PEMBROKE — Police are telling Lumbee Homecoming attendees who plan to use golf carts to get around during the festivities this week to get the necessary permit and avoid being fined.
Proceeds from the sale of the permits help offset the cost of security for the yearly event.
“We want people to be safe and enjoy Homecoming. The permits allow for just that,” Pembroke Police Chief Edward Locklear said. “The fees collected are used to pay for security personnel. We have the manpower to make sure everyone follows the rules safely.
“We reach out to all the volunteer fire departments, law enforcement officers, first responders and emergency personnel throughout the county each year. It’s all about keeping people safe. If it wasn’t for the collaboration we wouldn’t have security.”
The $20 permit is valid Monday through midnight Saturday, Locklear said. It will only apply to golf carts operated within Pembroke city limits. Rule and regulations pertaining to the operation of the golf carts will be strictly enforced.
There were 1,800 permits available for purchase as of June 5. Permits can be bought at 100 S. Union Chapel Road in Pembroke Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Pembroke Police Department, anytime day or night.
Drivers of golf carts must abide by the same traffic laws that apply to the operation of motor vehicles, such as obeying posted speed limits and no driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
With the exception of Prospect Road on Saturday, golf carts may only travel on streets, roads or highways with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less. Prospect Road will be closed Saturday from Third Street to the Lumbee Regional Development Association.
First Street and Corinth Road will be closed to normal traffic from 8 a.m. to midnight Saturday during the parade and homecoming events, Locklear said. Town officials ask motorists to pay attention to cones placed to form an emergency lane.
“We will have officers in place to help direct traffic to Jones Street. This will ease traffic congestion and keep pedestrians and golf cart drivers safe,” Locklear said. “We also want attendees to be aware that weapons are not allowed at the parade or on school grounds.”
It is a Class 1 misdemeanor to carry a weapon on certain state property, into a court house, or a parade or demonstration, according to a copy of a town statue provided to The Robesonian. It is a Class 1 felony to carry a weapon onto school property.
A full list of rules and regulations, and a copy of the golf cart ordinances can be obtained upon request at the police station or at Town Hall.
“We start planning every year for this event in early August,” Locklear said. “It takes a lot of planning. We couldn’t do it without the help from the Lumbee Tribe, Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management, the campus police. I may have missed some but we thank you all. We appreciate the team effort each year.”
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