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.

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