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Speed And Signs

Florida 'Standard ' speed limits

Municipal speed areas = 30mph
Business or Residential Area = 30 mph
Rural Interstate Limited = 70 mph
Limited access highways = 70 mph
All other roads and highways = 55 mph*
School Zones = 20 mph

The 55 mph max speed limit is still in effect in Florida except where otherwise posted .
Speed limits may be changed according to areas and conditions at the time.

Construction areas will have set speed limits on its perimeters with temporary signage. It is an instant fine if caught speeding in constructed designated areas i.e those with flags, flashing beacons and traffic control personnel.

Driving too slowly is also against the Law as you can be issued with a ticket for driving too slowly as you are classed as obstructing the highway and what is normal safe speeds.

Traffic Signs - Standard Shapes and Colours

Green - Guide, directional information

Red - Stop, do not enter or wrong way

Blue - Motorist services guidance. Also used to identify parking spaces for disabled drivers.

Orange - Construction and maintenance warning

Brown - Public recreation areas and scenic guidance

Yellow - General warning

White - Regulatory

Black - Regulatory

the shape of a road sign can tell you as much about the sign's message as its colour.

Octagon - is exclusively for stop signs. this means you must bring your vehicle to a complete halt at the marked line. A four-way stop sign means that there are four stop signs at this intersection. traffic from all four directions must stop[. the first vehicle to reach the intersection should move forward first. If two vehicles reach the intersection at the same time, the driver on the left yields to the driver on the right.

Horizontal Rectangle - generally for guide signs

Triangle - exclusively for yield signs. Slow down and give vehicle crossing your path the right of way. if way is clear proceed slowly without stopping.

Pennant - advance warning of no passing zones normally on the left side of the road facing the driver.
Diamond - exclusively to warn of existing or possible hazards on roads or adjacent areas

Vertical Rectangle - generally for regulatory signs. These signs tell you the law, so you must follow their instructions. eg no U turns, NO turn on Red etc.

Pentagon - School advance and school crossing signs. Obey the signs of any crossing guards (lollipop persons)

Round - railroad advance warning signs

Crossbuck (diagonal cross) - railroad crossing.

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