Legislation could allow golf carts on SC highways

COLUMBIA, SC (AP) - Golf carts could be a more common sight on South Carolina's roads.

A House subcommittee Wednesday agreed to increase the range allowed for the mostly electric-powered vehicles to five miles from the current two miles.

Approval came despite misgivings of Public Safety Director Mark Keel. He had no data showing deaths or serious injuries in cart collisions but said they would be expected.

Republican Rep. Tom Young of Aiken says the current law has been on the books for 23 years with no data on deaths to show cart drivers are being killed or injured. Young sponsored the bill and says carts will help people spend less on gas.

The bill now moves to the full Education and Public Works Committee.

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