Florida Traffic Laws – What Are the Limitations on Overtaking, Passing, Changing Lanes and Changing Course?

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Under Florida law, drivers shall not drive to the left side of the center of the roadway in overtaking and passing another vehicle that is proceeding in the same direction, unless otherwise authorized or such left side is clearly visible and is free of oncoming traffic for a sufficient distance to permit such overtaking. Overtaking and passing another vehicle should be done without interfering with the operation of any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction of any vehicle overtaken. In every instance of overtaking and passing the overtaking vehicle must return to an authorized lane of travel as soon as practicable. In the event the overtaking of another vehicle involves the use of a lane authorized for vehicles traveling from the opposite direction, the overtaking vehicle must return to its authorized lane become coming within 200 feet of any approaching vehicle.
Drivers shall not travel from a direct course in any lane on any Florida highway until he or she has determined that that his or her vehicle is not being approached or passed by any other vehicle.
A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation. For the plain language of this Florida Statute please read Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.085 – Limitations on overtaking, passing, changing lanes and changing course.

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