Impeding Traffic

 

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

All road users routinely and legally delay other road users.  “Impeding” is when a driver delays others in a particular way that has been defined by the state to be unlawful. In florida impeding is defined as follows:

Unlawful Speed: 316.183 (5) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

This law does NOT apply to human powered vehicles.

Impeding traffic is not, in itself, a violation.  There are many situations in which bicyclists legally delay other traffic. They may do so lawfully if traveling in a narrow lane, passing other vehicles, preparing far a left turn, avoiding any unsafe condition, and other situations.  Other drivers must wait until it is safe and legal to pass in those situations.

Drivers encounter many circumstances in which they are slowed or stopped.  Garbage trucks, mail carriers, stopped vehicles, traffic lights, stop signs among many others.

If a driver can safely pass within the lane or by changing lanes, he is not being impeded.

Category: Impeding Traffic

 

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

The most common cause of delay for motorists is other motorists.

All road users routinely and legally delay other road users.  “Impeding” is when a driver delays others in a particular way that has been defined by the state to be unlawful. In florida impeding is defined as follows:

Unlawful Speed: 316.183 (5) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.

This law does NOT apply to human powered vehicles.

Impeding traffic is not, in itself, a violation.  There are many situations in which bicyclists legally delay other traffic. They may do so lawfully if traveling in a narrow lane, passing other vehicles, preparing far a left turn, avoiding any unsafe condition, and other situations.  Other drivers must wait until it is safe and legal to pass in those situations.

Drivers encounter many circumstances in which they are slowed or stopped.  Garbage trucks, mail carriers, stopped vehicles, traffic lights, stop signs among many others.

If a driver can safely pass within the lane or by changing lanes, he is not being impeded.

Two Abreast Impeding Traffic

Question Michael asked:  I recently received a ticket for riding two abreast and impeding traffic on A1A.  The traffic lane is 10′ 2″ with a 3 ft paved shoulder.  I want to contest the ticket based on the 316.2065 substandard

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Normal Speed of Traffic

Question Herman also asked: Does the following apply even if the person riding a bicycle is the only traffic on the road? s. 316.2065 – Bicycle Regulations (5)(a) …. Any person operating a bicycle upon a roadway at less than

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Wide Vehicles – Narrow Lanes

Question NE2 asked:  Why is 14 feet the accepted minimum for a “substandard-width” lane.  Florida Statute 316.515(1) says that a vehicle may be 102 inches (8.5 feet) wide, not including safety devices (e.g. mirrors). I don’t know how far mirrors

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No Bike Lanes

Question Tom asked:  The city is finally repaving a very busy street and city officials have told me they want to discourage bike use on this street. They won’t consider bike lanes because of the streets narrow width and won’t

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Bicycles Impeding Traffic

Question John asked:  Recently my friend and I were stopped for impeding traffic on a road way of less than 14 feet. I looked up the law on your site which states on roadways less then 14 ft, the vehicle

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