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Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 5:24am

Stricter Rules For Golf Carts

Golf cart owners in Georgia will soon have stricter requirements to follow if they want to drive their carts on roadways.

A new law taking effect January 1, creates a separate classification of 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 pathways. The law requires golf carts have braking systems , a reverse warning device, tail lamps, a horn and hip restraints.

The bill was signed into law by Governor Nathan Deal this year after his predecessor, Governor Sonny Perdue, vetoed a similar measure last year. It had backing from one og Georgia's key industries, golf cart manufacturing.

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