Commander Michael Viscusi, Sun Lakes Sheriff’s Posse
As most residents who own golf carts know, the law was changed early this year to permit golf carts to ride in the curb lane and are permitted to be overtaken by a motor vehicle.
A problem exists here in Sun Lakes. Some are driving golf carts on Alma School from Riggs Road north and south from the Champagne gate.
Be advised this is a 45 mph speed zone and golf carts are not permitted to travel on this portion of Alma School Road.
The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office will be patrolling and watching for this violation occurring. If you drive on this section of the roadway and are stopped by a MCSO deputy, you will be issued a citation for the violation.
Please understand that the only change made to the Golf Cart Law was to permit golf carts to drive near the curb to be overtaken by a vehicle. No other changes have been made. Golf carts are not permitted to drive on any roadway where the speed limit is over 35 mph.
Please drive carefully and responsibly and be advised of the Golf Cart Laws.
The following rules govern the overtaking and passing of vehicles proceeding in the same direction:
The driver of a vehicle overtaking another vehicle proceeding in the same direction shall pass to the left of the vehicle at a safe distance and shall not again drive to the right side of the roadway until safely clear of the overtaken vehicle. Except as provided in section 28-903, the driver may overtake and pass a golf cart or neighborhood electric vehicle pursuant to this paragraph even if the driver’s vehicle shares a lane with the golf cart or neighborhood electric vehicle when the overtaking and passing occur.
Except when overtaking and passing on the right is permitted, the driver of an overtaken vehicle shall give way to the right in favor of the overtaking vehicle on audible signal or blinking of head lamps at nighttime and shall not increase the speed of the overtaken vehicle until completely passed by the overtaking vehicle.