CAROLINA BEACH — Golf carts are a common sight in the Town of Carolina Beach and for many, one of the perks of vacationing or living in the town — but it can be easy to forget that golf carts are still subject to the rules of the road.
From parking spaces to speed limits, the town has a whole list of ordinances regulating golf carts. The town has faced problems in the past with people overloading carts, standing in them while driving, having children on laps, and more.
Safety features like seatbelts and mirrors are required and of course, just like any motorized vehicle, drinking and driving is definitely illegal.
It’s also worth noting that while carts without license plates are legal on the roads in Carolina Beach, stay out of neighboring Kure Beach unless you have a so-called street-legal golf cart complete with registration.
Rules of the road
- Carts shall only be driven on roads posted 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a cart from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.
- Carts must have liability insurance coverage.
- Drivers of carts shall stay to the far right of the traveled portion of the road and yield the right-of-way to overtaking motor vehicles.
- Carts must be equipped with headlights, tail lights, and turn signal lamps.
- Carts shall be equipped with at least one fixed operational mirror allowing the operator to see behind the cart.
- No one is allowed to stand on a golf cart while it is in operation and may only have the appropriate amount of people that the golf cart is designed to carry.
- The operator of the golf cart must be at least 16 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license.
- Any person who operates a golf cart on public streets and roads must adhere to all applicable state and local laws, regulations and ordinances, including but not limited to those banning the possession and use of alcoholic beverages, and all other illegal drugs. In addition, no golf cart containing any open container of alcohol shall be operated on public roads.
- Seat belts are required for every person seated on the golf cart. Seat belts must be worn by all passengers including children.
- All required safety equipment must be installed to NCDOT Specifications and in place before the golf cart is registered with the town.
- The operator of the golf cart shall comply with all traffic rules and regulations adopted by the State of North Carolina and the Town of Carolina Beach which governs the operation of motor vehicles.