County commissioners are looking at the possibility of cracking down on golf carts on some roads in Manatee County.
More specifically, county commissioners are considering an ordinance to remove them from Whitefield Avenue in Sarasota, Tara Boulevard in East Bradenton and El Conquistador Parkway in West Bradenton. This decision will be discussed on Tuesday.
Currently all of these roads are designated for golf carts. If approved, this would change that.
If approved, the golf carts would not go away entirely. The county may consider designating sidewalks for the carts.
In addition to the golf carts, county commissioners will also be considering raising the speed limit on 12 county roads.
The changes are being considered as a way to improve travel times and relieve congestion.
The possible causes of golf cart accidents are very similar to the causes of other types of traffic crashes. Collisions may be caused by drunk driving, distracted driving, reckless driving, road rage, etc. In certain situations, drivers of regular street vehicles fail to recognize golf carts on the roadway and provide them with enough space, or there may be other scenarios in which golf cart drivers fail to abide by the regular rules of the road. Other causes of accidents may be caused by defects with golf carts, such as those resulting from manufacturing errors or poor maintenance.