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Amendment proposed to change golf cart laws state wide

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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) -

One local neighborhood watch group inspired state representative Alan Clemmons' to write an amendment to South Carolina's golf cart rules.

Right now, under South Carolina law, it's illegal to ride a golf cart in a bicycle lane or path. Click here to see the current law.

This amendment would add a section 5 that would read, "during daylight hours only, a municipality by ordinance may allow a golf cart to be operated along bicycle lanes and bicycle paths located within the municipality."

If it passes state wide, that would give the city the right to apply it to law.

Mary Cunningham, a resident of Seagate Village in Myrtle Beach, said golf carts can't legally get to certain areas because they aren't allowed to use the bike paths.

"We all have golf carts and there are more and more golf carts appearing on the scene because we just like them. It's easy to get around the Market Common area. We go shopping in them, we go out to eat in them, we go to the movies in our golf carts so we just like having our golf carts. But one of the biggest problems we have is trying to get to the beach on our golf cart. And to do so we'd have to cross 17 business which is allowed on your golf cart, we can cross the road we just can't ride along side the road, and we're also not allowed on the bike paths, which are on the side of the road, or on the grassy area on the side of the bike path is also illegal for us to drive on, so we literally have no legal way to get to the beach," said Cunningham.

This is the issue being discussed at the Market Common area neighborhood watch. Cunningham said Representative Alan Clemmons' attended a meeting, heard the safety concerns, and that's when he decided to propose an amendment to the state of South Carolina's golf cart rules. If it passes, the city will have the right to decide whether it wants golf carts on the same bike paths and bike lanes as pedestrians and bicyclists.

"People are walking, walking their dog, riding their bike, you come up behind someone and they're on the path fully on the width and you'd have to ride around them it can become a little bit scary," said Tom Murphy, a bicyclists.

"We would be glad to yield to that person, it would even be ok with us if they wrote that into law something that we have to abide by, that would be fine with me, always yield to the biker or walker, that would be the safe thing for everyone," said Cunningham.

Cunningham said golf carts are a big part of the community and they just want to be safe. "So everyone can be safe and still honor the rights of other people," said Cunningham.

A representative for the office of Alan Clemmons said Clemmons plans to introduce the bill when the South Carolina House of Representatives returns in January 2014.

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