Special Hazards Driving Statutes Means that Drivers Should Slow Down As Needed for Weather, Children and other Circumstances

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In Florida and other Statutes, merely obeying the posted speed limits is not enough. There are circumstances on the roadways that take place every day that require drivers to slow down, and, yes, driver under the speed limit. Section 316.185, Florida Statutes addresses this issue by stating that “the posted speed limits shall not relieve the driver from the duty to decrease speed when approaching and crossing an intersection, when approaching and going around a curve, when approaching a hill crest, when traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway, or when special hazards exist or may exist with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or other roadway conditions, and speed shall be decreased as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance on or entering the street in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care. A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.”
If there is a rainstorm, automobile accident, children crossing the road, a group of bicycle riders, or other situations, driver should slow down for the safety of others. If all we had to do was to follow traffic signals and speed limits, we could have robots drive our vehicles; however, there is much more to driving than obeying speed limits and traffic signals.

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