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NMSU Campus Cart Safety


The NMSU Utility Cart Safety Video (below) emphasizes the main component of the NMSU Utility Cart Safety Program (Approved 2007, Effective: Mar. 1, 2008; Updated:Jan. 16 & Nov 14, 2008). This program covers the operation of small utility vehicles, e.g. golf carts, turf vehicles and small rough terrain vehicles that are allowed on controlled access areas and or streets of the NMSU campus. 

NMSU Utility Cart Safety Video .

NMSU Safe Operating Procedures for Utility Carts

1. Utility carts shall be operated with the utmost courtesy, care and consideration for the safety and convenience of pedestrians. Pedestrians shall be afforded the right-of-way at all times. Drivers shall make all reasonable efforts to avoid colliding with, or coming unreasonably close to, pedestrians. Pedestrians as defined in this document refer to: persons walking, jogging, inline skating, skate boarding, bicycling, or those in wheelchairs or mobility assistance devices.

2. Utility carts shall be operated in compliance with the common "rules of the road" regardless of whether they are being operated on sidewalks or roadways.

3. Utility carts shall only be operated within the confines of University premises.

4. When crossing or temporarily operating on university roadways, stay to the right to avoid impeding vehicular traffic and follow all traffic rules.

5. Utility carts must be parked and/or operated in such manner that they do not impede or interfere with normal pedestrian or vehicular traffic flow on roadways, ramps or sidewalks.

6. When the cart is to be left unattended, turn the key to “off” position. Remove the key and lock the brake.

7. Stop utility carts at all blind intersections and sound the horn before proceeding.

8. Slow down before turns. All turns shall be executed at reduced speeds. Operators of utility vehicles which are not equipped with turn indicators must use appropriate hand signals.

9. Check the area behind the vehicle before backing up.

10. Drive the vehicle only as fast as terrain and safety considerations allow.

11. Avoid all walkways less than six feet wide. The recommended speed on walkways is 5 mph and in a congested area, the speed should be no faster than the average of pedestrians walking in the same area.

12. Take special care while driving utility carts through parking lots. Do not operate at speeds in excess of 10 miles per hour in these areas.

13. Operate or park utility carts only on hard surfaces unless the vehicle is specifically designed for and used for grounds maintenance.

14. Do not park utility carts within 20 feet of the entrance or exit of any building, except at loading docks.

15. All occupants in the cart shall keep hands, arms, legs and feet within the confines of the vehicle while it is in motion, except as necessary for the driver to indicate turning movements.

16. All occupants must observe the limit of one person per seat (two per bench seat).

17. All occupants must remain seated and hold on while the cart is in motion.

18. Follow manufacturer load ratings for utility carts equipped with a back carriage. Overloading decreases maneuverability and safe operation.

19. Employees shall not operate utility carts owned by other departments unless approval has been granted by the supervisor of the department/unit to which the vehicle is owned.

20. Each utility cart shall be operated in accordance to the manufacturers "Safety and Operation Instructions" which should be included in the Department’s cart specific instruction.

21. All accidents involving utility carts shall be reported immediately to the supervisor of the department to which the vehicle is registered, and then to Environmental Health & Safety, regardless of whether property or personal injury occurred. Police reports and Employer’s First Report of Injury shall be filed as appropriate.

22. Driving violations or violations resulting from non-operational safety equipment will be issued to the individual operating the utility cart. Operators must provide timely notification of safety and maintenance concerns regarding utility carts to the supervisor of the department to which the vehicle is registered and should refuse to drive any vehicle lacking required safety equipment.


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Important Points: Utility carts operators are responsible for:

           1. Following the Utility Cart Safe Operating Procedures
           2. Acknowledging responsibility and accountability for compliance
           3. Having a valid driver’s license
           4. Having obtained a utility cart operators permit (from EH&S)
           5. Having received cart specific operational instruction prior to operating the cart
           6. Understanding their responsibilities and requirements under the program
           7. Providing timely notification of safety and maintenance concerns regarding utility cart
               to the supervisor of the department to which the vehicle is registered



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GOLF CART SAFETY, an alternate approach from Roger Williams University


BRISTOL, RI __ Students at Roger Williams University crafted this Golf Cart Safety video. The idea was to mingle humor with the more serious aspects of golf cart performance safety.







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