Florida Seeks to Seriously Crack Down on DUI

downwithDUIThe Florida Legislature is hard at work evaluating a bill aimed at those who have been convicted of a DUI. The bill would require the installation of a device that would prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol. Those championing the law say the bill would save numerous lives, and no one seems to be disputing that.

Current Florida law requires repeat DUI offenders or drivers with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more to use ignition interlock devices. These devices prevent the vehicle from starting up if it detects anything above .025 when a driver blows in it. That number is just less than one-third of the current .08 legal limit.

Crashes and fatalities related to drunk driving have reached an epidemic level in Florida. Driving fatalities caused by driving under the influence increased by nearly fifteen percent between 2014 to 2015 compared to just over three percent nationally.

Should the proposed legislation pass all of the hurdles in Tallahassee, first time offenders would be required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicle for a minimum of six months. Florida would join more than twenty states around the country that have already taken similar steps to fight the DUI epidemic.

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A DUI Conviction Will Follow You Around

duiConvictionThere is absolutely no reason why you should be receiving multiple DUI convictions. None. However, if for whatever reason you do have several, you may be curious about some things. For instance, what happens if you decide to move to another state?

To prevent any surprises, you should be aware that there is a risk of being denied a driver’s license in your new home state. You may be wondering why. Let’s say that because of your convictions, your license is currently being suspended for a certain amount of time. Despite moving to another state, the DMV will be aware of your conviction. How? It’s all because of a national registry where each state’s DMV shares information regarding its drivers. In other words, you’ll still need to resolve your Florida license suspension before you’ll receive your Georgia license, for example.

For those that have committed multiple offenses but have the option of a hardship permit, these people will need to enroll in Florida’s supervisory program. This program mandates that an ignition interlock device is installed in the vehicle. The driver will also be required to attend a monthly DMV interview based on the same length of the suspension. Put differently, you’re free to move to Georgia, but you’ll still be required to head back down to Florida every month.

Should you have any questions, consult an experienced Florida DUI attorney.

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Out of State Drivers and DUI

foreignerWith the spring having arrived and the summer soon to follow, Miami continues to be a popular destination for tourists looking to enjoy its beaches and sultry temperatures. However, unlike cities such as New York where public transportation is highly efficient, most tourists choose to drive in Miami.

Sometimes a stay in Miami can result in more than just memories of a fantastic vacation. A driver could end up with a DUI probation. Because the individual is from out of town, such a scenario can potentially make things a little more complicated in terms of what proper legal steps the person should take. Should they return to Florida? Will they risk losing their license? Could a warrant be issued for their arrest if they fail to do anything?

Should an out of town driver receive a DUI, the first step they should take is to consult an experienced DUI attorney. The attorney will review the case and provide options. Anything could happen in court, and the last thing a driver should do is admit guilt as this could result in major consequences that will likely follow the driver back to his or her home state. The driver may return to their home state only to find out that their license has been suspended or even revoked.

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Professor Seeks to Raise Distracted Driving Awareness

distractedDriverJay Winsten is a Harvard University professor well-known for being the man responsible for introducing the idea of having a designated driver. Fast forward several years, and Winsten now finds himself attempting to tackle the rampant problem of distracted drivers.

Winsten is currently in talks with federal and local Massachusetts officials to try and develop an effective campaign and message aimed at raising public awareness. The campaign would have one major goal in mind: to convince drivers their sole responsibility is to focus exclusively on driving the car. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,400 people were killed because of distracted driving in 2015, and the problem has only continued to grow since then.

Americans are certainly aware of the risks, but surveys show that they perhaps foolishly believe they can multitask while on the road. Interestingly enough, these same people say they do fear becoming a victim of someone who happens to be texting, taking selfies, or checking their social media account while on the road. The situation is very similar to drivers who have had too much drink but still believe they can safely get behind the wheel.

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Being a Responsible Passenger

millennialPassengerApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you know anything about distracted driving, you know Florida has a major problem with drivers doing things other than focusing on the road. While we can’t stop drivers from keeping their eyes on traffic, we can at least provide some tips on being a good passenger and helping these drivers refrain from distracting activities.

Be a responsible co-pilot. In other words, help the driver. Keep your eyes and ears focused on the road to spot for anything the driver might miss. Remind the driver that sending that oh so important text can wait. Better yet, if it’s that important then send the message for them so they can concentrate on driving.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. While you want to encourage the driver to improve his or her driving skills, don’t become one of those people constantly nitpicking every tiny mistake they make. This behavior will only serve to stress the person out, and the last thing you want is an agitated driver.

Keep your emotions in check. If you have a feeling danger might be imminent, control your urge to react impulsively. Assuming time allows, calmly inform the driver without shouting and refrain from grabbing the steering wheel or handbrake as this will only worsen the situation.

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Be Aware of Florida’s Laws with #JustAdulting

justadultingJust time for the arrival of spring break, a new app by The Florida Bar aimed at today’s tech-savvy teenagers and young adults has launched to better assist them with tackling real-life experiences. Called #JustAdulting, the app includes vital information on things like fake IDs, the importance of maintaining good credit, drinking and driving, texting, and plenty of additional topics. There is also a useful section on what to do when encountering police.

The #JustAdulting app is aimed at people who are turning eighteen, informing them of all the legal ramifications and responsibilities they must understand and adhere to as they embark upon adulthood. The app also includes information on the consequences should they break the law. For example, driving under the influence (DUI) carries hefty first offense penalties, including the possibility of up to six months in jail, a $2,000 fine plus court costs, over forty hours of community service, losing your license, and more.

Anyone interested in checking out the #JustAdulting app can download it for free on the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. While it may be geared toward young adults, it’s worth checking out in case you need a refresher on Florida’s laws.

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Is the End of Red Light Cameras in Sight?

redLightIn 2020, drivers running red lights may no longer have to deal with the threat of red light cameras after the Florida House voted to ban it throughout the state. The bill will now be placed into the hands of the Senate.

Boynton Beach was the one remaining city in Palm Beach County to have red light cameras, which were phased out last year. In Broward County, Tamarac, Davie, Sunrise, and West Park continue to operate red light cameras. Over in Miami-Dade, just over fifteen cities still use the cameras.

Back in 2014, a state appeals court deemed the red light camera law unconstitutional, spurring a number of municipalities throughout Florida to end their programs. However, a separate appeals court ruled in favor of the cameras, which means the law may ultimately end up in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.

The red light camera issue remains contentious among Florida politicians, with some citing the increased amount of rear-ending accidents that have only resulted in a negative fiscal impact. However, others point to its money saving benefits in scenarios where the cameras are much more cost effective versus having to hire additional police officers.

How do you feel about the red light camera program?

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Florida’s Risky Roads for Motorcycles

motorcycleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics that once again paint a grim picture for Florida’s many drivers. These statistics show that “The Sunshine State” has the greatest number of fatal motorcycle crashes in the entire country.

Back in 2015, there were just over 600 motorcycle crash fatalities and more than 9,000 crashes resulting in injury. According to the statistics, fatalities increased by more than 25% compared from 2014 to 2015. On top of that, Miami-Dade County came in at number one for the greatest number of fatalities, followed by Hillsborough County and Broward County, with 48 and 42 deaths, respectively.

Motorcycle drivers believe a major reason for the sharp increase is distracted drivers being unaware of their surroundings. The NHTSA strongly suggests that drivers not only respect motorcycles but also allow them sufficient room. Perhaps most importantly, drivers should always keep their eyes on the road. The NHTSA also urges motorcyclists to wear protective gear to improve their safety, including helmets. Since 2000, Florida law does not legally require motorcyclists to wear helmets if they are over the age of 21.

Do you drive a motorcycle? If so, how safe do you feel when you’re on the busy South Florida roads? Have you ever had any close calls?

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Texting While Driving Bill Clears a Hurdle

textDriveFlorida’s ongoing efforts to take a stronger stance against the rampant issue with texting while driving took a positive turn earlier this month after passing its first hurdle. Senate Bill 144 (SB 144) received the okay from a transportation sub-committee. Originally, SB 144 was aimed at making texting while driving a primary violation if the driver was age eighteen or younger, but a quick amendment at the last minute tweaked the age range to include drivers of all ages.

SB 144 and another bill that serves as a companion of sorts still faces an uphill climb as it makes its way through several additional sub-committees before it reaches the hands of the legislature in hopes of being voted into law. Despite the small gain, the forward momentum is certainly welcome news as lawmakers continue their fight against texting and driving.

Besides SB 144, another bill called SB 1742 being spearheaded by a State Senator was also tweaked. With this bill, a driver caught texting while driving in a school zone or at a school crossing would be committing a primary offense. This bill and its revision would remove the need for a law enforcement officer to witness another traffic violation before he or she could pull the driver over.

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Millennials Are Among the Riskiest Drivers

373281637Millennials may be the future, but if a recent report is to be believed, they’re also unsafe drivers. This report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests millennials exhibit far riskier behavior than any other age group.

According to the AAA report surveying just over 2,500 drivers, more than eighty percent of millennials admitted to engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel during a thirty day period. This behavior included running a red light, speeding, or using their mobile phone while driving. This report follows another one released by the National Safety Council showing traffic fatalities increased by more than five percent last year compared to 2015.

It’s long been proven that talking on the phone or attempting to text while driving can significantly distract a driver. Once other factors such as speeding or rolling through stop signs are thrown into the equation, there is indeed a greater risk of traffic accidents or worse, fatalities. Drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 were more likely to drive ten miles over the speed limit as well as run a red light.

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