When you hear about someone getting a DUI while driving a golf cart, you may think that it is a joke. Unfortunately, it is all too real. People driving golf carts can get arrested for DUI, or driving under the influence. Although to some it might seem funny, if it happens to you, it is a serious matter. It is helpful to understand DUI laws and how they apply so you can find out how to resolve the matter.
Golf Cart Laws
Many communities allow residents to ride golf carts around, even when they are not on the golf course. A golf cart is a fast, easy, and economical way to get somewhere, especially when it is someplace close by. Many states never considered specifically including golf carts in their statutes because they did not think people would use them off of the golf course.
Golf carts are motorized vehicles, and if you ride them, you are required to obey all the same traffic laws as drivers of regular cars and trucks, as well as Florida golf cart laws. For example, you need to stop at stop signs and signal when turning. You also need to stay within the speed limit and are not allowed to travel over 30 mph. Golf carts can only be driven in designated areas during daylight hours.
Golf carts are only allowed to be driven on streets that have been designated for them by local jurisdictions. These roads will have golf cart signs posted. There are also some places you can not ride them. A person recently got into trouble for driving his golf cart on the highway. Certainly this would be considered unsafe for many reasons. Some people drive their golf carts to their local watering hole to have a few drinks before heading home. Having a few too many drinks and getting behind the wheel of your golf cart is not a good idea and it could land you in hot water.
What to do After a Golf Cart DUI
A golf cart DUI is just like any other DUI. First, you will be stopped by law enforcement and are required to pull over. If you are driving on a street, you must have a driver’s license, even to drive a golf cart. The officer may ask you to take some preliminary roadside tests to determine whether you may be DUI. These include such things as walking a straight line, standing on one leg, and following a light with your eyes.
Then, the officer may request that you take a breath test. In Florida, as in many other states, you must submit to a breath, urine, or blood test if requested by law enforcement. If you refuse, you will likely be facing additional charges including the immediate suspension of your driver’s license.
If you get charged with DUI, you may be subject to a number of penalties including a temporary license suspension, fines, jail time, and more. If you have already had a DUI, you will face even stronger penalties. It is certainly helpful to get assistance from an experienced Brevard County DUI attorney. You need to take DUI charges seriously, even if you were driving a golf cart at the time. Contact our attorneys at Henderson Legal Group to discuss the charges and get immediate help fighting a DUI.