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Failing to obey a traffic signal or sign is a big deal

In order to regulate the flow of traffic at intersections, all states, including Florida, utilize a system of safety measures. Failing to obey a traffic signal or sign could result in a traffic citation. For instance, if a driver fails to stop at a stop sign or red traffic light, a serious or deadly crash could occur. Under these circumstances, most people would opt for the traffic ticket over causing injuries or death to another person.

The laws of each state may vary slightly, but in general, a vehicle must come to a complete stop at a red light or stop sign. Without coming to a full and complete stop and obey a traffic device, a driver may not correctly assess the traffic situation and make a mistake that could cost lives. Drivers know this, so they make every effort to obey these laws in order to avoid a catastrophe.

The problem is that everyone makes mistakes. Whether a driver misjudges the distance through the light and it turns red before the vehicle enters the intersection or foliage or some other obstacle obscures a stop sign, a driver may run the red light or stop sign in question. It may be tempting for a Florida resident to simply accept the citation, plead guilty and then pay the fine, but that may not be a good idea.

Most traffic offenses such as failing to obey a traffic signal or sign could result in the assessment of points against a driver's license. Once enough points accumulate, that driver's license may be suspended. In other cases, if an individual drives for a living, some offenses could result in the loss of a job. For these reasons, it may be a good idea to consider challenging the citation.

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