The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) defines aggressive driving as, “when individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses to endanger other persons or property.” There are several Florida statutes that address what could be considered aggressive driving through a crosswalk.
According to Florida Statute 316.1923, aggressive careless driving involves at least 2 of the following:
- Improperly or unsafely changing lanes;
- Following too closely;
- Failing to yield the right-of-way;
- Improperly passing; or
- Failing to obey traffic signs and signals.
Florida Rules for Driving Through a Crosswalk
- Drivers are required to stop before reaching the crosswalk when approaching a red light. If there is a person in or at the crosswalk, drivers must allow the pedestrian who has the proper signal to cross the street. If there is no crosswalk, drivers must stop before reaching the intersection.
- When the traffic signal facing the pedestrian is a solid green light the pedestrian has the right to proceed across a marked or unmarked crosswalk. Motor vehicles with the green light must proceed cautiously straight or make a left or right turn, if permitted and yield (stop or slow down) to any pedestrians in the intersection or crosswalk.
- Vehicles are allowed to enter the intersection when they have a green light or turn arrow but they must yield to any pedestrians in a crosswalk.
- If a driver has been in the intersection waiting to make a left turn on a steady yellow light, the driver must yield to pedestrians.
- Drivers must stop completely if ever a visually impaired pedestrian is guided by a dog or is carrying a white cane in an extended or raised position. Drivers must also stop if someone using a wheelchair, service animal or other mobility aid crosses a roadway.
There is a theme to these rules. Vehicles, both motorized ones and bicycles, must yield to people on foot. Why is that? People don’t wear armor as they walk the streets. They need the law to protect them from drivers who are protected by seat belts, airbags, helmets in the case of cyclists and various other safety features. Pedestrians almost always have the right of way in a crosswalk.
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