Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver to Yield to Public Transit Vehicles?

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Florida law establishes duties upon drivers within the state. Among these duties is a Florida driver’s duty to yield the right-of-way in certain circumstances, one of which is when a vehicle crosses the path of any public transit vehicles. Pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.0815 – Duty to Yield to Public Transit Vehicles, drivers of vehicles must yield the right-of-way to any publicly owned transit bus that is traveling in the same direction when that bus has signaled and attempted to reenter the traffic flow from a specifically designated pullout bay. However, this section does not relieve the driver of any public transit bus from his or her duty to drive with due regard for the safety of all persons using the roadway.
When it comes to who has the right-of-way, Florida law only regulates who must yield (give up) the right-of-way. Every Florida driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash.
Safe driving in Florida results from practice and good habits. Safe driving in Florida is also based on being alert while behind the wheel. Drivers should ensure that nothing interferes with their ability to see the road, react to situations or operate a vehicle properly. Drivers should stay alert to their surroundings and never take their eyes off the road.

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