2017-06-01 / City Stuff

Golf carts, like cars, must follow the rules of the road


Golf carts are a fun part of vacation for many people - but there are traffic rules that must be followed - just like driving a car. Golf carts are a fun part of vacation for many people - but there are traffic rules that must be followed - just like driving a car. It’s legal to drive golf carts on nearly all Port Aransas roads, but it’s important to note that certain laws govern the vehicles’ use.

Driving on State Highway 361 is against the law, and it’s dangerous, with much larger vehicles traveling lots faster than carts can go.

Carts also also aren’t allowed on the new 10-foot-wide concrete hike-and-bike path that borders the highway between Avenue G and Beach Access Road 1A, police say.

Golf carts must have up-to-date registrations with the City of Port Aransas. City Hall issues license plates. Registration costs $50 each year for residents and $100 for non-residents.

Cart operators – like drivers of regular vehicles – are prohibited from drinking and driving.

Carts are allowed on the beach roadway, but it’s against a city ordinance to drive them between the wooden bollards and head down to the water’s edge.

Slow-moving golf carts should pull to one side of the road, if it can be done safely, if they’re holding up traffic, according to police.

Only people with driver’s licenses may legally operate golf carts on city streets.

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