DUNEDIN — City officials have noticed a rise in unsafe golf cart practices.
Mayor Julie Ward Bujalski said she once saw someone in a golf cart driving on Pinehurst Road with a baby in their arms. She did a double take.
She said she's seen it a couple of times, and another city commissioner brought up the issue during a recent meeting. Some residents have also noticed unsafe practices and have emailed the City Commission. That's why the city has invited the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office to give warnings for those who are on roads and help educate drivers.
"We love having a golf cart community, we just want them to be safe," Bujalski said. "You should not be driving golf carts with a baby in your arms."
She said it may not be widely known that golf carts need to be registered by the city, or that they can't go on roads where the speed requirement is faster than 35 mph. While it hasn't been a big issue in Dunedin, she has reached out to local groups like Dunedin Goes Carting about educating residents with golf carts to know the rules.
"I think it's just a matter of some education," Bujalski said.