Monthly Archives: August 2011

Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Law Regarding Following Too Closely?

Section 316.0895 – Following too Closely, Florida Statutes, states that the driver of any motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more clearly than is reasonable and prudent, while also having due regard for the sped of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles defines “aggressive driving” as “the act of operating a motor vehicle in a selfish, bold, or pushy manner, without regard for the rights or safety of others.” This type of driving includes behaviors stemming from road rage to street racing. Aggressive driving … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Law Regarding Following Too Closely for Trucks and Trailers?

Section 316.0895 – Following too Closely, Florida Statutes, states that the driver of any motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more clearly than is reasonable and prudent, while also having due regard for the sped of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway. Drivers of a motor vehicle that is towing another vehicle and traveling upon a roadway outside a business or residence district must stay at least 300 feet behind another motor truck. Aggressive driving is a leading problem on Florida roadways and is a main factor in the amount of motor vehicle … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Law Regarding Following Too Closely in Motorcase or Caravan?

Section 316.0895 – Following too Closely, Florida Statutes, states that the driver of any motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more clearly than is reasonable and prudent, while also having due regard for the sped of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway. Those motor vehicles that are driven upon any roadway outside a business or residence district and traveling in a caravan, whether or not towing other vehicles, must allow sufficient space between each vehicle of combination of vehicles so as to enable other motor vehicles to enter or occupy such space without … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Law Regarding Driving on Divided Highways?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.090 – Driving on Divided Highways, whenever a Florida highway has been divided into two or more roadways, every vehicle shall be driven only upon the right-hand side of the roadway, unless directed or permitted to use another side of a roadway by official traffic control devices or police officers. A Florida highway may be divided into two or more roadways by: 1. An intervening space; 2. A physical barrier; or 3. Any clearly indicated dividing section constructed so as to impede vehicular traffic. Also, … Continue reading

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Crash on U.S. 441 Ends Life of High Springs, Florida Firefighter (Chad Hood)

A High Springs, Florida, firefighter was killed in a motorcycle-motor vehicle crash on U.S. 441 while he was headed to his 24-hour shift. The man was identified as 35-year-old Chad Hood of Gainesville, Florida. Hood is survived by his wife and 4-year-old son, among others. According to reports, Hood was en route to his 24-hour shift when his 1999 Suzuki motorcycle collided with a Volkswagen minivan a little after 6:30 a.m. The reports also state the collision occurred after the minivan pulled out of a Fast Track convenience store parking lot on U.S. 441. The collision between the motorcycle and … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Are Further Limitations on Driving to the Left of Center of Roadway?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.087 -Further Limitation on Driving to Left of Center of Roadway, drivers are prohibited from driving their vehicles on the left side of any roadway in the following conditions: 1. When the vehicle is approaching or upon the crest of a grade that obstructs the driver’s view so as to create a hazard in the event another vehicle may approach from the opposite direction; 2. When driving upon a curve in the highway where the driver’s view is obstructed and creates a hazard in the … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – How Are No Passing Zones Defined and Marked?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.0875 – No Passing Zones, the Florida Department of Transportation and local authorities have the authority to designate portions of any highway where overtaking and passing or driving to the left of the roadway would be especially hazardous, as a No-Passing Zone. These zones shall be indicated as such by appropriate signs or markings on the highway or roadway. The signs shall also indicate the beginning and end of the No-Passing Zone. Every sign shall by clearly visible to an ordinarily observant person and shall … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Regulations Apply to One Way Roadways and Rotary Traffic Islands?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.088 – One-way Roadways and Rotary Traffic Islands, the Department of Transportation and local authorities, have the authority to designate any highway, roadway, part of a roadway, or specific lanes of traffic to proceed in one direction at such times, so long as such indication is indicated by official traffic control devices. When a roadway, part of a roadway, highway, etc. has been designated for one-way traffic, any vehicles on such roadway must be driven only in the designated direction. Any vehicles passing a rotary … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Rule for Driving within a Single Lane?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.089 – Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic Florida drivers must comply with certain rules and regulations under this statute. When driving on a Florida roadway that is divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules apply: – Drivers shall drive their vehicle as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not move their vehicle from their said lane until they have first ascertained and determined that such movement can be made with safety. Drivers in Florida … Continue reading

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Florida Traffic Laws – What Is Acceptable and Prohibited as to Center Lane Driving?

Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.089 – Driving on Roadways Laned for Traffic, Florida drivers must comply with certain rules and regulations under this statute. When a Florida roadway has been divided into two or more clearly marked lanes for traffic, the following rules apply: 1. Drivers must drive their vehicle as near as practicable within a single lane and shall not move from said lane until they ascertained and determined that such movement can be made with safety; 2. When driving upon a roadway that is divided into 3 … Continue reading

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