Kids And Golf Carts: Complaints Lodged

Posted on Sep 02, 2010

   A number of complaints about golf carts on streets and highways have been lodged recently at the Marion County Sheriff's Office, according to a press release issued today.

   Most of the complaints involve children under 16 operating the vehicles, says Marion County Sheriff Mark Richardson. "We are afraid that one of these children will get run over, hurt or killed by a passing vehicle," he explained.

   The Sheriff's Office has issued the following rules for operating a golf cart:

       1.  Have a valid SC drivers license.

       2.  Have a permit from the SCDMV ($5).

       3.  Have proof of insurance.

       4.  Operate only during daylight hours.

   The law says that someone who has done these four things, or his agent or employee, may then:

       1.  Operate the golf cart on a secondary street or highway within two miles of his residence or place of business during daylight hours only.

       2.  Cross a primary street or highway while traveling along a secondary street or highway within two miles of his residence or place of business during daylight hours only.

   Parents who allow children to violate this law can be charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If convicted, they face a fine up to $3,000 and up to 3 years in prison, or both. If a child is hurt or killed, parents can be charged with unlawful conduct toward a child, a 10-year felony.