Nixa Police Remind Residents of Golf Cart Permits and Safety Tips

NIXA, Mo. (KY3) – The Town of Nixa is reminding residents to get their golf cart licenses soon.

In 2018, the Nixa City Council passed an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts on city streets with certain restrictions.

Nixa Police are repeating several safety tips for golf cart drivers, as officials say spring can be one of the most dangerous times of year to drive one.

Golf cart accidents can be very dangerous, especially when a child is driving. Nixa Police said many of the offenses they see are children driving golf carts, which is a big deal because you need a permit. This could result in a fine of up to $500 per violation.

“Kids will be kids sometimes,” Nixa police officer Christina Gullett said. “So their judgment there can sometimes be poor, maybe driving erratically or not being educated in the rules of the road.”

Police say you can’t drive one on a road above a posted speed limit of 25 mph. Golden cart drivers should also not go faster than 20 mph. The cart itself must have a seat belt, insurance and be registered.

Ryder Parkhill, the owner of the raised and lowered golf carts in Nixa, said he repaired the carts from accidents involving children.

“We have this all the time where people let their kids drive, and things happen,” Parkhill said.

Parkhill said safety should be a top priority when buying carts.

“Come fully equipped, street-legal with seat belts, headlights, taillights, turn signals. If you plan on driving these golf carts down the street, these things are very necessary items,” Parkhill said.

Parkhill said if you’re worried about high speeds, there are solutions.

“By limiting how fast they can drive it, sometimes here we can limit how fast a golf cart is and how fast it can go,” Parkhill said.

Authorities said you can sign up for a golf cart license for $15. Record, CLICK HERE.

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