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Master-planned communities in northern Texas, particularly in Collin County, are seeing increased usage of golf carts as a mode of transportation throughout their neighborhoods. WFAA’s Chris Sadeghi reports the popularity began when homes started being equipped with a third space or half-garage spot ideal for a golf cart. Plus, today’s golf carts are also fitted with more modern, car-like features, such as turn signals, mirrors, and head and tail lights, which make the carts as attractive than cars.

In the Trinity Falls subdivision in McKinney, you can find multiple golf carts in the parking lot at the community pool at any given time. Vu Thach recently bought a new golf cart and said it is much easier, efficient, and more pleasant when making short trips within the neighborhood. Hundley said most electric carts can get roughly 12 miles per charge.

According to the Texas Transportation Code, golf carts can be driven on roadways with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less during the daytime and within two miles of its storage spot. The code also allows for carts to be used within master-planned communities with restricted covenants. Most of the North Texas city ordinances we looked up require the driver to have a standard Texas drivers license, insurance for the carts, and the orange triangle designated a slow-moving vehicle on the back.

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