The Police Department has been receiving complaints about golf cart use in neighborhoods and they have asked us to share the following information to help make sure everyone is aware of the current law related to golf carts. Below is a summary, as well as a link to the actual law.
· Only licensed drivers 16 years or older may operate a golf cart on public roads
· Golf carts may only be driven during daylight hours
· Golf carts must have a registration and liability insurance (available for $5 from SC DMV)
· Golf carts must obey all traffic laws
· No open containers on a golf cart on a public road
· Golf carts must be operated within 4 miles of the address on the registration
· Low Speed Vehicles (LSV) may resemble golf carts, but they have “LSV” tags and registrations issued by the SCDMV. They can operate at night, unlike golf carts.
· Golf carts can only be driven on secondary streets or roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. Golf carts cannot operate on “primary roads” which have numbers, such as 29, 291, 123, 124, 183, 276 and 20 (which is Augusta Street).