The City Council in Greenville, South Carolina is cracking down on the abundance of recent golf cart use. Officials want to cut down on the illegal use of golf carts, but according to the laws currently in place, their hands are tied. As of now, the only restrictions in place involve bans on night driving, restrictions on possession of and consuming alcohol, minimum age limits and on which streets it is legal for residents to drive.
A campaign is set to take place and will follow with increased police participation regarding the issues associated with illegal usage of golf carts. One thing law enforcement cannot enforce is seatbelt use because golf cart manufacturers are not required to include seat belts in the motor vehicles.
What Kind of Golf Cart Laws Exist?
The current National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) state, “So long as golf cars and other similar vehicles are incapable of exceeding 20 miles per hour, they are subject to only state and local requirements regarding safety equipment.” Regulations go on to say that if the original manufacturer of these vehicles enables the vehicles to exceed the speed of 20 miles per hour, they will be regarded as motor vehicles and will be subject to Federal law.
How Do Golf Cart Laws Affect Me?
If you are driving a golf cart, and are not abiding by your state or federal laws, and you are in an accident involving another person or another person’s property, you will be at fault and subject to appropriate consequences. On the other hand, if you are involved in an incident involving someone else’s golf cart, and he or she was breaking a law, you may have a legal case and need to seek the representation of a qualified personal injury attorney. There are many laws that may be associated with your incident, including
Seat belt usage
Tavares Golf Cart Law Attorneys
If you are involved in a golf cart crash, and you think laws have been broken, contact the attorneys at Oldham and Smith today. We work with people who have been injured, regardless of income level and we cover all the costs until the end of the case. Call our Florida lawyers at (352) 292-1620 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at one of our central Florida offices.