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Golf Cart Safety Alert

Posted: Apr 29, 2017
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Introduction

Golf carts and Low-Speed Vehicles (LSV), also called Neighborhood Electric Vehicles, must follow the same traffic laws as cars, including regulatory signs and the use of directional or hand signals when making turns.  The operator of these vehicles can be issued a traffic citation just like you would when operating your automobile; these citations carry fines and points on your license.

Vehicle Definitions & Requirements

A golf cart is defined as a motor vehicle that is designed for operation on a golf course or for sporting or recreation and is not capable of exceeding 20 mph.  It is illegal for minors to drive golf carts

An LSV is defined as a four-wheel electric vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 mph, but less than 25 mph. LSV may operate on the streets where the posted speed limit is 35 mph or less.  LSV can also cross roads that have a speed limit greater than 35 mph.  The operator of an LSV must be a licensed driver.  LSV must have a registered license plate and be insured.  The LSV must be equipped with at least the following safety equipment:  Seat belts, a windshield, rear view mirror, horn, headlights, tail lights, stop lamps, side reflectors, a parking brake, turn signals and a VIN number.

Night Time or Low Light Driving

To operate at night or before sunrise your golf cart must be equipped with head lights, brake lights, turn signals, and reflective warning devices on the front and rear sides of the vehicle.  Headlights should be used 30 minutes before sunset and 30 minutes after sunrise; headlights should always be used during inclement weather.

The Rules of the Road

Do not allow anyone to ride standing in the vehicle or on the back platform of the vehicle. Please keep your arms and legs inside the vehicle at all times.

When making a left turn, after signaling your intentions, carefully merge with vehicular traffic just prior to the intersection and turn using the proper signal and turn lane where available.  Anywhere signage or road markings provide such direction; golf cart traffic should always merge with vehicular traffic. Golf carts should always yield to other vehicular traffic in all cases.

Golf carts and LSV's are not permitted to travel on sidewalks.

These guidelines are provided by the Savannah Ridge HOA for information purposes only and to help you enjoy using a golf cart and to help keep you and your loved ones safe.  Please remember that your golf cart was not designed to share a roadway with larger vehicles such as cars or trucks. In the event of a collision, you have about as much protection as if you were riding a motorcycle.  The insurance industry considers a golf cart an ATV (All Terrian Vehicle).

For more information, you should contact your local sheriff's department.

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