Golf Carts and the New Age Restrictions: What You Need to Know

Florida HB 949, often referred to as the “Golf Cart Bill”, went into effect on October 1, 2023. This legislation brings about several changes in the rules governing the use of golf carts in Florida. Let’s explore the facts surrounding golf carts under this new law.

Getting to Know The Golf Cart Bill 

One of the most notable changes introduced by the Golf Cart Bill is the expansion of where golf carts can operate. Previously, golf carts were mainly confined to golf course communities. However, this new legislation allows them to be used on specific roads that are owned and maintained by a water control district and that road has been designated by the water control district. Approval for the designation must be granted from the county where the road is located.  

To operate a golf cart on a public road or street under this new law, the driver must be at least 18 years old and possess valid government-issued photographic identification. Moreover, golf carts must now be equipped with essential safety features, including headlights, taillights, turn signals, and brake lights.

Seat Belts: Golf carts with more than one seat must be equipped with seat belts. Safety is a priority, especially when transporting multiple passengers.

Highway Restrictions: The bill explicitly forbids the operation of golf carts on highways or interstate highways. This ensures that golf carts are used in areas where they are safe and appropriate.

Right of Way: Golf carts are required to yield to all other forms of traffic, including pedestrians. This rule aims to maintain safety on the road.

This is a reminder that you can get a DUI on a golf cart! The legislation is not new in this regard. If you find yourself facing legal issues related to golf cart DUIs or other matters, it’s crucial to seek legal counsel. At Heather Bryan Law, P.A., our dedication to our clients and their unique situations, coupled with extensive trial experience, allows us to provide the legal guidance and representation needed during challenging times. If you have questions or need legal assistance related to golf cart DUIs or any other criminal defense matters, call our office at (863) 825-5309. Your rights and well-being matter, and we’re here to help protect them.

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