Traffic Signals_Driver Responsibility

“Traffic Signals/Lights & Driver Responsibilities”


As Hurricane Irma impacts our area, the possibility of power outages increases dramatically.  The result of the power outages means that traffic signals may become either inoperable or flashing intermittent red or yellow signals.  The following traffic safety information is respectfully provided in order to educate motorists regarding their responsibilities to the aforementioned traffic situations.


Florida State Statute 316.1235 specifically addresses vehicles approaching intersections in which traffic lights are inoperative.  The Statute reads as follows;


The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection in which the traffic lights are inoperative shall stop in the manner indicated in for approaching a stop intersection.  In the event that only some of the traffic lights within an intersection are inoperative, the driver of a vehicle approaching an inoperative light shall stop in the above-prescribed manner.  A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.


Florida State Statute 316.076 specifically addresses “Flashing Signals” and states that whenever an illuminated flashing red or yellow signal is used in a traffic sign or signal it shall require obedience by vehicular traffic as follows:


  • Flashing red (stop signal).—When a red lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles shall stop at a clearly marked stop line, but if none, before entering the crosswalk on the near side of the intersection, or if none, then at the point nearest the intersecting roadway where the driver has a view of approaching traffic on the intersecting roadway before entering the intersection, and the right to proceed shall be subject to the rules applicable after making a stop at a stop sign.


  • Flashing yellow (caution signal).—When a yellow lens is illuminated with rapid intermittent flashes, drivers of vehicles may proceed through the intersection or past such signal only with caution.


If you have any questions about the information listed above, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney or any member of the Flagler Beach Police Department.