Desert Living Tip of the Month: Double Safe Driving

While driving through our vibrant community, we should strive to make sure we protect our neighbors from harm. Our desert lifestyle allows us to walk, jog, bicycle, and drive golf carts around SCSH throughout the year. As thoughtful and courteous drivers, you should slow down for golf cart paths that cross the road, then make a full stop at the Stop Sign that follows.

Golf Cart Basic Information:

  • In CA, a golf cart is considered a motor vehicle designed to carry golf equipment, not more than two persons, including the driver, and constructed to operate at no more than 15 miles per hour.
  • The California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) considers golf carts exempt from registration. Golf carts don’t have to be registered, but they can be.
  • While SCSHCA is a private subdivision, California vehicle laws apply to drivers while driving on the streets. Only a person having a valid vehicle operator’s license as defined by the California Vehicle Code shall operate motor vehicles, including golf carts.
  • To operate a golf cart, you must use an appropriately sized vehicle and show no difficulty in safely reaching the controls and pedals.
  • Unregistered golf carts must operate on golf courses or within one mile of golf courses, driving only on roads and paths with speed limits under 25 mph.

Golf Cart Crossings:

  • SCSH has established golf cart crossings when golf carts must cross a street to get to the next hole.
  • As per CA Vehicle Code 10.70. 030 - Right-of-way: The driver of any vehicle on the street with a marked golf cart crossing zone must yield the right-of-way to a golf cart.

Stop Signs Following Golf Cart Crossings:

  • Many streets in SCSH have a Stop Sign several feet following a golf cart crossing.
  • Drivers must make a full stop at the stop sign after passing the golf cart crossing.

Follow These Rules to be a Safe and Courteous Driver:

  • Always allow a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front.
  • Drive at a safe speed based on the speed limit, flow of traffic, and weather.
  • The speed limits are 35 mph on SC Boulevard and 25 mph on all other streets.
  • Signal in advance before turning or changing lanes.
  • Make a complete stop at a stop sign, and never run a red light.
  • Never tailgate or drive recklessly.
  • Never succumb to road rage; be patient if you get cut off.
  • Do not get distracted by phone calls, texts, the radio, or other passengers.
  • Follow all these rules when driving a golf cart as well.
  • Inform your guests and vendors that they must follow these rules, too.

Thanks for your cooperation and respect for your neighbors while driving inside and outside our community gates.