Childrens Services Council - Child Safety


Golf Carts & All Terrain Vehicles

The popularity of golf carts has exploded the last decade as people are taking them off the course and hitting the streets. Golf carts are fuel-efficient and cheap. They also can be dangerous with more than 13,000 people a year suffering injuries related to them, according to the U.S. Consumer Safety Protection Commission. An estimated 40 percent of those hurt were children under the age of 16.

In Florida, golf carts cannot be operated on state roads, but cities and counties can chose to allow them on designated streets. No one under the age of 14 years old is allowed to drive a golf cart under state law. It is generally recommended that children under 6 years old should not be allowed on a cart and the cart should go no faster than 15 miles per hour.

When it comes to ATVs, an estimated 29,000 children under the age of 16 are brought into emergency rooms nationwide every year with injuries related to the vehicles.

A few safety tips to consider from the ATV Safety Institute include:

  • All riders under 16 must wear helmets and be supervised.
  • Ride an ATV that’s a right fit. Never have a passenger on a single-rider ATV.
  • Ride on designated trails at safe speeds. Never ride on roads unless to cross them.
  • Wear a helmet, goggles, gloves, long sleeves and long parents.
  • Never drink and drive.

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