Parents could get into trouble for unlicensed minors
By William Taylor Potter / Manship School News Service
BATON ROUGE — A bill that would make parents or supervising adults culpable for allowing an unlicensed minor to drive off-road vehicles or golf carts on public roads has been OK'd and moved on to full debate next week before the full state House of Representatives
While it is already against the law for an unlicensed driver to use these vehicles on a public road, House Bill 105 by state Rep. Tanner Magee, R-Houma, would pass the responsibility on to the parents under the crime of improper supervision.
The bill escaped the House Administration of Criminal Justice Committee, 8-6, Wednesday after several members expressed concerns the law was unnecessary. State Rep. Denise Marcelle, D-Baton Rouge, said she did not think the measure would make roads any safer.
“I certainly have issues with the golf carts and the go karts in my district … so, I think we need to hold our law enforcement officers accountable for doing what they need to do to keep these vehicles off the street,” she said. “I don’t see fining people as a way to make our streets safer.”