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Red Light Camera Bill Moves on to the Senate

redLightFor those following the latest developments in Florida’s efforts to ban red light cameras, the bill proposing its banning recently made it past the state House with a vote of 83 to 18. However, its future as it makes its way through the Senate remains uncertain. This marks the third year in a row that the bill (HB 6001) has successfully made it beyond the House.

House Republicans that support HB 6001 believe red light cameras are being utilized by counties and the cities within them as a means of making money. These cameras were originally implemented back in 2010 after legislators gave the okay to local governments to use the cameras for the purpose of issuing tickets to any driver running red lights. However, ever since the cameras were rolled out, they have generated a significant amount of controversy.

Should HB 6001 successfully pass in the Senate, the bill would require that local governments phase out their red light cameras by 2021. If this were to happen, it’s believed the banning could save Florida drivers as much as $159 million a year in citation fees. Supporters of red light cameras believe they assist with traffic safety.

What are your thoughts on the red light cameras?

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Florida’s New Driver’s Licenses Are Now Available

new-dlArguably more important than your credit cards, your driver’s license is an essential item in your wallet. From doctor’s visits to buying a house and proving who you are, it’s crucial to have. Florida has now made this vital ID even safer.

Last year we mentioned how the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will be rolling out its plans to issue the newly redesigned driver’s license. These new licenses can now be obtained online or by visiting a Florida DMV.

To make these cards the most secure ones yet, the DHSMV worked closely with law enforcement to ensure a driver’s information remains secure. The new licenses have much greater security aimed at deterring counterfeiters, improving identity protection, and increasing the difficulty in making fake duplicates.

Additionally, the new licenses now have even greater versatility. Instead of being used largely for the purpose of verifying your identity, the new licenses consolidate other licenses you may have such as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hunting license. The licenses also have improved versatility for displaying designations such as being dependent on insulin, being deaf or hard of hearing, organ donor, and more.

You can learn more about the new licenses by visiting http://www.flhsmv.gov/newDL.

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Are You Aware of the “Move Over” Law?

moveJanuary is unofficially considered Florida’s “Move Over” month, where drivers are encouraged to remember the law that requires them to allow ample space for emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow truck drivers, and utility service vehicles. Drivers who fail to follow the “Move Over” law may receive a ticket, fine, and up to three points on their driver’s license.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), just over 200 crashes and nearly seventy injuries were caused by motorists who failed to move over back in 2016. Additionally, law enforcement officers have issued over 5,000 citations for the same reason. The Move Over law helps to protect the individuals working on the side of the road to ensure they can return home to their loved ones.

For drivers out on the Florida roadways, always keep an eye out for any tow, emergency, utility, or sanitation vehicles that may be pulled over on the side of the road. If you’re on a two-lane road and there is an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road, you are required to slow down to twenty miles below whatever the posted speed limit is. Whenever possible, move over to an adjacent lane.

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Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve with the Miami Beach Trolley

uberWill you be celebrating the arrival of 2018 and bidding goodbye to 2017 in Miami Beach? You may want to take advantage of a perk the city is offering to prevent drunk driving as well as easing the city’s traffic woes during holiday celebrations.

If you have yet to take advantage of it, Miami Beach is extending its complimentary trolley service by remaining in operation until 2 am on New Year’s Eve. While it’s frequently used by local Miami Beach residents as a free and easy way to get around, the trolley is always open—and free—to anyone visiting the island.

For those planning on driving to the popular South Beach area, it’s worth keeping in mind that Ocean Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5th to 14th Street beginning at 7 am on Saturday, December 30 until 9 am New Year’s Day. These streets are where you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the planned fireworks display set to go off at the stroke of midnight.

As always, for those planning on drinking, make sure to bring along a sober driver or use a ridesharing service like Lyft or Uber to get home. The Tow-to-Go program by AAA is another option.

Happy 2018!

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Florida Highway Patrol Ramps up Its Patrol

duiWill you be doing any extensive driving for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Make sure you’re on your best behavior. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will be out in full force keeping a sharp for any signs of drunken or aggressive drivers.

Florida’s already clogged roads will be especially busy as a greater number of locals and tourists venture off to visit notable places across the state, from South Beach to the Orlando attractions like Walt Disney World. Additionally, last minute holiday shoppers will be out in greater number as Christmas Day arrives next week. In fact, AAA expects over 100 million people will be traveling a minimum of fifty miles or more from home during the holidays.

Across the state of Florida, all FHP personnel will be patrolling the major roads and interstates, including personnel responsible for administrative duties. Additionally, FHP troopers will be assisted by auxiliary troopers in their patrol efforts. As always, one of the top priorities will be watching for impaired driving, the laws of which FHP intends to aggressively enforce.

As mentioned before, use a designated driver, a ridesharing service, or AAA Tow-to-Go if you plan on drinking. If you happen to spot a dangerous driver, report them.

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Miami Bids Adieu to Its Red Light Cameras

redLightIn case you missed the momentous news released last week, Miami has decided to do away with its controversial red light camera program after commissioners unanimously reached a decision to end it. As the city’s contract with the company American Traffic Solutions comes to an end, the company will have about sixty days to take care of whatever it needs to do wrap up its red light camera operations in Miami.

The decision to do away with the red light camera program was one of the intended goals of Miami’s newly-elected Mayor Francis Suarez. While the program will soon be phased out, you may come across traffic lights where cameras still exist. Always remain vigilant and drive safe to avoid becoming the victim of an unintended red light ticket or worse, an accident. If you do happen to receive one, we can help you fight your traffic ticket.

How do you feel about Miami commissioners choosing to call it quits on the red light camera program? Are you among the people who believed it may have helped in making the streets of Miami a little safer? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section.

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Miami’s Paper Ticket Pickle

ticketsOfficerHas it seemed like the number of traffic tickets being given out has gone down? As nice and welcoming as it would be to attribute the reduction in improved driver safety, the reason behind it is rather odd: there isn’t enough paper.

According to a recent Miami Herald article, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s supply of paper ticket books is running low, resulting in fewer traffic tickets being doled out. As to why this is happening, it’s because of a substantial delay in the electronic traffic citation system which allows officers to file tickets to the courts directly from their laptops. The department has yet to order new ticket books and is placing its hopes on its current supply lasting until the system makes its tentative debut next month.

Miami-Dade patrol officers have already been informed that their “Florida Uniform Citation” books should last them until the system has been rolled out across the department. As a result, only the most dangerous of traffic truants are the ones being pulled over, leaving it up to an officer’s discretion as to how to wisely use their limited supply of paper tickets.

The news only reinforces the importance of being vigilant on the roads and refraining from distracted driving. Miami ranks among the country’s worst drivers and the county is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the state. Stay safe!

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This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Texting While Driving Ban Closer to a Reality

textingAfter years of getting nowhere in regards to creating more stringent distracted driving laws, Florida House bigwigs are set to introduce a bill this week that may finally turn texting while driving into a primary offense, according to a 10 News article.

Should the bill come to pass, law enforcement officers would be able to stop a driver if they catch him or her texting while driving. As we’ve previously stated, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida, which means a driver would have to be pulled over for a different offense before they can be cited for texting and driving. This offense carries a $20 fine but no points to a driver’s license.

Florida House Speakers believe it’s about time Florida joins the 40+ states that currently recognize texting while driving as a primary offense, but only while keeping civil rights protections intact. That means officers would be required to obtain a warrant before they can access or confiscate a driver’s phone as well as being required to inform drivers of their right to refuse to have their phone searched.

The 10 News article also mentions a study worth mentioning as it reinforces how beneficial tougher distracted driving laws may be in Florida. After Oklahoma implemented its texting ban, crashes due to distracted drivers ended up dropping.

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Have a Safe Holiday by Driving Sober

distractedDecember is considered one of the most dangerous times of the year for impaired driving. To combat impaired driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles along with state officials are ramping up patrols as well as spearheading educational campaigns in an effort to make Florida’s roadways less dangerous for drivers this month.

Between December 23, 2016 to January 2, 2017, close to 200 crashes on Florida’s roadways involved drugs or alcohol and over thirty of those crashes resulted in fatalities per state officials. Though crashes related to alcohol have declined since 2014, those involving drugs have increased by fifty percent.

Many of the steps you can take to drive safer this month are easy to follow and have been well-discussed before:

Make sure you always driver sober. If you’ve been drinking, have a designated driver take you home or use a ridesharing service. AAA Tow to Go is also another option depending on where you live.

Drive within the speed limits. As New Year’s approaches, there will be a higher chance of speeding drivers. No matter where you go in Florida, the speed limit will never rise above 70 mph. Obey it.

Concentrate on driving. In other words, wait until you’ve safely arrived at your destination before snapping the selfie or posting the Facebook status.

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You May Receive Money Back from MDX This Holiday Season

MDX Logo (PRNewsFoto/MDX)

Those of you that signed up for the MDX Frequent Driver Reward Program should be receiving a welcome gift in the mail this month. December is when MDX sends out its checks, giving back any savings from the agency operations to its users.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the MDX Frequent Driver Reward Program, it is a free program where the only requirement is that you have a Florida Sunpass account in good standing. In order to receive money back from MDX, you must spend a minimum of $100 a year in tolls on any of the several expressways that are owned by MDX. These expressways are the SR 924/Gratigny Parkway, SR 112/Airport Expressway, SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway, SR 836/Dolphin Expressway, and SR 874/Don Shula Expressway. Contrary to popular belief, I-95 is not operated by MDX.

If you’re curious about how much money you’ll get back, participants will usually see just over twenty percent of what they paid in tolls during the period beginning on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. These checks tend to be about $74 or so.

Enrollment for the 2018 MDX program is already open and will remain open until March 31, 2018. As in previous years, there is no cost to attend.

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