Police warn that driving a golf cart while impaired is illegal

Aug 16 2018, 6:43 pm

Whether it’s an off-road vehicle, a snowmobile or a golf cart, York Regional Police are reminding motorists that driving any motor operated vehicle while impaired is illegal.

The reminder comes after two teenagers were charged with driving a stolen golf cart while impaired in the Town of Georgina, police say.

According to police, on Tuesday, August 14 around 6:30 am, officers responded to a call at an address on Wexford Drive near Woodbine Avenue.

When police arrived, the two suspects jumped off the golf cart and attempted to flee the scene before they were arrested.

The 16-year-old male driver was charged with impaired driving by drugs, among other offences. Both he and the 18-year-old passenger were charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

Police are now reminding motorists that an impaired driving-related charge in any vehicle will still result in an immediate 90-day drivers license suspension, the requirement for an ignition interlock device for at least six months on all vehicles you operate as well as a mandatory education or treatment program.

Police say these consequences are immediate and separate from any outcomes in court.

“These incidents of impaired driving are not acceptable,” said Chief Eric Jolliffe in a statement.

“It’s alarming that prior to the pending legalization of cannabis we are seeing this spike of drivers impaired by drugs. I can assure our community that York Regional Police is not giving up. We will continue to use education, enforcement and every tool at our disposal in our fight against impaired driving.”

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