You’ll Need to Wait a Little Longer to Try the I-75 Express Lanes

i75Were you among the many South Floridians eagerly awaiting the opportunity to improve your commute by using the Interstate 75 (I-75) express lanes this weekend? If so, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to try them out. According to a recent Local 10 News article, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently decided to postpone the opening of the express lanes until the 24th of this month due to further system testing. These new lanes will run from Northwest 138th Street in Miami-Dade County to Interstate 595 in Broward County.

When the I-75 express lanes do open later this month, there will be a pair of lanes operating in both directions of I-75. Similar to I-95 express lanes, the tolls charged on the express lanes will vary based on the current condition of traffic. Drivers will notice roadway signs showing the current toll they can expect to pay should they decide to make use of the express lanes. As is the case with I-95, the I-75 express lanes will also require the use of a SunPass device or a compatible transponder. Neither Toll-by-Plate nor cash will work. Drivers with vehicles that have more than a pair of axles are also not allowed to use the express lanes.

The FDOT has released a full list of express lane entrances and exits, which you can read more about at the following link: https://www.local10.com/traffic/opening-of-new-i-75-express-lanes-postponed-until-march-24.

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Self-Driving Cars Are Coming to Miami

0CD456D5-1EE6-4460-9FC6-E7CD3E830DD5Ford has already begun testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles in Miami-Dade County and is partnering with Domino’s Pizza as well as Postmates to deliver to customers. These self-driving cars offer significant benefits: they eliminate the need for tipping, and they do not park illegally when there’s a lack of space. Customers would simply go outside and punch a code into a keypad on the side of a Ford Fusion then reach inside to pull their pizza or any food out of a special warming oven.

Studies suggest that driverless vehicles can make an impact on reducing congestion. This would be quite a necessity in Miami, which was recently listed as the fifth-most congested city in the U.S. as well as the tenth-most in the world by the Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard. In an effort to achieve the best experience for customers, Ford has also partnered with Argo AI, which specializes in understanding and complying with local traffic laws as well as the particular driving habits of residents.

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Driving with a Suspended License

lrevokedDriving with a suspended license (DWLS) is among the most common criminal charges in Florida. Its severity is greater than that of a traffic ticket, and being charged with DWLS may create a world of additional legal headaches and consequences. Hence, it is imperative that you consult with a traffic ticket attorney who can assist you with your case.

A multitude of reasons exist as to why a driver may have his or her license suspended. These include receiving too many traffic tickets, not paying tickets, being charged with DUI, or even non-driving related reasons such as failing to make child support payments. How you were charged, the unique facts of your case, and whether or not you knew about the suspension may all play a factor in potential criminal charges.

There are situations where a driver may not even know their license was suspended, perhaps because they were sent a letter that never made it to them. Depending on the case, a scenario such as this one may be used as part of your defense. Again, it is a wise idea to speak to a traffic attorney who can help guide you.

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Always Remain at the Scene of an Accident

dmatthewsFor those that may have been unaware, February is recognized as Hit and Run Awareness Month by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The department is reminding drivers of the importance of remaining at the scene should they be involved in a crash.

Drivers should remember that leaving the scene of an accident may result in severe penalties. Florida law mandates that a driver must immediately stop at the scene of a crash on public or private property that results in injury or a fatality. Should the driver leave the scene, it is considered a felony and he or she may have their license revoked for up to three years as well as the possibility of at least four years in prison.

Last year, there were over 160 hit and run fatalities according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Of those crashes, more than 100 of them involved bicycles and pedestrians. Since 2014, a driver ends up leaving the scene in over twenty percent of crashes per the FHP.

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Driving Slow in the Left Lane? You Risk Being Fined

speedupAmong the many things that add to a driver’s frustration, one of them is probably getting stuck behind someone driving slow in the left lane. This is a common situation on the South Florida roadways that can often lead to aggressive driving or road rage. Despite the signs on the highways reminding slower drivers to stick to the right lane, sometimes the warnings go unheeded. Driving slow in the left lane could result in a fine of at least $121.

Driving slow in the left lane not only impedes traffic flow, it could prove dangerous. Despite the prevalence, it is difficult to enforce because law enforcement remains unaware of it unless their vehicle happens to be the one driving slow in the left lane. Hence, it’s not as easy to spot as a driver caught speeding using a radar gun, for example.

Back in 2014, Florida legislators tweaked the law, transforming the left lane into one that’s meant for passing, not cruising unless the right lanes are obstructed or there is congestion. Slow drivers should also be aware that fellow drivers are legally allowed to flash their high beams as a means of “asking” drivers to move to a right lane so they may pass. However, flashing the lights aggressively while also tailgating the slower driver may result in a ticket.

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Understanding Points on the License

lpointsDrivers that commit a traffic offense run the risk of receiving points on their license. The more points received on the license, the greater the odds are of having the license suspended. This means the driver will be unable to legally operate a vehicle for a certain amount of time. Should a driver be pulled over while they are driving with a suspended license, there is a strong risk of severe penalties, including possible jail time.

While points can accumulate, they will not remain on a license permanently. Generally, points will stay on the license for a maximum of three years. However, it’s important to note that even with the removal of the points, a person’s driving record may still show the ticket(s) received in the past. It’s also worth noting that a driver can receive points for traffic offenses committed in states beyond Florida.

The length of time a person’s license will be suspended depends on the number of points received and the period in which they were received. For example, receiving twelve points within a twelve year period will result in a thirty-day license suspension while receiving 24 points within a span of three years will cause the license to be suspended for an entire year.

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Proposed Bill May Result in Less Expensive Traffic Tickets

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One of the most important bills making its way towards potentially becoming law is the major texting while driving bill that would turn it from a secondary into a primary offense. While the bill is aimed at reducing the dangers of distracted driving, there is another bill that was recently approved aimed specifically at traffic tickets. Pay close attention as it may help you out in the future should you ever receive a traffic ticket.

This latest bill (unrelated to the texting while driving bill) could potentially allow drivers to receive a discount of up to eighteen percent on their traffic ticket provided they participate in a driver improvement course. The bill would apply to non-criminal traffic infractions and the discount could only be applicable if the driver hasn’t already chosen the course option within a twelve month period. Drivers would be allowed to use this option a maximum of five times during their lifetime.

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The Massive Rise in Careless Driving Crashes

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Florida is one of the few states in the country with texting while driving laws that, when compared to other states, are unusually lenient. Perhaps, as a result, crashes are seeing a dramatic rise in the Sunshine State, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month.

While lawmakers continue to debate and iron out the kinks in an effort to create stricter texting while driving legislation, a recent analysis shows more than two million crashes that are typically associated with texting and driving have alarmingly risen. Between 2013 and 2016, accidents jumped by more than ten percent, yet crashes involving careless driving have increased over three times that amount. One of the largest culprits involved in these careless driving accidents is failing to remain in the proper lane followed closely by running stop signs. Improper passing, sideswiping a vehicle traveling in the same direction and ignoring road signs/markings have also jumped.

According to the Sun Sentinel article, texting while driving has gotten so bad, law enforcement officers often mistakenly stop drivers thinking they’re under the influence only to find the driver is sober, albeit preoccupied with their phone.

You can read more at the following link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-texting-driving-crashes-rise-20180122-story.html.

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Uber Drivers Will Have to Take a Break

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We all know Uber is one of the most convenient ways to get around the city. For many Uber drivers, the service is one of, if not their primary means of income. This means they probably spend several hours a day on the road, which could result in fatigue or worse, drowsiness. Uber is taking this into account by launching a new feature aimed at helping drowsy drivers.

Should an Uber driver work for twelve hours, he or she will receive a notification on their phone asking them to take a six-hour break. While it may seem tempting to disregard, Uber will not allow the driver to continue using the app until those six hours have passed. Hence, drivers are essentially being forced to take a break. Drivers will also receive an alert when they are approaching the twelve-hour mark.

A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation revealed some concerning results showing that close to seven million people have admitted to dozing off while driving. While drivers may not appreciate being forced to take a break, Uber believes it’s “a call that can’t be ignored”, according to the Sun Sentinel article where the news story was originally published.

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Texting While Driving Bill Passes Another Committee

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If you’ve been keeping up on recent blogs, you’ve likely noticed the regular updates being posted regarding the Florida bill currently under evaluation that would allow law enforcement officers to pull over drivers if they are caught texting while they’re behind the wheel. Yesterday, the bill passed yet another hurdle, this time successfully making its way through the third and final House committee. Before the bill will become law, it will still have to pass in the House as well the Senate.

Should the texting while driving bill become law, Florida will join 43 states that have already made texting while driving a primary offense. As mentioned in previous blogs, Florida’s current laws have had it as a secondary offense since 2013, which means a driver would need to be pulled over for a different reason (i.e.: speeding) before they could receive a citation for texting. These citations remain rare, with fewer than 1,500 people being ticketed for it in 2016.

 

One of the major issues that could derail the texting while driving bill is the risk of racial profiling, a concern expressed among civil rights advocates and black legislators, according to a Miami Herald article. To deal with this concern, an amendment to the bill would require police to record the driver’s race and ethnicity when they have been stopped for texting. Should the police wish to search the driver’s phone to confirm they were texting, the officer would have to inform the driver that they have the right to decline the search before the officer can proceed.

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