Everything You Need to Know About Common Traffic Violations in Florida

Everything You Need to Know About Common Traffic Violations in Florida Hanlon Law Bradenton February 29 2024As a resident of Florida, you might be wondering what the most common traffic violations you can be pulled over for are. Here’s a list of the most common traffic violations that are committed by drivers in Florida which may cause you to be arraigned in traffic court.

Driving Without License Plates (Unless Required by Law)

It is illegal for drivers to drive with no license plates on their cars, trucks, and SUVs in Florida. The only time a driver is allowed to drive without these items is when there is a medical emergency and they need to get to a hospital, as well as military personnel during times of training (for the military) or deployment.

Failure To Wear Seat Belts

This traffic violation also can be considered a secondary offense but is usually only charged against drivers who violate another rule, such as speeding or running a red light. The driver and his or her passengers must wear seat belts at all times. Failure to fasten seat belts is one of the top 10 lethal traffic accidents in Florida.

Cell Phone Usage While Driving

Cell phone usage can lead to serious traffic accidents, especially if the driver is talking on their cell phone while driving. Florida’s Wireless Communications While Driving Law makes it illegal to manually use a cell phone while driving. If a driver is caught manually using a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle, they might receive a ticket. Drivers may use hands-free devices to avoid this ticket.

Failure to Stop at a Red Light or Stop Sign

Drivers in Florida must come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. Failure to do so can lead to an expensive ticket. This is likely to cause an accident, especially if the driver is speeding at the time. It’s an offense that is heavily enforced by traffic enforcement officers in the Florida Highway Patrol.

Speeding Tickets (including speeding in a school zone)

Speeding is by far the most common traffic violation committed by drivers in Florida. The average speed of vehicles on Florida roadways is 5 miles per hour over the posted speed limit, regardless of road conditions. Speeding tickets are issued during daylight hours and at night when lights are in operation.

Many drivers have fallen prey to speeding. Speeding tickets are given out in large numbers. Drivers should remember that they are likely to be caught if they are speeding, and they could wind up being cited for this traffic violation. The CCTV system is used in Florida to catch speeding drivers. If a driver is caught speeding, they may have to pay a fine and court costs.

Reckless driving

It is against the law to drive a motor vehicle recklessly or in a manner that shows a wanton disregard for the safety of people or property. The speed at which you are traveling is not taken into consideration when determining this charge. Speeding, tailgating, and failing to yield the right-of-way are some examples of reckless driving.

Expired Driver’s License

If a driver’s license is expired, they will be given a ticket. To avoid this ticket, the driver should make sure that their license is renewed before the expiration date. Drivers should also ensure that they are following all of the requirements to get their license renewed. Failure to follow these guidelines may lead to an expensive speeding ticket.

Expired Vehicle Registration

If vehicle registration is expired, it presents a driving hazard for others on Florida roadways. As with expired driver’s licenses, drivers should renew their vehicle registration before the expiration date. This traffic violation can lead to an expensive ticket.

Hit and Run

If a driver leaves the scene of an accident, they can be charged with violating the state’s traffic laws. Leaving the scene of an accident can lead to expensive fines and jail time. As a result, drivers should always contact a local car accident attorney if they have been involved in any type of vehicle collision.

Habitual Traffic Offender

If a driver has more than three traffic violations in 365 days, they can be charged with violating this law. If a driver is pulled over for speeding, running a red light, or running through a stop sign – and they have already violated two or more of these offenses in the past year – they can receive an expensive ticket. For this ticket to occur, the habitual traffic offender must have been issued tickets before by police officers.

Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License

Drivers should make sure that they have a valid license before getting behind the wheel of their vehicles. If a driver is pulled over for speeding or running a stop sign and they do not have a valid license that , they will be given a ticket. Drivers who drive without a license can also face jail time in addition to the ticket fine.

Illegal U-turn

Drivers can be cited for making an illegal U-turn at an intersection. This is a very common violation in Florida, as drivers may be in a rush to get to their destinations. Drivers should always make sure that they are making U-turns within the legal limits and that they are not blocking traffic while doing so. Drivers should also note that navigating canals and waterways may require a special permit.


Tailgating is when a driver is too close to the vehicle in front of them. This can cause serious traffic accidents, especially if the driver who is behind is driving too fast. As with all moving violations, drivers must slow down to avoid being cited for this offense.

Driving After Drinking

It is against the law to drive under the influence (DUI). The DUI limit in Florida is 0.08%. If a driver is pulled over for driving under the influence, they may be arrested and given a DUI charge. It is illegal for drivers under the legal drinking age to drive after having too much to drink. Drivers who are younger than 21 years old must not have more than 0.02% blood alcohol in their bloodstream at any time and any amount above this will result in a ticket and possible arrest.

If you are caught and charged with one of these offenses, contact Hanlon Law for help. Our firm has represented criminal defendants facing felony or misdemeanor criminal charges for many years in Bradenton, Florida.

Visit our website today if you are facing a traffic violation charge.

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Bradenton, FL 34205
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Attorney Will Hanlon
Attorney Will Hanlonhttps://www.criminalattorneytampa.net/
As a native Floridian and criminal defense attorney, my family history in Tampa spans generations. Since being admitted to The Florida Bar almost 20 years ago, I founded Hanlon Law and have gained extensive legal experience in criminal courtrooms in and around Tampa and throughout Florida.

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