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

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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 be obeyed by every Florida driver.
When driving in a No-Passing Zone, Florida drivers shall not at any time drive on the left side of the roadway or on the left side of any pavement striping designed to mark a No-Passing Zone throughout its length. Section 316.0875 is not applicable when an obstruction exists, which makes it necessary to drive to the left of the center of the highway or roadway, nor to a Florida driver who is turning his or her vehicle left into or from an alley, private road or driveway.
The following is a list of circumstances where Florida Drivers MAY NOT pass while driving upon a two-lane road with traffic moving in the opposite direction:
– Where there are visible signs reading “DO NOT PASS” or “NO PASSING ZONE”
– Where a solid yellow line is painted on your side of the center line
– When traveling upon hills or curves
– At intersections
– When you are within 100 feet of a bridge, viaduct, tunnel or railroad crossing.
You can read more Florida Traffic Laws on the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website.

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