Will a Tunnel Ease Brickell’s Traffic Woes?

brickell tunnelThe problem with urban planning for cities with small to modest populations is that in the event of exponential growth over decades, what was once a smart solution may very well become an extreme inconvenience. Case in point is the drawbridge on Brickell Avenue over the Miami River. When an artery of the downtown layout is intermittently blocked due to passing ships, it creates headaches for commuters and residents alike. There have been several proposals to replace the bridge with a tunnel and have cars drive under the river without interruption, similar to U.S. Route 1 tunneling under the Tarpon River in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez supports the proposal, and cites the nearby port tunnel off MacArthur Causeway as one to be modeled after. The Dade County Transportation Planning Organization in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority has floated six concepts for the project; an agreement is challenging since the DDA does not want extreme trenching or the elimination of foot and bicycle traffic on the avenue.

There have been other suggested alternatives, such as traffic light synchronization in the downtown grid as well as an alert system such as a mobile app to notify motorists when the bridge is opening and to seek other routes.

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The ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign Has Commenced

The 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Has CommencedMake sure to buckle up folks, as law enforcement agencies throughout the nation will be cracking down on seatbelt violators. The well-known “Click it or ticket” is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign that actively promotes the use of seatbelts among young people.

The nationwide ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign runs May 21 through June 3, 2018, and entails law enforcement agencies actively enforcing all seatbelt violations. In Florida, law enforcement agencies and Florida Highway Patrol strongly promote the ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign and encourage the use of seatbelts.

Before 2009, disregarding your seatbelt was not a violation of law, but it became a primary offense with the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law. With the enactment of this law, all passengers under the age of 18 are required to buckle up. Due to the nature of being classified as a primary offense, law enforcement does not need any other reason to pull over offenders.

To ensure your safety and avoidance of a ticket, just click it!

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Stormy Weather? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

hazardLightsHave you noticed the weather in South Florida this week? It’s been an unusually rainy week so far, including afternoon thunderstorms. When it starts raining in South Florida, not only do the roads become more dangerous, you’re more than likely to spot a driver or two using their hazard lights. You may also notice this same behavior during those rare foggy mornings.

While it may be well-intentioned, drivers should remember that operating their vehicle with their hazard lights is considered illegal in Florida. A driver should only be turning on his or her vehicle hazard lights is if they are stopped or if there are in an emergency situation. On top of that, there is only one scenario where a driver should have their hazard lights on while the vehicle is in motion, and that’s if they are part of a funeral procession.

During a heavy rainstorm, using hazard lights may have a negative effect, potentially reducing visibility. Because of this, a driver may become confused and think the vehicle is stalled or stopped. On top of that, using hazard lights makes it more difficult for other drivers to determine if the vehicle intends to turn or if the driver will be hitting the brakes.

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Red Light Cameras Are Allowed to Remain

trafficLightIn the seemingly ongoing back and forth concerning red light cameras, there are some new developments. While the cameras have been deemed legal, several cities in Florida have made it known they do not intend to use them, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month. These cities include Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach.

The Florida Supreme Court turned down an argument that the city of Aventura allowed an outside vendor too much power to influence whether red light cameras photos showed traffic violations. The rejection ruling maintains Florida’s red-light camera law. Receiving a red light camera ticket can carry a fine of just over $150.

While several cities have no intention of using the red light cameras, other cities may see things differently. Per the article, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale has stated an interest in seeing the cameras return as a means of putting “unruly drivers on notice.” Pembroke Pines and Boynton Beach have also turned their cameras back on.

Red light cameras remain a controversial issue in Florida. Opponents see it as a means for red light camera companies and local governments to earn money while supporters believe they assist with making the roads safer as well as keeping drivers from running a red light.

To read more, please visit http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-red-light-camera-ruling-20180503-story.html.

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Florida Court Upholds License Plate Frame Law

vehicleplatePreviously we mentioned how numerous Floridians may be unintentionally breaking the law by giving their vehicle license plate a little bit of personality. Unbeknownst to many, covering or obscuring the lettering of a license plate with a frame depicting something as a beloved sports team or the name of the dealership where the vehicle was purchased could result in facing charges.

If there was any doubt regarding the law, an appeals court recently confirmed that indeed, a Florida driver may face charges for obscuring their plate including the myflorida.com name, the line at the bottom, and the sticker showing registration. Drivers are required to maintain a clear, clean, and fully visible license plate on their vehicle.

The case involved a driver who was stopped by a law enforcement officer because the frame was obscuring the myflorida.com words at the top of the license plate. The driver was also charged with a narcotics offense after the officer allegedly found drugs in the vehicle.

You can read more at the following link: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/florida/court-rules-florida-drivers-cannot-cover-lettering-on-license-tags/67-550360064.

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Self Driving Cars for Senior Citizens Tested in Florida

Self Driving Cars SeniorsResidents of the Villages Retirement Community near Orlando have been selected to be volunteers by a startup called Voyage, which specializes in autonomous vehicles. They are offering the seniors free transportation to grocery stores, shopping trips, or anything they may need. During the first phase, a technician boards for the passenger’s safety and to monitor the system.

The reason why Voyage chose these seniors is because people over a certain age are more likely to have impaired vision and thus unable to drive either at night or in broad daylight. Another reason is that the Villages provide a controlled environment due to the neat layout of its roads, homes, and commercial centers. The vehicle of choice is the Ford Fusion featuring a rooftop LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) that is designed to view and understand roads and surroundings the same way humans do.

The project could revolutionize how seniors transport themselves as well as spur the automobile industry to make more progress in developing their own self-driving vehicles.

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Florida Drivers Rank High in Aggression and Distraction

textingAs a South Florida driver, do you constantly find yourself dealing with aggressive drivers? It’s not unusual to be cut off by someone, have someone tailgate you because you’re driving too slow, or intentionally accelerating to prevent you from changing or merging into a lane despite having your turning signals on.

If Florida seems like it’s a tad too aggressive, your observations aren’t off. A popular app called GasBuddy recently assessed the driving habits of users across the country that choose to use its “Trips” feature which evaluates trips to improve fuel efficiency while also noting when the driver speeds, accelerates rapidly, or brakes hard. While Florida didn’t earn the dubious distinction of being number one, it still managed to crack the top ten, coming in at number eight.

Another report by the app Drivemode (https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/the-states-where-you-really-run-a-risk-from-distracted-drivers.html/?a=viewall) ranks Florida in third place when it comes to the most distracted drivers which, when combined with its aggressive drivers, only reinforces the importance of keeping your eyes on the road and wearing your seatbelt.

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Kendall Expressway: A Solution or a Stopgap?

Kendall ExpresswayAsk any resident of Miami-Dade County who lives west of the Turnpike what is their biggest headache and their answer will most likely be their commute. The proposed Kendall Parkway would be a possible solution, or so it would seem. The project would extend from the current western end of SR 836, or the Dolphin Expressway, at 137th Ave and then turn south as well as west to run parallel to Krome Avenue and end at Southwest 136 Street for a total of 15 miles. At a recent town hall event, some critics believed it would only exacerbate the problem. Urban planners research suggests it would encourage more drivers and increase congestion. Those who don’t necessarily live there or need the route would suddenly take advantage of it.

This is not the only challenge the proposal faces; environmentalists argue that its construction would affect the nearby wetlands and farmlands as well as pose a threat to drinking water. There is also the issue of funding and how to allocate such funds for it.

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What You Should Know About Your License Plate

placaDid you know you may be unintentionally breaking the law every day without even realizing it each time you get into your car and start driving? Allow us to explain. You’ve probably seen countless numbers of vehicles with various covers adorning the edges of the license plates. These can range from those common ones that are included when purchasing a vehicle from a dealer, the name of a favorite sports team, an alma mater, or even the clear ones that cover the entire plate.

In terms of the law, anything that obstructs a plate display or even touches it is considered to be illegal. The tag must be clearly visible at all times and when a driver uses one of these frames, it may prevent a law enforcement officer from being able to clearly see the plate in its entirety, potentially preventing the officer from determining the state where the tag originated.

The reasons as to why these license plate laws aren’t strictly enforced are unknown, but it’s something you may wish to think about it the next time you’re on the road.

Source: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/many-floridians-break-license-plate-law-without-even-knowing-it.

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Uber Ups Its Background Checks

uberFrequent Uber users concerned about the history of the person driving them to their destination will find some additional relief in knowing that the ride-sharing company recently announced plans to ramp up its background check efforts. Drivers will now receive annual criminal background checks and the company has also enlisted the help of another company that will consistently monitor any criminal arrests, according to a Miami Herald article.

Uber’s new initiatives are part of a plan implemented by its new CEO and are aimed at not only improving the company’s image after a series of mishaps but also making the service “fundamentally safer” for drivers and their passengers.

Besides the background checks, Uber also plans to implement a 911 button directly into the app to make it easier for riders to call in an emergency as well as improved methods of allowing riders to share their current whereabouts with their loved ones and friends.

You can read more about the upcoming Uber changes at the following link:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article208668304.html.

Are you a frequent Uber user? If so, will the new changes help you feel safer the next time you’re riding as a passenger? Let us know in the comments.

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