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Uber Ups Its Background Checks

uberFrequent Uber users concerned about the history of the person driving them to their destination will find some additional relief in knowing that the ride-sharing company recently announced plans to ramp up its background check efforts. Drivers will now receive annual criminal background checks and the company has also enlisted the help of another company that will consistently monitor any criminal arrests, according to a Miami Herald article.

Uber’s new initiatives are part of a plan implemented by its new CEO and are aimed at not only improving the company’s image after a series of mishaps but also making the service “fundamentally safer” for drivers and their passengers.

Besides the background checks, Uber also plans to implement a 911 button directly into the app to make it easier for riders to call in an emergency as well as improved methods of allowing riders to share their current whereabouts with their loved ones and friends.

You can read more about the upcoming Uber changes at the following link:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article208668304.html.

Are you a frequent Uber user? If so, will the new changes help you feel safer the next time you’re riding as a passenger? Let us know in the comments.

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Common Florida Laws Drivers Often Forget

drivingDoes it seem like traffic has been particularly horrendous this week? Miami traffic is generally terrible, but it could easily be improved if drivers followed some of the traffic laws. According to a recent Miami Herald article, there are several laws most drivers are unaware of, have forgotten, or choose to ignore.

Florida is one of the states that allow you to make a right turn on red. However, the law states the driver must come to a complete stop before proceeding with the turn and must yield the right of way to any pedestrians or other vehicles. Drivers that fail to heed this law could face a $250+ fine.

Turning signals are not optional when a driver intends to turn or change lanes, they are required by law. On top of that, drivers must signal their turn with a 100-foot minimum prior to actually making the turn so that any drivers behind them can properly prepare. A violation of this statute may result in a fine of more than $170.

Lastly, drivers should remember that the far left lane is intended for faster-moving traffic and vehicles that are overtaking drivers moving slower in the right lanes. If a vehicle is traveling faster than another and it is being overtaken on the right, the driver of the slower vehicle is required to move to the right and allow the faster vehicle to occupy the far left lane. Failure to do so could result in a $179 fine.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article208583514.html.

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Dade County Cops Pose as Uber Drivers

Dade County Cops Pose as Uber DriversYou most likely have already seen numerous cars with an Uber logo sticker on the bottom corner of the windshield and did not think much of it. But you may be surprised if you suddenly saw red and blue lights flashing from the inside followed by one or two uniformed officers step out of the vehicle in question.

This happened in Liberty City for the purpose of pulling over speeding drivers. The Miami PD is not the first one in the nation to go undercover using a well-known disguise; police in Philadelphia plastered fake Google Maps stickers on the doors to appear as if they were photographing for Street View. Their reason for doing so was to scan license plates of motorists.

This begs the question as to whether these techniques are ethical or legal. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment on the story but stated that the company had no knowledge of the situation. Dennis Kenney, a criminal justice professor at John Jay College and a former Florida police officer says that he doesn’t know of any law that would prohibit that, only if the companies they are posing as object to it, which neither Google nor Uber have done.

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What to Know About Excessively High Speeding

speedingDid you put a little too much pedal to the metal and get pulled over? It’s imperative that you be aware of what the law enforcement officer alleges you did, because excessively high speeding (fifty miles per hour or more over the limit) may significantly affect your future.

In cases involving excessive high speed, it is vital to consult with a traffic ticket lawyer. This lawyer will take the time to investigate all of the important details of your case to come up with a strong defense. A law enforcement officer may charge you with a serious offense even if you were only going a mile over the speed limit. Hence, having an experienced legal team is essential.

A charge for excessively high speeding differs from a regular traffic ticket in severity. A first time violation may carry a fine of up to $1,000 as well as being required to attend traffic school or even having the license suspended. Second violations carry higher fines, having the license revoked for a year, and more. Any more violations are considered third-degree felonies with even higher fines plus the possibility of losing driving privileges for up to ten years as well as potential prison time.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

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Do You Believe One of These Ticket Myths?

wlmDid you recently receive a traffic ticket? You may think you fully grasp the situation and what steps to take to avoid mistakes. Yet there are plenty of drivers that still believe some of the myths associated with tickets, and these myths can prove costly if the driver isn’t aware that they are, in fact, a myth.

Ticket errors will result in a dismissal. If a law enforcement officer mistakenly writes information in a field where it’s not supposed to go, this is simply considered a clerical officer and does not mean that the ticket is invalid or can be dismissed. This may differ however if, for example, the officer documents the incorrect vehicle or violation. Having a traffic attorney review your ticket is a good way to avoid any confusion.

The ticket is dismissed if the officer doesn’t show up. This is a common misconception where drivers believe that if the officer who issued the ticket fails to show up in court, the ticket will be dropped. Even if the officer doesn’t make an appearance, it is ultimately up to the judge’s discretion to determine whether or not to drop the ticket.

Signing means you’re guilty. Signing your ticket is simply proof that you are acknowledging receipt of the ticket and does not constitute an admission of guilt. In fact, refusing to sign the ticket may carry additional penalties, including the possibility of being arrested.

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What You Can Do About a Lost Traffic Ticket

trafficTicketSo you were pulled over by a law enforcement officer and given a traffic ticket yet because of life’s other responsibilities, you can’t seem to remember where you may have left the traffic ticket. Because most, if not all of the necessary information you need to take care of the citation is on the ticket, losing it can be a problem if you don’t remember what you were cited for or don’t know how to proceed. What do you do?

When receiving a traffic ticket or citation, you may wish to take a picture of it to keep it as a backup in case of such a scenario. Losing it may result in forgetting about it, which can lead to consequences such as losing your driving privileges, being forced to pay a higher insurance premium, or receiving points on your license.

Depending on the county in which you live, you may be able to find a copy of the citation by searching through online records. You may also be able to contact the count court directly to obtain information about the ticket. Alternatively, you can try contacting a traffic ticket attorney office which may be able to not only look up your traffic ticket but also fight it on your behalf.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with our legal team about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

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Why Miami’s Toll Roads Should Be Eliminated

PastedGraphic-1There is probably no greater thorn in the side of Miami-Dade County residents than the tolls we accumulate on our daily commute. This is quite literally highway robbery. According to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) toll rate calculator, the average annual cost for a motorist using all of the expressways in the jurisdiction would approximately be $8,232. This may also include service charges and fees for mailing the bill for those who do not have a Sun Pass.

MDX was established back in 1994 by the county commission and the Florida legislature, using the reason to better operate the Gratigny Parkway and the Airport Expressway. A board of nine members appointed by the governor consisting of local civic and business leaders controls it. But in doing so, they are accountable only to themselves and the constituents barely have a say in the matter. While the MDX and the Florida Department of Transportation have worked together to improve roadways and expand the amount of lanes to mitigate congestion, it may be time to petition and let the voters decide on the subject of tolls.

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Are You Familiar with Florida’s White-Cane Traffic Law?

mattmurdockA blind Miami-Dade woman recently lost her life after she was struck by a truck attempting to turn into the intersection when the woman stepped off the street corner. The woman’s unfortunate and preventable death should remind drivers about the importance of heeding Florida’s White-Cane Traffic Law, which states the following:

“Whenever a pedestrian is crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick, which is white or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where the pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his or her vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.”

Speaking of impairments, Florida is currently evaluating a bill that would allow law enforcement additional information regarding Florida drivers. With this bill, a driver would be able to identify him or herself as being deaf when they submit their vehicle registration. This information would then be made readily available to a law enforcement officer via a commonly used driver database. The purpose of the bill is to potentially allow improved communication between officers and drivers that are hard of hearing, eliminating a hypothetical scenario where the driver unintentionally appears to “ignore” the officer.

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The Fate of the Texting While Driving Bill

textingOne of the most followed bills that was making its way through the Florida Legislature was the texting while driving bill which, had it passed, would have “upgraded” texting while driving from a secondary into a primary offense. In its current status as a secondary offense, a driver must be pulled for a different reason such as speeding, for example, before a law enforcement officer could issue him or her a ticket for texting.

If you haven’t already guessed by the usage of past tense in the first paragraph, the texting while driving ultimately failed. While it was under review by the Florida Legislature, the bill would have allowed a law enforcement officer to pull over someone solely for the reason that they were caught texting while driving. Initially, its prospects of passing seemed positive after it successfully made its way through the House and made it through to the Senate. The proposal, however, met its demise in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

With the failure of the texting while driving bill, Florida remains one of just four states where texting while driving remains a secondary offense.

You can read more about bills that failed to pass over at the Orlando Sentinel website:http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-legislature-dead-bills-20180312-story.html.

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The End of Red Light Camera Tickets

redLightIn case you missed the news earlier this month, the mayor of Miami has officially kiboshed the red light camera program, announcing that the city will no longer be issuing tickets from red light cameras.

Ever since the red light cameras were rolled out, they have remained a major point of contention. Back in January, the Florida House of Representatives sought legislation to put an end to the red light cameras. Lawmakers who backed the repeal contended red light cameras are being used by cities and counties as a way to make money. House Republicans believed the cameras were being used by counties and cities as a means of making money. However, those who supported the cameras believed they were useful in improving safety on the Florida roadways.

Drivers that received red light camera tickets often faced hefty fines and in many cases, license suspension. Similar to speed traps, red light cameras provide a substantial amount of revenue for not only the city but also the state, as House Republicans argued. What’s more, nearly forty percent of license suspensions have occurred right here in South Florida, in Miami-Dade County to be specific according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.