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Traffic Control Devices

Traffic control devices are signal devices used to inform and control traffic, including pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists. These devices are usually placed adjacent, over or along the highways, roads, traffic facilities and other public areas that require traffic control.

Failure to obey T.C.Ds is a non-criminal moving violation

What are traffic control devices?

Traffic devices are markers, signs and signal devices used to inform, guide and control traffic, including pedestrians, motor vehicle drivers and bicyclists. These devices are usually placed adjacent, over or along the highways, roads, traffic facilities and other public areas that require traffic control.

Will I get points on my license?

When receiving a non-criminal moving violation such as a failure to obey a T.C.D, points will be assessed to your license. Typically, this a 3 point offense depending on the infraction and circumstances with which the officer is presented, this may vary.

Points System

  • When you are charged with a traffic violation in Florida in many cases you can avoid getting the points but once the points are on your drivers license you cannot remove them.
  • If you are convicted of traffic violation such as speeding or any moving violation in Florida points will be accessed to your drivers license. And if you are an out of state driver the State of Florida will send the violation details to your state DMV.
  • Fines are doubled when infractions occur within a school zone or construction zone, with possible civil penalties up to $1,000 and can be required to complete driving school course.

Is traffic school required?

In many states, drivers who receive a traffic ticket for running a red traffic light are required to complete a Basic Driver Improvement course. Drivers will be informed of the requirement to complete the course via US Mail.

Causes of Driving Fatalities

Driving Fatalities

In 2012, reckless driving and speeding accounted for 36% of all traffic fatalities.

T.C.D State Statute & Penalties

Legal Consequences

Driving Record

  • After receiving a moving non-criminal violation, if you don’t intend to fight it, it will typically be posted by the DMV to your driving record as soon as you are convicted.
  • The length of time that a conviction stays on your record depends on the severity of the violation.

Insurance Premiums

  • Insurance companies can review and see the points that you have amassed on your record.
  • If insurance companies see that your driving record has been tainted with various violations, they will determine you as a non safe driver and will therefore increase your total insurance costs and premiums.

License Suspension

  • In the majority of the states, two systems are used to determine the severity of points,
  • System 1: The majority of moving violations are represented as a single point. Violations that are more severe just as excessive speeding will count as two points. If a driver receives 4 points in a year or 6 in two years, or 8 in three years they are at risk of losing their license.
  • System 2: Less grave violations such as minor speeding, turn signal violations count as two points. Severe violations like excessive speeding and running a stop sign can count up to 3, 4, or 5 points. If a driver receives over 12 points in a 1 year period, their license will be suspended.

The Power of a Good Traffic Attorney

Points Removed

Typically, an attorney has practiced law for enough time to have built a relationship with a judge or a jury. This can help your case, because if there is a relationship between an attorney and the person in charge of determining your charges, this will typically lead to a quicker process for an adjudication withheld.

No Increase in Insurance Premiums

In direct correlation with the point removal, if an attorney is successful at removing the points from your charge, this will prevent you from steep insurance increases in the long run.

No Court Appearance

When you hire an attorney for a small infraction such as a speeding ticket, the attorney will be able to to represent you in court without needing your presence. This will allow you to avoid having to make arrangements to appear in court.

How Can I Find The Right Legal Defense?

Ask These Questions

  • How much do you charge?

  • What can you do to help my case?

  • How many years have you been practicing law?

  • Are you part of any legal associations?

Locating An Attorney

Word of Mouth

Word of mouth can sometimes be the best form of publicity because you won’t be swayed by advertisements. If you’re referred an attorney by a friend or family member that had previously hired them, you’re more likely to save time doing extensive research. Please note that all cases are different and results will vary.

Yellow Pages

Hardly anyone ever uses the Yellow Pages anymore, and chances are that if you’ve found our site you probably aren’t using the Yellow Pages. If you open the Yellow Pages you’d be surprised to see that there is a wide array of attorneys that still advertise in them. It can never hurt to open them and extend your research base for the attorney you’re looking for.

Local Bar Association

Your local or state Bar association can usually provide you with a referral to a specific attorney for a low flat fee of around $35-50 USD. Starting there can prove to be beneficial because they have extensive knowledge of the attorneys in your area that comprise the domain you’re searching for.

The Internet

Our team at Driver Defense would definitely consider the Internet to be one (if not, THE) best place to start searching. The Internet can provide you with virtually endless information on whatever matter you’re searching. The only downside about researching an attorney on the Internet is that there is so much competition that you will have difficulty sorting through the hundreds of thousands of advertisements and listings.


Received a traffic device violation ticket? Use The Driver Defense Attorney Network!

At Driver Defense, we wanted to bring users maximum ease when searching for an attorney. Our Find-A-Lawyer map allows you to locate all of our network attorneys in your area. You can find an attorney by either entering an address or by letting our system find your position. In order to view an attorney’s full profile, you must click on their name. Click here to see what the different color pins stand for.


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