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SRIA could soon allow golf carts on beach roads

The  Santa Rosa Island Authority is looking into whether golf carts should be allowed in some areas.
If it's approved, Pensacola Beach would join many Florida communities that are already golf cart-friendly.
Channel 3's Amber Southard has more on the proposal.

"Driving golf carts could soon be legal on Pensacola Beach.
Members of the Santa Rosa Island Authority are looking into making golf carts legal.
If the ordinance passes, carts would only be allowed on secondary roads that have a 35 mile per hour speed limit.
   
Dan Hanson  "I have actually seen people go out on the main roads in golf carts even though they aren't supposed to and it's definitely a traffic hazard... people have to swerve around them and slow down."
   
Megan Hanson says she rather see golf carts in her neighborhood then speeding cars.
It's a safety issue for Megan, she has two children who play outdoors..

Megan Hanson "I think it will cut down on one the congestion of everything going on and two the safety for children."

Gary Cole "You would really have to be crazy to run over someone with one of these. You know cars it seems to happen quite often."
   
Gary Cole has owned his golf cart for 8- years.
It's street legal..
It has headlights and brake lights, turn signals, a  license plate , and the cart is insured..
If passed, each cart will have to be street legal, if the owners want to drive the carts on the road.

 "This is the perfect community for golf carts."

The SRIA will meet Wednesday to discuss the possibility of having these golf carts legalized here on the beach. Reporting on Pensacola Beach, Amber Southard, Channel 3 News.