More than 73,000 drivers in Florida were ticketed for failure to yield to the right of way in 2018, according to Florida Uniform Traffic Citation Statistics. Of those, 21% were handed out in the Tampa Bay area.
Among the right of way infractions: improper merging, which can cause accidents, increased congestion, and road rage.
For those who need a driver’s ed reminder on merging, here are the rules of the road:
- Drivers entering the flow of traffic must yield the right of way.
- If you’re merging, enter when there’s a break in traffic, and don’t expect other drivers to slow down for you.
- Be prepared to speed up or slow down to enter a break in traffic.
- Do not stop in a merge lane, unless you anticipate the other traffic is slowing.
- Use your signal, as you’re making a lane change. Improper lane changes are also a violation. More than 60,000 drivers in Florida were ticketed for improper lane changes in 2018.
Here’s the breakdown of citations for right of way violations in the Tampa Bay area in 2018:
- Hillsborough County 4,568
- Pinellas County 3,317
- Polk County 2,583
- Pasco County 1,568
- Manatee County 1,270
- Sarasota County 993
- Hernando County 513
- Citrus County 422
- Highlands County 205
More Florida traffic statistics are available at this link.