As the weather in Massachusetts is finally clearing up, many people are gearing up to play sports outdoors, including golf. You may be one of many who is excited to practice shooting your hole-in-ones or even just to enjoy the ease that comes with riding a golf cart against a gentle breeze.
As you head out for your day of fun with friends, it is still important to consider how you can avoid facing unnecessary trouble. Golf carts may seem to serve no greater purpose than short-distance transportation and joy rides, however, it is still possible to get charged with a DUI while operating one. The state of Massachusetts considers golf carts to be vehicles. Those who knowingly get behind the wheel of a golf cart after a few drinks risk being accused of negligent driving, which may lead to a DUI charge.
Understanding the consequences
Like any DUI charge, being accused of drunk driving a golf cart comes with the possibility of facing severe penalties.
First-time DUI offenders may face up to 30 months in jail and may be required to pay up to $5,000 in fines. Even as a first-time offender, you face the risk of having your driver’s license suspended for one year. Repeat offenders might end up with much lengthier jail time and years of driver’s license suspension. Those with numerous DUI charges on their records could face steep fines, possibly amounting up to $50,000.
While you may not be operating a golf cart on the main road among regular traffic, drunk driving one around other golfers and public visitors is considered dangerous. Causing injuries to others as a result of operating a golf cart while intoxicated could land you with much harsher penalties.
Do not let your golfing memories get ruined by a DUI charge
Drunk driving is considered a serious offense, even if you are not operating an engine-powered vehicle. Whether you are an avid golfer or not, anyone can make a poor judgment call and think that driving a golf cart comes with little regulation.
Do not risk your golfing fun for an avoidable DUI charge. Consider holding off any alcoholic beverages until after you are done driving around. As seemingly harmless as it may seem to get behind the wheel of a golf cart after a few drinks, it is not worth losing your driving privileges.