Will golf carts generate less DUI arrests?
The City of Roswell has passed an ordinance that will allow citizens to drive golf carts on public roadways. Beginning July 1, 2015, golf carts will be allowed on any public roadway with a posted speed limit of 25 mph or less. Sounds like a fun way to get from place to place! I have already been on the web for days trying to find my perfect mini-mobile!
In light of Roswell’s new law, I have had a few people ask: “can I get a DUI on a golf cart?” The short answer is YES. Georgia’s DUI statute, O.C.G.A.§ 40-6-391, reads: “A person shall not drive or be in actual physical control of any moving vehicle while under the influence of alcohol…”A golf cart would fall under this broad definition of “any moving vehicle”, especially if it is being operated on a public roadway.
Another metro city, Peachtree City, Georgia is infamous for its golf carts paths. Police in Peachtree City routinely arrest citizens for DUI on their golf carts on golf cart paths! http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/peachtree-city-cracking-down-drunken-golf-cart-dri/nXC78/
This begs the question: Should a DUI on a golf cart be treated the same as a DUI in a 4000 pound car/truck? In my opinion, the answer should be no, but the reality is you will receive the same type sanctions for DUI in a car or golf cart. Just keep this in mind as you get ready for summer cart cruising.
So get out your golf carts, shine the wheels and get ready to hit the streets! Have fun and always be safe!
You can find the complete rules, regulations, and forms to get golf cart ready in Roswell at: http://www.roswellgov.com/PTVs