Road Issues

Golf Cart Ordinance

 

The golf cart ordinance is now in effect. What does this mean to you?


• As before, golf carts can be operated on county roadways in areas
designated by the county Department of Transportation (DOT) ―
which continues to be in the Village area from Wiles Drive north to
the end of Captiva Drive.


• Golf cart operators must be licensed drivers, with a valid license from
their home state or country.


• Carts cannot exceed a maximum of 20 mph.


In addition, it was decided that golf carts may be operated after sunset within the existing cart zone, a ruling that will be implemented this month once appropriate signs have been posted. This will have an additional effect on cart users:


• As mandated by the new ordinance any carts operated at night must
be equipped with headlights, brake lights, turn signals and
windshields.


• Licensed drivers of carts at nights under age 17 must be accompanied
by a licensed driver over age 21 between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6
a.m., unless they are driving directly to or from work.


• Licensed drivers of carts at nights who are age 17 must be
accompanied by a licensed driver over age 21 between the hours of 1
a.m. and 5 a.m., unless they are driving directly to or from work.


Any time of day or night, golf carts drivers are encouraged to do the following:


• Operate your cart in the traffic lane, not on the safety shoulder,
unless you are pulling over to let traffic get by. The shoulders are for
bike and pedestrian traffic ― not carts.


• Don't overload your cart with passengers (such as don't carry more
people than you have seats for), and ensure that passengers ride safe
and secure in your cart.


• Naturally, operate your cart wisely, obeying all the rules of the road
and common courtesies.

 

 

Ordinance NO. 9-22 Based upon the request from the Captiva Community Panel, Lee County DOT has studied night-time operation of Golf Carts within the “Village” on Captiva Island and finds that night-time operation is safe and compatible with the slower traffic within the Captiva “Village” limits (Captiva Drive from Wiles to the northern end including the intersecting County roads).