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Following Too Closely Traffic Ticket - Florida Statute 316.0895(1)

Posted by attorney David Gilbert

FLORIDA'S "FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY" STATUTE STATES THAT "[T]HE DRIVER OF A MOTOR VEHICLE SHALL NOT FOLLOW ANOTHER VEHILE MORE CLOSELY THAN IS REASONABLE AND PRUDENT, HAVING DUE REGARD FOR THE SPEED OF SUCH VEHICLES AND THE TRAFFIC UPON, AND THE CONDITION OF, THE HIGHWAY."

Often times, a driver will receive a citation for this offense when involved in a rear-end collision. However, just because your vehicle has impacted the rear bumper of another vehicle does not necessarily mean that you are guilty. If you rear-end another vehicle and the driver of the other vehicle stopped suddenly, without reason, or their vehicle was stopped in the road on the trough of a hill or bridge, you may not be guilty of this offense because the accident could have occurred even with the most reasonable and prudent driving.

This offense can result in higher insurance premiums, up to four points on your driving record, a fine, and / or driving school. Also, your license may be suspended if you are involved in three or more accidents within a three year period and the tickets do not result in dismissal or not guilty verdict.

We defend following too closely citations in the Tampa Bay area, including Clearwater, Tampa, Sarasota, Bradenton, New Port Richey, Brooksville, Lakeland and St. Petersburg.

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