BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) (Filed: April 1, 2018) — The new law banning golf carts in Florida communities without golf courses is now in effect.
Known as “Jake’s Law,” the law is named for the Golden Retriever killed by a woman driving a golf cart while texting — and holding her emotional support Labradoodle— in a South Palm Beach County gated community back in 2013.
Jake’s owner, Morgan Finklestein, has been fighting for the law ever since he watched his dog get killed.
“It’s been five years but I am still haunted by what I witnessed,” he said. “I don’t understand why someone needs a golf cart in a community that doesn’t have a golf course.”
In a move that surprised political observers, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle overwhelmingly approved the legislation. Only one lawmaker, who has a “perfect” score from the National Golf Cart Owner’s Association, voted against the bill.
“I have the right to drive anything I choose to drive, anywhere I choose to drive it,” said Bill “Butch” Westerhoffer (R-Pahokee).
Maybe so, but Dr. Joshua Berg at the Institute of Subconscious Mental Health in Maple Grove, MN, says people who own golf carts in communities without a golf course are clearly ill.
“These are people who need to show off,” said Berg, “they’re people who need to be the center of attention. It is well known that these golf cart owners are more likely to commit a crime, be arrested for DUI, drug use, or tax fraud than people who choose to walk or drive their cars.”
Berg said there is no other way to describe people who buy a golf cart but have nowhere to drive the golf cart, other than on roads designed for cars or sidewalks designed for people — people like Finklestein and his dog, Jake.
“It’s been worth the fight,” said Finklestein. “If all dogs really do go to heaven, I know that Jake is looking down, smiling with just a little bit of slobber.”
The driver that killed Jake was charged with negligent canine homicide, but was ultimately acquitted by a jury after her defense counsel successfully argued that an alligator, in a nearby canal, would have likely killed Jake moments after the tragic accident.
It was the first successful use of Florida’s “Going To Die Anyway” law.
Owners of golf carts in communities without golf courses have 30 days to show proof of sale to local law enforcement. Fines of $100 a day start May 1st. After May 1st, law enforcement will be authorized to impound golf carts.
If the carts were not previously registered with the state and carrying insurance, owners will be subject to arrest.
[Ed. Note 4/2/2018: Yes, folks, this was an April Fool’s article. Although most people do, in fact, believe that those who own golf carts in non golf course communities are suffering from mental and psychological deficiencies.]