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Can You Get A DUI On A Golf Cart?

Driving under the influence or DUI is a very serious offense that can land a person in jail or even in prison. Hefty fines come along with a conviction for a DUI. You can end up with a felony charge on your record, especially if you hit another vehicle and cause damage to it or other property or injury or — even worse, death — to another person. However, there is often some confusion regarding the operation of a vehicle other than a car, truck or motorcycle while intoxicated. You might wonder what the consequences are if you are operating a golf cart.

Characteristics of a Golf Cart

A golf cart is considered a motor vehicle that is only used while on a golf course. There is generally no insurance or registration necessary to operate one of these vehicles. They are low speed and travel only between around 15 to 25 miles per hour and are meant to be used strictly on golf courses for the purpose of traveling from one course to another or to cross an intersection within a golf course. In spite of it being a low speed vehicle, golf carts must be equipped with a few features to ensure safety.

Can You Get a DUI Operating a Golf Cart?

In most states, a person can be convicted of a DUI while operating a golf cart. If the individual is found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs and uses the golf cart in an erratic manner that is dangerous to others and to the property, they can be arrested for a DUI. This can occur whether the individual drove the golf cart off the golf court’s premises or on it.

In spite of the fact that a golf cart is a very slow moving vehicle, if a person is found operating one over the legal alcohol limit of 0.08, it is considered a DUI because the individual is not capable of handling the vehicle in a safe and normal manner. When someone is legally intoxicated, they have a slower reaction time, poorer judgment and in general will not operate a vehicle in the normal way as they would while having a blood alcohol concentration of zero.

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