The 411 on Florida’s Traffic Laws and Highway Safety

The 411 on Florida’s Traffic Laws and Highway Safety

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Train Crossings

You must stop at least 15 feet from the railroad track to give you a safe distance from the possibility of freight trains hitting and dragging your car.

School Bus Stops

You must stop if you are traveling on the road with a stopped school bus. If you are traveling in the opposite direction on the other side of a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least five feet or a raised median or a physical barrier, you do not need to stop. If a road has a center turn lane, you must stop for a loading or unloading school bus traveling in the opposite direction

Emergency Vehicles

When you hear sirens and see at least one visible lighted lamp, you can assume an emergency vehicle is not far away. You must be at least 500 feet behind the vehicle and yield the right of way. Drivers must drive to a parallel position or close to the nearest edge of a curb and remain there until the vehicle has passed. Drivers should keep a foot on their brake, so emergency vehicle drivers know you have stopped. Use caution in an emergency and follow any directions given by the police.

Road Work

Drivers must be alert to roadway changes and construction. Drivers should be aware of areas where the pavement is in poor condition and avoid soft shoulders.

Children Playing

Drivers must be extremely cautious in school zones, playgrounds, and parks. Their speed should be reduced significantly and should not exceed 15 mph or what is posted.

Drive the Speed Limit

Drivers should be aware of speed limits and know that the limits apply even if there are no visible posts around. Some cars display speed limits. The speed limit is 30 mph in a business or residential district unless otherwise posted. Rural interstates and four-lane highways have a default speed limit of 55.

Defensive Driving

Defensive driving is always being alert and prepared for the worst.

Retaining Distance Between Your Car and the Car In Front of You

It would help if you never were too close to another vehicle. It is crucial to retain a safe distance.


It takes about four times as much distance to stop when you're speeding. High speeds also have four times the destructive power in a crash.

Right of Way

Who has the right of way? The law gives the right of way to no one. It only says who must give up the right of way. Every driver, motorcyclist, moped rider, bicyclist and pedestrian must do everything possible to avoid a crash.


Drivers should exercise extreme caution when approaching and proceeding through intersections. Conflicting highways, vehicles making left and right turns and opposing signals all increase the collision potential at an intersection.

Distracted Driving

There are many distractions we are exposed to when driving, which reduce our concentration. Cell phones and music can interfere with driving. Texting while driving has led to many serious crashes. Do not text and drive.

Ronald Chapman

Ronald Chapman has a thorough understanding of Florida’s traffic laws and hopes you found this guide helpful. Ronald Chapman is an experienced defense attorney who knows the Florida criminal court system's ins and outs and is dedicated to his clients. Ronald Chapman can help you with your case.

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