Failure to Signal

Our Palm Beach and Broward County traffic ticket defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert have decades of experience in representing individuals who have received traffic tickets of all types. We know that while receiving a traffic ticket for a noncriminal traffic infraction is not the same as being charged for, say, a serious crime for which you might serve prison time, the process of handling the ticket (and paying for its consequences) can be incredibly frustrating and unnerving, not to mention inconvenient. For instance, being ticketed for failure to signal (as discussed below), can cause you to have to appear in court, pay court costs, pay fines, receive points on your license and pay increased car insurance rates.

Florida State Statute 316.155 outlines when signaling in/from a vehicle is required. According to the regulation, no person may turn a vehicle from a direct course or move left or right on a highway unless and until the movement can be made with reasonable safety, and then they can only do so after giving an appropriate signal (to be detailed below), in the event that any other vehicle may be affected by the movement.

Specifically, the law provides that a “signal of intention to turn left or right” must be given continuously during not less than the last 100 feet traveled by the vehicle before turning; however, as our Palm Beach and Broward County traffic ticket defense lawyers know, a signal by hand or arm need not be given continuously by a bicyclist if the hand is needed in the control or operation of the bicycle. Moreover, no person may stop or suddenly decrease the speed of the vehicle in which they are driving without first giving an appropriate signal to the driver of any vehicle immediately to the rear, when there is an opportunity to give such a signal (i.e., this would not be applicable to instances in which there is an accident and cars must suddenly come to a screeching halt).

S. 316.155 goes on to say that the signals provided in s. 316.156 shall be used to indicate an intention to turn, overtake, or to pass a vehicle and may not (except as discussed in s. 316.2397) be flashed on one side only or on a parked or disabled vehicle or flashed as a courtesy or “do pass” signal to operators of other vehicles approaching from the rear. This is intended as to not confuse other drivers; signals should indicate your anticipated movements, not as a communicatory mechanism whereby you can instruct others on how they should drive, regardless or whether or not you find it polite to do so.

If you are given a ticket for a noncriminal traffic infraction, such as the one described above, you can either go to court and try to fight the ticket or you can, within 30 days of the issuance of the ticket, pay the civil penalty and delinquent fee, which can amount to a significant dollar amount causing you considerable financial stress, and deal with the added points and increased insurance costs. Our experienced traffic ticket defense lawyers know the strategies that work in fighting these types of tickets; we will go to court for you, fight your ticket, and, in most cases, be able to free you from the imposition of fines, fees, points, increased insurance rates, etc.

If you’ve received a noncriminal traffic infraction ticket in Palm Beach, Broward or Miami-Dade County, contact our lawyers at the Law Offices of Leifert & Leifert. To schedule a free consultation, please call 1-888-5-DEFEND (1-888-533-3363). We look forward to assisting you!

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