Running a Stop Sign Ticket Attorney
Running a Stop Sign Laws
Stop sign laws imply that a driver of any vehicle approaching a stop sign should come to a complete stop at the limit line or marked line. If there is no limit line then the driver must come to a complete stop at the entrance to the intersection.
Running a stop sign or red light is one of the most common moving violations (especially popular when police officers must meet their ticket quotas for the month). Here are the basics on the enforcement, defenses and penalties for this offense in Florida.
The penalties for running a stop sign are typically monetary, but additional penalties can ensue. The typical fine for running a stop sign is between 70 to 200 dollars and (3 points) in Florida but they can be significantly higher depending on the circumstance of the charges, such as if the stop sign was in a school zone or construction zone. These fines may change over time and differ by county.
Florida Stop Sign Statutes
The right-of-way at an intersection may be indicated by stop signs or yield signs as authorized in s. 316.006.
(2)(a) Except when directed to proceed by a police officer or traffic control signal, every driver of a vehicle approaching a stop intersection indicated by a stop sign shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection. After having stopped, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle which has entered the intersection from another highway or which is approaching so closely on said highway as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time when the driver is moving across or within the intersection.
(b) At a four-way stop intersection, the driver of the first vehicle to stop at the intersection shall be the first to proceed. If two or more vehicles reach the four-way stop intersection at the same time, the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the vehicle on the right.
(3) The driver of a vehicle approaching a yield sign shall, in obedience to such sign, slow down to a speed reasonable for the existing conditions and, if required for safety to stop, shall stop before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or, if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway. After slowing or stopping, the driver shall yield the right-of-way to any vehicle in the intersection or approaching on another highway so closely as to constitute an immediate hazard during the time the driver is moving across or within the intersection. If such a driver is involved in a collision with a pedestrian in a crosswalk or a vehicle in the intersection, after driving past a yield sign without stopping, the collision shall be deemed prima facie evidence of the driver’s failure to yield the right-of-way.
(4) A violation of this section is a non criminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.
If you feel the Running a Stop Sign Ticket was issued in error, or just feel the ticket is unfair, you may fight it in court
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