Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver of an Animal Drawn Vehicle?

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Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.073 – Applicability to Animals and Animal-Drawn Vehicles, all Florida drivers of an animal-drawn vehicle upon a Florida roadway are subject to the provisions of Chapter 316 applicable to drivers of standard vehicles, except those provisions which by there nature can have no applications. Also, all the provisions of Chapter 316 applicable to pedestrians, except sec. 316.130(3), apply to any person riding or leading an animal upon a roadway or shoulder thereof.
An “animal-drawn vehicle” is typically a mechanized piece of equipment pulled by one animal or a team of animals.
Basically, this section of Florida Statutes, considers an animal-drawn vehicle like a standard vehicle. Therefore, any person who is operating an animal-drawn vehicle must follow the traffic laws as if they were the driver of a regularly operated, motorized vehicle. (NOTE: “Vehicle” is defined as every device, in, upon, or by which any person or property is or may be transported or drawn upon a highway, excepting devices used exclusively upon stationary rails or tracks.).

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