Deputy outlines rules about golf cart use in Suntree, Viera


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Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy John Martinez talks about golf cart safety during a presentation held Aug. 9 at the GolfCarts Unlimited store at The Avenue Viera.

Courtesy of Golf Carts Unlimited

Golf carts operating within Suntree and Viera must comply with Florida statutes and Brevard County ordinances or face fines and other penalties.

That was the message from Brevard County Sheriff’s Deputy John Martinez during a presentation Aug. 9 at the GolfCarts Unlimited store at The Avenue Viera.

About 45 people — 25 of them students from Viera High School — attended the 75-minute discussion.

Martinez explained that golf carts can be used on neighboring streets within Suntree and Viera, but are not allowed on roads having a posted speed limit above 30 miles per hour. In addition, golf carts can be used on sidewalks designated as multi-use sidewalks shared by pedestrians, non-motorized conveyances, such as bicycles, and golf carts. Such designated sidewalks typically will be adjacent to major roads and are identified by special signs.

Other Brevard County golf cart rules and regulations include:

• Golf cart speed limit is 10 miles per hour on multi-use sidewalks.

• No golf carts are allowed to ride on the new Interstate 95-Viera Boulevard overpass.

• Golf cart operators must be at least 14 years old.

• Golf cart users must follow all traffic regulations applicable to motor vehicles.

• Golf cart passengers are limited to the number of seats and must be seated in the position intended.

• Golf carts are prohibited on Wickham Road, the Pineda Causeway, Viera Boulevard, Murrell Road, Stadium Parkway, Lake Andrew Drive, Tavistock Drive and Judge Fran Jamieson Way.

• Golf carts shall not be used from sunset to sunrise or during periods of rain, smoke or fog — unless equipped with functioning headlights, brake lights, turn signals and a windshield.

Robbie Rosenberger, chief financial officer for GolfCarts Unlimited, said the presentation also included a video highlighting the dangers of driving a golf cart.

“All golf carts are required to stop at crosswalks and look both ways before moving,” he said. “Golf cart users also need to be careful when going around turns and curves because golf carts can easily tip over if driven too fast.”

Rosenberger said one of the reasons for the presentation was because there are about 100 golf carts that are driven daily by students to Viera High School. “These kids need to know about safety,” he said.

Because of the number of golf carts driven to VHS, officials have told students that golf carts can only be parked in a designated area near the football stadium. No longer are golf carts allowed to be parked across the street in the Calvary Chapel parking lot.

If a driver is caught violating one of the county’s golf cart ordinances, he or she could be fined $167.

Besides a review of the county’s golf cart ordinances, Tracie Woods and Tom Harris, of Insurance Icon, 1128 S. Wickham Road in West Melbourne, talked about insurance and rates for golf cart owners.

For more information about GolfCarts Unlimited, go to golfcarts-unlimited.com.

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