Keep Cape Charles Safe: Follow Golf Cart Rules

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Dear Editor:

The 2021 season has arrived, and after a year like 2020, we’re all gearing up for a lot of visitors in Cape Charles this summer. And with the return of all these guests, the Cape Charles Police Department wants to ensure a safe experience for everyone, visitors and residents alike.

One of the things that makes our town a fun and unique experience is the ever-growing use of golf carts. Yet it is important for all of us to do our part to make sure our golf cart culture here remains a safe one.

Unfortunately, the police department has been seeing an increase of inappropriate and unsafe behavior when it comes to golf carts. This bad behavior tends to threaten the overall golf cart culture we’ve all come to enjoy. So the town will be stepping up enforcement for violations this year.

Please do not operate a golf cart on any road with a speed limit greater than 25 mph (use designated paths in these areas). You cannot drive golf carts in Central Park or on any sidewalk. You must obey all rules of the road, and it is especially important to prevent anyone from operating a golf cart who is underage or who does not have a valid driver’s license.

New fines will be assessed for these violations. For example, underage drivers will now be fined $100 for a first offense, and $250 for a second offense. We really do not want anyone to have a bad experience in Cape Charles, so please help us spread the word to follow the rules and to help keep Cape Charles a safe and enjoyable golf cart town for everyone.

Jim Pruitt, Chief of Police
Town of Cape Charles