Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Legal Duty of a Driver Approaching a Flashing Red Light?

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When a flashing red signal is illuminated, Florida drivers have a to stop at a clearly marked stop line. If no stop line exists, drivers must stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection. If there is no crosswalk, then drivers must stop at the point nearest the intersection roadway before entering the intersection. The right to proceed through the intersection is subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign. Florida Statute section 316.076 – Flashing Signals. However, this provision of sec. 316.076 does not apply at railroad-highway grade crossings; the conduct of drivers approaching such crossings is governed by sections 316.1575 and 316.159 of Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control. A violation of the provisions of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.
Basically, a flashing red light means the same thing as a stop sign. A flashing red light is used at ALL dangerous intersections.
Traffic signals are places at intersections to keep traffic moving and to avoid crashes. Florida drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists must obey these signals, except when an officer is directing traffic. If a traffic signal appears to be out of order, treat the traffic light as it if were a four-way stop sign.

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