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The Rules of the Left Lane

leftThe rate of speed at which a vehicle should be traveling when in the left lane remains a touchy and divisive topic, especially here in Florida. Regardless of how someone may feel about it, Florida law requires that the left lane is treated as a passing lane.

Even if a driver traveling on the left lane is going the speed limit, Florida law requires that the driver move over if he or she is approached from behind by another driver traveling at a faster speed. This same rule applies to any road that has at least a pair of lanes or more heading in the same direction, regardless of whether it happens to be a street or an interstate. There are exceptions which apply if a driver is attempting to make a left hand turn or if they are passing another vehicle.

Vehicles that fail to move from the left lane when they are approached by a faster driver may cause unsafe driving conditions and they may also be unintentionally contributing to road rage. Moving over when it’s safe to do makes the roadways better for everyone.

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Road Rules Driver Should Be Aware Of

drivingA common practice you may have noticed among South Florida drivers when attempting to make a left turn is watching them “camp” underneath the light while waiting for a chance to safely make the left turn. This typically happens at intersections where there is a left turn yield sign. Often, the driver is unable to make the left which can often result in the vehicle blocking the intersection or worse, a serious car crash. The practice is highly unsafe and may result in a traffic violation.

Drivers are responsible for determining if they are able to make the left turn. If they are unable to safely complete the left turn, they should wait behind the white line until they are able to do so, even if it means having to wait until the light turns green again.

On an unrelated note, drivers should also keep in mind that if they happen to be transporting cargo that that protrudes at least four feet or more from the rear of their vehicle, they are required by law to place a red flag at the very end of the items being transported. Drivers that may be curious about this law can read more by looking up Florida Statue 316.228.

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New Plans for Suspended Driver’s Licenses

hochman-1There are over 14 million registered drivers in Florida, and 2 million of them have suspended licenses. However, many people have their licenses suspended for issues that don’t have anything to do with driving. They also often don’t realize that their license is suspended.

To combat this problem, the State Senator Jeff Brandes is sponsoring a bill that reduces the number of non-driving offenses that can end up suspending your license. It will also offer community service and payment plans to people who can’t pay the fines.

Drivers can get their licenses suspended for a lot of reasons, like failing to pay child support, failing to pay court fees, skipping traffic school, missing a court date, and having your check bounce.

People who get caught driving with a suspended license might not be able to pay the fees. Then more late fees might start piling up. Drivers might not be able to pay the fees all at once, and they can’t drive to work so they can earn money. Hopefully this new bill will change that cycle.

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Hey, Florida Drivers: Let’s Not Run Over People Anymore.

The Sunshine State is no doubt an eccentric one. The term “Florida Man” often appears as a setup to numerous punchlines about what bizarre crime or act has been done, be it clickbait or true. But what is a chilling and true story is that Florida drivers appear to have a pervasive trend of running people over.

The city Florida drivers run over pedestriansof Orlando, in particular, has been ranked as one of the deadliest metro areas for pedestrians, according to the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). Last year motorists in Central Florida struck over 900 of them and 87 of them were fatalities. This shouldn’t be happening due to a state law where drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian sets foot in the crosswalk. If they fail to do so, the penalty is a $164 fine and three points on their license. Orlando wasn’t the only city in Florida to be included on the PDI report; Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami were also on the list. For those who are wondering which is the safest for pedestrians, it’s Boston.

We drivers in Florida can and must do better to watch for pedestrians and prevent a senseless tragedy.

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Florida Halts SunPass Late Fees

floRidaWhile precautions were taken to ensure Florida’s upgrade of the SunPass system went smoothly, it was not without its hiccups. Many drivers found themselves facing penalties and possible late fees after issues arose in regards to the billing system. Earlier this month, the website, hotlines, and mobile app all succumbed to an unexpectedly high demand after users were eager to manage their accounts after the overhaul, which took about a week to complete.

Due at least partially to these issues, drivers may have accumulated toll charges. Florida drivers will be happy to know that late fees will not be applied until the SunPass system has been tested extensively, which should provide a degree of relief.

To get an idea of how extensive the SunPass upgrade was, let’s briefly explore some of the upgrades that went on behind the scenes. These include improvements to invoices, payments for traffic tickets, making account changes, purchasing and activating transponders, and much more. Additionally, a trio of walk-in centers were opened including a new location in Doral.

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No More Aggressive Drivers!

hochmanFlorida’s Highway Patrol troopers won’t tolerate aggressive highway drivers. They have decided to focus on highway drivers who drive too aggressively around large trucks. Drivers involved in crashes with large trucks can suffer serious injuries because of the size of the trucks. The Florida Highway Patrol will start searching for aggressive highway drivers on June 28th.

If you don’t want to be pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol, then make sure you know these tips.

Don’t drive in a large truck’s blind spot. Truckers can’t see your car if it’s in their blind spot, even though they sit higher off the ground and they have bigger mirrors.

Pass trucks on the left. Passing trucks on the left allows for maximum visibility. They’ll see you clearly and know that you’re there.

Don’t cut off any trucks. Because trucks are so large, they can’t stop as quickly as cars can. Their size makes it dangerous for you to cut off trucks. Make sure you are leaving lots of room in front of a truck when you pull in front of them.

Hopefully, the Florida Highway Patrol’s efforts will stop aggressive drivers from getting into dangerous crashes with larger trucks.

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Ban on Texting May Not Only Apply to Cars

put it down

Drivers are not the only ones who are being told to “Put It Down” according to the seasonal campaign by the Florida Department of Transportation. This also applies to bicyclists and people on skateboards, hoverboards, mopeds, and other similar vehicles.

County commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution to teach drivers between the ages of 16 and 24–the most at-risk demographic for distracted driving–the dangers of it. The program is currently unnamed and will focus on the installation of signs to deter mobile device use in public spaces and roadways. While Florida officially banned texting while driving back in 2013, an officer cannot pull someone over for doing so without having done another violation first. Neither this nor an increase in seatbelt usage did much to mitigate a 31% increase in accidents and fatalities in the three years afterwards. Hopefully something can be done to reduce this. As another campaign run by AT&T offers another viewpoint that bears repeating, “It Can Wait”.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic 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 305-515-5849 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

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Florida Launches Safe Summer Travel Campaign

safesummerWith the arrival of summer, the Florida roadways are about to become busier, upping the risks of being on the road. To reinforce the importance of practicing safe driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) recently launched its Safe Summer Travel Campaign.

Some alarming facts obtained from the DHSMV website reinforce the importance of practicing safe driving. For starters, did you know that speeding results in about 300 fatalities a year in Florida alone? A little bit of research shows that driving well over the speed limit will not necessarily get a driver to their destination significantly faster. Last year, over 100,000 citations were issued in Florida due to speeding and there were just over 60,000 crashes. Obeying speed limits means safer roads for everyone.

Another thing the campaign mentions: tire safety. When is the last time you inspected them? With the millions of miles driven, it’s imperative that drivers regularly take a look at their tires to make sure they are being properly maintained.

Driving sober, preventing heat stroke, safety belts, all of these are part of the Safe Summer Travel Campaign. While most of it may be common knowledge, it never hurts to be reminded. Stay safe on the roads this summer.

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A New Florida Driver’s License Program

driverThe State Attorney, Melissa Nelson, recently announced a new program that will help people with an invalid, rescinded, or suspended licenses. Drivers who are caught driving with an invalid license must pay a $322 fee that many residents might not be able to afford. This could mean jail time. But this program, which is called “KEYS2DRIVE,” will help people obtain a valid driver’s license and navigate the court system.

To participate in the “KEYS2DRIVE” program, you must be a Florida resident who has been charged a fine for driving with an invalid, rescinded, or suspended license. If you enter the program, a case manager will help you navigate it. If you complete the program successfully, you will obtain a valid driver’s license and charges will be dropped.

The program involves classes, court appearances, and some fees. The fees will be less expensive than the fee for driving with an invalid license. “KEYS2DRIVE” can also help people deal with financial problems like debts.

The program will also save taxpayers money, because putting people in jail costs $864 for a taxpayer. Less people will show up in jail cells thanks to this program. “KEYS2DRIVE” will also hopefully change the cycle of endless incarceration.

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.

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Miami-Dade Has Modernized Its Traffic Tickets

hochman goldinWe’re putting our blog on rewind and going back to a noteworthy Miami Herald article published back in January. Miami-Dade County is evolving with the times and has instituted an “eCitation” system that does away with the traditional paper tickets in favor of a digital version. If you’ve received a ticket recently and wondered why an officer is doing so much button pressing, it may be because they’re typing you up versus writing you up.

The eCitation system is intended to improve accuracy as well as efficiency. The system goes a long way in addressing common issues such as carbon copies that are hard to read or attempting to decipher the handwriting of an officer which can, in some cases, be used as a reason to dismiss a ticket. The system also assists the county by cutting down on the chances of paper tickets getting lost.

With the new system, the officer types up the ticket, files it directly through their computer, and hands the driver a clear printout. The process significantly reduces the time it takes to “write up” a ticket. Should they choose not to fight the ticket, drivers will also be able to pay their tickets online in as little as 24 hours.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article194253649.html.

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

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