Surf City reverses course on golf carts

Published: Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 06:25 PM.

“Based on the information, the chief and I feel the cons outweigh the pros,” Shanahan said. “The cons are generally safety. They are not crash worthy. Golf carts were not designed for safety or general road use. They will generate more citizen complaints and therefore possible road rage incidents. Golf cart enforcement will take valuable time away from officers’ daily duties.”

Surf City Police Chief Mike Halstead said it would take a minimum of 30 minutes to inspect one golf cart for the purpose of issuing a town permit. He also said his officers predict golf carts would impede summer tourist traffic.

“I think this would be a nightmare for us,” he said.

Surf City resident Ron Wiese said he was concerned about traffic congestion during summer months, when the town’s population generally triples. “I think it would only amplify existing problems,” he said. “As the police department said, they’re going to get the brunt of this.”

Golf cart owners whose carts are “street legal” may continue to drive on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or less.

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