What Florida Statute / Florida Law Applies to Traffic at a Red Light? Importance of Obeying the Law Especially for the Safety of Pedestrians and Children

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In Florida, there are a number of laws / statutes in place that apply to traffic regulation and rules of the road. It is important for every driver to obey Florida traffic laws and otherwise operate his or her motor vehicle with due care and caution. Section 316.075, Florida Statutes requires all vehicular traffic to stop and remain stopped at a red light until it changes. While this law is simple and clearly written, drivers violate this Florida statute every day on Florida roads and highways. A traffic control device is in place for a purpose. Following the traffic control device is vital for the safety of drivers, passengers, bicyclists, and pedestrians. A recent automobile accident / bus accident was reported in California by California News 13 – Deadly Los Angeles School Bus Crash. As a result of this automobile accident, 19 people were injured and 1 was killed on Monday after a BMW ran a red light, hit a pedestrian, and broadsided a school bus, making it flip onto its side. The driver and all but one passenger of the BMW fled the scene and were later caught by the police with the help of a nearby construction worker.
As illustrated by this reported accident, simple compliance with traffic control devices (i.e. red lights) can save lives and avoid the horrific consequences caused by careless driving.

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