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Pinehurst Wants Golf Carts to be Street Legal

Posted March 24, 2008

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— The push is on to give golf carts the green light on public streets in Pinehurst.

The Village Council approved a resolution to ask lawmakers to allow Pinehurst to regulate golf carts on public roads. Even in the golfing mecca, it's technically illegally to drive them on the street. The town recently began enforcing the law.

Several towns across of the state already have golf cart ordinances that allow people to use them on roads.

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  • piperchuck Mar 25, 2008

    Another gem from dataclerk: "Its not a vehicle..." Who needs Leno?

  • piperchuck Mar 25, 2008

    "And as for bikes, yes, they are unsafe. People (esp around my neck of the woods) get on those things and ride right down the middle of the road sometimes. Its dangerous for car drivers who may not be expecting them, and its dangerous for bike riders w/or w/o any sense because they are gonna get themselves killed."

    When I learned to drive we were taught a few important concepts. The first was PAY ATTENTION. The second was don't drive faster than you can see. If visibility is limited by a sharp turn, the crest of a hill, or whatever, slow the heck down.

    A person driving a car should expect ANYTHING, including bicycles, mopeds, or perhaps a kid running out in the street to chase a ball. If drivers in your area are being surprised by bicycles then perhaps they should put away their cell phones, drinks, takeout food, makeup kits, newspapers, etc, and pay attention to the road.

  • sggoodri Mar 24, 2008

    "personally, motorcycles do not bother me. Mopeds do. And as for bikes, yes, they are unsafe"

    Motorcycle transportation has a much higher fatality rate per mile than bicycle transportation on roadways. This is largely due to the higher peak speeds and kinetic energy of motorcycle travel.

    Historically, the strictest regulations are placed on those vehicles with the highest typical kinetic energy and thus greatest potential threat to innocent road users. Users of low-energy, inherently safer travel modes enjoy access to public roads with the least regulation. Sometimes users of high-energy modes resent the regulations required to make their travel safe to other road users, and demand that the traffic laws be turned on their head to penalize low-energy travelers in favor of more dangerous modes, but this is unlikely to actually happen, for obvious reasons of sustainabilty and protection of basic travel rights on non-freeway surface streets.

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 24, 2008

    fatchanceimwrong...personally, motorcycles do not bother me. Mopeds do. And as for bikes, yes, they are unsafe. People (esp around my neck of the woods) get on those things and ride right down the middle of the road sometimes. Its dangerous for car drivers who may not be expecting them, and its dangerous for bike riders w/or w/o any sense because they are gonna get themselves killed.

  • HappyGirl08 Mar 24, 2008

    Unsafe! Keep those dang things off the road and out of our way.

  • sggoodri Mar 24, 2008

    I think it's inevitable that golf cars will be regulated nearly everywhere as something between a moped and a full-size car: No registration required (same as a moped) but driver license required (same as a car, unlike a moped). All the normal traffic laws applicable to motor vehicles with limited speed capabilities would apply. Slow Moving Vehicle emblems may or may not be necessary; but full front and rear lights should be required for operation at night.

    We've already got everything from bicycles, mopeds, horsedrawn carriages/wagons and neighborhood electric vehicles (NEVs) to tractors, tobacco wagons and construction equipment legally using public roadways according to the normal vehicular rules with few problems. Golf cars don't seem that much different. Less range than a moped or neighborhood electric vehicle but with more room than a moped or bicycle and less cost than the NEV.

  • OALA Mar 24, 2008

    golfcarts have no business on public roadways, whether it's a golfing community or not.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Mar 24, 2008

    Its not a vehicle, so it should not be on any highway or road.

  • thinkbee Mar 24, 2008

    If someone in a car is such a poor driver that they can't avoid a golf cart then they are the ones that should be off the road.

  • fatchanceimwrong Mar 24, 2008

    bodhi126 - I guess you don't condone bicycles or motorcycles either. Both are street legal and neither have seatbelts, doors, windshields, etc.

    I've never heard of any problems in Pinehurst. Everyone knows it's a golfing community and it seems that people have been able to live in peace. Could it be the northerners who have relocated there that have all the issues? There goes the neighborhood.

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