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 "OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS WITHIN A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY."

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E-MAIL GENE

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Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee

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Dear Friends:
 
The freedom to use golf carts in and about the town is a lifestyle benefit many Florida residents enjoy.When golf cart drivers share the public roads with automobiles, trucks, buses, bicycles and pedestrians.A high degree of care and knowledge in the operation of golf carts is essential.
 
For many years, the Greater Sun City Center has provided assistance and education, to ensure that golf cart drivers in Sun City Center stay safe and are knowledgeable about the rules of the road when operating their vehicles.
 
One valuable resource the Sun City Center: provides is the Greater Sun City Center Golf Car Drivers Handbook.
 
The Golf Car Drivers Handbook provides important guidance and instruction on golf cart operations, and is a valuable tool to ensure the safety of golf cart drivers, pedestrians and other roadway travelers.
 
I reccomend that golf cart drivers carefully review the Greater Sun City Center Golf Car Drivers Handbook to ensure community safety and to promote knowledge of applicable Florida laws regarding the use of golf carts for travel.
 
I thank the Greater Sun City Center for their activism to promote community safety.
 
We at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office remain commited to supporting their work in this and other community safety programs.
 
Sincerlely,
 
David Gee, Sheriff 

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NOTICE: Sun City Center Speeding Fines.

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FS 316.2125, OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS WITHIN A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY.

The resonable operation of a golf cart, equipped and operated as provided in FS. 316.212,(4),(5), and (6), within any self-contained retirement community is permitted unless prohibited under subsection (2).
 
       (4) A golf cart may be operated only during the hours between sunrise and sunset, unless the responsible governmental entity has determined that a golf cart may be operated during the hours between sunset and sunrise and the golf cart is equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals, and a windshield.
 
       (5) A golf cart must be equipped with efficient brakes, reliable steering apparatus, safe tires, a rearview mirror, and red reflectorized warning devices in both the front and rear.
 
       (6) A golf cart may not be operated on public roads or streets by any person under the age of 14.
 
(2) A county or municipality may prohibit the operation of golf carts on any street or highway under it's jurisdiction if the governing body of the county or municipality determines that such prohibition is necessary in the interest of safety.
 
(3) A local governmental entity may enact an ordinance regarding golf cart operation and equipment which is more restrictive than those enumerated in this section. Upon enactment of any such ordinance, the local governmental entity shall post appropriate signs or otherwise inform the residents that such an ordinance exists and that it shall be enforced within the local governments jurisdictional territory. An ordinance referred to in this section must apply only to an unlicensed driver. 
 
NOTE***There are no plans or actions by the county or the state to change our golf cart status in Sun City Center. We got this status in 1988, when Gov. Martinez, signed a law to permit the operation of golf carts for any purpose on county named streets within the confines of Greater Sun City Center; and to cross State Road 674 at three  Designated Crossings.
 
NOTE: Golf Carts are not allowed, for any reason, to operate on State Road 674! It is illegal for a golf cart to turn left or right onto SR 674. It is also against the law for golf cart drivers to use the Pedestrian Crossing in their golf carts!  

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FL Statute 316.1995, Driving upon Sidewalk or Bicycle Path.
 
No person shall drive any vehicle other than by human power upon a Bicycle Path, Sidewalk, Sidewalk Area, except upon a permanent or duly authorized temporary driveway.
 
A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 316.
 
Note****The only exception to the above Law, is the disabled who, under the Disabilities Act, are allowed by law, to operate their Electric Wheelchairs and Little Rascal type vehicles, on Sidewalks.
 
Even though Dangerous: They can even legally operate on the roadways****

APPROVED CROSSINGS STATE ROAD 674.
 
1. Valley Forge / Kings Blvd.
2. Trinity Lakes Dr. / SCC Plaza
3. Pebble Beach Blvd. N - S
 
Note****El Rancho/ Stoneham Drive****FDOT States! This is not an authorized Crossing and Recommends you go to Pebble Beach Blvd. to cross SR 674!
 

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