Golf Carts and Low-Speed Vehicles

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Golf Carts and Low-Speed Vehicles

Along with the rise in fuel prices there has been an increased interest in the use of alternative vehicles. Many people have inquired about the use of golf carts and low speed vehicles.  A low speed vehicle can be operated on the roadways of the Town of Indialantic as long as certain criteria are met. There is, however, a significant difference between a traditional golf cart and a low speed vehicle, even though low speed vehicles may often look like golf carts.  Golf carts that are not equipped with certain safety devices cannot be operated on any roadway in the Town of Indialantic and are subject to traffic citations in accordance with Florida Statute 316.212. A bonafide low speed vehicle must meet certain criteria as mandated by Florida Statute as shown below:

316.2122 Operation of a low-speed vehicle on certain roadways. –The operation of a low-speed vehicle, as defined in f. s. 320.01(42), on any road as defined in f.s. 334.03(15) or (33), is authorized with the following restrictions:

(1) A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.

(2) A low-speed vehicle must be equipped with headlamps, stop lamps, turn signal lamps, tail lamps, reflex reflectors, parking brakes, rearview mirrors, windshields, seat belts, and vehicle identification numbers.

(3) A low-speed vehicle must be registered and insured in accordance with f.s. 320.02.

(4) Any person operating a low-speed vehicle must have in his or her possession a valid driver’s license.

The simple rule is that a low speed vehicle must be registered just like any other motor vehicle and you must possess a valid drivers license to operate it.  The operator of a low speed vehicle must follow all the driving rules as if they were driving regular motor vehicle and is subject to the same penalties for violation of the laws.

There have been some recent situations where young juveniles and teenagers have been stopped while operating these vehicles.  We would like you to remember when operating these alternate forms of transportation that you are on the roadway with other vehicles weighing thousands pounds and to remain vigilant in your efforts to be aware of your surroundings and to operate them safely.  It is our goal that the roadways of the Town of Indialantic remain safe for all persons and vehicles. 

If you have any question please contact Sergeant Michael Casey at 723-7788 or mcasey@indialantic.com