [West Doublegate] with about 10 children on the cart.
Now that the Legislature has passed a bill giving a better definition of a gas operated vehicle, I appeal to each of you who read this message to get on with the task of getting this ongoing hazard under control before yet another crash occurs similar to the one that recently happened on Pendleton. (and that one didn't even involved a child driver).
[ WALB note: Christal Potter was walking with her children on Pendleton Street last November when she was struck by a golf cart. Potter underwent surgery for leg fractures. ]
I promise you that it is not a pleasant task to not only care for severely injured patients(especially children) but even worse to have to tell family members that one of their loved ones did not make it.
PLEASE DON'T DELAY ADDRESSING THIS PROBLEM OFF ANY LONGER. IT IS A DAILY OCCURANCE.