Proposal would allow golf carts on county streets

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. – The Wyndham Championship is a busy times for the Sedgefield Country Club and all its affiliates.

“You got CBS running around on golf carts on the street, you got tournament officials, you got all kinds of people,” said Major Tom Sheppard with the Guilford County Sheriff’s office.

He said even deputies with his office ride golf carts at the tournament. “And every one of those carts if they’re on that public road is illegal.”

North Carolina law doesn’t allow people to drive golf carts on public roads, but it allows municipalities to pass local ordinances to allow it.

The sheriff’s office asked Guilford County Commissioners to pass an ordinance that would make it legal to drive golf carts on roads with a speed limit of 35 miles an hour or less.

The proposed ordinance would only be for unincorporated parts of the county.

“We’re really trying to make something that people are doing anyway illegally, we’re trying to make it legal for them to do it,” Sheppard said. He wasn’t sure how many people have been cited for driving golf carts on the road.

Under the proposed ordinance, golf cart drivers would still need a driver’s license. The golf cart must have lights if someone drives it at night.

Some people in the Forest Oaks neighborhood drive golf carts on roads now. Neighbors say they do it to conveniently get to the neighborhood swimming pool and golf course.

Forest Oaks Country Club’s professional golf player and instructor, Ryan Winfree advises against driving golf carts on the road  and says he’ll continue to oppose it no matter how commissioners vote.

“I have a lot of members that roam around on the roads out here and I feel it’s unsafe around here…  a lot of people text and do not pay attention and what not,” Winfree said.

Guilford County Commissioners will consider the proposal at their meeting Thursday.

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