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Legal Implications of Drunk Driving on a Golf Cart in Georgia

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Golf carts are an increasingly popular method of transportation in and out of golf courses in Georgia. Once limited to helping players move around the golf course and country club, many communities now allow golf carts to be used on public roads, shopping areas, and parks. But what happens if you have one too many cocktails before getting behind the wheel of a golf cart in Georgia? Learn how Georgia DUI laws apply to golf cart drivers and see when to consult an attorney if you were involved in a golf cart accident.

What Is Considered Drunk Driving in Georgia?

Georgia has one of the most strict drunk driving laws in the country. A person is considered to be legally impaired once their blood alcohol content (BAC) is measured at 0.08% or higher. In some situations, an individual may be considered impaired even if their BAC is below 0.08% or if they are showing signs of impairment after ingesting illegal or controlled substances.

In addition, individuals who are younger than 21 years of age are subject to the state’s zero-tolerance law, which considers underage drivers to be legally impaired if their blood alcohol content is 0.02% or higher. Drivers convicted of a DUI for the first time may face fines, temporary license suspension, and a jail sentence of at least 24 hours and a maximum of one year. Penalties for subsequent DUIs are progressively harsher and could lead to a misdemeanor conviction.

Do Golf Carts Count as Motor Vehicles?

In Georgia, golf carts are considered “motorized vehicles” as they have four wheels, weigh around 1300 pounds, and transport passengers with speeds of not more than 20 miles per hour. Golf carts can be driven on Georgia streets as long as they meet certain safety requirements, such as headlights, tail lights, turn signals, and seat belts for passengers. In addition, minors are only allowed to drive a golf cart if accompanied by a licensed driver.

In other words, golf carts are also considered a type of motorized vehicle, just like ATVs and other low-speed vehicles. Therefore, Georgia’s DUI laws are also applicable to drivers operating golf carts, so it is possible to be charged with a DUI if you are driving a golf cart and your BAC is at or above 0.08%, or 0.02% if you are under the age of 21.

What Happens if You Get a DUI While Driving a Golf Cart?

Consequences for getting a DUI while driving a golf cart in Georgia are similar to those any other driver may face if operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. As mentioned above, first-time DUIs may result in jail time ranging from one day to one year, fines, and temporary license suspension.

If you are convicted of a DUI, you may also be facing additional consequences. Having a misdemeanor on your driving record may result in higher car insurance premiums and may limit your ability to obtain employment in certain positions that require a clean driving record. Subsequent DUI charges may affect your ability to maintain employment, as your driving privileges may be suspended for an extended period. These factors are applicable to DUI convictions on any motor vehicle or motorized vehicle, including golf carts.

Why Should I Consult an Attorney for My Case?

If you have been involved in a golf cart accident and were found to be at fault for being impaired, your first step should be to speak to a skilled attorney to discuss your case. A DUI conviction may greatly impact your ability to seek compensation for damages you may have sustained after a golf cart accident, but a seasoned attorney can help you navigate your case and obtain a favorable outcome.

The Scott Pryor Law Group has a team of knowledgeable personal injury attorneys who are ready to assist you. Contact our law office by calling 678-325-3434 and scheduling a no-commitment appointment to discuss your case and learn how we can help you.

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