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Traffic Lights

The state of Florida utilizes traffic lights to signal drivers on which way to go and to reduce accidents. That is why Florida has steep penalties for those who violate traffic light laws. Running a red light, turning right on red incorrectly or failing to yield can all lead to a serious fine and even an increased premium. If you believe you were unfairly ticketed for violating a traffic light, then we implore you to contact a traffic defense attorney.

A traffic ticket might not seem like a big deal, but it can snow-ball into something greater. If you admit guilt, then the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) can add points to your license as a result. Accumulating a certain amount of points can lead to your license being administratively suspended for a period. We recommend you fight back and avoid having points to your license by calling an experienced defense attorney.

Defense Lawyer for Traffic Light Violations in West Palm Beach, FL

Violating a traffic signal can lead to an expensive fine and points added to your license. Avoid this entirely by calling the skilled traffic defense attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. We have represented numerous people with traffic light tickets and helped them avoid high premiums and fines. Contact us now to learn more about our practice and your legal options. 

You can call us at (561) 500-5000 to set up your first consultation completely free. From there we will discuss your traffic violation and chart out a sturdy defense plan for your citation. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents people throughout the greater Palm Beach County area including West Palm Beach, Boca Raton and Jupiter.

Overview of Traffic Light Violations in FL

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The Different Types of Traffic Lights in Florida

Electronic traffic signals direct traffic to stop and proceed in busy interactions. They also ensure an orderly flow of traffic, by allowing pedestrians or vehicles to cross an intersection at appropriate times. The purpose of these signals is to reduce accidents and conflicts between vehicles and pedestrians entering and leaving intersections.

Florida uses various types of traffic lights to stabilize and direct traffic including:

  • Green Traffic Control Light – Go, but only if the intersection is clear. Must yield to pedestrians or vehicles that are still in the intersection. If turning left, the driver must wait until a gap in oncoming traffic is open for them to complete the turn.
  • Yellow Traffic Control Light – Stop or slow down if you’re able to. The light is about to turn red.
  • Red Traffic Control Light – Must come to a complete stop at the marked line or before moving onto a crosswalk or intersection. You can turn right on red if there is no “NO TURN ON RED” sign present. You can only turn left on a red light from a one-way street into another one-way street.
  • Flashing Red Traffic Control Light: When a traffic control light is flashing red, it’s acting more as a stop sign. You can proceed after stopping but must follow right-of-way rules.
  • Green Arrow Traffic Control Light – You can turn in the direction the arrow is pointing. If the red light is blinking at the same time, you must turn in the proper lane and yield the right-of-way to any vehicles or pedestrians in that intersection.
  • Yellow Arrow Traffic Control Light – Stop if you’re able to and slow down because the arrow is about to turn red. If blinking, it means you can turn but it must be in that lane and yield right-of-way to vehicles or pedestrians in the intersection.
  • Red Arrow Traffic Control Light – Must come to a complete stop at the marked stop line or before moving into the crosswalk or intersection. If the light is on, you cannot turn right on red even if traffic allows you to.
  • Flashing Signals – Essentially has the same meaning as a stop sign and normally used in dangerous intersections. It’s to alert you to use caution ahead or there is a school crossing/sharp curve you are about to run into.

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Penalties for Traffic Light Violations in FL

The most common violation associated with traffic light is running a red light. You can receive a ticket by running a red light in the presence of a traffic control officer or by a red light camera and receive the ticket in the mail. No matter the circumstances, you will have four points added to your driver’s license and face a $125 for the traffic violation. 

Running a red light isn’t the only violation associated with traffic signals. You can also be ticketed for failing to yield to vehicles or pedestrians at a light. Failing to yield at a traffic control light can lead to a fine of up to $151. As a result, the DHSMV will also add four points to your license for the traffic offense.

Another traffic violation many don’t think of is failing to stop completely before turning on a red light. Under Florida law, you can only make a right turn at a red light if you stopped completely at the signal before making the turn. Intentionally and knowingly violating this law will lead to a $125 dollar fine and up to three points added to your driver’s license.

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Point Suspensions by the DHSMV

Drivers who have violated traffic laws multiple times within a year could have their license administratively suspended. These points are assigned based on the type of violation and will remain on your record for up to five years. To have your license reinstated, you must complete the suspension period and submit enrollment in an Advanced Driver Improvement course.

The following chart shows the duration of suspension for each point accumulation threshold: 



12 points within 12 months

30-day suspension

18 points within 18 months

Three-month suspension

24 points within 36 months

One-year suspension

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Additional Resources

Florida’s Point System for Tickets – Visit the official website for the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to learn more about their point and suspension system. Access the site to learn more about how points work for tickets in or out of state, how many points a traffic violation accumulates and how long are suspension periods by DHSMV.

Florida Driver’s Handbook – Visit the official website for the Department of Highway safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to access their Official Florida Driver License Handbook. Download or view the document to learn traffic signals, what they mean and what happens if you disobey traffic control lights.

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Traffic Light Violation Lawyer in Palm Beach County, FL

If you have been ticketed in an unfair manner for violating traffic light laws, we recommend you seek legal counsel. It might seem like your only option is to pay the ticket, but with the right legal representation you may not have to. Hiring an attorney such as the ones at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. can significantly increase your chances of having your ticket dismissed and avoid paying any fines.

Contact us now at Tra(561) 500-5000 to learn more about our practice. We have been representing clients accused of traffic violations for years. We know the ins and outs of traffic laws and courts in Florida and we will use that knowledge for your case. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. practices throughout the West Palm Beach area including Boca Raton and Jupiter, Florida.

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Palm Beach
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West Palm Beach, FL 33401
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