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DUI in Golf Carts Is A Serious Matter

Golf carts are a fun, convenient mode of transportation that are not restricted to just the golf course. With Florida boasting the largest retirement community in the country and over 100 miles of golf cart-only roads, there are tens of thousands of golf carts used as a primary vehicle. It is important to remember that golf carts are indeed vehicles! They are required to follow the same traffic laws and regulations as any other vehicle on the roadway, including DUI laws.

Many people think that because golf carts are not large that they cannot cause a lot of damage, but golf carts are not designed to withstand collisions. In fact every year, hundreds of injuries from golf cart collisions are serious enough to cause lifelong issues. These injuries include death, neck and spinal injuries, crushing injuries, and more. Many of these injuries are not even contributed to DUI on golf carts so to add alcohol to the mix can increase the severity of injuries even more.

What are the consequences of DUI?

First time offenders of DUI in Florida can expect some serious consequences including

  • Fine – $250 to $500.
  • Community Service – 50 Hours.
  • Probation – Not more than 1 Year.
  • Imprisonment – Not more than 6 Months.
  • Imprisonment with BAL of .08 or higher with a minor in the vehicle, not more than 9 months.
  • License Revocation – Minimum of 180 days.
  • DUI School – 12 Hours

These are not the only consequences that some people will have to face. If someone has caused an accident that resulted in the injury or death of another person and they were under the influence, then they may be charged with both criminal and civil liability. Some recent suits for civil liability in DUI cases have ranged from $310,000 to $13 million dollars in restitution.

Experienced Representation

The attorneys of Oldham & Smith are the experienced attorneys you can trust if you have been involved in an accident because of a drunk driver on a golf cart. Regardless of the mode of transportation, a motor vehicle is a motor vehicle, and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol is illegal. An intoxicated driver can be held liable for your injuries, associated medical expenses, lost wages and more. Contact us today to speak to a representative about your case and how to move forward. Call us at 1 (352) 292-1620, or fill out our online contact form and our firm will respond as soon as possible.