Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Owner or Driver of a Disabled Vehicle Obstructing Traffic?

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Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.071 – Disabled Vehicles Obstructing Traffic, a driver of a vehicle has a duty to keep his or her disabled vehicle from obstructing the flow of traffic. Whenever a driver’s vehicle becomes disabled on any Florida street or highway and obstructs the regular flow of traffic, the driver must move the vehicle so as not to obstruct the regular flow of traffic. If the driver cannot move the vehicle alone, the driver must solicit help and move the vehicle so as not to obstruct the regular flow of traffic. Drivers who do not follow the provisions of this statute will be cited for a nonmoving traffic violation.
Maintaining the regular flow of traffic is beneficial to all drivers, passengers and pedestrians on Florida roadways. If your car suddenly becomes disabled it is for your safety and the safety of your passengers to remove the car from the roadway as soon as possible. This is especially true if your car is disabled on a highway or interstate where the speed limit is relatively high. On these faster Florida roadways, cars will not be able to stop as quickly or have a lot of time to see your vehicle in or to avoid being struck.

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