All states have laws about driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Generally, state laws about DUIs apply to any vehicle, not just cars or motor vehicles. According to Alcohol.org, you can get a DUI on a golf cart just like a DUI on a bicycle and motorcycle.
Can you get a golf cart DUI on public property?
Getting a DUI on a golf cart isn’t as common as getting one in a car. That’s because you don’t generally drive a golf cart on public roads where a police officer might see you. Driving on the road can be enough to get you pulled over. If the officer detects alcohol, they may ask you to do a sobriety test.
In some places, such as retirement communities or neighborhoods with limited traffic, it is legal to drive golf carts on public roads. But it’s still illegal to drink and drive a golf cart. You’ll need to treat your golf cart like a car and follow your state’s insurance requirements and laws about drunk driving. Learn more about golf cart insurance and what makes a golf cart street legal.
Can you get a DUI on a golf cart on private property?
Golf carts are more often driven on private property, but in some states, you can get a DUI on a golf cart on private property. DUI laws may apply on private property open to the public, including country clubs, golf courses, hotels, and other businesses where golf carts are common.
It is possible to get a DUI on a golf cart on closed or private property. Some states outlaw driving under the influence everywhere in the state — on all public and private property — so you can get a DUI on a golf cart anywhere in those states.
Penalties for a golf cart DUI
The consequences for a golf cart DUI vary by state, but they are generally the same as the state penalties for a DUI in any other vehicle. Typical penalties include a ticket, possible jail time, and points or suspension of your license. Penalties are more severe for a second offense and may include a mandatory jail sentence.
Golf cart DUIs often happen when police find intoxicated drivers at the scene of a larger incident like disturbing the peace, an accident with a car, or an event that results in injuries to others. Thus, other charges often accompany a golf cart DUI that may carry even more severe penalties. In addition to the legal consequences, getting a DUI can affect your insurance rates regardless of what vehicle you’re driving. Learn more about how to prevent drunk driving and how DUIs impact insurance.