More than 200 new Florida laws took effect July 1, 2023. Here are 6 new Florida traffic laws that all St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee residents need to know about
On July 1, 2023, more than 200 new laws went into effect in Florida. While most of these laws will not impact your day-to-day lives, there are a few that effect Florida drivers.
As Treasure Coast accident attorneys, we want to bring attention to six new laws that impact our roadways. Here are the new Florida traffic laws that every St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee resident needs to know about.
6 new laws that impact Treasure Coast roadways
1. A permit or driver’s license is required to operate a golf cart
Previously, Florida law allowed anyone 14 years or older to operate a golf cart. Now, under HB949, you must have a valid, government-issued permit or driver’s license to operate a golf cart.
- If you’re under 18, you must be at least 15 with a learner’s permit or 16 with a driver’s license.
- If you’re 18 and older, you must have valid government-issued identification to drive a golf cart.
2. Speed cameras are now legal for use in school zones
Under HB657, Florida cities and counties can use photo-enforced speed cameras in school zones. Drivers travelling more than 10 mph in school zones will receive a ticket in the mail. However, the speed cameras can only operate during the 45 minutes that school zones are in effect. The cameras will be turned off all other times and during holidays and summer months.
3. Enforcement of school bus passing infractions
St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee school districts now have the authorization to place and control cameras on the exteriors of buses to document drivers who illegally drive pass the bus while it’s displaying a stop sign. Drivers caught on camera could be fined $255.
4. Florida schools will now start later
Under a new law, Florida schools will have mandated start times. Middle schools are prevented from beginning the “instructional day” earlier than 8 a.m. High schools are barred from starting the school day before 8:30 a.m. While St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee school districts have until 2026 to implement these changes, the new law will impact daily traffic patterns.
5. Automakers cannot sell vehicle directly to consumers
A new bill bans automakers from selling vehicles directly to consumers. Now, all auto sales must be done through licensed dealerships. This does not affect buying a car from a friend or relative. Rather, this bill is considered a direct threat to Tesla, the electric vehicle manufacturer that sells cars online and through retail locations. Our Treasure Coast car accident attorneys believe this benefits consumers, as it protects dealers to offer lower prices and ensures you receive safe, certified vehicles.
6. Residents are better protected from bad faith property insurance companies
Under a new law, property insurance companies will be held more accountable for mishandling claims. Insurance providers will face more oversight and regulations as well as larger fines for any wrongdoing.
Did you know Hoskins, Turco, Lloyd & Lloyd handles denied or delayed property damage claims? If you suspect your insurance company is not holding up its end of the bargain under your homeowner’s insurance policy, contact our Treasure Coast property damage attorneys right away. Learn more here.
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