Golf carts are becoming increasingly popular in the minds of many for use on public roads. While it may be convenient to zip around quickly and easily in them, there are legal and safety concerns when one seeks to share the road on a golf cart.
In Illinois, the State law restricts non-highway vehicles, including golf carts, from being driven on streets and highways. However, counties, municipalities and townships can allow the use of golf carts on the street by ordinances or resolutions. If allowed there will be safety regulations and safety concerns regardless of the regulation.
So, prior to taking off on a public street in a golf cart, a driver should:
- Check to see if the applicable unit of local government allows golf carts on public ways.
- Know maximum speed limits, as the State Statute allows for 35mph for golf carts, but local ordinances may set a lower speed.
- Consider additional safety precautions headlights, taillights, turn signals, reflectors, rearview mirror, seatbelts, and the consideration of helmets.
- Regulate the required age of a driver of the golf cart. For example, potentially allowing no one under 18 to be a driver on roadways.
Drivers of other vehicles on roadways should also remain vigilant for non-highway vehicles because even in areas where they are not legally allowed, they are still driven on the roadways regardless.
While golf carts offer many benefits and conveniences, including saving on fuel expenses, being easy to store and park, and reducing your carbon footprint, please exercise caution when driving them. Golf carts can be a great way to get around town if you take the necessary precautions and follow the safety regulations set by your municipality. Knowing the laws and the safety regulations can not only make your golf cart driving experience enjoyable but also safe and substantially lower the risk of injury.
Unfortunately for all of us, whether we be on foot, a bicycle, motorcycle, or a vehicle of any type the potential for accidents still exists. If you have been injured in an accident in Illinois or elsewhere that was caused by someone else, you may be entitled to compensation for injuries and more. Contact our team of experienced personal injury attorneys at 630-232-6333 or online to request a free case evaluation.