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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs golf cart bill in Augusta

Friday, April 25, 2014 2:14 PM
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Letting local governments in Georgia set the rules for golf cars on city streets might provide an economic boost to those that make them, Georgia’s governor said Friday while signing the bill.

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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs golf cart legislation at the 10th Street bulkhead in Augusta.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
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Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signs golf cart legislation at the 10th Street bulkhead in Augusta.

After remarks on this year’s legislative session to the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Gov. Nathan Deal signed the golf cart bill into law in downtown Augusta, flanked by golf cars from Club Car and E-Z-GO, which are both based in the metro area.

“You have the unique distinction of being the leader of the production of these kinds of carts,” Deal said. “And this legislation will hopefully expand the usage, and therefore the sale of more golf carts.”

The governor said it is reasonable to believe that the law will lead to more jobs in the Augusta area.

The law sets a framework for local governments to make their own restrictions on such “personal transportation vehicles,” such as golf cars, on public roads, the governor explained.

“It will improve the safety for the operators as well as anyone else,” he said.

“From a long-term perspective, it is a good thing allowing communities to use more standardized golf cars in their areas. It will help our business,” said Marc Dufour, the CEO of Club Car. “There have been guidelines, very restrictive federal guidelines for golf cars on roads. I think this opens it up to a different interpretation, which would be good for us and good for the industry.”

Dufour said he thinks it is symbolically important for Georgia because it is the golf car manufacturing capital of the world.

“The bill-signing and commemoration is a great way to kick off this legislation,” said Eric Bondy, the vice president of consumer business at E-Z-GO. “For Georgia to be the leader in this type of legislation, we couldn’t be happier with our legislators.”

Bondy said the golf car companies weren’t consulted personally for the legislation, but the International Light Transportation Vehicle Association would have been because it is the manufacturing association representing E-Z-GO, Yamaha and Club Car, the big three in golf car production.

House Bill 877 was sponsored by Jay Roberts, Ocilla, and Barbara Sims, Brian Prince and Ben Harbin, of the Augusta delegation, and Lynn Smith, Newnan, where Yamaha produces golf carts.

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BamaMan
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BamaMan 04/25/14 - 02:45 pm
5
3
You're joking, right?

They're hazards in neighborhoods. Can you imagine on city streets? Granted, it's usually kids on them in neighborhoods, but REALLY!

itsanotherday1
43014
Points
itsanotherday1 04/25/14 - 05:18 pm
1
1
Meh...

Meh...

Stunned 2
4259
Points
Stunned 2 04/25/14 - 06:42 pm
4
2
It would be interesting to find out if the International Light

Transportation Vehicle Association is supporting Governor Deal's bid for reelection. Golf carts on public roads are a hazard. They are out in my neighborhood at dusk, without lights on. People overload them and 'race' around the neighborhood, even with little kids riding in adult's laps. Teenagers drive around without licenses ignoring stop signs and darting out in front of cars on the road. Most of us wonder how loud those people are going to scream and who they plan to sue - when they hit a pot hole and are ejected onto the pavement.

oldredneckman96
5095
Points
oldredneckman96 04/25/14 - 07:26 pm
1
0
Stupidity in action
Unpublished

Every golf cart I have ever seen states right on the dashboard, “not for use on public roads” that statement is to eliminate the liability the manufacture has for dummies that don’t know better. The governor should have access to people who can explain to him how the State has now accepted this liability with his bill. Now every cost incurred can be collected from the State tax payers. Just how stupid does he think we are? If it is not registered with the USDOT, it does not belong on the road. That is for the safety of everyone, those foolish enough to drive them on a public highway and those of us who don’t. The blood is on his hands. Vote, people vote!

Billyds999
17
Points
Billyds999 04/25/14 - 11:23 pm
1
1
Ok, I can see possibly a

Ok, I can see possibly a neighborhood with restricted access where cars dont use the roadways at a high speed, but if theres a possibility of cars doing any more than 25 mph, thats an accident waiting to happen. I don't care how old the driver is.

sand gnat
510
Points
sand gnat 04/26/14 - 02:17 am
2
1
Just check

Just check in areas around the state that already allow this. Creates a
traffic back up nightmare. I can see them now, cruising down Milledge Rd or Berckman Rd at 14 mph without a care in the world. Mean while, traffic is backed up 1/4 mile.

corgimom
32289
Points
corgimom 04/26/14 - 07:40 am
1
2
I grew up in a community that

I grew up in a community that has a very strong golf presence, and golf carts are allowed on residential streets. They are a nightmare. The roads were not designed for them, drivers in cars can't see them well because of the sight lines, and they are a menace.

This is not a good idea.

Clemsondoc
169
Points
Clemsondoc 04/26/14 - 11:16 am
1
0
What a waste

This is a big enough legislative agenda to make so much fuss about. Really your best attempt at creating jobs is making golf carts legal to drive on roads? No wonder GA is trailing to rest of the south bar the redhead Mississippi in economic development right now. If not for the megatropolis of Atlanta the state would have very serious issues.

tgivensjr
5
Points
tgivensjr 04/26/14 - 07:02 pm
1
1
Golf Cart rules.

The city of Peachtree City has allowed use of golf carts for a number of year. The rules they have established have kept their use very safe for everyone. Read their rules below:

All Path Users
Only the following may use Peachtree City’s
multi-use paths:

Pedestrians

Non-motorized vehicles

Roller skates, roller blades & skateboards
(daylight only)

Registered golf carts (cannot exceed 20 mph)

Registered LSMVs in mode restricting
vehicle speed to 20 mph or less (An LSMV is
a four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top
speed is between 20 mph and 25 mph and
complies with federal motor vehicle safety
standards for low-speed vehicles).

Emergency and authorized maintenance
vehicles

Bicycles (traditional and electric)

Wheelchairs (conventional and electric)

Electric vehicles designed to carry one person
at a speed of 20 mph or less, except as
prohibited below.

Registered electric personal assistive mobility
devices (EPAMDs).
The following are strictly prohibited:

Automobiles & trucks (except authorized
maintenance and emergency vehicles)

Motorcycles, motorized street/trail bikes,
mini-bikes, and mopeds

Horses

Go-carts

Unregistered golf carts, LSMVs
and
EPAMDs

Electric or gasoline powered scooters

Motorized play vehicles (coaster, scooter,
pocket bike, and any other motorized vehicle
that is not a golf cart, LSMV
, EPAMD
,
electric bicycle, or motorized wheelchair).

Any vehicle designed to go faster than 20
mph (except as permitted above)
Path Rules

No racing
of any form, except for special
events approved by the city.

No blocking of public access, except for
special events approved by the city.

No loitering
on bridges or in underpasses.

Normal rules of the road apply to the
recreation paths. For instance, when
approaching oncoming path users, each user
shall move to his right side of the path.
Passing shall be on the left side of the path.

Pedestrians should be given right of way
by
other users of the paths to ensure them safe
passage.

An
audible warning
is required from
operators of golf carts, bicyclists, and skaters
when approaching pedestrians from the rear.

All laws and ordinances relative to alcohol,
including open container laws and driving
under the influence (DUI), that apply to
traffic on the streets also apply to the paths
and will be strictly enforced.

Litter must be deposited in receptacles along
the paths or retained for proper disposal later.
Littering on the paths is subject to fines and
penalties twice that for littering on the streets.
Pets & Path Courtesy

Make sure animals are properly restrained.
Normally well-behaved pets can be
frightened by golf carts, bicycles, or
rollerblades and react unpredictably

Clean up after pets along the paths, and do
not let pets relieve themselves on private
property. Please extend the same courtesy to
property owners adjacent to the paths you
would expect on your property.

Make sure pets on extendable leashes are not
blocking the path for other users.

Pet owners can be held legally and civilly
liable for any injuries caused by their pet.
Golf Cart Rules
Cart Registration Required
All carts must be registered at City Hall (770-
487-7657) within 10 days of the date of purchase.
Carts may ONLY be driven by:

Persons age 16 or older with or without
drivers license (unless license has been
suspended or revoked)

Persons 15 years old with a valid learners
permit (unless suspended or revoked) in their
possession. If unaccompanied by a
parent/grandparent, or person 18 or older,
they may drive accompanied by up to one
other person who must be at least 15 years
old, or may be accompanied by up to 3
immediate family members.

Persons 15 years old with NO learners permit
must be accompanied in the front seat by a
parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a
person age 18 or older with a valid drivers
license.

Persons 12, 13 & 14 years old must be
accompanied in the front seat by a parent,
grandparent, or legal guardian.

No person under 12 years of age may drive
a cart.
Violations

Violations of the Golf Cart Ordinance,
including reckless driving, underage
operation, and dangerous situations should be
reported immediately by dialing
9-1-1
. The
non-emergency number for the Police
Department is 770-487-8866 (Monday
through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

Violations on a golf cart can affect a teen’s
ability to obtain a driver’s license.

Persons with no driver’s license convicted of
a DUI on a golf cart will be prohibited from
operating a golf cart.
Golf Cart Safety

Operate carts with the same caution as a car.
Golf cart owners can be held criminally and
civilly liable for acts committed on their
carts. Violations on a golf cart can affect a
drivers’ license.

Remain seated while cart is in motion.

No one may sit in the driver’s lap while cart
is in motion.

Young children should sit flat in the seat and
wear safety helmets to avoid injury from
falling or being thrown from the cart.

All operators must abide by all traffic
regulations applicable to vehicular traffic.

Slow down
when approaching other path
users, curves, or intersections.

Use caution when crossing streets or
driveways.
Stop
cart if autos are approaching.

Use
HORN
or other audible signal when
approaching pedestrians from behind --
electric carts can injure pedestrians.

Where cart paths exist they must be used
instead of parallel city streets (excluding
private golf course paths).

Carts driven at night must be equipped with
functional headlights and tail lights.

Carts are not allowed on or across Hwy 54,
Hwy 74, Peachtree Pkwy, or Crosstown Road
except at authorized crossings.
Motorized play vehicles

Prohibited
on all public property (streets,
sidewalks, parks, parking lots, paths, etc.).

Permitted
on private residential property
with property owner’s permission. HOAs
may regulate on common property. NOTE:
Cannot cause excessive or offensive noise,
disturb the peace, or cause annoyance.

Permitted
on private commercial/ industrial
property if inaccessible to normal
pedestrian/vehicle traffic (warehouse, fenced
parking lot with locked gate, etc.), with
written permission of the owner/agent.

tgivensjr
5
Points
tgivensjr 04/26/14 - 07:03 pm
0
0
Golf Cart rules.

The city of Peachtree City has allowed use of golf carts for a number of year. The rules they have established have kept their use very safe for everyone. Read their rules below:

All Path Users
Only the following may use Peachtree City’s
multi-use paths:

Pedestrians

Non-motorized vehicles

Roller skates, roller blades & skateboards
(daylight only)

Registered golf carts (cannot exceed 20 mph)

Registered LSMVs in mode restricting
vehicle speed to 20 mph or less (An LSMV is
a four-wheeled electric vehicle whose top
speed is between 20 mph and 25 mph and
complies with federal motor vehicle safety
standards for low-speed vehicles).

Emergency and authorized maintenance
vehicles

Bicycles (traditional and electric)

Wheelchairs (conventional and electric)

Electric vehicles designed to carry one person
at a speed of 20 mph or less, except as
prohibited below.

Registered electric personal assistive mobility
devices (EPAMDs).
The following are strictly prohibited:

Automobiles & trucks (except authorized
maintenance and emergency vehicles)

Motorcycles, motorized street/trail bikes,
mini-bikes, and mopeds

Horses

Go-carts

Unregistered golf carts, LSMVs
and
EPAMDs

Electric or gasoline powered scooters

Motorized play vehicles (coaster, scooter,
pocket bike, and any other motorized vehicle
that is not a golf cart, LSMV
, EPAMD
,
electric bicycle, or motorized wheelchair).

Any vehicle designed to go faster than 20
mph (except as permitted above)
Path Rules

No racing
of any form, except for special
events approved by the city.

No blocking of public access, except for
special events approved by the city.

No loitering
on bridges or in underpasses.

Normal rules of the road apply to the
recreation paths. For instance, when
approaching oncoming path users, each user
shall move to his right side of the path.
Passing shall be on the left side of the path.

Pedestrians should be given right of way
by
other users of the paths to ensure them safe
passage.

An
audible warning
is required from
operators of golf carts, bicyclists, and skaters
when approaching pedestrians from the rear.

All laws and ordinances relative to alcohol,
including open container laws and driving
under the influence (DUI), that apply to
traffic on the streets also apply to the paths
and will be strictly enforced.

Litter must be deposited in receptacles along
the paths or retained for proper disposal later.
Littering on the paths is subject to fines and
penalties twice that for littering on the streets.
Pets & Path Courtesy

Make sure animals are properly restrained.
Normally well-behaved pets can be
frightened by golf carts, bicycles, or
rollerblades and react unpredictably

Clean up after pets along the paths, and do
not let pets relieve themselves on private
property. Please extend the same courtesy to
property owners adjacent to the paths you
would expect on your property.

Make sure pets on extendable leashes are not
blocking the path for other users.

Pet owners can be held legally and civilly
liable for any injuries caused by their pet.
Golf Cart Rules
Cart Registration Required
All carts must be registered at City Hall (770-
487-7657) within 10 days of the date of purchase.
Carts may ONLY be driven by:

Persons age 16 or older with or without
drivers license (unless license has been
suspended or revoked)

Persons 15 years old with a valid learners
permit (unless suspended or revoked) in their
possession. If unaccompanied by a
parent/grandparent, or person 18 or older,
they may drive accompanied by up to one
other person who must be at least 15 years
old, or may be accompanied by up to 3
immediate family members.

Persons 15 years old with NO learners permit
must be accompanied in the front seat by a
parent, grandparent, legal guardian, or a
person age 18 or older with a valid drivers
license.

Persons 12, 13 & 14 years old must be
accompanied in the front seat by a parent,
grandparent, or legal guardian.

No person under 12 years of age may drive
a cart.
Violations

Violations of the Golf Cart Ordinance,
including reckless driving, underage
operation, and dangerous situations should be
reported immediately by dialing
9-1-1
. The
non-emergency number for the Police
Department is 770-487-8866 (Monday
through Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM).

Violations on a golf cart can affect a teen’s
ability to obtain a driver’s license.

Persons with no driver’s license convicted of
a DUI on a golf cart will be prohibited from
operating a golf cart.
Golf Cart Safety

Operate carts with the same caution as a car.
Golf cart owners can be held criminally and
civilly liable for acts committed on their
carts. Violations on a golf cart can affect a
drivers’ license.

Remain seated while cart is in motion.

No one may sit in the driver’s lap while cart
is in motion.

Young children should sit flat in the seat and
wear safety helmets to avoid injury from
falling or being thrown from the cart.

All operators must abide by all traffic
regulations applicable to vehicular traffic.

Slow down
when approaching other path
users, curves, or intersections.

Use caution when crossing streets or
driveways.
Stop
cart if autos are approaching.

Use
HORN
or other audible signal when
approaching pedestrians from behind --
electric carts can injure pedestrians.

Where cart paths exist they must be used
instead of parallel city streets (excluding
private golf course paths).

Carts driven at night must be equipped with
functional headlights and tail lights.

Carts are not allowed on or across Hwy 54,
Hwy 74, Peachtree Pkwy, or Crosstown Road
except at authorized crossings.
Motorized play vehicles

Prohibited
on all public property (streets,
sidewalks, parks, parking lots, paths, etc.).

Permitted
on private residential property
with property owner’s permission. HOAs
may regulate on common property. NOTE:
Cannot cause excessive or offensive noise,
disturb the peace, or cause annoyance.

Permitted
on private commercial/ industrial
property if inaccessible to normal
pedestrian/vehicle traffic (warehouse, fenced
parking lot with locked gate, etc.), with
written permission of the owner/agent.

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