Florida Law regulates how fast drivers can travel on our public roads, streets and highways. The statute on point reads as follows:
Florida Statute 316.183 Unlawful speed.—
(1) No person shall drive a vehicle on a highway at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions and having regard to the actual and potential hazards then existing. In every event, speed shall be controlled as may be necessary to avoid colliding with any person, vehicle, or other conveyance or object on or entering the highway in compliance with legal requirements and the duty of all persons to use due care.
(2) On all streets or highways, the maximum speed limits for all vehicles must be 30 miles per hour in business or residence districts, and 55 miles per hour at any time at all other locations. However, with respect to a residence district, a county or municipality may set a maximum speed limit of 20 or 25 miles per hour on local streets and highways after an investigation determines that such a limit is reasonable. It is not necessary to conduct a separate investigation for each residence district. The minimum speed limit on all highways that comprise a part of the National System of Interstate and Defense Highways and have not fewer than four lanes is 40 miles per hour, except that when the posted speed limit is 70 miles per hour, the minimum speed limit is 50 miles per hour.
(3) No school bus shall exceed the posted speed limits, not to exceed 55 miles per hour at any time.
(4) The driver of every vehicle shall, consistent with the requirements of subsection (1), drive at an appropriately reduced speed when:
(a) Approaching and crossing an intersection or railway grade crossing;
(b) Approaching and going around a curve;
(c) Approaching a hill crest;
(d) Traveling upon any narrow or winding roadway; and
(e) Any special hazard exists with respect to pedestrians or other traffic or by reason of weather or highway conditions.
(5) No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law.
(6) No driver of a vehicle shall exceed the posted maximum speed limit in a work zone area.
(7) A violation of this section is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.
In south west Florida there are many areas that fall within these descriptions where drivers really need to be careful. One example are walkers. It is very common and well known that pedestrians walk regularly for exercise. Typically, many people walk early in the morning in areas where there is early morning traffic. Drivers need to be very careful of pedestrians that may be walking in or around the street. The potential injury that can result from striking a pedestrian with a motor vehicle is very great. Because there is such a significant risk of harm, drivers really need to watch out for walkers, and cyclists as well, who are using the road. The general rule is that drivers must yield to pedestrians and drives need to maintain the speed of their vehicles in such a way that they are prepared to stop suddenly to avoid a collision with a forseeable pedestrian or cyclist.