Florida is a state that is known for its beautiful beaches, sunny weather, and vibrant culture. However, if you're a driver in Florida, there are several laws that you need to be aware of in order to stay safe and avoid getting ticketed by law enforcement. In this blog, we will cover five of the most important and commonly misunderstood traffic laws in the state of Florida.
1. Texting While Driving is Prohibited
As of July 1, 2019, texting while driving became a primary offense in Florida, which means that law enforcement officers can pull over drivers who are seen texting and driving. This is a significant change from the previous law, which only allowed officers to cite drivers for texting while driving if they had committed another traffic offense.
The dangers of failing to avoid texting and driving include the risk of serious injury or death for both the driver and others on the road. It is vital for all drivers to stay focused on the road and avoid any distractions, including texting, to ensure their safety and the safety of those around them.
2. Restrictions on Passing School Buses
Florida law requires all drivers to stop for a school bus that has its stop sign and flashing lights activated. The only exception to this is if you are driving on the opposite side of a divided highway that has a median at least five feet wide.
Failing to stop for a school bus can lead to accidents and injuries, particularly for children who may be boarding or disembarking from the bus. Drivers who violate this law can be fined and have points added to their license, but the risks to human life and safety are far greater than any possible penalty.
3. Requirements for Child Car Seats
Florida law requires that all children up to the age of five be secured in a child car seat or booster seat. Children from ages six to 17 are required to wear a seat belt, regardless of whether they are sitting in the front or back seats. Failing to use a car seat can put children at risk of serious injury or death in the event of a car accident. The use of proper car seats and booster seats is essential for ensuring the safety of young passengers
4. Consequences of Driving Without Insurance or a Valid License
Driving without insurance or a valid license is illegal in Florida, and can result in severe consequences. In Florida, the minimum coverage for car insurance is $10,000 in personal injury protection and $10,000 in property damage liability.
Driving without insurance is a significant risk as it can leave drivers financially responsible for all damages and injuries resulting from an accident. In case of an accident, the driver may find themselves facing substantial expenses, legal issues, and even the possibility of having their driver's license revoked. If you are caught driving without a license, you could face a fine up to $500, community service hours, and/or jail time.
5. Move Over Law
Florida's Move Over Law requires drivers to move over one lane when they see emergency vehicles, tow trucks, sanitation vehicles, or utility service vehicles stopped on the side of the road with their lights flashing. If you are unable to move over due to traffic conditions, you must slow down to a speed 20 mph less than the posted speed limit. Failing to comply with Florida's Move Over Law can put the lives of emergency responders, tow trucks, and other utility workers in danger.
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