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.

• Street legal golf carts (or low-speed vehicles) are regulated under N.C.G.S. § 20.121.1, which allows them to be operated on North Carolina Highway 12 (Duck Road) with the following requirements:

– 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,
windshield, mirrors, turn signals, brake lights, a horn, and seatbelts.

– Street legal golf carts are restricted to roadways with a posted speed limit of 35 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, including child safety restraints.

– 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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