Golf Cart DUIs Becoming a Problem

Geo Beats

by Geo Beats

Golf cart DUIs are becoming quite a problem.

Driving under the influence is not taken lightly no matter what the vehicle in question is.

In Peachtree City, Georgia, law enforcement officers are constantly dealing with drunk golf cart operators.

The area is home to over 10,000 registered golf carts and there are over 100 miles of paths made for the vehicles. A recent traffic stop required officers to use a Taser on an alleged intoxicated cart driver after he caused some problems at a local bar.

A lieutenant in the city states “We've had serious injuries, we've had deaths on our cart path system in the past, so we just want people to understand those are vehicles.”

In 2012 alone, 15% of DUI’s in Peachtree City involved drivers of golf carts.

Last year, a Louisiana man, Thomas Phillip was charged with theft and operating a vehicle while intoxicated after driving a store-issued scooter and failing a breathalyzer test. Concerned residents witnessed a strange scene and called police, who arrived to find Thomas operating a stolen Wal-Mart scooter with his friend in a wheelchair behind him.

Upon questioning, Thomas claimed he just wanted to take the scooter for a 'joy ride'.