Mass. Resident Charged with Golf Cart DUI in Vermont

The Associated Press reported that Vermont State Police have charged a Massachusetts resident with driving a golf cart under the influence of Alcohol. In a story reported by the Cape Cod Times, an Orleans, Massachusetts resident was charged with driving a golf cart after he had allegedly consumed 4 or 5 cans of beer.

For a DUI conviction in Massachusetts, it is required that the driver operate a motor vehicle on a public way or right of access, while under the influence of drugs or intoxicating liquor. It is unknown whether a golf cart would qualify as a motor vehicle under Massachusetts Law. However, if the driver of the golf cart is convicted, he may lose his license in Massachusetts, under a law that requires the Registry to treat out of state DUI offenses committed by Mass. residents or license holders as if they had occurred here in Massachusetts. Also, if the State of Vermont suspends the man’s license, Massachusetts may do likewise under reciprocity.