Nixa police remind residents of golf cart permits and safety tips

Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 11:01 AM CDT|Updated: Apr. 29, 2022 at 4:22 PM CDT
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NIXA, Mo. (KY3) - The city of Nixa is reminding residents to get their golf cart permits soon.

Back in 2018, the Nixa City Council passed an ordinance allowing the use of golf carts on city streets with certain restrictions.

Nixa police are reminding of several safety tips for golf cart drivers as officials say the spring can be one of the more dangerous times of year to be driving one.

Golf carts crashes can be very dangerous, especially when a child is driving. Nixa police said many of the offenses they see are kids driving golf carts, which is a big issue because you need a license. It could lead to a fine costing up to $500 per offense.

“Kids will be kids sometimes,” said Nixa police officer Christina Gullett. “So their judgment there sometimes may be poor, maybe driving erratically, or not educated as far as what the rules of the roadway are.”

Police said you can’t drive one on a road above a posted 25 mph speed limit. Gold cart drivers also should not go faster than 20 mph. The cart itself must have a seat belt, insurance and be registered.

Ryder Parkhill, the owner Lifted and Lowered Golf Carts in Nixa, said they have fixed carts from accidents involving children.

“We have that all the time to where people let their kids drive it, and things happen,” said Parkhill.

Parkhill said safety should be a top priority when buying carts.

“Come fully-equipped, street-legal with seatbelts, headlights, taillights, turn signals. If you’re planning to drive these golf carts on the street, those things are very-needed items,” said Parkhill.

Parkhill said if you are worried about high speeds, there are some solutions.

“Limiting the speed that they can drive it out, sometimes here we can actually limit the speed of a golf cart and how fast it can go,” said Parkhill.

Authorities said you can register for a golf cart permit for $15. To register, CLICK HERE.

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