ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla .– At Nocatee Publix you will find special parking spaces for golf carts.
Jim Clayton said he’s seen more and more of them on the road in recent years and with the increase in golf cart traffic he said accidents follow.
“We had accidents. We’ve had kids doing crazy stuff and hitting poles and people getting hurt, ”Clayton said.
To keep families safe on the road, the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office has launched a Golf Cart Safety Initiative.
“There are a lot of golf cart communities springing up all over the county. So we felt that as an organization we needed to tackle this problem before it became a bigger problem, ”said Scott Beaver, Director of the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office.
In 2021, the sheriff’s office recorded 21 golf cart accidents. MPs said the accidents resulted in three disabling injuries and one death. Six of these drivers were minors.
Children as young as 14, with photo ID, can drive golf carts, worrying some residents.
“They are not so sure. Speed is their way of driving and they have four or five kids with them, ”said Clayton.
The safety initiative is for all ages, whether you are a driver or a passenger.
The sheriff’s office plans to install one.
“As an agency, we have our own golf cart. so we can put assistants on our golf cart and they’ll be patrolling Nocatee, in particular, right now, ”Beaver said.
Officials also said the initiative aims to help educate residents about the difference between a low-speed vehicle and a golf cart.
A golf cart cannot exceed 20 mph and can only be driven on designated roads. A low-speed vehicle can travel up to 25 mph and can be driven on any county road with a posted speed limit of 35 mph or less.
Right now the sheriff’s office is working with a donated golf cart. They said they hope to implement more in the future.
To learn more about golf cart safety, click here.
You can read more about County Ordinance 2010-48 here.
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