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low-speed vehicles vs. golf carts

“Golf carts”

Your safety is our top priority. We want you to be safe no matter what season it is.

Now that summer is here, we are starting to get reports of children (and adults) driving golf carts on public roadways. It is important to note that there is a distinction between golf carts and low-speed vehicles (LSVs).

Here is what the State of Alabama says regarding low-speed vehicles:

Low-speed vehicles must be registered with the county that you reside in. Meaning, you must obtain a tag and have insurance just like a regular vehicle. The county will require these vehicles to have the property safety equipment (seatbelts, side mirrors, headlights, tail/brake lights turn signals, child restraints when applicable, etc.), the same as on a regular vehicle.

The vehicle must also be driven by a licensed driver. State law also specifies that a LSV cannot be driven on a roadway where it impedes traffic, and the interpretation is a roadway with a maximum speed of 35 mph.

Please read the attached graphic for more information.



Officer Brian Hale, Public Information Officer

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2024 low speed vehicle graphic
2024 low speed vehicle graphic

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