Bill proposes changing age to drive golf carts from 14 to 16

A bill filed by a St. Johns County representative proposes increasing the age to drive a golf cart on public roads from 14 to 16.


The legislation would also require at least a learner’s permit to get behind the wheel.

Rep. Cyndi Stevenson, who represents parts of St. Johns County, said, “we had the age 14 on there — and what we see is that’s not working.”

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She said she’s seen designated golf cart trails in Nocatee, which have grown with golf cart popularity.

“It’s like driving in a city — in city traffic to be on the trails in Nocatee at certain times of the day,” she said.

Cathy Wirtenson lives in Nocatee and uses her golf cart to get around but said, “I have my own grandkids who come visit me — and I won’t let them take it out.” She supports raising the age.

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Rep. Stevenson said Sheriff Rob Hardwick came to her with the idea for legislation after noticing an increased risk on the roads.

“The safety and security of our citizens and visitors is our #1 priority at the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office. This legislation will help to ensure those utilizing golf carts are better equipped to operate them. I am thankful Representative Stevenson has agreed to lead the charge on this effort and I look forward to working with her on getting this bill passed,” said Sheriff Hardwick in a release sent by Stevenson’s office.

If passed, the bill would change state law for any county that allows golf carts on public roads and only impacts public roads

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