Lawmakers again try to cut golf cart drivers some slack

Legislation doubles legal distance

COLUMBIA --- They're not exactly the downtrodden masses, but gated-community dwellers still have needs. South Carolina lawmakers are hoping to offer some relief.

Lawmakers are again closing in on legislation to give people who ride around in golf carts more distance to legally travel.

On Wednesday, Senate Transportation Subcommittee members amended a bill to double the distance from 2 miles to 4 miles that may be traveled at 35 mph on secondary roads.

The bill, H. 3259, also allows unlimited golf cart transportation for people on islands not accessible by bridge, and permits people in gated communities to start measuring their maximum distance from the entrance of their community instead of their home.

The full Transportation Committee is expected to take it up next week.

Senators combined the House bill, introduced by Rep. Bill Herbkersman, R-Bluffton, with a Senate proposal, S. 54, which pertains to permitting process for golf carts. The subcommittee attached the Senate bill to the House bill to ensure a greater chance of passage this year, since the House bill has already passed the House.

Last year, Herbkersman had worked to lengthen the distance for golf cart rides. But the amendment was dropped at the last minute from a bill halting the town of Ridgeland's use of speed cameras on Interstate 95.


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