Ipava residents fight to keep golf carts on streets

By Ashley McNamee

January 29, 2014 Updated Jan 29, 2014 at 11:48 PM CDT

IPAVA, Ill -- Ipava is a quaint, quiet and somewhat sleepy village in the middle of Fulton County, but things are heating up in this community of 500.

"I was minding my own business, I was just being a good guy, following the rules," said resident Gary Wilson. "I was going to visit someone, looked over, he had his lights on and pulled me over."

The Illinois State Trooper that pulled Wilson over didn't like what he was driving, a golf cart.

"I was like what was I doing? Speeding? These things only go about 12 to 13 miles an hour and as long as we're obeying the rules, what are we hurting?" said Wilson.

About a year ago the village passed a resolution allowing golf carts on its streets so long as the driver has a valid drivers license and insurance. Drivers we talked to say they don't even travel on Route 136, the busiest drag in town.

"Well you don't always need a car to go a few blocks. This way you don't have to get the car out to run an errand to the bank or post office or the quick stop," said golf cart driver Sue Hunkeapillar.

The gaggle of golf cart drivers say the state police have better things to worry about.

"Most of us are over 60-years-old that have them, we don't get too wild," said Norman Jones, a golf cart driving, Ipava resident.

"You'll keep using it until you can't?"

"I will probably keep using it anyway," said Jones.

The Illinois State Police did not return calls for comment.

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