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Can I Get a DUI on a Golf Cart in Florida?

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Can I Get a DUI on a Golf Cart in Florida?

Absolutely. Florida law treats golf carts under the influence (DUI) just like driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs in a car.

Here’s why:

  • DUI Statutes Apply to Motor Vehicles: Florida Statutes define a motor vehicle broadly, encompassing any self-propelled device designed for carrying passengers or freight [Florida Statute § 316.001(14)]. This definition includes golf carts.
  • Blood Alcohol Limit (BAC): The legal BAC limit for operating a golf cart under the influence is the same as for any other motor vehicle in Florida – 0.08% [Florida Statute § 316.193(1)(a)].
  • Impaired Driving: Even if your BAC is below 0.08%, you can still be arrested for DUI on a golf cart if you are impaired by alcohol or drugs to the point where your ability to operate the vehicle safely is compromised [Florida Statute § 316.193(3)(a)].

Locations:

  • Public Roads:  DUI laws apply to golf carts driven on public roads, streets, or highways.
  • Private Property:  The law can also apply to golf carts on private property if the community has its own regulations regarding golf cart usage and DUI.

Penalties:

A golf cart DUI carries the same penalties as a DUI in a car, including:

  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Fines
  • Mandatory alcohol or drug education programs
  • Potential jail time

Important to Remember:

  • Do Not Drink and Drive (Golf Cart Included):  If you plan on consuming alcohol, avoid driving a golf cart altogether.
  • Consult an Attorney: If you are arrested for a golf cart DUI, consult a qualified criminal defense attorney to discuss your legal options.
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