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Welcome to Florida! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Florida. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
At 18, teens are eligible for an unrestricted license.
Sanctions are based on specific number of points within a 12 month, 24 month, or a 36 month period.
The Florida Financial Responsibility Law requires that any person at fault in a crash resulting in bodily injury and property damage to others must have in effect at the time of the crash full liability insurance coverage.
Financial Responsibility Law minimum coverage:
No Fault Law requires owners of motor vehicles with 4 or more wheels (excluding taxis and limos), that have been in the state for at least 90 days of the past 365 to have the following coverage.
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle, or within 300 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must use your headlights:
A subsequent refusal is punishable as a first degree misdemeanor, which carries a jail term of up to 1 year and/or a fine of up to $1,000.
Under FL law, an implied consent law violator is required to complete a driver-training course.
A substance abuse course and alcohol treatment program is required for a defendant convicted of any DWI offense.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations when workers are present are subject to two times the original fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted for the purpose of indicating that the vehicle is lawfully stopped or disabled upon the highway.
A 3-foot minimum passing distance is required.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.