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No Pre-Teen Drivers

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A new Florida law will require a license or I.D. to drive golf car on streets.

Starting from July 1, 2023, a new law in Florida will require teenagers to have a valid driver’s license or a learner’s license in order to drive a golf cart. This means that 14-year-olds will no longer be allowed to operate golf carts on any roads in Florida once the law takes effect. The specific change will be made to Florida Statute 316.212(7).

According to the updated statute, individuals under the age of 18 will need to possess a valid learner’s driver license or a valid driver’s license to operate a golf cart on public roads or streets. For individuals aged 18 or older, a valid form of government-issued photographic identification will be required.

The definition of a golf cart, as per state law, is a motor vehicle designed and manufactured for operation on a golf course, with a maximum speed not exceeding 20 miles per hour. It’s important to note that golf carts are distinct from low-speed vehicles, which resemble golf carts but have higher speed capabilities. Low-speed vehicles, defined as four-wheeled vehicles with a top speed between 20 and 25 miles per hour, have additional safety requirements and can only be driven by licensed drivers who are at least 16 years old.

To ensure compliance with the new law, it is crucial to inform teenagers who have been driving golf carts on local streets about the updated regulations. It is important to emphasize the necessity of possessing the appropriate driver’s license or learner’s license when operating a golf cart on public roads or streets.

Furthermore, it is vital to prioritize safety and avoid driving golf carts on park walking and jogging paths, regardless of whether they are paved or unpaved. These paths are not intended for golf cart traffic, and adhering to this guideline helps ensure the safety of pedestrians and maintain the designated purposes of such paths.

By familiarizing teenagers with the new law and promoting compliance, we can contribute to safer road practices and mitigate potential risks associated with underage or unlicensed drivers operating golf carts.