3 hurt in separate golf cart accident...

3 hurt in separate golf cart accidents; one critical

There are 58 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from May 26, 2008, titled 3 hurt in separate golf cart accidents; one critical. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

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Reader

Hudsonville, MI

#21 May 26, 2008
End of the first sentence is pretty clear when it says three accidents at the resort and the second accident involved Cara as it is the only one mentioned between the first and the third involving the 10 yr old. Whoever (possibly the adult who rented it?) allowed the 10 year old to drive the cart is at fault, not Sandy Pines.
budweiser

Wayland, MI

#22 May 26, 2008
JBB wrote:
maybe sandy pines should purchase a breathalyzer????
thats what they need to do. we had a wedding there last year and all in the party should not have been driving those carts around.
Laurie

Traverse City, MI

#23 May 26, 2008
lost in translation wrote:
<quoted text>most golf carts do not have a speedometer for starters and how are you going to enforce it?
Well if the cart is going faster than someone is walking then its too fast and as for enforcing it...first time get warning, the 2nd time remove cart from the park.
B fizzle

Fremont, MI

#24 May 26, 2008
The campground I am a seasonal at has restrictions on golfcarts, drivers and speeds. It is pretty well self patrolled by the many campers and although there are only approximately 300 carts on site on any given weekend I have not heard of any accidents. You don't need rangers,, you need guidelines and common sense.
Tim

Allegan, MI

#25 May 26, 2008
Tazers, all the rangers should have tazers. That would slow a lot of campers down. lol
Sandman

Rockford, MI

#26 May 26, 2008
Cali Girl wrote:
Was anyone else confused by this story? Where was the second accident? Where did all of these accidents happen? Seems to me the facts are misconstrued a bit to make the golf-carts appear more dangerous than they are.
EMS and Police responded 3x to accidents in the park this holiday weekend.
Tranesong

Deerfield, IL

#27 May 26, 2008
Damn, they're calling motorcycles "death machines" in another forum, which is complete crap. And these folks are seriously hurt in "golf carts" on the private grounds of a so called resort community? We're talking GOLF CARTS right? How the hell fast do these things go? Maybe it's not the machines themselves, but the stupid clowns that drive these things, and the car drivers that pull in front of motorcycles all the damned time. Yes, speed is almost always a factor with bikes, but golfcarts? How stupid can you be? Golfcart safety classes.....seat belts....sobriety tests......imbecile testing! My motorcycle does 165 mph, but I still follow the basic rule of the law. Get off the damned cell phones, sober the hell up and drive like you actually care about your fellow drivers!
Angie

Caledonia, MI

#28 May 26, 2008
Agreed! The perfect comment!
lost in translation wrote:
people get hurt....all the time...
riding bikes...riding motorcycles...riding atv's...driving a boat...driving a car...riding a horse...Sometimes they get hurt because they are reckless. And sometimes they get hurt because of a freak accident. Let's not over sensationalize this one people. Let's all take the real matter to heart. Try to enjoy your summer....safely!
frayedknot

Pueblo, CO

#29 May 26, 2008
The majority of the fast carts are driven by the teenagers out there. It's like Grand Haven strip only with golf carts instead of cars. They do need a permit to drive or be 12 years of age with a parent and had taken a safety class. I have not seen it enforced lately.
My daughter was involved in an accident out there on a golf cart and the cart was full of people. She was the only one hurt. They get away from parents and drive like idiots out there.
The guards gave her a ticket 7-8 years ago for driving without a permit(several adults were on the cart monitoring her driving) but the guards were at least out there doing their job. She was 13 looking 16 at the time. Guards need to be more on the ball out there. These kids look older than they really are. Parents cant be out there watching those kids all the time. That is WHY they have guards....but parents CAN take the keys away. All in all its an awesome family place to make great memories. I love it there!
John

Rockford, MI

#30 May 26, 2008
Bookem wrote:
Golly! We should ban Golf carts immediately! They are a huge threat to humanity and must be dealt with before anyone else gets hurt or killed! Strange, I've been driving mine for years in the woods,trails,ect.. without incident but because of a few people screwing up,I could have to give up something fun. Kind of sounds like a lot of things nowadays.....
Agreed I for one do not want to be the victim of second hand golf cart accidents. I would just love it if they would ban them at all campsites, golf courses, and rural and local residential areas. Campfires as well I mean look at the damage second hand campfire smoke does to your lungs, then you have the forest fires they cause by reckless campers. It is time now in this country to just ban fun because it is way to dangerous for people like my self that do not want any part of this fun stuff. I will contact my local Republican office and see if we cannot get a bill introduced. "No Fun in 09": The Stakes Just got Higher!
Amy

Denver, CO

#31 May 27, 2008
I have been a member at Sandy Pines for almost 10 years. I have 2 kids that have gone through the testing in order to drive the carts. It is obvious that the 10 year old that was injured is not a member of Sandy Pines, because they should have known that you must be atleast 12 years old and have gone through the course in order to drive the cart with a parent. Maybe Sandy Pines and Montery Pines store should not be allowed to rent carts to people camping for the weekend. I feel that that has alot to do with the problems. You should see how some of them drive. I have personally slowed them down on several occasions as they come darting down our hill. My children know that driving the golf cart is a privelidge and that can also be taken away. My son was stopped by a Ranger before and was asked to see his permit. Parent's if you don't feel like your child is responsible, be a parent and don't let them drive the cart.
reader

Baltimore, MD

#32 May 27, 2008
KVMB wrote:
Well, Ive been camping at Sandy Pines since i was 5 years old. I think if Sandy Pines were to not allow the visiting campers to rent golf carts from across the street, it would significantly lower the amount of golf cart accidents.
I 100% agree!
Outdoor Lover

Zeeland, MI

#34 May 27, 2008
lost in translation wrote:
people get hurt....all the time...
riding bikes...riding motorcycles...riding atv's...driving a boat...driving a car...riding a horse...Sometimes they get hurt because they are reckless. And sometimes they get hurt because of a freak accident. Let's not over sensationalize this one people. Let's all take the real matter to heart. Try to enjoy your summer....safely!
I agree! Everything has its risks. Using common sense and acting responsibly can go a long way towards reducing these risks. Have fun...but be smart!
Hans Brinker

Deerfield, IL

#37 May 27, 2008
When golf carts are outlawed - only outlaws will have golf carts!
sandypinesmember 2008

Grand Rapids, MI

#38 May 27, 2008
I live at Sandy Pines all summer long. I can't wait to get out there. It is tragic what happened to that lady on Saturday. I am very sorry for her and pray for a speedy recovery. I really think all golf carts should have seat belts on them especially in back...ours does. As does several people I know that have small kids. Sandy Pines is a wonderful place to be and yes on holidays it can get crazy busy out there be we as members are the ones inviting the mass amount of people in the park. We love it when you can feel the buzz of a holiday weekend or just weekend in general. Our rangers do their best and they are trained, we do have emt's on staff and I am glad to have them around. As for the accidents, People need to slow down and realize it is a place to kick back and relax not see how fast we can go. Be careful and mindful of those around you and I bet the accidents will deminish dramatically.
Jen Keizer

Byron Center, MI

#39 May 27, 2008
I really believe that it is just reckless driving that causes all of the golf cart accidents, you have to look and see who is out there driving just like you would in any vehicle, they dont pay attention or they are just plan awful drivers. dont blame the Resort for the careless people who are driving with in it. It's the fault of the stupid careless drivers.

Since: Feb 08

United States

#40 May 27, 2008
Sounds like if your into racing Golf Carts???
Sandy Pines is the place to go. I wonder what the purse is with 3,000 registered carts???

What is the entry fee and how much tow money is paid for making one green lap in the feature?

Hope she will be ok!
bubbadude

Newport News, VA

#41 May 27, 2008
hey people!!! get a life. one of the biggest problems in America today is failure to take responsibility. people have accidents, people make mistakes....we DON'T need more govt. intervention, live with it. stupid media making a huge deal about nothing. I hit my finger with a hammer, do we need to investigate that???? do some research, govt study, spend millions figuring out how to make hammers safer???? Hello???!!!!! Maybe...just maybe I could take responsibilty for my stupidity and learn from my mistake! GROW UP AMERICANS!!!! And wake up to the fact that we have already lost WAY to many freedoms. We need LESS government, not more!
Wally Walker

Grand Rapids, MI

#42 May 27, 2008
I believe that the golf carts should have the same requirements as a automobile, seat belts, head lights, turn signals. And the legal age to operate should be 16 years old. Maybe even the requirement to wear helmets as protection. All passengers should be required to wear seat belts.

Since: Feb 08

United States

#43 May 27, 2008
bubbadude wrote:
hey people!!! get a life. one of the biggest problems in America today is failure to take responsibility. people have accidents, people make mistakes....we DON'T need more govt. intervention, live with it. stupid media making a huge deal about nothing. I hit my finger with a hammer, do we need to investigate that???? do some research, govt study, spend millions figuring out how to make hammers safer???? Hello???!!!!! Maybe...just maybe I could take responsibilty for my stupidity and learn from my mistake! GROW UP AMERICANS!!!! And wake up to the fact that we have already lost WAY to many freedoms. We need LESS government, not more!
Amen!

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