Letters to the Editor

Golf carts limited for safety

Re Dan Williams letter, "Golf cart drivers trapped," July 21:

Thank you to the North Myrtle Beach Police Department for doing your job. I was beginning to wonder if you were seeing the golf carts at all.

When I moved here in 1997 the first thing I did was buy a golf cart. I went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and had it registered. I was informed that only a licensed driver could drive it and was asked who those drivers would be and their driver's license numbers. They gave me a sticker to put on the windshield of my new golf cart to show that it had been registered. I contacted my insurance company and had it insured. I called the Police Department and asked what laws I needed to follow in order to drive it on the streets of Cherry Grove. I really had it all decked out. It had flags on top so that everyone could see me. I had a little horn and a rear view mirror installed so that I could see what was behind me.

The first year that I owned it, I was backed into while entering a public parking lot trying to get to the beach. Luckily, no one was hurt.

It sounds as though Williams asked a permanent resident what the laws were, but drove on the Boulevard anyway. I think they were just upset that it cost them an $82 you-knew-better fine.

I have watched every day as residents as well as tourists drive these carts on busy roads while backing up traffic for miles. Most of the time they are overflowing with people. People are holding small children on their laps, dogs, beach bags, coolers, beach chairs, fishing rods and 5-gallon buckets as they putt along. Sometimes children are sitting on the back by themselves holding on for dear life. A lot of times children are doing the driving.

Even if you don't take the time to find out the laws, use your common sense. Golf carts are being driven as if they were cars. I'm sure the city and state would benefit more in fines if there were laws requiring that they be licensed and insured. This would also do away with a lot of golf cart traffic. This has nothing to do with a cart trap, tourists or the economy. It's about safety. Someone is going to get hurt or worse, killed. So to Mr. Williams: Sometimes what few laws we do have gets enforced and someone is still alive because of it. By the way, I sold my golf cart.

The writer lives in North Myrtle Beach.