The Cape Charles Town Council voted to keep the requirement that golf carts must have seat belts. Since there has never been a documented case of anyone ever using a seat belt device on a golf cart in Cape Charles, Vice Mayor Bennett requested that the Council consider removing the seatbelt requirement from the annual golf cart inspection.
Bennett noted that there is no current requirement for anyone to use seatbelts on golf carts in Cape Charles, only that each golf cart be equipped with seatbelts, providing the occupants with the “option” for their use.
Bennett claimed that equipping carts with seat belts should also be optional. That claim was rebuked by Town Council, as the motion was not seconded, and died on arrival.
So…by this logic nobody who rides in ANY vehicle (car, truck, bus, van) should NOT be required to wear a seatbelt at any time such vehicle is running at 25 mph or less? Just like a golf cart, eh?
Do you ever wonder how many people have been injured, even killed, while riding in vehicles far safer than golf carts at speeds of up to 25 mph (and, not wearing seat belts?). How about those people you see holding babies on their laps while driving or riding in a golf cart–the same people who put these children in car seats as required by law…?
And, yes, there is at least one person riding in a golf cart through Cape Charles who ALWAYS wears a seat belt–yours truly.
Note: An on-point comment would look like this, “Club Car does not offer, or recommend, the use of seat belts on our vehicles without Rollover Protective Systems (ROPS). Golf, utility and passenger vehicles, when initially manufactured and shipped, have no occupant protection (i.e. roll bar, rigid roof, etc.) from a possible vehicle rollover. Occupants belted to a seat in a rollover situation would be more susceptible to injury.” – From the Manufacturer of Club Car Golf Carts
You Can’t fix stupid.,, Not a new one , but still true.
So, install a roll bar. Isn’t your life worth it?
Walt Disney says
Oh gheeezus. Here we go. If people only had to wear seatbelts in their autos, trucks etc. when there is a rollover, well I guess there would be difficulty getting that all legally straight after an accident. Just how far do you have to roll over to be a roll over ? All the way ? Half Way ?
I think it’s absolutely obvious to everyone that insurance companies disagree with not wearing seatbelts and that is why we have the law we have. It has proven to save many lives.
Sadly I believe that all too often I notice when there is a death locally in a motor vehicle accident, too many times the article tells us no seat belt was worn and the person ejected from the vehicle.
I think residents of Cape Charles might want to urge the vice mayor, mayor and chief of police to begin to enforce seat belt laws for golf carts.
Like that or don’t like that statement. Doesn’t matter to me. What I think you will like less is when Miss America consumes a mimosa in Cape Charles next summer and gets on a golf cart. She goes around a turn and falls out of the golf cart and smashes her face into the curb on Mason Ave. She is disfigured forever, needs extensive facial reconstruction and every tooth is snapped off when her jaw breaks in 4 places. Miss America happens to be good friends with a constitutional attorney used to arguing in front of the Supreme Court. They both just love quaint Cape Charles and are sorry this happened BUT she felt intimidated out of wearing her seatbelt because the locals never do, she wanted ‘the locals experience”, and knows no one is ever ticketed for failing to wear a seatbelt, so it’s COMPLETELY THE TOWN’S FAULT that she fell off the cart and will never achieve her career goals because Cape Charles can’t fix stupid. Hate me all you like. You’re smarter than this. Even if you somehow win the case, do you want to be in the middle of that ? As our “beloved president” would say, “c’mon man”
Paul Plante says
Walt, you too are an absolute honest-to-gosh hoot like Sorin is,
Are you by any chance from Rumania too?
And what a story, dude, about Miss America coming to Cape Charles because she loves the ambience and the lung-cleaning properties of the odor of dead fish especially in the time of COVID when you want to get as much of the gunk collecting down in the bottoms of your lungs out of there, and getting hammered on mimosas and then hot-rodding down Mason Avenue like a wild woman in a run-away golf cart that she smashed into an 18-wheeler, knocking all the teeth in her head out onto the street, where they were rapidly scooped by by souvenir hunters for resale on the internet, and then, some smarmy ambulance chasers lawyers get involved, and there is a huge lawsuit which Cape Charles loses, because that is the right thing for Cape Charles to do in a matter involving Miss America!
Sounds like a blockbuster flic to me, Walt – I got to imagine NetFlix is going to love it, especially if you have Angelina Jolie in there as Miss America, and Brad Pitt as the smarmy ambulance chaser.