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Benton police warn, no ATVs or golf carts on city streets.

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BENTON – It was the recent icy conditions that no doubt prompted police to issue a stern warning; no all terrain vehicles or golf carts will be allowed on city streets.

Benton police say they took numerous calls about those vehicles on city streets recently, and that most were driven by juveniles or young adults in an unsafe manner.   Police say they are cracking down on such driving, with a "Zero Tolerance Stance". 

A release from the city's public information officer says, "Unless the operator has a valid driver's license and the vehicle has a valid state registration and insurance on it, it shouldn't be utilized on a public street or state roadway.  Due to this becoming more of an issue lately, officers will be taking a zero tolerance stance on the use of ATV's, golf carts, and other prohibited vehicles being used on public roadways.  We are encouraging parents and guardians to please monitor their children's ATV usage, because we are hoping for voluntary compliance with the law so that citations don't have to be issued and impounding of the ATV doesn't occur."

Police say every year more than 700 deaths and 100,000 emergency room visits occur as a direct result of ATV crashes.