Gulf County Law Enforcement Talks Golf Cart Safety

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Tourism is growing in Gulf County, and many people use golf carts to get around.

Local law enforcement makes sure everyone obeys the laws and stays safe.

Golf carts are allowed on the roads, but law enforcement officials said they had trouble with people obeying county and city orders.

In unincorporated Gulf County, golf carts are permitted on roads with speed limits of 35 miles per hour or less.

You must be at least 14 years old to drive a golf cart.

Gulf County Sheriff’s Office Captain Chris Buchanan hopes educating residents will prevent golf cart accidents and keep everyone safe.

“We have issues that have come up with people driving golf carts on the State Road 30E walking path, which is illegal,” Buchanan said. “This is a state road and golf carts or motor vehicles are not permitted on this trail.”

In Port St Joe there are only two level crossings approved for their national highways.

The ones that cross are 1st Street and Highway 98 and Reed Avenue and Highway 71.

Golf cart laws are different within the city limits.

Port St. Joe Police Chief Jake Richards said underage conduct is a major problem they face.

“Don’t let your kids who don’t have a driver’s license drive your golf cart,” Richards said. “They can get a citation for not having a license and you can get a citation or even go to jail for allowing an unauthorized driver…to drive your vehicle.”

Quotes in Port St. Joe can range from $50 to $128.

“You have to be more careful than driving a car because you’re in an 800-900 pound vehicle versus a 35,400 pound vehicle here on the road and if you get hit it’s not going to be good,” said Richards.

If you want to learn more about the county ordinance, visit GulfSheriff.com/resources.