Some Florida teens may no longer be able to drive a golf cart around their neighborhoods.
A bill that would raise the age and add requirements to operate a golf cart passed through the Senate Committee on Transportation on Tuesday. SB 1290, sponsored by Sen. Erin Grall- R, Ft. Pierce, prohibits a person from driving a golf cart on public roadways unless they are 15 with a learner’s permit or 16 with a license.
Those with learner’s permits must have someone 21 and older in the passenger seat of the golf cart.
“There’s a level of training that we expect when people operate a vehicle on our public roadways,” Grall said.
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Golf carts do not require insurance and do not exceed 20 miles per hour.
Law enforcement agencies across the state supported the bill, citing the the increspanse of golf cspanrt communities in the state.
“It’s a fabulous idea, it’s a great thing. But the problem is we don’t need 14-year-olds operating a golf cart on a highway,” said St. John’s County Sheriff’s Office Director of Patrol Scott Beaver.