Greetings Venetian Isles Residents,
The subject of golf cart safety in Venetian Isles is an important one. Officer Donald Herring from the St Pete Police Dept provided the following update for our community this week on this topic:
"I met with our legal departments and this is what I have found out. A Golf Cart is one that does not have the capability to exceed 20 mph. These Golf Carts are ILLEGAL to be driven on the roadways or sidewalks by any person and is a violation of F.S.S. 316.212. A Low Speed Vehicle is a Golf Cart that has headlamps, front and rear turn signals, taillamps, break lights, reflectors on both sides, rear view mirror, brakes, front windshield and a seatbelt for designated seat. These Low Speed Vehicles need to be registered and insured, require a valid drivers license, can not be driven on the sidewalk and can only be driven on the roadway where the speed limit is 35 mph or less. There are to many violations to list if any of these laws are not followed, but I can tell you that several of them are misdemeanors and would require a court appearance. If you are letting your children who are not 16 with a valid drivers license operate one of these LSV's, they could be cited which will make it more difficult for them to get a license in the future. So please abide by the laws that apply to the above. Please don't beat up the messenger, I am just trying to keep everyone safe and address an issue that was brought up to me. Thank you."
If you have specific questions about golf cart traffic laws and safety, please feel free to contact Officer Herring directly. His contact information can be found here on our community website: http://www.ourvi.org/community-resources.html
We encourage all residents of VI with golf carts to understand the laws associated with golf carts in the community and to operate them lawfully and safely.
The Venetian Isles Homeowners Association Board of Directors