Georgia mandates golf cart safety

photo A golf cart enters an intersection from a designated pathway to cross a busy street in Peachtree City, Ga. Golf cart owners in Georgia will soon have stricter requirements to follow if they plan to drive their carts on roadways.

ATLANTA -- Golf cart owners in Georgia now have stricter requirements to follow if they plan to drive their carts on roadways.

A new law that took effect Sunday creates a separate classification of personal transportation vehicles for golf carts. It also sets standards for towns and counties wanting to create ordinances allowing drivers to use the carts on residential streets and multi-purpose pathways. The law requires that golf carts have braking systems, a reverse warning device, tail lamps, a horn and hip restraints.

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