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PEACHTREE CITY: Police crack down on golf cart DUI's
PEACHTREE CITY: Police crack down on golf cart DUI's

PEACHTREE CITY, Ga. - "What people forget about golf carts is there're not toys; they are vehicles under Georgia law and they're very dangerous," says Peachtree City Police Lt. Mark Brown.

Few people know that better than he does.

Brown helps patrol 90 miles of specially designed paths for the 10,000 golf carts that populate the sprawling Fayette County community.

Brown has also worked some of the city's 72 golf cart accidents in the past year-and-a-half.

He helps remind these drivers that they must obey the same laws that apply to motor vehicles.

"Stop signs and reckless driving, all those kind of things, all those things apply, especially DUI when you're more impaired," he added.

Since the beginning of 2010, Peachtree City Police have made 257 DUI arrests, including 17 golf cart drivers.

Many residents, especially walkers and bikers who share the same paths, appreciate the constant police vigilance.

"A lot of teenagers don't know what they're doing and I really appreciate it and support it," Peachtree City resident Agata Tylutki told 11Alive News on Tuesday.

"If the cart paths are safe, people can use them and the kids, everybody, the walkers, bike riders, everybody is safer," echoed resident Claudia Ernst.

While Peachtree City is a pioneer in the special mode of travel, many other Georgia communities will soon be faced with writing local laws to deal with golf carts.

That's because a new law passed by the State Legislature makes them street legal vehicles as of next January first.

Lt. Brown urges everyone to become familiar with his city's golf cart laws.

He also points out they can take a voluntary golf cart driving test on the Peachtree City website.