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Errant Golf Shot Highway Hazard

By Associated Press

So whose fault is it when an errant golf shot hits a vehicle passing on a nearby highway?

That’s the question posed to Nampa city officials after a stray golf shot at Nampa’s Centennial Golf Course struck a truck on Interstate 84.

Golfers are responsible for paying damages. Centennial Manager Dawn Geselle said anyone whose vehicle is struck should immediately visit the course so employees can locate the person who hit the ball, she said.

If no one fesses up, the course’s insurance carrier, Henry Insurance Agency, will pay up to $250 to cover damages. But agency owner Bob Henry said it’s the responsibility of the golfer to see that accidents don’t happen. “The person who hits a golf ball like that really is responsible.”

Two employees of Viking Fence Co., Meridian, said their truck was hit as they cruised past the third hole of the course in early June.

Nampa parks director Alan Caba said he is investigating the possibility of erecting warning signs or barriers.

Geselle said it happens only a few times a year.

James Hulsey of Viking Fence Co. said the situation is a life-threatening accident waiting to happen.

If a fast-traveling golf ball crashed through the windshield, it could strike a driver or passenger. Or perhaps a car might swerve to miss a ball, causing a car accident, he said.

Hulsey said the city and golf course should do more to prevent possible safety hazards.

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