Last week, on my way home from work, two young girls, maybe 12 or 13 were on a golf cart that ran the stop sign at the intersection of Monroe and Nectarine. I drove a cab in the DC area for several years, so I developed a sense of when a driver is going to do something stupid, and was able to avoid running them over.
Locals will tell you this is not an isolated incident. Young kids, drunk teens, and adults are driving all over town, treating the golf cart like an amusement park ride. This is all happening with the knowledge and tacit approval of the Mayor, Town Council, and Police. With tourist dollars driving the agenda, our officials would rather risk public safety than upset the golden goose.
The Mirror has fielded complaints from residents that say they have been nearly run over by kids driving the carts. Some of the newer carts with performance engines and performance-modified controllers are pretty fast now. It’s bad when you have to yell at cart drivers to slow down as they fly past your kids.
A reader told the Mirror that last week they witnessed intoxicated drivers attempting to do donuts in the park. Not sure if that’s funny or just stupid.
Locals understand to watch out for golf carts when they are driving through town, but I’m not sure visitors are quite as aware. After a few drinks, and driving back to the rental, probably too fast, are they going to be able to react in time when a golf cart full of kids comes flying out in front of them?
I don’t blame the tourists as much as town officials. They are here to have fun and have “Vacay Brain”. If the police don’t step up and start issuing tickets and fines, someone is going to get killed. Citizens can’t be expected to educate our visitors. Actually when we try, we usually just get a dirty look or flipped off.
Much like the drownings of the past few years, nothing happens until you have a corpse.