Florida Senate - 2023                             CS for SB 1290
       By the Committee on Transportation; and Senators Grall and Perry
       596-03502-23                                          20231290c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to operation of a golf cart; amending
    3         s. 316.212, F.S.; authorizing water control districts
    4         to designate certain roads for the operation of golf
    5         carts; requiring county approval to make such
    6         designation; prohibiting a person from operating a
    7         golf cart on certain roadways unless he or she
    8         possesses a valid learner’s driver license or valid
    9         driver license that is not suspended or revoked;
   10         amending s. 322.04, F.S.; conforming a provision to
   11         changes made by the act; providing an effective date.
   13  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
   15         Section 1. Subsections (1) and (7) of section 316.212,
   16  Florida Statutes, are amended, and subsection (9) of that
   17  section is republished, to read:
   18         316.212 Operation of golf carts on certain roadways.—The
   19  operation of a golf cart upon the public roads or streets of
   20  this state is prohibited except as provided herein:
   21         (1) A golf cart may be operated only upon a county road
   22  that has been designated by a county, a municipal street that
   23  has been designated by a municipality, or a two-lane county road
   24  located within the jurisdiction of a municipality designated by
   25  that municipality, or a road that is owned and maintained by a
   26  water control district and has been designated by that water
   27  control district, for use by golf carts. Prior to making such a
   28  designation, the responsible local governmental entity must
   29  first determine that golf carts may safely travel on or cross
   30  the public road or street, considering factors including the
   31  speed, volume, and character of motor vehicle traffic using the
   32  road or street. If such designation is to be made by a water
   33  control district, the district must receive approval from the
   34  county in which the road to be designated is located. Upon a
   35  determination that golf carts may be safely operated on a
   36  designated road or street and, in the case of a determination
   37  made by a water control district, county approval, the
   38  responsible governmental entity shall post appropriate signs to
   39  indicate that such operation is allowed.
   40         (7) A golf cart may not be operated on public roads or
   41  streets by a any person:
   42         (a)Who is under 16 years of age unless he or she possesses
   43  a valid learner’s driver license that is not suspended or
   44  revoked.
   45         (b)Who is 16 years of age or older unless he or she
   46  possesses a valid learner’s driver license or valid driver
   47  license that is not suspended or revoked the age of 14.
   48         (9) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic
   49  infraction, punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as a moving
   50  violation for infractions of subsections (1)-(5) or a local
   51  ordinance corresponding thereto and enacted pursuant to
   52  subsection (8), or punishable pursuant to chapter 318 as a
   53  nonmoving violation for infractions of subsection (6),
   54  subsection (7), or a local ordinance corresponding thereto and
   55  enacted pursuant to subsection (8).
   56         Section 2. Paragraph (e) of subsection (1) of section
   57  322.04, Florida Statutes, is amended to read:
   58         322.04 Persons exempt from obtaining driver license.—
   59         (1) The following persons are exempt from obtaining a
   60  driver license:
   61         (e)Any person operating a golf cart, as defined in s.
   62  320.01, which is operated in accordance with the provisions of
   63  s. 316.212.
   64         Section 3. This act shall take effect July 1, 2023.