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Violation of Traffic Control Device

Florida Statute 316.074 "Obedience to and Required Traffic Control Devices"

(1) The driver of any vehicle shall obey the instructions of any traffic control device applicable thereto, placed in accordance with the provisions of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a police officer, subject to the exceptions granted the driver of an authorized emergency vehicle.
(2) No person shall drive any vehicle from a roadway to another roadway to avoid obeying the indicated traffic control indicated by such traffic control device.

A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318. If you are convicted of this offense, three points will be assessed on your driving record.

What is a Traffic Control Device?
A traffic control device is any sign, marking, light, or other device used to regulate, warn, or guide drivers. Florida law requires that all traffic control devices comply with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD), except upon a showing of good cause. Traffic lights, speed limit signs, and safety zones are the most common basis for a violation of traffic control device citation in Florida.

Fight Your Traffic Control Device Ticket
Whenever an officer issues a citation for failure to obey traffic control device, the officer is usually cutting you a break financially as these citations often carry significantly lower fines than their more specific counterparts (unlawful speed, red light violations). For example, if you are speeding, the officer may issue you an unlawful speed citation or a failure to obey traffic control device OR you run a red light, you may receive a red light violation citation or a failure to obey traffic control device. While the officer has giving you a break by issuing this ticket, you should still challenge this citation in court. If you are interested in fighting your failure to obey TCD citation in the Tampa Bay area, please Call Now for a Free Consultation.

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