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Some locals are looking into golf carts as an alternative way to get around to save money. (WRDW-TV / March 2, 2012)

News 12 at 6 o'clock / Friday, March 2, 2012

AIKEN, S.C. -- Unsurprisingly, national gas prices have risen for the 24th day in a row.

"Of course, everybody's complaining. I had a friend of mine come in yesterday. He actually sells gas and said at his station it went up 11 cents yesterday in one day," said Butch Roberson, owner of Carolina Outdoors in Aiken.

He's thinking outside the business box.

"As gas prices rise, people are looking for alternatives," he said.

His alternative is the E-Z-GO 2Five LSV, or Legal Street Vehicle.

Whatever you do, don't call it a golf car.

"The big difference between a golf car and a LSV is the LSV is designed for highway use and personal use," Roberson said.

It makes a trip down South Boundary and through downtown Aiken perfectly legal and certainly fun.

"It's a lot of fun to ride. I could pretty much do this all day long," said Brent Kirkland, who drove News 12 around downtown Aiken.

"Unlike a golf car where you can only drive 2 miles from your house, the LSV can be driven on any street that is 35 miles an hour or less speed limit posted," Roberson said.

Just like a regular automobile, you have to have a license, registration, insurance and a plate. Brand new, one of them runs about 10 grand. It has all the bells and whistles, goes up to 25 miles per hour, holds a charge for 30 miles and doesn't use a drop of gasoline.

"We've had municipalities come and look at them. Police departments. We've had individuals now come look for an alternative," Roberson said.

That includes Cpt. Brent Kirkland who's retired from the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

"If we'd have had one when I was on the road, it would have probably been on the road a little too much," he said.

The law for Legal Street Vehicles is similar in Georgia. Roberson says he expects to see a lot more interested buyers as the prices for gas continue to climb.

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