Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Legal Duty of a Driver Approaching a Flashing Yellow Light?

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When a flashing yellow signal is illuminated, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution. Florida Statute section 316.076 – Flashing Signals. However, this provision of sec. 316.076 does not apply at railroad-highway grade crossings; the conduct of drivers approaching such crossings is governed by sections 316.1575 and 316.159 of Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control. A violation of the provisions of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.
Basically, a flashing yellow light means a driver may proceed forward with caution. Flashing, yellow signals are used at, or just before, dangerous intersection, or to alert drivers to a warning sign such as a school crossing or sharp curve.
Traffic signals are places at intersections to keep traffic moving and to avoid crashes. Florida drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists must obey these signals, except when an officer is directing traffic. If a traffic signal appears to be out of order, treat the traffic light as it if were a four-way stop sign.

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