The Crystal River City Council is considering letting golf carts drive on city roads. They will vote on whether or not to move forward with the plan during their meeting Aug. 14.
In almost every driveway in Crystal River Village, you’ll find a golf cart. It’s residents’ preferred method of transportation to get around the community.
By state law, carts aren’t allowed to travel on state roads, and currently residents can’t take them on neighborhood roads.
The motion the council is voting on would allow carts within four zones around State Road 44 and U.S. 19. Council members will also discuss what streets need more signage and speed reduction to allow carts during the meeting.
If approved, it would still be several months before carts could be on the roads while any the signs and speed modifications are put into place.
It seems with residential areas like The Villages and now possibly Citrus County, we are bound to be seeing golf carts outside of the local 18-hole course. Due to their accessibility and efficiency, golf carts are expanding beyond the greens and into many communities.
In areas that are focused on reducing heavy traffic, golf carts seem to be the perfect middle ground. Now, golf carts could be seen outside quiet communities and onto local streets. With the possibility of these lightweight and slower vehicles hitting the roads, you may wonder if golf cars are truly safe on streets. Our Citrus County Injury Lawyers at Whittel & Melton remind everyone that if you operate a golf cart, you must follow all of the same rules as people driving cars. You should have a valid driver’s license, obey the rules of the road, and never drink and drive.