Ask The Times: Golf carts must keep to slower roads

If you’ve been wondering about something in your community, Ask The Times is your place to get answers. The following question was submitted by a reader and answered through the efforts of our news staff.

What are the requirements and regulations for operating a golf cart on city streets?

State law allows golf carts to be driven on roads where the speed limit is 35 mph or lower.

They don’t have to be registered, have seat belts, have a tag, have insurance or have a children’s seat, according to state law. Also, no helmet is required.

But if used on a road, a golf cart must have brakes, taillights and headlights, plus running lights if used at night. It also must have a horn.

A golf cart driver can be charged with DUI or reckless driving.

Gainesville Police Deputy Chief Jay Parrish said he would put a “slow-moving” placard on a golf cart being used on roads. He said golf cart drivers don’t have to meet speed requirements but have to follow all other traffic laws.

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