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Hey, Florida Drivers: Let’s Not Run Over People Anymore.

The Sunshine State is no doubt an eccentric one. The term “Florida Man” often appears as a setup to numerous punchlines about what bizarre crime or act has been done, be it clickbait or true. But what is a chilling and true story is that Florida drivers appear to have a pervasive trend of running people over.

The city Florida drivers run over pedestriansof Orlando, in particular, has been ranked as one of the deadliest metro areas for pedestrians, according to the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). Last year motorists in Central Florida struck over 900 of them and 87 of them were fatalities. This shouldn’t be happening due to a state law where drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian sets foot in the crosswalk. If they fail to do so, the penalty is a $164 fine and three points on their license. Orlando wasn’t the only city in Florida to be included on the PDI report; Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami were also on the list. For those who are wondering which is the safest for pedestrians, it’s Boston.

We drivers in Florida can and must do better to watch for pedestrians and prevent a senseless tragedy.

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Florida Halts SunPass Late Fees

floRidaWhile precautions were taken to ensure Florida’s upgrade of the SunPass system went smoothly, it was not without its hiccups. Many drivers found themselves facing penalties and possible late fees after issues arose in regards to the billing system. Earlier this month, the website, hotlines, and mobile app all succumbed to an unexpectedly high demand after users were eager to manage their accounts after the overhaul, which took about a week to complete.

Due at least partially to these issues, drivers may have accumulated toll charges. Florida drivers will be happy to know that late fees will not be applied until the SunPass system has been tested extensively, which should provide a degree of relief.

To get an idea of how extensive the SunPass upgrade was, let’s briefly explore some of the upgrades that went on behind the scenes. These include improvements to invoices, payments for traffic tickets, making account changes, purchasing and activating transponders, and much more. Additionally, a trio of walk-in centers were opened including a new location in Doral.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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.

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No More Aggressive Drivers!

hochmanFlorida’s Highway Patrol troopers won’t tolerate aggressive highway drivers. They have decided to focus on highway drivers who drive too aggressively around large trucks. Drivers involved in crashes with large trucks can suffer serious injuries because of the size of the trucks. The Florida Highway Patrol will start searching for aggressive highway drivers on June 28th.

If you don’t want to be pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol, then make sure you know these tips.

Don’t drive in a large truck’s blind spot. Truckers can’t see your car if it’s in their blind spot, even though they sit higher off the ground and they have bigger mirrors.

Pass trucks on the left. Passing trucks on the left allows for maximum visibility. They’ll see you clearly and know that you’re there.

Don’t cut off any trucks. Because trucks are so large, they can’t stop as quickly as cars can. Their size makes it dangerous for you to cut off trucks. Make sure you are leaving lots of room in front of a truck when you pull in front of them.

Hopefully, the Florida Highway Patrol’s efforts will stop aggressive drivers from getting into dangerous crashes with larger trucks.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5849 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

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Ban on Texting May Not Only Apply to Cars

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Drivers are not the only ones who are being told to “Put It Down” according to the seasonal campaign by the Florida Department of Transportation. This also applies to bicyclists and people on skateboards, hoverboards, mopeds, and other similar vehicles.

County commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution to teach drivers between the ages of 16 and 24–the most at-risk demographic for distracted driving–the dangers of it. The program is currently unnamed and will focus on the installation of signs to deter mobile device use in public spaces and roadways. While Florida officially banned texting while driving back in 2013, an officer cannot pull someone over for doing so without having done another violation first. Neither this nor an increase in seatbelt usage did much to mitigate a 31% increase in accidents and fatalities in the three years afterwards. Hopefully something can be done to reduce this. As another campaign run by AT&T offers another viewpoint that bears repeating, “It Can Wait”.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5849 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

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Florida Launches Safe Summer Travel Campaign

safesummerWith the arrival of summer, the Florida roadways are about to become busier, upping the risks of being on the road. To reinforce the importance of practicing safe driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) recently launched its Safe Summer Travel Campaign.

Some alarming facts obtained from the DHSMV website reinforce the importance of practicing safe driving. For starters, did you know that speeding results in about 300 fatalities a year in Florida alone? A little bit of research shows that driving well over the speed limit will not necessarily get a driver to their destination significantly faster. Last year, over 100,000 citations were issued in Florida due to speeding and there were just over 60,000 crashes. Obeying speed limits means safer roads for everyone.

Another thing the campaign mentions: tire safety. When is the last time you inspected them? With the millions of miles driven, it’s imperative that drivers regularly take a look at their tires to make sure they are being properly maintained.

Driving sober, preventing heat stroke, safety belts, all of these are part of the Safe Summer Travel Campaign. While most of it may be common knowledge, it never hurts to be reminded. Stay safe on the roads this summer.

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

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Miami-Dade Has Modernized Its Traffic Tickets

hochman goldinWe’re putting our blog on rewind and going back to a noteworthy Miami Herald article published back in January. Miami-Dade County is evolving with the times and has instituted an “eCitation” system that does away with the traditional paper tickets in favor of a digital version. If you’ve received a ticket recently and wondered why an officer is doing so much button pressing, it may be because they’re typing you up versus writing you up.

The eCitation system is intended to improve accuracy as well as efficiency. The system goes a long way in addressing common issues such as carbon copies that are hard to read or attempting to decipher the handwriting of an officer which can, in some cases, be used as a reason to dismiss a ticket. The system also assists the county by cutting down on the chances of paper tickets getting lost.

With the new system, the officer types up the ticket, files it directly through their computer, and hands the driver a clear printout. The process significantly reduces the time it takes to “write up” a ticket. Should they choose not to fight the ticket, drivers will also be able to pay their tickets online in as little as 24 hours.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article194253649.html.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney 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 red light camera violation attorney today.

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Place Your Registration Sticker Where It Belongs

flIf you’ve read our previous blogs, you may have been surprised to learn about a case where a driver received a traffic ticket for obscuring their vehicle license plate. Although perhaps not strictly enforced, a law enforcement officer may issue you a ticket if the frame you’re using obscures even a small portion of the tag, such as the MyFlorida.com website address at the top.

You know what else can potentially lead to a ticket? Where you decide to place the vehicle registration sticker.

By law, drivers are required to place the sticker in the upper right of the vehicle license plate, right next to that aforementioned MyFlorida.com website address. In fact, most if not all plates nowadays have an indentation in this corner to reinforce or remind drivers where the sticker is supposed to go.

Despite this, there are drivers that choose to place the stickers in other areas of the plate. You may have seen a plate with multiple stickers showing the multitude of stickers the vehicle has accumulated. Not only can this lead to confusion, it is also illegal and may result in a ticket. Failing to place the sticker in the correct spot could potentially mean having to purchase a new one.

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.

Florida and Alabama Join Forces for Safer Roads

hochmanNow that summer is just around the corner, the collaborative effort between Florida and Alabama has officially begun. Called “Hands Across the Border”, summer drivers will notice a greater number of patrol officers roaming the roadways to make them safer while reducing the dangers of drunk driving. This year marks the 27th time the states have spearheaded the program.

Per the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 motor vehicle deaths have occurred. Just over 900 of those have happened in Alabama while Florida has a comparably larger amount of motor vehicle deaths at just over 3,000.

Besides the greater presence of law enforcement officers and patrols on the road, drivers can also expect to see additional sobriety checkpoints, more officers working undercover to spot and enforce distracted driving and DUI laws, as well as officers looking for drivers that may be driving aggressively.

Stay safe on the roads this summer. If you do receive a traffic ticket here in Florida, we may be able to help you out.

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

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Tips for Traffic Accidents

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As traffic accidents continue to affect the roadways of Florida, it is essential that drivers not only practice safe driving habits free of distractions. If you do find yourself in an accident, the following tips may help you out.

Contact the police. The moments immediately after being in an accident can be jarring, confusing and stressful. If you are not physically injured and may do so, slow down and check to see if everyone in your vehicle, as well as anyone in the other driver’s vehicle, is okay. Once you’ve done that, contact the police. This is imperative as the accident report will protect you by showing who was at fault for causing the collision.

Consider a dashcam. Though they aren’t used quite as much here in the United States as they are in other countries, a dashcam can serve as another piece of proof if another driver who was at fault accuses you of being responsible for the accident. In a severe accident where you may become unconscious due to the impact, the dashcam may also assist in recalling important details.

Keep an emergency tool handy. In South Florida, there is water everywhere and it is not uncommon for a driver to plow his or her vehicle into a canal. When a car is submerged, the pressure of the water can make it practically impossible to open the doors. For less than $20 you can purchase something like the Lifehammer and keep it in your vehicle. It is strong enough to break windows and it can also cut the seatbelt, potentially saving your life.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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.

 

Will a Tunnel Ease Brickell’s Traffic Woes?

brickell tunnelThe problem with urban planning for cities with small to modest populations is that in the event of exponential growth over decades, what was once a smart solution may very well become an extreme inconvenience. Case in point is the drawbridge on Brickell Avenue over the Miami River. When an artery of the downtown layout is intermittently blocked due to passing ships, it creates headaches for commuters and residents alike. There have been several proposals to replace the bridge with a tunnel and have cars drive under the river without interruption, similar to U.S. Route 1 tunneling under the Tarpon River in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez supports the proposal, and cites the nearby port tunnel off MacArthur Causeway as one to be modeled after. The Dade County Transportation Planning Organization in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority has floated six concepts for the project; an agreement is challenging since the DDA does not want extreme trenching or the elimination of foot and bicycle traffic on the avenue.

There have been other suggested alternatives, such as traffic light synchronization in the downtown grid as well as an alert system such as a mobile app to notify motorists when the bridge is opening and to seek other routes.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5497 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

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