Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Approaching an Intersection In Which the Traffic Light Is Inoperative?

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Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.1235, Florida drivers who are approaching an intersecting where the traffic lights of said intersection are not working (inoperative) shall treat the stop as a stop sign. The method of stopping is governed by section 316.123(2), Florida Statutes. Drivers must stop at a clearly marked stop line, or if there is no stop line before entering the cross walk, or at the point nearest the intersection roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic before entering the intersection. After stopping, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on the highway so as to constitute an immediate hazard when the driver is moving across or within the intersection. If at a four-way stop intersection, the driver of the first vehicle to stop at the intersection shall be the first to proceed. If two or more vehicles approach this type of intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
In the event that only some of the traffic lights at an intersection are inoperative, the driver of a vehicle approaching an inoperative light shall stop in the above-prescribed manner.
You can read more Florida Traffic Laws on the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website.

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