Fwd: Disabled man fights for golf cart use
- Some time back there was discussion on the car-free cities group
concerning lawsuits for human scale access. The last with that
subject line was early February, I believe. This article is related
to that subject. Enjoy.
--- In CarFree@yahoogroups.com, "Fitzsimmons, Diane" <dcfitzsimmons@o.
Thought the CF group would be interested in the story below.
Riding my bike or walking long distances have made me sensitive to the
of those who cannot walk. In our city, we have a special transit
for the wheelchair bound, but it is not available 24-7. I had a
co-worker who had to travel a three-mile, zig-zag patchwork system of
sidewalks via her motorized chair when rides were unavailable for
There's nothing like being sailing along and then to come to a curb
Man fights for right to drive golf cart
By Jack Money
CLAREMORE -- A pending legal battle to allow Gene Young to drive his
cart on city streets will go all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court if
necessary, his attorney said Tuesday.
Young, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is facing a misdemeanor charge
using an unlawful vehicle on a city road. He was stopped by a city
when he was using the cart to drive between work and home.
He pleaded not guilty Tuesday in municipal court. A trial date is set
Meanwhile, he will depend on friends and co-workers to help him get
needs to go, Young said after entering the plea.
"But they will have to take time out of their day to help me get where
going," he said.
Young tried earlier this year to convince elected city leaders to make
legal for him to drive his golf cart on city streets.
The Claremore resident also already has filed a complaint with the U.
Department of Justice, claiming his community is violating the
with Disabilities Act by denying him legal use of the golf cart.
The golf cart is a mobility device for Young, both he and his attorney
said. City officials have said Young is putting himself in danger when
drives the cart on busy streets.
Young has suffered from cerebral palsy since birth. While his upper
strong, his legs are only somewhat functional. But in trying to lead
independent life, Young found a wheelchair only got him so far.
Several years ago, he began using golf carts to go places that
Young's attorney, Todd W. Singer of Tulsa, said Tuesday he is taking
case for free. He chaffed at a requirement that Young must hire a
stenographer for the actual trial -- a transcript is needed for
the city court is not an actual court of record.
"This is a ridiculous ordinance based on a ridiculous state statute ..
think they are unconstitutional," Singer said after his client's
Young has said he is careful while driving the cart, avoiding highways
trying to drive as little as possible at night.
His cart is equipped with headlights, seat belts, turn signals, brake
and hazard lights. He said he also carries liability insurance in case
in an accident.
He drove his attorney to court Tuesday, and Singer told reporters
that he would ride with Young back to his home to discuss the case.
"We will move forward, and we will fight this to the end," Singer
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