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Florida Traffic Laws

Most drivers already know the basic rules of driving. You must reach a complete stop at a stop sign, slow down in a school zone, signal before turning, and so on. Some rules are more complex or unfamiliar.

Florida's traffic laws are numerous, but you are responsible for obeying them all while driving. A mistake can risk a major car accident or an uncomfortable encounter with law enforcement.

Learn about Florida's laws before those scenarios happen. Your awareness of the law can also help you defend against a traffic ticket when your license is at stake.

What's in Florida's Traffic Code?

The Motor Vehicle Code for the state of Florida covers driving topics such as:

  • The procedure for overtaking other vehicles using the left lane
  • When you must change lanes, such as for hazards or emergency vehicles
  • When you must stop for school buses
  • Which drivers, pedestrians, or bicyclists have the right of way
  • General state speed limits, which can differ from actual posted speed limits
  • Right turns at a red light
  • Vehicle registration and car insurance requirements
  • Purchase and sale of vehicles
  • Penalties for traffic citations

In addition to state laws, Florida's Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles explains traffic rules in the Driver's Handbook. If you have a driving-related question, you can likely find the answer in these resources or by asking a traffic defense lawyer.

Top Florida Laws for Driving

Check the chart below to see Florida statutes that answer some of drivers' basic traffic law questions.

Drinking & Driving Violations Driving under the influence; penalties (FS 316.193)
Driving Without a License / With a Suspended License Drivers must be licensed; penalties (FS 322.03)
Driving Without Insurance / With Insufficient Insurance Financial Responsibility (FS Chapter 324)
Driving Without Registration / With Expired Registration Expiration of registration; renewal required; penalties (FS 320.07)
Illegal U-Turn Limitations on turning around (FS 316.1515)
Leaving the Scene of an Accident / Hit & Run Crash involving death or personal injuries (FS 316.027)Crashes involving damage to vehicle or property (FS 316.061)
Mechanical Violations State Uniform Traffic Control: Equipment (FS Ch. 316 scroll to 316.217 to 316.455)
Reckless Driving Reckless driving (FS 316.192)
Running a Red Light / Stop Sign Traffic control signal devices (FS 316.075)
Seat Belt / Child Restraint Violations Safety belt usage (FS 316.614)Child restraint requirements (FS 316.613)
Speeding Unlawful speed (FS 316.183)
Unlawful Vehicle Modifications State Uniform Traffic Control: Equipment (FS Ch. 316 scroll to 316.217 to 316.455)

Traffic Violations Can Affect Your Florida License

Getting your Florida driver's license is only the first hurdle you overcome to drive. Keeping your license can be an ongoing challenge if you have traffic tickets.

Under Florida's point system, you'll face license suspension if you get traffic infractions worth 12 total points within a year. You can face additional, longer suspensions if you get 18 points in 18 months or 24 points in three years. High-level offenses like drunk driving (DUI) can also trigger an automatic license suspension for six months or more.

You can usually regain your driving privileges after the suspension period with license reinstatement, which typically involves:

  • Completing any court requirements, such as an ignition interlock device installation
  • Taking a driver's education course
  • Paying fees

Fighting tickets and DUI charges in court can prevent these penalties without the time and effort it takes to get your license back. If a violation doesn't stay on your record, you will not incur the points and penalties.

Find Local Legal Advice

Get clear, detailed information when you face tickets or other vehicle-related issues. A Florida traffic law attorney can explain the rules and review your options with you. They can also help you prepare or defend you in traffic court. Whether your issue is reckless driving, missing a traffic control signal, or driving under the influence, an attorney can help you achieve your best possible outcome.

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  • Certain traffic violations carry significant penalties under Florida law
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