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

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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 is a leading problem on Florida roadways and is a main factor in the amount of motor vehicle crashes and deaths.
Although Florida is prohibited from enforcing their aggressive driving law by state statute, aggressive driving can still be notated on a traffic citation. For example, once a driver is cited fora specific traffic infraction (i.e., Section 316.0895 – Following too Closely, Florida Statues), the issuing police officer may select the “Aggressive Driving” located on Florida traffic tickets.
Following too Closely” combined with one of these actions is considered Aggressive Driving in the state of Florida:
1. Speeding;
2. Unsafe or improper lane change;
3. Failure to yield the right-of-way;
4. Improper passing;
5. Failure to obey traffic control devices.
You can read more Florida Traffic Laws on the Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. website.

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