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New Laws for Golf Cart Drivers to Be Aware of this Summer

Summer is upon us and with the nicer weather many folks choose to drive golf carts. But did you know that new laws were enacted in November of 2018 for people who own golf carts in the state of South Carolina? Importantly, many of the same laws which apply to motor vehicles will now be enforced for moped and golf cart owners, including DUI laws/

Under these new laws, a golf cart now has to have a permit and decal issued by the State of South Carolina, and registration issued from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Registration requires the golf cart owner to show proof of ownership and liability insurance for the golf cart (and to pay a $5.00 fee). The permits are good for five years, but must be re-issued if the permit holder changes his or her address.

It is important to note that, while operating a golf cart, the driver must have in his or her possession:

  1. The registration certificate;
  2. Proof of liability insurance for the golf cart; and
  3. A valid driver’s license.

Also, the person operating a permitted golf cart must be at least 16 years old and have a valid driver’s license.

Other rules for golf carts include:

  • It can only be operated during day light hours.
  • It may be driven only within four miles of the address on the registration certificate
  • It may be driven only on a secondary highway or street where the speed limit is 35 MPH or less.
  • It cannot be driven on a bike path.

Additionally, the new laws have prescribed penalties golf cart owners who drive them without registration and have also redefined the terms for moped/motor vehicle.

Operation Southern Shield 2018

Law enforcement officers in South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee participated in the “Operation Southern Shield” speed enforcement operation last week, with an unofficial goal of putting the hammer down on drivers hammering down on the gas pedal.

2017’s highly successful operation focused on drivers breaking traffic laws on interstates, major highways, and local roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding killed more than 10,000 people in the United States in 2016 and was a factor in 27 percent of fatal crashes in the nation. Similarly, the United States Department of Transportation found that speed was a factor in 31 percent of fatal crashes in the U.S. from 2005-2014.

Here are the statistics from the South Carolina Highway Patrol:

  • DUI Cases: 203
  • Seat Belt Cases: 1,620
  • Speeding Cases: 2,974

Operation Southern Shield was essentially a “zero tolerance” mission by law enforcement, and some people may have found themselves victims of law enforcement over-reach. If you were, or someone you know was cited with a DUI or traffic violation during the past week, or at any time in the future, the Columbia DUI lawyers at Truslow & Truslow are here to help you. Contact us at (803) 256-6276 to set up a consultation with one of our attorneys.

How a traffic attorney can help you with your traffic violation

Many people today do not believe that traffic attorneys can achieve results, as many drivers know they were directly implicit in breaking the law. However, with the proper legal representation, even if a person is caught red handed, he or she may be able to still have their case dismissed or face reduced charges. Traffic attorneys are able to protect their clients’ rights because the legal process allows many chances to fight charges and achieve favorable results. At Truslow & Truslow, our attorneys have successfully helped many drivers fight off their traffic violations.

How do traffic attorneys fight a traffic violation?

Traffic attorneys take two primary approaches to fighting traffic violations. They first try and locate any errors on the citation that the police officer may have made during the traffic stop. If no such errors exist, an attorney can then begin to negotiate with either police officer or the prosecuting attorney to reach a lower charge.

A knowledgeable Columbia traffic violation attorney will be able to understand the level of leeway that a particular judge will allow, and from there devise a strategy to achieve the better outcome. If a negotiation is not proceeding as planned, the attorney can then threaten to go to trial.

Contact a Columbia Traffic Ticket Attorney

If you or someone you know has recently received a traffic violation, it is imperative to consult a traffic ticket attorney before paying the fine. At Truslow & Truslow, our lawyers strive to help our clients avoid these heavy punishments. Contact our office at (803) 256-6276 to speak with a member of our legal team about your traffic ticket today.

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