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CS/HB 1435 — Code and Traffic Enforcement

by Judiciary Committee and Rep. Leek (CS/SB 1954 by Transportation Committee and Senator Wright)

This summary is provided for information only and does not represent the opinion of any Senator, Senate Officer, or Senate Office.

Prepared by: Transportation Committee (TR)

The bill creates s. 316.1891, F.S., to provide the sheriff or chief administrative officer of a county or municipality the authority to designate an area as a special event zone in response to a special event, defined as an unpermitted activity or event organized or promoted via a social media platform which is attended by 50 or more persons and substantially increases or disrupts the normal flow of traffic on a roadway, street, or highway. The bill:

  • Provides notice requirements for a special event zone and requires a specified warning sign be posted at each point of ingress and egress at least 24 hours prior to enforcement;
  • Doubles the statutory fine for any noncriminal traffic infraction that occurs within a special event zone;
  • Allows a law enforcement officer to impound a vehicle for up to 72 hours for any criminal traffic violation or noncriminal traffic infraction that occurs in a special event zone, but requires the vehicle to be released immediately upon payment of any impoundment costs or fees;
  • Authorizes a law enforcement officer to enforce occupancy limits in a special event zone; and
  • Provides for the recovery of costs associated with designating and enforcing a special event zone from the organizer or promoter of the special event.

The bill also amends s. 316.3045, F.S., which prohibits excessive noise emanating from a motor vehicle, by removing the portion of statute which the Florida Supreme Court deemed invalid in 2012. Additionally, the bill updates the types of soundmaking devices that are subject to such noise limitations and authorizes a local authority to impose more stringent regulations than those currently provided in statute.

If approved by the Governor, these provisions take effect upon becoming law.

Vote: Senate 35-3; House 83-32