Peachtree City Police recently shared a video of golf cart DUI traffic
stop. In the scene, a law enforcement officer was forced to pull a Taser
on a DUI suspect who allegedly just left a nearby bar. Surprisingly, Peachtree
City law enforcement is all too familiar with drunk golf car drivers.
"We have over 10,000 registered golf carts in Peachtree City,"
said a local Police Lieutenant, "…it is a public safety problem."
According to local law enforcement, golf carts are considered a "mode
of transportation" within 100 miles of a cart path, making it unlawful
to operate them under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
According to the Lieutenant, golf cart DUIs aren't taken very seriously
by some Peachtree residents. "Unfortunately, it's public perception
to some that it's not a big deal to drive intoxicated in a golf cart,"
he said, "but we feel it's a little more aggravating because
we have intermingling of pedestrians and bicyclists and skateboarders
on our cart paths." In fact, drunk drivers operating golf carts are
responsible for a number of past injuries and accidents. Last year, golf
carts were involved in almost 15% of drunk driving cases in Peachtree City.
"We've had serious injuries," said the Lieutenant, "…we've
had deaths on our car path system in the past, so we just want people
to understand those are vehicles," he continued. In addition to harming
others, intoxicated golf cart operators can easily injury themselves.
Police say that standard golf carts are not built to protect vehicle occupants
during a crash, making them susceptible to serious accidents. Police hope
that recent arrests will help the public understand the risks involved
in driving drunk – no matter what type of vehicle they're operating.
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