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Traffic Control Violations

The most common Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law offenses include "running a red light" or "failing to stop at a stop sign." You can also get a citation because of a red light camera.

Even attempting to avoid a traffic control device under Florida Statute § 316.074(2) can lead to a civil traffic citation for a moving violation. Under Florida Statute § 316.074(3), a moving violation can occur even if no device was in place.

Most violations for disobeying a traffic control device are classified as a noncriminal traffic violation under § 316.074(6), Fla. Stat.

Attorneys for Traffic Control Violations in Florida

After receiving a traffic ticket for failing to obey a traffic control device, contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. with offices in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, FL. Before you pay the traffic ticket, get convicted, and receive the points for the moving violation, call us for a free consultation.

From our offices in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, we represent clients with a traffic control violation in Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Miami, Orlando, and other major and smaller cities throughout the State of Florida. 

Call (561) 500-5000.

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Florida Traffic Control Device Requirements

The requirements for a traffic control device are found in the Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law. It might be a defense to the violation if, at the time of the offense, the device was not working properly or could not be seen.

Another defense involves being directed by a police officer to violate the traffic control device. Other defenses involve exceptions for the drivers of authorized emergency vehicles under § 316.074(1), Fla. Stat.

Florida Statute § 316.074(4), presumes the device was placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority when it is in a position approximately conforming to the Uniform Traffic Control Law. This presumption can be overcome by other evidence.

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The Different Types of Traffic Control Devices in Florida

Florida law provides for several different types of traffic control devices including:

  • Stop sign
  • 4-Way Stop
  • Do Not Enter
  • No U-Turn
  • No Turn on Red
  • No Passing
  • No Right Turn
  • Must Turn
  • Divided Highway Ahead
  • Speed Limit
  • Speeding Fines Doubled
  • Begin Right Turn
  • Center Turn Lane
  • Turn Lanes
  • No Turns
  • Emergency Stopping Only
  • Restricted Lane Ahead
  • Exit Speed

This article was last updated on Friday, March 23, 2018.

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