Youth Drives and Motor Scooters/Golf Carts


Key Biscayne Police officers tend to see more violations involving juveniles on motorized scooters and golf carts during the summer months.  Young people, and their parents and guardians, are reminded that the State of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles classifies anything with an engine, whether gas powered or electric, as a motor vehicle. The operators of these vehicles are required to have a driver's license. 

The only exceptions to this policy are bicycles with an electric helper-motor and motorized wheelchairs. Additionally, Florida law states that motorized vehicles (including golf carts) are not allowed on bike paths or sidewalks.

 

Allowing a juvenile to operate a motorized scooter (or golf cart) on Village roadways is no different than putting him or her in a car and sending him or her off to drive. Juveniles without a driving permit do not know the rules of the road and can easily cause an accident, injuring themselves or others. Follow the link to a video about scooter hazards and safety. Adults who allow an unlicensed driver to operate a motorized vehicle can be cited under Florida law.

 

If a juvenile is stopped while driving a motorized scooter, Key Biscayne Police officers will impound the scooter and require a parent or guardian to retrieve it.  Penalties can range from a written warning to a citation. Once a warning is on file, any subsequent stops will result in a citation. 

 

Golf carts in the Village of Key Biscayne can only be operated by a licensed driver per Village Ordinance 26-24 (1). Operators with a valid learner's permit must have a licensed driver 21 years of age or above occupying the front passenger seat at all times. Juveniles caught driving a golf cart within the Village limits without a valid driver's license will be cited.

 

 

 


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