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Golf Carts/Low-Speed Vehicles Guide

Golf Carts/Low-Speed Vehicles Guide

One of the most popular ways of getting around Destin and Highway 30A are by low-speed vehicles, which are actually street-legal motor vehicles often mistaken for golf carts. While these are a convenient and fun way for visitors to get around locally, there are laws to be taken seriously when driving them. We highly recommend watching the video below so you are prepared during your vacation. Please share this guide with everyone in your traveling party to ensure your group has a safe and memorable time!

If you plan on using an LSV during your stay, it is very important to know the rules that apply. LSVs have all the primary components of typical road vehicles including a license plate, seat belts, turn signals, brake lights, reflectors, headlights, mirrors and a D.O.T. windshield. Also, make sure to charge your LSV when not in use so the battery stays operating properly for your stay (and doesn’t get stranded on the side of the road)!

When it’s time to hit the road, here are some driving laws to make note of:

  • Operators must be at least 16 with a valid drivers license
  • Never allowed on Highway 98
  • Never allowed on pedestrian pathways
  • Can only be driven on roads with posted speed limits of 35 MPH or less
  • Must be able to reach 20 MPH
  • No open containers of alcohol – not even the passengers
  • No more than the maximum designated number of passengers allowed
  • Seat belts required by law to be worn by all passengers at all times
  • Any child that would normally use a booster/5-point harness car seat is required to use one on the LSV

*Please refer to Walton County Sheriff’s Office website for the most up-to-date laws and fines here. LSVs not following laws are subject to fines/towing.

PARKING: Additionally, please be mindful and aware of restricted parking around town and in certain neighborhoods. Each area has their own rules which you must abide by.