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Florida "Improper Backing" Traffic Ticket

Posted by attorney David Gilbert

Under Florida Statute 316.1985(1), "[t]he driver of a vehicle shall not back the same unless such movement can be made with safety and without interfering with other traffic." In addition, Florida Statute 316.1985(2) prohibits drivers from backing their vehicle "upon any shoulder or roadway of any limited access facility." The term "limited access facility" is defined as "[a] street or highway especially designed for through traffic and over, from, or to which owners or occupants of abutting land or other persons have no right or easement, or only a limited right or easement, of access, light, air, or view by reason of the fact that their property abuts upon such limited access facility or for any other reason. Such highways or streets may be parkways from which trucks, buses, and other ommercial vehicles are excluded; or they may be freeways open to use by all customary forms of street and highway traffic" (Fla. Stat. 316.003(19)). Any violation of Florida's Improper Backing statute is punishable as a moving violation and the offense may lead to points being assessed on your driving record.

Many times, drivers issued citations for improper backing hold CDL licenses and are unable to elect driving school to keep the points off their license. If you hold a CDL and have been issued a citation for Improper Backing, contact a local traffic attorney right away.

If you have been issued a citation for Improper Backing in Florida and you would to discuss your case with an attorney, you can contact my office for a free consultation.

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