Texting While Driving Ban Closer to a Reality

textingAfter years of getting nowhere in regards to creating more stringent distracted driving laws, Florida House bigwigs are set to introduce a bill this week that may finally turn texting while driving into a primary offense, according to a 10 News article.

Should the bill come to pass, law enforcement officers would be able to stop a driver if they catch him or her texting while driving. As we’ve previously stated, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida, which means a driver would have to be pulled over for a different offense before they can be cited for texting and driving. This offense carries a $20 fine but no points to a driver’s license.

Florida House Speakers believe it’s about time Florida joins the 40+ states that currently recognize texting while driving as a primary offense, but only while keeping civil rights protections intact. That means officers would be required to obtain a warrant before they can access or confiscate a driver’s phone as well as being required to inform drivers of their right to refuse to have their phone searched.

The 10 News article also mentions a study worth mentioning as it reinforces how beneficial tougher distracted driving laws may be in Florida. After Oklahoma implemented its texting ban, crashes due to distracted drivers ended up dropping.

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Have a Safe Holiday by Driving Sober

distractedDecember is considered one of the most dangerous times of the year for impaired driving. To combat impaired driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles along with state officials are ramping up patrols as well as spearheading educational campaigns in an effort to make Florida’s roadways less dangerous for drivers this month.

Between December 23, 2016 to January 2, 2017, close to 200 crashes on Florida’s roadways involved drugs or alcohol and over thirty of those crashes resulted in fatalities per state officials. Though crashes related to alcohol have declined since 2014, those involving drugs have increased by fifty percent.

Many of the steps you can take to drive safer this month are easy to follow and have been well-discussed before:

Make sure you always driver sober. If you’ve been drinking, have a designated driver take you home or use a ridesharing service. AAA Tow to Go is also another option depending on where you live.

Drive within the speed limits. As New Year’s approaches, there will be a higher chance of speeding drivers. No matter where you go in Florida, the speed limit will never rise above 70 mph. Obey it.

Concentrate on driving. In other words, wait until you’ve safely arrived at your destination before snapping the selfie or posting the Facebook status.

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You May Receive Money Back from MDX This Holiday Season

MDX Logo (PRNewsFoto/MDX)

Those of you that signed up for the MDX Frequent Driver Reward Program should be receiving a welcome gift in the mail this month. December is when MDX sends out its checks, giving back any savings from the agency operations to its users.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the MDX Frequent Driver Reward Program, it is a free program where the only requirement is that you have a Florida Sunpass account in good standing. In order to receive money back from MDX, you must spend a minimum of $100 a year in tolls on any of the several expressways that are owned by MDX. These expressways are the SR 924/Gratigny Parkway, SR 112/Airport Expressway, SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway, SR 836/Dolphin Expressway, and SR 874/Don Shula Expressway. Contrary to popular belief, I-95 is not operated by MDX.

If you’re curious about how much money you’ll get back, participants will usually see just over twenty percent of what they paid in tolls during the period beginning on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. These checks tend to be about $74 or so.

Enrollment for the 2018 MDX program is already open and will remain open until March 31, 2018. As in previous years, there is no cost to attend.

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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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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.

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