Hot: Golf carts are an epidemic. For some reason, some behind-the-doors communities, beach people, and other wealthy self-contained communities have decided that driving golf carts on roads and sidewalks is somehow not a crazy thing to do. Despite the growing leniency towards golf carts, two things are still very illegal to do in a golf cart: being drunk and driving it on the highway. This woman from Florida must have forgotten those laws.
Florida woman arrested in golf cart on highway
CarScoops reports that Diane Hawk, 58, was nabbed in Brevard County, Florida for driving a golf cart on I-95 while under the influence of alcohol.
After a series of reports of a golf cart on I-95 by other drivers, police responded to find exactly what was reported. According Fox 35, officers found a semi-truck on the shoulder with a golf cart nearby. The driver of the truck told people she saw the driver of the golf cart barefoot and appearing to fall asleep at the wheel. The truck driver forced Hawk off the road and took the keys.
When police spoke with Hawk, she responded with confidence, telling officers it was legal to drive a golf cart on I-95 “because she saw it on the news,” the report said. .
In addition to garbling his words and appearing visibly drunk, officers smelled alcohol on his breath and found a bottle of Jack Daniels in the cart. Hawk refused to submit to a field sobriety test.
She was incarcerated in Brevard County Jail for disorderly intoxication and resisting officers without violence.
Is it legal to drive golf carts on the road?
Like many other driving laws, golf cart laws vary from state to state. Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Missouri and Rhode Island have banned driving golf carts on public roads. New York being New York, she went the extra mile not only issuing tickets for this offense, but arresting people for driving them onto sidewalks or even parking lots.
However, some states allow these glorified Power Wheels on the roads with real cars. It’s no surprise that Florida is one of those states, along with California and Texas.
California requires golf carts to weigh less than 1,300 pounds and only two people are allowed to ride, including the driver. In addition, windshields are mandatory.
Florida also has restrictions. In Florida, you can drive a golf cart on public roads with a speed limit below 25 mph as long as you are at least 14 years old. The cart must be registered and insured by the DMV. Also, Florida only allows the use of golf carts between sunrise and sunset.
You may notice how difficult these rules are to enforce. As long as you are over 14 and it is daylight, you can drive your golf cart on public roads in Florida at up to 35 mph. While there’s plenty of wiggle room, the highway is still quite far out of bounds, even by Florida standards.
“Can you” and “should you” are two very different things.
Just because you can drive a cart on public roads in some states doesn’t mean you should. Obviously, Hawk’s drunkenness makes this situation a bit more dangerous than normal golf cart scenarios, but driving those plastic buggies with real cars on the road is clearly a bad idea for all parties involved.
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