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Recreational vehicles on city streets questioned

Sunday, September 20, 2009

SIKESTON -- Can I drive it on Sikeston's streets? The short answer is: only if you are a sober, licensed driver.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety has heard quite a few comments recently regarding golf carts, all-terrain vehicles, utility vehicles and scooters, according to a Friday news release from DPS, with several residents questioning whether it is legal to drive those vehicles on city streets or not.

"Everyone is familiar with the common golf cart, electric or motorized," said Sgt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for DPS. "ATVs are generally described as a vehicle traveling on three or four wheels, having a dry weight of less than 1,000 pounds, a seat designed to be straddled by the operator and having handlebars for steering." Examples are three wheelers, four wheelers, and go-carts.

Utility vehicles are generally described as any motorized vehicle with four to six wheels, under 1,850 pounds and used primarily used for landscaping, lawn care, or maintenance purposes, according to McMillen, such as the Polaris Ranger, Kawasaki Mule, and the John Deere Gator.

"All of these vehicles ... are generally treated the same way when it comes to operating them on city streets," McMillen said. "First, you must have a valid operator's license to take these onto the road. Secondly, you will be arrested if you are driving them while intoxicated or if your license is suspended or revoked."

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