Golf Carts – Usage in Duck

The Town of Duck Police Department understands that the use of golf carts within the Town of Duck has been a long standing practice by our residents and visitors.  In an effort to ensure the safety of all, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • The use of all golf carts is prohibited on the Town’s pedestrian multi-use pathway.
  • Only “street legal” golf carts may be operated on North Carolina Highway 12 (Duck Road).
  • Street legal golf carts are those that display a state issued license plate, are properly insured and are equipped with federally mandated safety equipment, such as, headlights, mirrors, turn signals, brake lights, a horn, and seatbelts.
  • Street legal golf carts are restricted to roadways with a posted speed limit of 30 MPH or below.
  • The driver of a street legal golf cart must be properly licensed to operate a motor vehicle.
  • All occupants are required to use seatbelts.
  • Golf carts may not carry more passengers than they are designed to carry.
  • If you are unsure if your golf cart is street legal, you are urged to contact the Town of Duck Police Department for guidance before operation.
  • All golf carts may be operated on side-streets within the Town of Duck; however, those golf carts operated on state maintained roadways must be operated by a licensed driver. There is no age restriction for golf cart operation on private roads.
  • Those living or staying on the west side of Duck Road, who have non-street legal golf carts, may cross Duck Road in order to travel to and from the beach.

* A person with a mobility impairment as defined in N.C.G.S. § 20-37.5 may be exempt from the some or all of the above guidelines.  Please contact the Town of Duck Police Department for more information.

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