Jekyll Island Golf Cart and ATV Rules

The Jekyll Island Authority would like to remind our guests and residents that All-Terrain Vehicles and 4-Wheelers are not allowed on Island roadways, beaches or biking paths. In accordance with Georgia state law, off-road vehicles such as ATVs and 4-Wheelers are only permissible off public roadways; however, due to a Jekyll Island Authority ordinance, motorized vehicles of any type must only be driven on roads.


“Therefore, off-road vehicles cannot be driven on Jekyll Island,” said Jekyll Island Authority legal associate Chris O’Donnell. “These rules also apply at the Jekyll Island Campground.”


Golf carts are allowed on Jekyll Island roadways, as long as the vehicles follow new regulations enacted by the Georgia Legislature in January, 2012. Those regulations are that all golf carts have the following:


-          A braking system sufficient for the weight and passenger capacity of the vehicle, including a parking brake.

-          A reverse warning device which is function when the cart backs up.

-          A main power switch, which should be able to turn the vehicle both on and off.

-          Head lights and tail lights, reflex reflectors, safety warning labels, horn, and rear view mirror.

-          A seat belt for each passenger in the vehicle, to be worn at all times when the cart is moving.


This law also requires that children be incompliance with the child safety seat and booster seat laws.


We at the Jekyll island Authority thank you for complying with these safety regulations.

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