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Golf cart safety is a primary concern in Surfside Beach

The beach environment of our city makes it an ideal place for a low-key way of living. Snow bunnies and other people flock to the city to enjoy some sand, sun and relaxation. Once you get here, you will probably notice that golf carts and other low speed vehicles are a primary mode of transportation.

South Carolina law has specific guidelines for these vehicles. These laws are meant to keep riders safe. On top of these, everyone should make sure that they are following proper safety procedures.

Current laws

Golf carts in South Carolina must be registered and have liability insurance on them. You can drive golf carts on streets with a speed limit of 35 miles per hour or less as long as the street is within four miles of the registration address or the egress of the gated community in which it is registered. They can be operated only during daylight hours by a person who is at least 16 years old and possesses a valid driver's license. The registration must be renewed every five years or if the address changes.

People who are operating a golf cart can cross a highway with a speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour. This must be done at an intersection.

Safety precautions

There are more than 10,000 visits to the emergency room annually for golf cart accidents. Around 40 percent of accidents involve someone being thrown from the golf cart, which is possible at speeds as low as 11 miles per hour. This is the reason slowing down when you turn is imperative.

Drivers of these slow vehicles should be sober. You can face a drunk driving charge if you are intoxicated while operating a golf cart. Additionally, intoxication can impair your ability to drive safely.

Always wear the seat belt if there is one for you in the golf cart. Make sure that you are driving in the correct area. For example, you should avoid driving on the sidewalk unless it is a marked cart path. Additionally, you should watch out for other drivers and take steps, such as honking the horn when crossing at an intersection, to help people on the road see you.

If you are involved in a golf cart crash, you should get medical care if there is a chance that you are injured. This helps to determine what treatment options you have so that you can focus on healing from the crash.

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