Failing to Stop at a Stop Sign or Stoplight in Florida—the Laws
Pursuant to Sections 316.074 and 316.075 of the Florida Statutes, all drivers are required to obey the instructions of any official traffic control device. This includes stop signs, stoplights, and other emergency traffic signals. It is also illegal to drive a vehicle from one roadway to another roadway in order to avoid a stop sign or stoplight.
Section 316.075 of the Florida Statutes states that drivers need to stop at stoplights and when they can make a right turn. These specific driving laws help to protect other motor vehicle drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians from serious harm and injury. If you fail to stop at a stoplight or stop sign or if you fail to come to a complete stop at stop sign, then you will be receive a moving violation citation.
Section 316.0083 of the Florida Statues states that motor vehicle drivers shall stop behind the stop bar or clearly marked stop line. Failure to do so may result in a citation. If making a right-hand turn in a careful and prudent manner, however, and you fail to stop at a red light, then a citation may not be issued. This happens at intersections and is subject to the officer’s interpretation. If they feel that you were not making a right hand turn in a prudent manner, then the officer can cite you with a ticket.
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