6.9 – Golf Carts

6.9 – Golf Carts

A golf cart may be operated only upon a county road that has been designated by a county, or a municipal street that has been designated by a municipality, for use by golf carts. Upon a determination that golf carts may be safely operated on a designated road or street, the responsible governmental entity shall post appropriate signs to indicate that such operation is allowed.

Operation of golf carts on public roads or streets of this state is granted by F.S. 316.212, however subjected to the fol-lowing conditions:

  • A Golf cart may not be operated by anyone under the age of 14.
  • A Golf cart may be operated during the hours between sunrise and sunset.
  • Golf Carts Operators may cross state roads if the posted speed limit is 45 mph or less only at an intersection with an official traffic control device.
  • Golf carts may be operated only on state roads that have a posted speed ┬álimit of 30 miles per hour or less.
  • All local and state traffic laws must be obeyed. When in a crosswalk, pedestrians and any individual using an adaptive device will always have the right of way.
  • Golf Carts can be driven on the sidewalks adjacent to the state or county road only if the person driving the cart yield to pedestrians and the sidewalk is at least 5 feet wide.

To safely operate on designated roads, the golf cart must be equipped with:

  • Efficient Brakes
  • Rearview Mirror
  • Reliable steering apparatus
  • Red reflectorized warning devices on both the front and rear of cart.
  • Safe tires

A golf cart may only be operated during the hours between sunrise and sunset. If local government determines that a golf cart may be operated outside those hours, it must also be equipped with:

  • Headlights
  • Turn signals
  • Brakes lights
  • Windshield
  • *While golf carts cannot travel at high speeds, they can pose risks as there is potential for serious injuries when they come in contact with other motor vehicles that are sharing the road. To ensure your safety as well as others, you should always exercise care and courtesy while sharing the roadway.