With summer fast approaching and residents getting out their golf carts, Aiken police want to make sure everyone knows how to use them safely and legally.
Aiken’s Public Safety Department receives many questions from the public about how to properly use the carts, and police want to make sure everyone has the correct information, said Aiken’s Lt. Jennifer Hayes Public Safety.
Golf carts must be registered and have an SC Department of Motor Vehicle license sticker, along with liability insurance. This permit must be replaced every five years or if the owner’s main address changes.
Vehicles can only be driven during daylight hours.
Golf carts may only be driven by a properly licensed driver who is at least 16 years old. When driving the vehicle, the driver must have with him the registration of the cart, proof of insurance and the driver’s license.
The golf cart can only be used within 4 miles of the address on the registration certificate or within 4 miles of the gated community entry point, such as Woodside.
Carts can only be driven on side streets with a speed limit of 35 mph or less. This does not include stretches such as Whiskey Road (SC-19) as it is a major SC freeway, or Richland Avenue (US1/78) as it is a US freeway.
However, golf carts can cross a highway, even if the speed limit is over 35 mph, but cannot drive on it.
“With summer coming up, it’s important that everyone stay safe and only drive their golf cart on the proper roads,” Hayes said.