Florida Traffic Laws – What Is the Duty of a Driver Passing a Vehicle in the Opposite Direction?

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Florida law establishes various duties upon drivers within the State. Florida’s traffic laws establish rules and regulations that Florida drivers must follow. Among these duties, rules and regulations, Florida drivers may only pass vehicles on certain sides of the roadway and in certain circumstances. For example, pursuant to Title XXIII – Motor Vehicles, Chapter 316 – State Uniform Traffic Control, Section 316.082 – Passing Vehicles Proceeding in Opposite Direction, Florida drivers may only pass vehicles proceeding in opposite directions shall pass each other to the right. When passing a vehicle traveling in the opposite direction upon a roadway that have a width no more than one line of traffic in each direction, each driver shall give to the other at least one-half of the main-traveled portion of the roadway, as nearly as possible.
A violation of these provisions is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.
Drivers should take the following precautions when passing a vehicle:
– Keep a safe distance from the vehicle you are attempting to pass. The closer you are to the overtaken vehicle, the less you can see ahead (this is especially true when passing trucks, trailers and other large vehicles).
– Before passing, check your blind spots and make sure you have adequate of time and space to pass the vehicle safely.

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