South Florida Looks to “Calm” Traffic

speedBumpStandstill traffic is practically a tradition in Miami where the major highways and roadways like I-95 and Bird Road become heavily congested. Thanks to smartphone apps like the popular Waze, drivers are often redirected through local neighborhood streets as a means of circumventing the bottlenecks while shaving off a few minutes from the commute.

The problem is the countless numbers of drivers that drive through these local streets at high speeds or do so while being distracted, usually by talking on their phone or worse, texting. Pedestrian lives are in danger and there are greater odds for a crash. To try and tackle this, city planners are increasingly adopting what’s called “traffic calming”.

Despite its name, traffic calming has nothing to do with the body and mind. Instead, the approach works by employing measures to control speed and traffic volume, hopefully resulting in safer streets. City planners may opt for speed bumps, roundabouts, chicanes, or speed tables for example. Coral Gables has already received the okay from the county to do what it needs to implement traffic calming. It also reduced the speed limit on residential roads by five miles to 25 MPH.

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All About Red Light Cameras

redLightWhile it is legal to make a right turn on red in most parts of South Florida, there are exceptions where it is illegal. Perhaps you turned right at one of these spots or maybe you ran the red light just as it was turning red. If a red light camera happens to catch you, chances are you may receive a hefty fine via postal mail.

Though they remain a highly contentious issue and have been largely phased out, red light cameras can still be found in parts of Florida. These cameras snap a photo of the license plate when a driver passes through the light when it’s red which is then recorded and sent to the enforcement program which sends out the citation. These cameras are also able to record several seconds of video to use as additional evidence.

Here in Florida, if a vehicle is indeed cited for a red light camera violation, that citation will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. This means that even if a licensed driver happens to be borrowing the vehicle, the owner is the person liable for the citation. In such a scenario, it may be a wise idea to seek legal advice from a traffic attorney as the citation can potentially be contested. The citation fines typically hover around $158 but can increase substantially.

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How to Deal with Wrong Way Drivers

wrongWayBesides drunk driving and its many fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 300 people die every year due to another common driving problem: wrong way drivers. Besides the fatalities, wrong way crashes also injure thousands of people each year, so what can be done?

Florida State University (FSU) researchers are using the information they’ve gathered about traffic safety to tackle the wrong way driving issue. This may be achieved by using “smart” signs as well as markers on the pavement incorporating technology to boost safety efforts. While installing countermeasures before entering ramps has helped, a major problem needing to be addressed is how to get the attention of a driver if they have already started driving the wrong way. One way to achieve this is by having blank signs in place triggered by a radar that would light up the moment a vehicle traveling the wrong way is detected.

FSU studies also zeroed in on what countermeasures would work best to deal with drivers that may be impaired. Sure enough, flashing signs proved to be most effective as people’s attention will generally be drawn to things that appear instantly.

You can read more at the following link: https://news.fsu.edu/news/2018/10/29/fsu-research-investigates-smart-highway-signs-to-prevent-wrong-way-driving-crashes/.

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Study Shows How Long Marijuana May Affect Drivers

leaf-1300206_1280Canada recently became the second country in the world to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Even with the legalization, a recent study at McGill University in Montreal reveals that marijuana can impair drivers as much as five hours after they have taken a hit.

According to the study, drivers that have smoked cannabis were largely able to perform simple driving tasks such as hitting the brakes or driving at a constant speed. However, if they ran into a situation which required performing a more complex driving maneuver, the drivers that were under the influence of cannabis showed a greater, significant risk of potentially being involved in a crash.

The study involved more than forty adults between the ages of 18 to 24, all of whom fall under the category of recreational cannabis users. The participants were asked to perform a variety of driving tasks prior to smoking marijuana which were then performed several times: an hour, three hours, and five hours after smoking. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the test results indicated that marijuana does indeed impair a driver’s ability to cope with distinct situations while they are on the road.

You can read more about the study at the following link: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/national/article220150110.html.

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Study May Confirm Traffic Ticket Beliefs

ticketTrafficHave you ever wondered if there is any truth to the belief that law enforcement officers are likelier to issue a traffic ticket at certain times of the day or certain days of the week? The attorney ratings and information company Avvo recently launched a similar study, revealing useful information that many may have already suspected.

According to the study, police have a greater likelihood of issuing a traffic ticket near the end of the month and the first day of the month. The majority of traffic violations occur during the morning hours beginning from 7 am until 9 am. Officers are also less likely to issue a ticket close to the end of the week. About a quarter of those tickets are issued due to speeding in addition to careless driving (eleven percent) and license, registration, or tag-related violations (a fifth).

Based on these numbers, it appears police do indeed increase the number of tickets they issue when the end of the month approaches. As for the surge during the morning, it is possible it may be due to rush hour where drivers may decide to pull an illegal maneuver to try and beat traffic.

To read more, please visit the following source link: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181017/on-road-ticket-ticket-who-gets-ticket.

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Florida’s Worst Counties for Distracted Driving

textDriveLast year alone, Florida had well over 45,000 crashes involving distracted driving, resulting in more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving remains a major problem in Florida because of factors such as the limited measures available to law enforcement to tackle the issue. Certain counties in the state have it worse than others when it comes to distracted driving crashes.

The worst county in all of Florida is Wakulla County. Last year, over 100 crashes were caused by distracted driving. That number is over 40% greater than the state’s average of 83. For whatever it’s worth, Miami-Dade County did not make the list of top ten counties for distracted driving. However, it did manage to crack the top twenty, with 93 crashes per 1,000 registered vehicles.

Florida’s is among the few states that don’t have strict laws when it comes to performing actions such as talking on a cell phone and driving. It remains a secondary offense which means a law enforcement officer would have to pull a driver over for a primary offense like speeding before the driver could be cited for also having been caught texting. Drivers should also know that using headphones can, however, be enforced as a primary offense.

If you wish to view the full list of Florida’s worst counties when it comes to distracted driving, please visit https://www.valuepenguin.com/auto-insurance/worst-counties-florida-distracted-driving#nogo.

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Third Party Website Charges Drivers Extra to Renew

websiteWhen Florida drivers need to renew their driver’s license, they can either search for the correct website or simply type in www.gorenew.com. In the case of the former, users may have been lead to a website called ETags.com, a vehicle registration and title services company. The website recently came under scrutiny when it was revealed it was allegedly charging its users excessive fees when they tried to renew their tag.

Typically, if a Florida driver were to renew their registration for two years, the price would be about $70. In the case of ETags, the website charged a customer $106 in one example, tacking on extra service fees that are not charged by Florida for the same type of transaction.

Moving forward, ETags must clearly inform its future customers that it is unaffiliated with the government and it must also itemize the fees it is charging. It will also be required to refund certain customers who mistakenly thought they were, in fact, using a government website.

Floridians looking to renew their vehicle tags or their license should remember that they have the option of visiting www.gorenew.com or they can also use the MyFlorida app on their smartphone.

To read more about the ETags story, please visit https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/website-charging-florida-drivers-crazy-service-fees-agrees-to-make-changes-after-investigation/842526571.

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Florida Wants to Crack Down on Aggressive Driving

carcarcarAggressive driving remains a major problem in the United States, frequently resulting in fatal consequences. A AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that well over fifty percent of fatal crashes involved at least one of the drivers performing an action that could be deemed aggressive. Here in South Florida, nearly every driver has dealt with the consequences of aggressive driving or noticed it happening to a fellow driver.

As a means of giving law enforcement officers better opportunities to crack down on aggressive driving, the Florida Legislature recently gave the OK to a new statute appropriately titled “Aggressive Careless Driving”. Under the statute, if a driver commits two or more acts such as speeding, changing lanes unsafely, or passing improperly, they may receive a ticket. The statute essentially allows the Florida Highway Patrol the ability to spearhead campaigns during the year.

Remember that even if law enforcement isn’t around or doesn’t notice what is clearly a dangerous act of driving aggressively, you can report an incident by safely dialing *FHP. In case you need another reason not to drive aggressively or a reminder as to why it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings, consider that Florida motorists are not legally required to have bodily injury coverage. Hence, if you’re hurt and the driver doesn’t carry that type of coverage, it will be your responsibility to cover the medical expenses.

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The Legality of Transporting Pets on the Back of a Pickup

petTruckHave you ever been on the road and noticed a pickup truck carrying dogs in the back? Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s legal to transport your pets in the back of a pickup without running afoul of the law. While there are laws in place regarding the transport of children in the back of a truck, pets are a completely different story.

Sure enough, Florida traffic law doesn’t explicitly mention anything regarding pets and pickup trucks. However, there are laws in place regarding the ability to control your pet so that it doesn’t become a public safety threat. As to what you should do to keep a dog safe when traveling, that responsibility is up to you. While municipalities may have ordinances in place regarding pet transport, they may vary depending on where you go.

With regards to pets and pickups, it may be best to use your own judgment and err on the side of caution. As man’s best friend and members of the family, you don’t want to put your pets into any kind of situation where their safety is at risk.

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New Florida Law Will Help Hearing Impaired Drivers

hearingImpairedA scenario that some Florida drivers may face is being pulled over by a law enforcement officer and then being unable to hear what the officer is saying. This may result in the officer misconstruing the intentions of the driver and thinking that he or she is refusing to follow instructions, or worse, resisting arrest, which may cause the situation to escalate.

In an effort to tackle such a situation and avoid tension, Florida is launching a new law next week where drivers will have the option of identifying themselves as being hearing impaired when they register a vehicle or renew their driver’s license. The law comes two years after a hearing impaired driver lost his life after being shot in North Carolina when he did not hear the sirens of the trooper attempting to pull the driver over.

The hearing impaired law will be the first of its kind in all of the United States. Other states have sought solutions such as ID cars indicating the person is hearing impaired. With this new law, however, a law enforcement officer only needs to look up the tag of the vehicle to immediately know that the driving is hearing impaired before any type of face to face confrontation takes place.

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