Florida House of Representatives cracking down on children driving golf carts

JACKSONVILLE, Fla — The House Bill, which got unanimous approval from the House Transportation and Modals Subcommittee, would ban young drivers from driving golf carts on “certain roadways” unless they had an active driver’s licenses or learners’ permits.

Illegal driving would then be treated as a non-criminal traffic violation.

Representative Cyndi Stevenson stated the importance of this bill because children were often injured in accidents, at rates “significantly higher” than adults, and these injuries often lead to head, neck or spine injuries.

“The passage of this bill will reduce accidents and serious injuries. I am grateful to St. Johns County Sheriff Robert Hardwick who brought this important issue to my attention,” Stevenson said.

Hardwick asserted that the “legislation will help to ensure those utilizing golf carts are better equipped to operate them. I am thankful Rep. Stevenson has agreed to lead the charge on this effort and I look forward to working with her on getting this bill passed.”

Click here to learn more about HB 949.

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