Melbourne, FL asked in Traffic Tickets for Florida

Q: In FL is there a law that specifics what the minimum distance between cars needs to be while stopped at a red light?

This is a hypothetical question. I'm not asking about the distance between cars while moving. I'm specifically asking about the spacing between cars while they are stopped at a traffic signal. Can you be ticketed if you park too close (not touching) to the car in front of you? I have not been charged with this and I personally know of no one who has been.

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Terrence H Thorgaard
Terrence H Thorgaard
  • Freeeport, FL
  • Licensed in Florida

A: Florida Statute 316.0895 Following too closely.— :

"(1) The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.


With regard to the speed of the followed vehicle, when both vehicles are stopped, any distance greater than zero feet would seem to be "reasonable and prudent". I don't see anything else in Chapter 361 that would contradict this, but you are welcome to look:

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