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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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Grand Rapids, MI

#44 May 27, 2008
We were out at SP this weekend (first time) and the problem was that there were too many people (adults and teenagers) zipping around like the roads were the Indy 500. Our cart happened to be a slow one - didn't go much faster than 10MPH. So people kept passing us at higher speeds. Why not have speed governors on all carts that max them out at 10MPH? As someone has already said - you're on vacation - why be in a hurry. Seatbelts for the back would help as well.

United States

#45 May 27, 2008
Amy wrote:
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.
OH MY LORD! Do you wonder what is wrong with this country? Taking personal responsibility! It isn't park members, it is everybody else! Who do you think is inviting friends and family to come out for weekends? Should't members be responsible for the people they invite out? I am sure that your children would never break the rules, a ranger must have just stopped them out of the blue. Do you think that this has got blown up just a little? A couple of people were hurt this weekend, probably because of being a touch reckless, how many people drowned at Lake Michigan, how many people were hurt in ATV accidents at the dunes, how many people killed and car accidents having to do with alcohol? Don't you think we have bigger issues? If people want to spend their hard earned money to pay dues all summer then have the people in charge do something with those funds, it is not anyone else's problem.


Since: Apr 08

Red Arrow Country

#46 May 27, 2008
Donna wrote:
I've camped my whole life and golf carts never come to mind. Riding bikes, burns calories, and makes for a more fit camper. I've noticed alot of campers are flat out fat anymore. Ride a bike or walk it may save your life in more ways than one.
BRAVO, Donna! And did you ever notice that it's always the FAT people that can't manage to walk their shopping cart to the Cart Corral? I agree, they'd do their lives a favor by WALKING!

Plainwell, MI

#47 May 27, 2008
Laurie wrote:
Well why don't they change the rules a bit...to maybe a licensed driver or slower speed limits in the park.
The speed limit is 10MPH!!! Any slower and we might as well walk.

Plainwell, MI

#48 May 27, 2008
Randy Whitten wrote:
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double, triple Amen and a Hallelujah too!

Plainwell, MI

#49 May 27, 2008
To Teresa-all of sandy Pines is very sorry for your accident...we will pray for a quick and full recovery.

To those who don't hold on and don't notice that they are going around a corner---hang on and notice when you round a corner.

To the 10 year old--obey the rules so you don't ruin it for everyone who does.

Personal responsibility please, no additional rules due to the negligence of a few.
SP member

Detroit, MI

#50 May 27, 2008
Sandy Pines was extremely busy last weekend. Persons who haven't been there don't realize the amount of golf cart traffic and people there are at times. There are rules there regarding golf carts. Perhaps stricter enforcement is needed for the safety of everyone. Hopefully this publicity and the recent accidents will force some type of changes to be made.

United States

#51 May 27, 2008
If you dont like the GOLF CARTS, dont go there!!!

That sounds too simple!!! Right!

Every day, their is less and less fun places to go because of all you city people, jesus freaks and candy asses.

Traverse City, MI

#52 May 27, 2008
JBH wrote:
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The speed limit is 10MPH!!! Any slower and we might as well walk.
Then walk!!!!!
Land Shark

Petoskey, MI

#53 May 27, 2008
Two of the the three more serious accidents occurred near my parents' lot. From what I was told, the individual who fractured her skull was a visitor to the campground and was involved in a case of "road rage" with a golf cart driven by another visitor to the campground. From what I have personally witnessed, it is not the members you need to worry about, but the visitors sometimes.
Indy Racer

Redwood City, CA

#54 May 27, 2008
It was the Indy 500 weekend and these cart drivers we just wishin' they could be on the track.
todd stanwood mi

United States

#55 May 27, 2008
The time I was there it was nuts I called it Sandy golf cart park. I had kids passing me because I was doing the speed limit. I never seen any park rangers. If you call driving around on a golf cart as haveing fun than maybe that hit to the head will wake you up,.

Arvada, CO

#56 May 27, 2008
I have a place at sandy pines. They're really cracking down on the speeding in the park this year. I got a ticket for going 17 mph. The entire park has a speed limit of 10mph.... no matter what! But the trick is knowing how fast your going. For anyone who drives a golf cart, you'll understand, 10 mph is slow. You have to coast or ride your brakes to maintain 10 mph. When I got my ticket I wasn't even going full throttle... my pedal was less then half way down. Carts were passing me... until chief ranger pulled me over. My first time ever! But there are carts that are doing at least 25 to 30 mph. There are goveners on most golf carts but you can disengage them. The teens that pile on 6 to 8 people per cart need to be pulled over too. I see kids "jumping" off their carts all the time. There is no speedometer on the carts... there should be. If you think there is a safety issue with golf carts, then you need to look at the person operating the cart! Last year someone parked on a steep hill and accidentally rolled backwards over the child who WAS sitting on the back - who fell off the back of the cart because of the carts angle going up the hill. After the ambulance drove him away the people got on the same cart... yes, with the uninjured child on the back of the cart and proceded to back down the hill. OMG! Did you think the near death sink in, did they learn their lesson? NO! Fortunantely no one else was hurt. But that's what I mean by "Its the driver's responsability to be careful."

Arvada, CO

#57 May 27, 2008
Something to think about: There are well over 2,000 golf carts registered in Sandy Pines! One would think with that many carts and a holiday weekend would add up to an accident or 2. And don't forget there are actual auto mobiles driving around the park too!
To Laurie in Ionia: I would be glad to personally drop you off in Phase 3 and meet you at the ranger station in phase 1! After that long walk... it takes well over an hour & a half to do... you'll be begging for the cart keys! And no short cuts either! Oh, and you have to bring 3 whining, hot kids to the pool too! And carry ALL their stuff!!! My cart is a blessing!

Arvada, CO

#58 May 27, 2008
ONE WORD: RESPONSABILITY! Take it for what it is! only two ways about it. People should give it and take it!

prayers for the injured!

Grand Rapids, MI

#59 May 28, 2008
Wally Walker wrote:
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.
Then it would be, oh; what do you call it A CAR!
Don't forget door's and a roll cage because I for one do not want to be strapped into the death trap you just described if it rolls over. This boils down to survival of the fittest, if somebody is so stupid they can't even drive a golf cart without getting hurt they are officially an idiot and deserve whatever consequences their stupidity brings them, the rangers arenít out there to baby sit these people. A ton of people have already said it on this blog, slowdown, watch the road, and don't pound your favorite adult beverage. All three of these accidents were preventable and were caused by idiots screwing around and don't require that a single NEW law be written or that we turn a GOLF CART into a CAR!


#60 May 28, 2008
The serious accident was the result of a "road rage" incident. Accident # 2 was a 12 year old boy (not 10), with a learner's permit and with his father. He hit the gas instead of the brake and then hit a tree - minor injury. The third injury was not an accident - a boy tripped getting out of a golf cart and broke his arm.

The speed limit is OK, the Ranger's are well trained and do a great job!. The problem is mostly with teenagers who have parents that are: 1) in denial of their kid's behavior; 2) don't care what their kids are doing; 3)use the same poor judgment themselves.
Sandy piner13

Durand, MI

#61 Mar 21, 2013
I love sandy pines! I just don't like the new rangers.ever since max left they have been industrializing my sandy pines paradise. The stuped Towers everywhere are so pointless and annoying. They could have at least put in the wooden ones that are JUST OUTSIDE OF THE PARK! Just last year Sandy Pines cut down trees in the back of our lot that have been standing since my grandfather planted them in 1975.

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