Practicing Driver Etiquette

driving-1Common courtesy can go a long way on the South Florida roadways where most drivers always appear to be in a bad mood or in a hurry. Using your horn is a mixed bag that can either serve to alert a driver that may not be paying attention or it may unintentionally lead to a case of road rage. So, when is it best to use it and when should you not? Let’s take some scenarios into consideration.

One instance where you should always lay on the horn is if you notice that a driver is about to hit you. Often drivers forget about their blind spot and attempt to switch lanes without realizing someone is right next to them. If you feel you or your vehicle are in danger, let the driver know.

Let’s say for instance you’re going straight while a driver is trying to make a left turn in front of you. If the driver simply moved up a few inches, you could be on your way. You may be tempted to honk your horn but this could be misconstrued by the driver as if you’re telling them to turn already, which they may not be able to do. Instead, see if it’s possible to safely inch your vehicle forward and move just slightly to the right to get around them.

Here’s another scenario: the light turns green and the driver in front of you hasn’t moved for several seconds. Yes, you should honk your horn but do it only for a quick moment as a way to remind them.

On an unrelated note, if you catch a driver texting next to you, don’t honk at them. While they shouldn’t be texting and driving, it is not your duty to police the roads. Concentrate on being a good driver and driving defensively.

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Watch out for Electronic Traffic Citations

scamWhile credit cards being stolen is unfortunately common, these methods also extend to traffic tickets or speeding fines. Let’s elaborate on this.

Technologically savvy individuals will masquerade as police. These people will then send you an official and very professional looking email claiming to be the police. The email will say something along the lines that you were caught on camera speeding and are receiving a citation. However, to view the citation, you must log in. This is where the user is tricked into clicking the link, entering their personal information, and having their information or identity stolen.

It may seem odd in today’s day and age where everything is moving towards digital but when it comes to citations, most if not all police will not send a citation via this method. Police departments prefer to stick to the tried and true method of postal mail (or “snail mail”). Hence, if you receive a citation by email you can be almost certain that it’s a scam.

To avoid scams such as these, there is a simple solution to minimize your chances of receiving one: simply obey traffic laws.

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Risky Social Media Challenge May Result in Several Citations

savedFor those of you that are active on social media, you’ve more than likely come across one or multiple videos of people doing the “Keke Challenge”. If you’ve somehow remained oblivious to the latest social media trend, allow us to shed some light on it. The Keke Challenge gained traction last month when the popular musician Drake released a song called “In My Feelings”. The song led to an Internet meme dance “challenge” where drivers exit their moving vehicle and dance next to their car while it is in motion and they are being recorded.

The Keke Challenge has exploded in popularity with plenty of people attempting the dangerous dance, which has already resulted in at least one person getting hit by an oncoming vehicle as well as other videos of drivers falling when attempting to exit the vehicle. While it may seem fun, it is also incredibly dangerous and may result in nearly $1,000 worth of citations in Florida if a law enforcement officer catches a driver attempting to do it. For example, a driver may be cited for impeding the flow of traffic ($164), reckless driving (as much as $500), not wearing a seatbelt ($114), and careless driving (another $164 fine). Besides the citations, there is also the risk of significant injury.

Perhaps the wisest thing to do is to enjoy and dance to the Drake song from the comfort and safety of being inside a vehicle.

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South Florida’s DUI Arrest Plunge

duiWell here is some refreshingly positive news for once regarding South Florida drivers. A recent Miami Herald article states the number of drunk drivers on the roadways has decreased substantially. The number of DUI-related arrests by the two largest police departments in Miami-Dade County dropped more than sixty percent last year compared to four years earlier. Between the period of 2013 to 2015, over 1,000 people were arrested by the police. In 2017, less than 600 people were arrested for the same charges.

With such encouragingly large drops, the inevitable question turns to the reasons behind the decrease in DUI arrests. As you may have already guessed, it’s believed ride-sharing companies and their ongoing rise in popularity may have played important roles as more people rely on services like Lyft and Uber to get around when they’ve had too much to drink. Other factors that may also have contributed include proactive law enforcement, better public education about the dangers of driving under the influence, and the perceived trend that millennials prefer not to drive.
Regardless of the reasons, fewer DUI arrests mean potentially safer roads for the rest of us…and that’s always a good thing. You can read more by visiting https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article215758380.html.

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Smart Traffic Signals and How They’ll Change Miami Traffic

trafficA new smart traffic signal system might save Miami from terrible traffic. A new monitoring system linked to around 100 cameras will start controlling lights at intersections on US 1. They’ll decide which lights will turn green and which ones will turn red. The cameras will calculate vehicle speed and the number of cars at the intersection, then decide on the next red or green light based on that data.

The smart traffic signals will go live on Southwest 98th Street and I-95. The main goal of the signals is to make a maximum sequence of green lights so that rush hour drivers can drive for a while before hitting a red light. The excessive waits at red lights are one big reason why US 1’s traffic is so bad.

The county already tried a smart traffic system in Doral in 2016. The rush hour traffic there is now about 10% faster. Hopefully, the speed of traffic on US 1 will also improve.

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Motorcyclists and Florida Traffic Laws

motocicletaHere’s a common scenario South Florida drivers may run into when out on the roadways. You are stopped at a red light waiting for it to turn green when suddenly you notice a motorcycle creeping up beside you between lanes to cut in front of the line of traffic and avoid the wait. The move can lead to a potentially serious case of road rage, much like when any vehicle suddenly cuts in front of a driver waiting in line at a busy exit.

What motorcyclists may be failing to realize is cutting between stopped vehicles is highly frowned upon. Not only that, Florida laws require motorcycles to adhere to the same laws as that of drivers moving around in a vehicle with four wheels. While laws may differ beyond the state of Florida, splitting lanes or cutting into the front of stopped traffic is against the law. Hence, motorcyclists may risk receiving a ticket and possibly major fines for the traffic violation.

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Smarter Traffic Lights on US 1

redLightWith Miami’s ongoing traffic woes, the city is always looking for new ways to improve the roadways. One of the most recent of these initiatives is introducing “smart” traffic lights that do a better job of evaluating traffic conditions and adjusting accordingly. Yesterday was the planned rollout of a multimillion-dollar monitoring system involving over ninety cameras responsible for controlling traffic lights across more than thirty different intersections on the eight-mile stretch of US 1 in Miami-Dade County. The newer system is intended to phase out the current system where red and green lights run on automatic cycles using educated guesses of commuting patterns.

After the new system goes live between I-95 and Southwest 98th Street, computers will assume the responsibility of determining when green lights should stay greener longer so that slow-moving traffic can clear out as well as when to extend red lights. The primary goal of the new system is to coordinate the green lights so that traffic can move through the most intersections without being forced to wait long times at cross streets during the rush hour period. These cameras, as well as other sensors, will take into account factors such as how many vehicles are at an intersection and how fast vehicles are traveling.

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The Most Common Reasons for Getting a Ticket

HochmanGetting a ticket is something that everyone should avoid. All drivers need to learn safe driving habits and continuously practice them. If you want to avoid getting tickets, then read on to learn some common reasons why people get tickets.

Running a red light or a stop sign is a big mistake that many lax drivers make. Most of the time, drivers make rolling stops instead of completely stopping, and then get slapped with a ticket. Drivers also forget that if they’re making a turn at a red light, they need to come to a stop.

Speeding is another common mistake. It’s easy to forget yourself and go over the limit, especially on the highway. However, if you go too fast, you can end up with injuries instead of just a ticket. Speed limits were set to make roads safe, so keep an eye out for the speed limit signs.

Drivers should also remember to always signal before changing lanes or turning. Other drivers aren’t psychic. Make your movements clear and obvious to avoid tickets or collisions.

You can avoid traffic tickets by cutting out your lax driving habits. Make sure to signal, come to complete stops, and stay under the speed limit.

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Why Are Miami Drivers So Aggressive?

hochman goldinMiami drivers are famous for being some of the most aggressive drivers in the U.S. People often complain about the behavior of drivers here, like cutting across multiple lanes, not using turn signals, and using brights when the situation doesn’t call for it.

Miami’s traffic is the 5th worst in the nation, which might contribute to the road rages that are on the rise here. The traffic helps trigger impatience and annoyance, which can quickly evolve into full-blown anger. Police are trying to lower road rage incidents by educating people, lowering speed limits, and posting more officers at traffic hotspots.

If an aggressive driver targets you, make sure to stay calm. Make sure not to stick too close to the driver, in case you need to get out of there quickly. Don’t leave your car, because it’s safer to stay in the car than to leave it. Try to avoid eye contact.

Miami’s drivers are notorious for their aggressive driving and road rage incidents. Be careful to keep your temper, and stay away from drivers who don’t.

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Florida’s Cell Phone Law: Is It True?

textingIf you’ve spent any time on social media lately, you may have come across a meme being shared mentioning a new law that went into effect where drivers would be penalized if they are caught holding their cell phone while driving. Despite its good intentions, the supposed new law is not entirely accurate.

While the Florida Legislature has been evaluating ways to restrict cell phone usage while on the road, there is currently no law that has been signed. However, there are a few things you should still be aware of. The first of these is the fact that this hands-free law did, in fact, go into effect in Georgia so that’s worth keeping in mind if you’re planning on driving through the state anytime soon. Second, drivers should also keep in mind that texting while driving remains a secondary offense, which means a law enforcement officer cannot stop someone based solely on the fact that they were using their phone. A driver could however still be ticketed if they are stopped for another offense such as speeding.

To read more, visit https://www.truthorfiction.com/florida-cell-phone-law-distracted-driving/.

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