Meltzer and Bell, PA remains committed to the people of South Florida during this very difficult time. Please know that we are open and will remain so 24 hours a day, seven days a week to those in our community who need our help.

Traffic Control Device

If you receive a ticket for failing to obey the applicable instructions of any official traffic control device placed in accordance with the Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law, then contact an experienced traffic ticket lawyer at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. Most of these tickets are issued for "running a red light" and "failing to stop at a stop sign."

Under § 316.130(1), a pedestrian must also obey the instructions of any official traffic control device specifically applicable to the pedestrian unless otherwise directed by a police officer. A violation can occur even though no devices are in place under § 316.074(3), if the particular provision of the Uniform Traffic Control Law does not state that an official traffic control device is required. 

Additionally, under Florida Statute § 316.074(2), a person is not allowed to drive any vehicle from a roadway to another roadway to avoid obeying the traffic control indicated by such a traffic control device.

A violation of Florida’s rules prohibiting the disobedience of a traffic control device is a noncriminal traffic violation under § 316.074(6), Fla. Stat. Call us before you pay that ticket. Let us put our experience to work for you. With offices in Fort Lauderdale and West Palm Beach, our traffic ticket attorneys represent drivers throughout Broward County and Palm Beach County. 

Requirements for Traffic Control Devices in Florida

Florida Uniform Traffic Control Law sets out the requirements for these devices. It is a defense to the violation if at the  time and place of the alleged violation, the official device was not in the proper position or sufficiently legible to be seen by an ordinarily observant person. 

It is a defense to the violation if you were otherwise directed by a police officer. Also, exceptions are granted to drivers of authorized emergency vehicles under § 316.074(1), Fla. Stat. 

Legal Presumptions that the Traffic Control Device was Lawful 

Although under § 316.074(4), the law presumes that the device was placed by the official act or direction of lawful authority when it is in a position approximately conforming to the Uniform Traffic Control Law, the contrary can be established to overcome this presumption through competent evidence. Absent competent evidence to the contrary is presented, § 316.074(5), Fla. Stat.

Absent competent evidence to the contrary is presented, § 316.074(5), Fla. Stat., sets out a presumption of compliance with statutory requirements when any official traffic control device is placed pursuant to the provisions of the law and purporting to conform to the lawful requirements pertaining to such devices. 

Types of Traffic Control Devices

Different types of traffic control devices include:

  • Stop sign.
  • 4-Way Stop.
  • Do Not Enter.
  • No Passing.
  • No U-Turn.
  • No Right Turn.
  • Speed Limit.
  • Speeding Fines Doubled.
  • Must Turn.
  • Divided Highway Ahead.
  • No Turn on Red.
  • Turn Lanes.
  • No Turns.
  • Center Turn Lane. 
  • Begin Right Turn.
  • Exit Speed.
  • Restricted Lane Ahead.
  • Emergency Stopping Only.

This article was last updated on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

Tell Us About Your Case

All fields are required. Form use does not create an attorney-client relationship

Money Back Guarantee*
No Points No School No Court Or your money back*
From $45.00* (Non-Moving)

* Some restrictions apply. Non-Criminal infractions only. Court costs additional, if any. Call for more information.

Client Testimonials for Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
Client Testimonials
  • ...A long weekend vacation in Palm Beach resulted in the potential for serious consequences that could have set me back in unimaginative ways. M+B was a truly incredible legal advocate and was always accessible within minutes to answer questions and discuss the progress of the case within the system - truly remarkable. I could not have retained better legal representation in my case in Palm Beach County.

  • I just had to commend you on the outstanding job you did on behalf of your client in court yesterday. If my clients were ever to ask me if I know of a good DUI defense attorney, I know to whom I can refer them!

  • I was facing hard prison time and punishment. [Larry] did everything to pull strings and get me into rehab. After meeting with many therapists I finally got one to diagnose me successfully with Bipolar. Thanks to Larry I have been sober since 6/19/09. My health is great and my family life is amazing. It's because he saw something in me and my family that I wasn't just an alcoholic there was something that told me it was something else.

  • I was charged with a felony and facing the scary thought of losing my job, but thank you Attorney Steven Bell for helping me. Now I’m able to keep my job and take care of my family. I am truly amazed by your service, and you for understanding what I have to deal with. To me I’m very impressed by way you handled my case and was here to listen and make things OK!

  • Mr. Steven Bell, Words cant explain how thankful I am for you and your firm. I was facing felony charges and even looking at doing 5 years in jail! Not only did you fight for me, you got my case dismissed and dropped. For that, I don't have words to say “thank you” you were always kind and believed in me. You looked for every opportunity and you won! Thank you for being my guardian angel in disguise and steering me in the right direction. You are forever my “too go guy” thank you soooo much!

Read More
Client Testimonials