, Port Arthur, Texas

December 4, 2013

PN man killed in golf cart accident

Sherry Koonce
The Port Arthur News

PORT NECHES — A Port Neches man involved in a golf cart accident Tuesday died as a result of his injuries.

Robby Wayne Chapman, 47, died during transport to a local hospital, Paul Lemoine, Port Neches police chief, said.

According to Lemoine, at about 7:30 p.m. Chapman was attempting to cross Texas 366 from Fourth Street, but failed to yield right of way. He was struck by a Nissan SUV traveling northbound on Texas 366.

The driver of the SUV, a 20-year-old Port Neches woman, was not cited in the accident, Lemoine said.

Chapman was driving on the state highway after dark, a violation of state statutes. Lemoine said.

Since 2011 Port Neches has had a golf cart ordinance in place.

The ordinance allows people to drive a cart on any city street where the speed limit does not exceed 35 mph. Golf cars can cross any street or highway that exceeds 35 mph at the intersection or perpendicular angles.

Those operating golf carts must have a valid drivers license, liability insurance, have to be seated, and display a slow moving emblem.

Additionally, golf cart motorists cannot carry children in their laps.

Lemoine said the Port Neches police work to enforce the ordinance, but cautioned those who are not abiding by the regulations to keep safety at the forefront of their minds.

“Should be ban golf carts? If we did, that might prevent this particular accident from happening again in this city, but then do you ban motorcycles, pedestrians, bicyclists,?” Lemoine said. “We can’t regulate common sense; that has to prevail at some time.”

The city of Nederland has a golf cart ordinance that is nearly identical to Port Neches’, Lemoine said.


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