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The Dangers of I-95

i95Interstate 95 (I-95) is a roadway stretching well beyond Florida all the way to the state of Maine. Despite its significant length and its status as a major arterial roadway, it also remains one of the deadliest highways in the country. In fact, a recent report titled “How America’s Most Important Highway Fails” not only details its many issues, it also singles out Miami-Dade. How so? Miami-Dade is home to the deadliest stretch of I-95. In 2015, more people lost their lives in crashes than any other county in which I-95 travels through.

According to the report, Miami-Dade County manages to have a fatal accident at eight times the rate of all of the interstates when evaluated per mile of roadway. As you might already guess, the reason for this is due to common factors that continue to plague drivers and South Florida’s roads in general. Aggressive driving, distracted drivers, and even construction have contributed towards Miami-Dade’s I-95 stretch becoming one of the deadliest highways in the United States.

How can you help make I-95 a little safer for you and everyone else? Simply practice safe driving, starting with putting the phone down and keeping your eyes on the road at all times.

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South Florida’s Future Road Construction

roadConstructionAre you tired of seeing the constant construction on South Florida highways like I-95? It won’t be letting up anytime soon. By the time 2024 arrives, you’re going to find express lanes extending from I-395 in Miami to Delray Beach according to a recent Sun Sentinel article. There are also plans for a pair of flyover bridges intended to connect the express lanes of I-95 with those of I-595 as well as the installation of traffic signals on select I-95 entrance ramps.

The ambitious plans are intended as an effort to tackle the ever-growing traffic situation over the next twenty years. These plans also include expanding I-595 between State Road 7 and I-95, making changes to the State Road 84 and I-95 interchange, and the installation of traffic monitoring cameras plus digital message signs.

The bridges of State Road 84 located over I-95 will see significant changes. The existing support columns will be shifted in order to allow for a wider I-95. The wall of the westbound State Road 84 bridge will undergo rebuilding while the eastbound bridge will include a sidewalk plus bicycle lanes. Drivers can also expect a wider entrance to the northbound I-95 ramp.

For drivers concerned about the construction, the bulk of it will be happening overnight to reduce the inconveniences.

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Be Safe on the Roads This Thanksgiving

driverThanksgiving is next week, which means there will be a greater amount of holiday travelers on the road and therefore greater risks. As part of its Arrive Alive campaign, the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers about a few simple steps they can take to make the roads safer for themselves and fellow drivers.

Drive sober. Consuming alcohol will impair just about all of the skills necessary for someone to drive safely, including reaction time, vision, the ability to concentrate, and using proper judgment. If you do plan on drinking, make arrangements beforehand to ensure you have a designated driver or a safe means of getting home such as a ridesharing service like Uber. Depending on where you live and the day, you may also consider Tow to Go by AAA.

Examine your tires. Tires are your vehicle’s first line of defense. Make sure the pressure is correct and the depth of the tread is still good. It wouldn’t hurt to also have a spare tire.

Make sure your ECI information is up-to-date. Emergency Contact Information (ECI) is a system utilized by law enforcement across the country to contact your designated friends or family members in the event of an emergency situation.

Remember that if you spot someone driving dangerously or erratically on the road you can call *FHP (*347) to report them.

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Work with a Traffic Attorney Face to Face

ticketTrafficAccording to a recent article published in The Miami Herald, a startup that uses the power of smartphones to allow users to fight their traffic ticket is running into legal trouble. The startup is now taking its case to federal court.

The startup launched earlier this year and has since assisted over 5,000 people with their traffic ticket. Despite working with traffic tickets, it’s worth noting that the startup is not a law firm. Instead, it relies on independent lawyers who then go out and take care of resolving a person’s traffic ticket for a certain fee.

While these services may be innovative, when working with something sensitive such as a traffic ticket you may still be better off speaking directly with a traffic ticket attorney. Your case will be handled effectively and professionally and you’ll have the peace of mind of being able to ask questions. We’ve dealt with numerous cases for over a decade now and we have handled thousands of traffic citations.

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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.

What You Should Know About the Passing Lane

need4speedAggressive drivers are commonplace on South Florida’s roadways. Among the multitude of reasons for the aggression, a slow driver is certainly among them. Regardless of what drivers may have been lead to believe, “fast lane” on a highway do not exist. Instead, what we have is the passing lane which is intended to allow drivers to move past slower moving traffic and then return to the right lane.

While the passing lane may have its designated purpose, many drivers fail to use it properly, choosing to remain in the lane because they happen to be driving the speed limit. This scenario can lead to problems. Studies show that left lane drivers driving below the speed limit are a major reason for inducing road rage, trailing right behind drivers who text and those who tailgate.

What many drivers may not be aware of is that there is indeed a law (Florida State Statute 316.081) making it a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation for any driver to stick around in the left lane while driving below the normal speed of traffic. The law is intended to cut down on road rage, prevent accidents, and allow the left lane to be used by vehicles moving at a faster speed so that traffic flow is improved and there is no need for a sudden or risky lane change.

If you do happen to be in the passing lane, at least consider possibly moving over for a rapidly approaching vehicle. You’ll reduce the odds of being rear-ended or becoming a victim of road rage.

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Make It Home Safely with Tow to Go

Tow2GoAre you familiar with AAA’s Tow to Go program? With the holiday season upon us, chances are there will be plenty of people participating in celebratory drinking. The program serves as another effective means of making the roads safer for everyone. The goal of Tow to Go is to ensure impaired motorists make it safely home during nights when there is a greater likelihood of impaired driving.

With Tow to Go, motorists can contact a AAA service to take them as well as their vehicle home if they feel they’ve had a little too much to drink. Unlike Uber or Lyft which are generally available at all hours of the day, Tow to Go does have certain caveats. It is only available on certain holidays such as Thanksgiving and the period between Christmas through New Year’s Eve. The impaired driver will only be taken a maximum of ten miles from their location and the rides cannot be booked in advance.

Most Tow to Go trucks can transport up to two people. As a plus compared to Uber or Lyft, there are free confidential rides available to members of AAA as well as non-members.

Despite the convenience of Tow to Go, motorists should still make sure they have a designated driver prior to drinking.

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Stay Safe on the Road This Holiday Season

finalDestinationToday, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) kicked off its Holiday Travel Campaign aimed at ensuring drivers arrive at their destination alive. The holidays are especially active with travelers and it’s expected that millions of Floridians and tourists will be navigating the roads this month and next month. The DHSMV is joining forces with, among others, the Florida Department of Transportation to promote vehicle safety and driving responsibly.

Beginning this month and continuing throughout December, the DHSMV will make it a point to educate drivers on practicing behaviors promoting safe driving. This includes the importance of driving sober, using safety belts, checking the tires, and Emergency Contact Information registration. There will also be a strong emphasis placed on following speed limits, refraining from distracted driving, and the importance of reporting someone driving dangerously.

Will you be spending several hours on the road this holiday season? Be safe out there. If you need help with a DUI ticket or citation, we are here to help.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

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.

Will Texting While Driving Become a Primary Offense?

twdThere’s been a lot of talk in turning texting while driving into a primary offense here in Florida. Once again, a bill is being evaluated aimed at doing just that. Should the bill become law during the next legislative session, drivers could be ticketed and fined. For the time being, texting while driving remains a secondary offense which means drivers aren’t cited unless they’re stopped for another reason such as speeding.

As a means of illustrating the dangers of texting while driving, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) assembled a group of teenagers, asking them to participate in a simulation involving a distracted driving scenario. In a concerning result, every teenager that participated ended up failing the simulation, “crashing” while looking at their phone.

Crashes remain the top cause of death among teenagers in the United States. Per AAA, over half of the crashes involved distracted driving, such as using a smartphone or interactions with a passenger. The FDOT has been paying visits to local schools to raise awareness of the issue. Lawmakers are also looking to enforce tougher texting while driving laws.

Several states already make texting while driving a primary offense while some have gone as far as outlawing talking on the phone while driving.

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Smartphones and Passengers Distract Teen Drivers

adolChoferObtaining a license is a rite of passage for most teenagers and a source of constant worry for parents. While teenagers are eager to start cruising the South Florida roadways, parents are aware that the freedom carries a modicum of danger.

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenagers comprise roughly five percent of Florida’s licensed drivers, but recent statistics show they were also involved in more than ten percent of crashes. These crashes remain the number one cause of death for teenagers throughout the country, with over 3,000 of them passing away last year alone. The reason for the alarmingly high numbers is one you may already expect: distracted driving.

According to research provided by the University of Iowa, the two major culprits for distracted driving among teenagers are talking to passengers to using their mobile phone. Lesser distractions include singing and dancing or grooming in the car. A study by AAA study also revealed teens were more likely to be operating their phone or looking down instead of talking or listening in the critical seconds leading up to a crash.

Parents may wish to discuss the dangers of impaired or driving with their teenagers. It’s also worth staying engaged as they learn the rules of the road and become better drivers.

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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.

Diverging Diamond May Ease South Florida’s Traffic Woes

choferCould the days of being trapped under overpasses, intersection blockages, or having to wait for several red light cycles to make a left soon come to an end? With Florida’s ambitious new Diverging Diamond, they may indeed. The state is getting ready to debut this new traffic pattern on certain expressways which requires drivers to drive on the “wrong” side of the road.

When a driver approaches, he or she will stop at a traffic light and then follow marked crossover lanes to the left, potentially creating an illusion of driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver would then be able to make a left turn onto an expressway or he or she would be able to simply continue forward until the lanes eventually lead the driver back to the right or “correct” side of the road. Traffic coming from the opposite direction would also experience the same scenario.

The Federal Highway Administration believes the Diverging Diamond Interchange is a faster and safer solution, but it also raises concerns. There is a possibility drivers may become confused or they may accidentally turn the wrong way at a crossover point.

A public awareness campaign aimed at introducing South Florida drivers to the Diverging Diamond Interchange traffic patterns is set to debut near the Dolphin Expressway is being planned for January of next year.

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