Failure to Yield Penalties and Consequences in Florida



Failure to yield is defined as when a vehicle fails to appropriately slow down or stop for a pedestrian who is crossing the road or for another vehicle that has the right-of-way. If there is no accident, damage, harm, or injury, this is normally charged as a noncriminal moving infraction, and fines and possible license points are assessed. If failure to yield leads in a collision that results in property damage, injuries, or fatalities, extra and more severe legal penalties may be imposed.

A violation of any failure to yield where there is no accident may result in a noncriminal moving penalty, according to chapter 318 of the Florida Statutes. There could be a $500 fine for doing this. Additional penalties and fines of up to $1,000 may apply if you fail to yield in places like schools or construction zones.

Citations for failure to yield may also result in license points and/or a suspension of the driver’s license. Traffic school may be required of drivers. In addition, drivers who are cited for a traffic infraction for failing to yield usually see an increase in their insurance premiums.

If there is an accident as a result of the failure to yield, extra fines may apply. This is especially true if there is a separate charge for speeding, dangerous driving, or driving while intoxicated. The magnitude of any property damage, vehicle damage, or injuries to third parties may also have an impact on the severity of the penalties.

If you are facing legal repercussions for failure to yield that results in an accident and you have doubts about the legality of the infringement, a Miami traffic ticket lawyer can help. Attorneys with experience in traffic law and moving infractions will have a thorough understanding of the relevant statutes and how law enforcement might interpret them.


If you wish to contest a traffic violation, such as a speeding ticket, or if you believe you received an unfair red light camera ticket, contact a  at Hochman & Goldin, P.A.