Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Law Regarding Following Too Closely for Trucks and Trailers?

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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. Drivers of a motor vehicle that is towing another vehicle and traveling upon a roadway outside a business or residence district must stay at least 300 feet behind another motor truck.
Aggressive driving is a leading problem on Florida roadways and is a main factor in the amount of motor vehicle crashes and deaths. 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 can 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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