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Can you get an OVI in a golf cart?

Ohio's drunk driving laws apply to many other types of vehicles than just standard cars. Recently in North Bloomfield, police chased two Amish men who drove their buggy under the influence. Even though the buggy does not have an engine, it still qualifies as a vehicle; police are still on the hunt for the men. 

A person can receive an OVI arrest in numerous types of vehicles. One such vehicle a lot of people tend to overlook is a golf cart. Golf is a popular sport around Ohio, and many golfers decide to have a few beers as they make their way around the course. Some people even use golf carts to get around their neighborhoods, and they may inadvertently drive one after drinking at home. Either way, you need to fight any OVI charges that come your way because police have made it clear that driving drunk in a golf cart is unacceptable. 

A golf cart constitutes a vehicle

The law in Ohio makes it clear that a golf cart counts as a vehicle. Legally, you cannot operate "any vehicle, streetcar, or trackless trolley within this state." In fact, the law makes it clear that the vehicle does not even need a motor. It also counts for bicycles, power shovels and power cranes. 

An OVI still counts on private property

In some states, traffic laws state that a driver must be on a public road for the police to arrest him or her for driving while intoxicated. However, the state OVI law notes that a person cannot operate any vehicle while intoxicated while on any state road. It does not matter if you are on your own property or a golf course's property. Even tourist destinations, such as Kelley's Island and Put-in-Bay, have to warn guests about driving golf carts while under the influence. After drinking, it is best to avoid getting behind the wheel of anything. 

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