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Traffic Laws for Those Who Ride Motorcycles in Florida

Archer Law May 12, 2021

When you drive an enclosed vehicle like a car or a pickup truck, you must abide by a multitude of traffic laws. Many of these laws apply to motorcyclists as well as to other vehicle operators.

However, there are some Florida traffic laws motorcyclists must comply with that other motorists do not. Failure to comply with them can lead to expensive traffic citations. Not knowing the law is not a defense for violating it.

Examples of Florida Traffic Laws Exclusive to Motorcyclists

All states provide details about their traffic laws in order to help keep the roads safe and minimize violations. You can find this information in Florida’s Driver Handbook. Following are several key motorcycle laws that too many people aren’t familiar with or have forgotten:

  • Motorcycles must have headlights, which must always be on when you are riding.

  • Despite its many endorsements by motorcycle associations, lane splitting in Florida is unlawful and can result in a traffic citation.

  • Horsing around or doing stunts while riding a motorcycle is unlawful.

  • Motorcycles in Florida must have braking systems on both the front and back wheels of the bike.

  • Bike exhaust systems must prevent the excessive release of smoke and fumes and may not be modified by riders.

  • The handlebars on Florida bikes cannot be higher than the shoulders of the operator.

If you are charged with a traffic violation and you believe that you have grounds to dispute the charge, consider seeking guidance from an experienced law firm. An attorney can help you present your defense and protect your rights.