What constitutes a moving violation in Florida?
Answer: In Florida, like other states, a moving violation is any traffic offense that occurs while a vehicle is in motion. Moving violations cover a wide range of offenses, and can be simple infractions or felonies, depending on the offense and the circumstances.
Moving violations usually include such offenses as:
- Driving faster than or slower than the speed limit
- Running a red light or a stop sign
- Driving without a seat belt
- DUI (driving under the influence).
Florida operates on a point system, whereby drivers accrue points for every conviction on their driving record. Points for moving violations range from three points to six points, including:
- Leaving the scene of an accident – 6 points
- Speeding and causing an accident – 6 points
- Reckless driving – 4 points
- Moving violations that result in an accident - 4 points
- Driving 16 mph or more over the speed limit – 4 points
- Passing a stopped school bus – 4 points
- Driving 15 mph or less over the speed limit – 3 points
- All other moving violations – 3 points
- Curfew violations - 3 points
Depending on the violation and the number of prior convictions on your driving record, another conviction for a moving violation in Florida can be a serious charge. It is important to understand the status of your driving record if you are convicted of this offense. Anyone accruing more than twelve points in twelve months faces a driver’s license suspension and should retain an attorney to help them address these charges.