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If the operator of a golf cart or LSV were to commit a traffic infraction like running a stop sign, crossing over two lanes of traffic to make a left turn, speed greater than 20 mph (golf cart) 25 mph (LSV), the operator could be issued a traffic citation.
 
Remember, golf carts and LSV's are much smaller than regular motor vehicles and will lose the battle every time. There are no air bags or a chassis to absorb impacts. Always use your turn signals, and check your blind spots.
 
When turning left, always move into the motor vehicle traffic lane and turn from that position. Never make a left hand turn from thegolf cart lane.
 
Due to the small size and limited visibility of the directional lights on a golf cart, use hand signals to indicate your intentions. 

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LEGAL RESPONSIBILITIES
 
State  Statute 320.01(22) specifies that a golf cart is a vehicle that is NOT capable of exceeding 20 mph. It should be noted that it is illegal for a manufacturer or a dealer to make, modify or sell any golf cart that is capable of speeds greater than 20 MPH.
 
Vtolations of this restriction could result in charges being brought against the company producing or modifing said vehicle. 

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Golf Carts and Low Speed Vehicles
 
Due to the increase in Golf Cart and Low Speed Vehicle traffic, owners have been asking nunerous questions about when and where these vehicles can be used. We will provide the following information.
 
Golf Carts
 
A golf cart is defined as a motor vehicle that is designed to operate on a golf  course or for recreation and the vehicle is NOT capable of exceeding 20 mph. (Florida Statute 320.01(22). Florida Statute 316.212 & 316.2125 outlines when and where a golf cart can be operated on a roadway. All roads in Sun City Center (NOT GREATER SUN CITY CENTER) have been approved for approved for golf  cart usage.
1. You can cross State Road 674 at the 4 Designated (Authorized) crossings, but never under any condition, turn left or right and drive on SR 674.
2. Golf Carts may NOT be operated on public roads streets by anyone under 14 years of  age.
 
Low Speed Vehicles
 
Florida Statute 320.01(42) defines a Low Speed Vehicle (LSV) as a four wheel vehicle whose top speed is greater than 20 mph but does not exceed 25 mph.
Florida Statute 316.2122 states that a low speed vehicle may operate on streets where the posted speed limit  is 35 mph or less.
The vehicle can also cross intersecting roadways where the speed is greater than 35 mph.
It also requires that the operater of a low speed vehicle must be a licensed driver.
The vehicle must have a registered license plate and be insured. The vehicle must be equipped with standard safety equipment.
A simple rule of thumb: An LSV can be operated like an automobile on a road whose speed limit is 35 mph or less. There are numerous makes of low speed vehicles, some look like golf carts while others are readily identifiable.
 
Think Safety And Drive Safely!
 
 

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