Cops: Island golf cart crash a timely reminder of the rules | Local News

A golf cart and a Jeep collided Friday afternoon on a public road on Saint-Simons Island.

No serious injuries were reported.

The accident happened at 3:19 p.m. when a teenager lost control while driving west around a bend on Demere Road and hit an eastbound Jeep Grand Cherokee, police said. Glynn County.

County EMS workers transported four of the six people traveling in the golf cart to Southeast Georgia Health System’s Brunswick Hospital, though none of the injuries were found to be serious, the city said. police.

The driver told police he lost control after the truck began to swerve down the steep curve near the intersection with Old Demere Road, past the County Island Police Station and Post County 2 Fire Rescue.

The woman driving the Jeep Grand Cherokee told police the cart hit the front bumper of her vehicle.

The golf cart flipped on its side.

The teenager had a valid driver’s license, as is required to drive a golf cart, police said.

The cart had two seats in the front, two seats in the middle and two seats in the back, police said.

Police cited the 31-year-old woman for not having a valid license.

Police provided The News with information about the crash on Tuesday, although the final report was not cleared for release.

Photos of the accident began to appear on social media on Friday afternoon, showing the overturned cart, stretchers, emergency medical service workers and ambulances.

Debates about the longstanding tradition of golf carts on island roads began to appear on Facebook and other media.

Golf carts are commonplace on the island’s roads year-round, but more so during the busy tourist season of the summer months.

Although no one was found responsible for the collision, the crash underscores the need for everyone to understand the rules of the road for this popular mode of travel, County Police Officer Earl Wilson said.

A person driving a golf cart on the roads must meet all qualifications to drive as a person in a vehicle, starting with being legally licensed to operate a vehicle, he said. Any golf cart on the road must be insured and must have headlights, taillights, mirrors, brake lights and turn signals.

Golf cart drivers must obey all traffic signs and signals. Drinking and driving a golf cart is still drinking and driving, and the driver is subject to arrest.

Glynn County ordinances recognize two types of motorized carts: those capable of traveling 25 mph or less (low-speed vehicles) and those capable of traveling 20 mph or less (personal transport vehicles). Faster carts cannot be driven on roads with a speed limit above 35 mph and slower carts cannot be driven on roads with a speed limit above 25 mph.

“A golf cart is a vehicle under Georgian code and it has as much right to be on the street as any other vehicle within the parameters defined by law,” said Wilson, spokesperson for the county police department. . “They have to obey all the rules of the road.”

Golf carts may be cited for obstructing traffic as dictated by the posted speed limit. As a courtesy, golf cart drivers generally periodically stop on the island’s busiest roads to allow vehicular traffic to pass.

Golf carts can be fun and great for island hopping and beach trips, but they can be dangerous if used improperly, Wilson said. He urged parents to remind their licensed teenage drivers and young passengers of this fact.

“All the rules that apply to a teenager driving a vehicle apply to a teenager driving a golf cart,” Wilson said. “These vehicles are not toys. They are thousand pound vehicles on the road sometimes with big pickup trucks and tractor trailers. They must treat them as a means of transportation that comes with responsibilities.

Because golf carts have a legal right to be on the road, Wilson asks traditional motorists to be kind when encountering them on the roads.

“Be careful with golf carts, be patient with golf carts,” he said. “And be patient and considerate of cyclists and motorbikes too, for that matter.”