"OPERATION OF GOLF CARTS
WITHIN A RETIREMENT COMMUNITY."
Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee
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
We at the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office remain commited
to supporting their work in this and other community safety programs.
David Gee, Sheriff
Click Here * Florida Uniform Traffic Control Laws *
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.
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****