Ensuring Golf Cart and Low-Speed Vehicle Safety in Palm Beach County

In this blog post, we will look into the important topic of golf cart and low-speed vehicle safety, as discussed by Sergeant Scott from the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Traffic Division and Safety for Life ambassadors. They emphasize the significance of adhering to regulations to ensure the safety of both operators and passengers on the roadways.

Golf Cart and Low-Speed Vehicle Definitions

A golf cart is defined as a vehicle specifically designed for operations on golf courses for recreational purposes, with a speed limit not exceeding 20 mph. On the other hand, a low-speed vehicle is any four-wheeled vehicle capable of speeds between 20-25 mph, including Neighborhood Electric Vehicles.

Compliance with Laws and Regulations

Starting from October 1st, 2023, new regulations will be enforced regarding golf cart operation. Individuals under 18 years old must possess a valid driver’s license or learner driver’s license. Those 18 and above must carry government-issued photographic identification. Passengers are required to be seated inside the vehicle, avoiding hanging limbs outside.

Local Regulations and Permits

It is imperative to follow local laws and regulations when operating golf carts and low-speed vehicles on public roads. Some private areas may necessitate additional permits and have specific rules in place. Owners, operators, and passengers can be held accountable for damages and injuries caused by non-compliance.

Enforcement and Consequences

Failure to adhere to the regulations can result in traffic citations or, in severe cases, arrest. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Safety for Life Foundation are committed to promoting a safe community and roadways for all residents.

In conclusion, the partnership between the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office and Safety for Life Foundation highlights the importance of prioritizing safety in golf cart and low-speed vehicle operations. By understanding and following the regulations, we can contribute to safer roadways for everyone.