Golf cart? Safe as only transportation? Do accidents Happen at Bald Head?

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Terri2

Flat Rock, NC

#1 Jun 27, 2009
Are there many golf cart accidents? Are there more happening?
OKI Local

Wilmington, NC

#2 Jul 7, 2009
there are not many but as i resident i can speak for all in asking to please use extra caution when driving your golf cart around.

they are not permitted on streets or roads, but several people like to think that they are in cars. i personally do not have a problem driving around a golf cart as im riding along yacht drive, but it does become a problem when the golf cart driver does nothing to watch their safety or other traffic around them.

they will save you a lot of gas money and are very convienent, however safety is underestimated.
oakie

Atlanta, GA

#3 Jul 7, 2009
OKI Local wrote:
there are not many but as i resident i can speak for all in asking to please use extra caution when driving your golf cart around.
they are not permitted on streets or roads, but several people like to think that they are in cars. i personally do not have a problem driving around a golf cart as im riding along yacht drive, but it does become a problem when the golf cart driver does nothing to watch their safety or other traffic around them.
they will save you a lot of gas money and are very convienent, however safety is underestimated.
I was under the assumption that golf carts are allowed on roads with speed limits 35mph or less, which is why people drive on the sidewalk along Oak Island drive, as long as they are street ready and the person driving is 16 or older. If I am wrong, please let me know as we have recently bought a home on the island and are looking into purchasing a golf cart. We are not that far from the beach, but a golf cart would help with carrying all our "junk".
OKI Local

Wilmington, NC

#4 Jul 10, 2009
I am not sure of the golf cart laws to be honest.
Oak Island drive varies in speed limits.
You can probably find information and regulations on the town of oak islands website.

oakislandnc.com

Since: Jul 09

N/A

#5 Jul 10, 2009
OKI Local wrote:
there are not many but as i resident i can speak for all in asking to please use extra caution when driving your golf cart around.
they are not permitted on streets or roads, but several people like to think that they are in cars. i personally do not have a problem driving around a golf cart as im riding along yacht drive, but it does become a problem when the golf cart driver does nothing to watch their safety or other traffic around them.
they will save you a lot of gas money and are very convienent, however safety is underestimated.
You said that they aren't permitted on streets or roads. Than why are driving yours along Yacht Drive...isn't that illegal since it's a street? Or do the rules not apply to you?

Since: Jul 09

N/A

#6 Jul 10, 2009
oakie wrote:
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I was under the assumption that golf carts are allowed on roads with speed limits 35mph or less, which is why people drive on the sidewalk along Oak Island drive, as long as they are street ready and the person driving is 16 or older. If I am wrong, please let me know as we have recently bought a home on the island and are looking into purchasing a golf cart. We are not that far from the beach, but a golf cart would help with carrying all our "junk".
You might want to consult with law enforcement rather than someone on Topix if you want the correct answer.
OKI Local

Wilmington, NC

#7 Jul 13, 2009
Kford wrote:
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You said that they aren't permitted on streets or roads. Than why are driving yours along Yacht Drive...isn't that illegal since it's a street? Or do the rules not apply to you?
WOuld you care to know what i REALLY think??

I think no golf carts should be on the island anyway because they are a severe pain in the butt for drivers.

I,however, did not comment on the origial poster's question to sit here and argue with someone.

Contact the Oak Island town hall and complain.

you people are ridiculous
Mom of 6 year old

Cranford, NJ

#8 May 10, 2010
Terri2 wrote:
Are there many golf cart accidents? Are there more happening?
In response to the question of golf cart accidents on Bald Head Island, NC, the answer is YES, THERE ARE LOTS OF ACCIDENTS, AND THERE HAVE BEEN SEVERAL FATALITIES. My family and I vacationed in BHI last summer, and we experienced first hand the dangers of golf carts that do not have seat belts. Our daughter, 5 years old at the time, was seated in the rear facing seat, and was ejected from the cart when my husband slowed down to make a left hand turn. She fractured her skull in 4 places and had to be flown via air ambulance upstate to a pediatric trauma facility, as she was classified as having a traumatic brain injury. It was the single most horrifying event of our life. The effects of the accident linger in all of our minds, but thankfully she has recovered fully after 6 months of "no physical activity". During the course of our ordeal we found out that these types of accidents are a regular occurrence (every week per the EMS/police officer), and children are the most common victim. Both the local hospital and the local police told us that the town of Bald Head Island has been asked repeatedly to enact a seatbelt law, even if it were just for children. They have repeatedly refused, citing several reasons (people won't wear, too inconvenient, infringes upon the "laid back" island feeling, etc.). The town does however include warnings on their website. Let me assure you that as a parent having gone through such a terrible ordeal, no amount of warning hidden on a website would have prevented this accident. However, had functional seat belts been provided on the golf cart (which by the way is provided as part of the beach rental) this accident would have been prevented. Our family is a golfing family and we have plenty of experience driving golf carts; enough to know that they can be dangerous, particularly for children. It is an absolute disgrace that a town like BHI, whose financial sustenance depends upon tourists, particularly families with children, refuses to enact a simple seatbelt safety law that would prevent hundreds of injuries, particularly to children. Many lawsuits have been brought before to address the issue. Unfortunately none have been successful.
Mister-E

Southport, NC

#9 Jun 11, 2013
Golf carts are safe. People are not.
retired fireman

Oak Island, NC

#10 Jun 13, 2013
yes you can operate LSV golf carts on an highway with a posted speed of 35 mph or less. LSV is low speed vehicle classification. Seat belts, road tires, horn, windshield wipers, fixed windshields are some of the equipment on cart. The LSV also has a NCDMV tag and requires insurance just like autos. These carts have 2-speed capability, 19mph and 26mph. also with price tags of $8000 to $9000 for these electric carts that seat 4 people. OKI has adopted the NC standard for operating electric carts, bald head has not adopted NC law pertaining to operating carts there.
Matt b

Greensboro, NC

#11 Jul 8, 2013
Its time for Oak Island to get with the times and open the roads up to ALL carts. Quit being a bunch of babies. Without the tourists your taxes would put you all in the poor house.
retired fireman

Oak Island, NC

#12 Jul 28, 2013
had a full time resident on west end today inform me that golf carts are illegal on OKI. If that is true why is a NC tag, insurance, NC inspection and oak island property owner tag on cart. I choose to travel island on electric cart, to beach, grocery store and restaurants. If you think you know everything just keep comments to yourself. open eyes and ears and maybe you will learn something. show some respect and not push your ignorance on someone. you were lucky today, someone else might not have been so easy going with your attitude toward visitors. I do own vacation home here, for many years.

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