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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.

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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.

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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.

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Stormy Weather? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

hazardLightsHave you noticed the weather in South Florida this week? It’s been an unusually rainy week so far, including afternoon thunderstorms. When it starts raining in South Florida, not only do the roads become more dangerous, you’re more than likely to spot a driver or two using their hazard lights. You may also notice this same behavior during those rare foggy mornings.

While it may be well-intentioned, drivers should remember that operating their vehicle with their hazard lights is considered illegal in Florida. A driver should only be turning on his or her vehicle hazard lights is if they are stopped or if there are in an emergency situation. On top of that, there is only one scenario where a driver should have their hazard lights on while the vehicle is in motion, and that’s if they are part of a funeral procession.

During a heavy rainstorm, using hazard lights may have a negative effect, potentially reducing visibility. Because of this, a driver may become confused and think the vehicle is stalled or stopped. On top of that, using hazard lights makes it more difficult for other drivers to determine if the vehicle intends to turn or if the driver will be hitting the brakes.

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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Red Light Cameras Are Allowed to Remain

trafficLightIn the seemingly ongoing back and forth concerning red light cameras, there are some new developments. While the cameras have been deemed legal, several cities in Florida have made it known they do not intend to use them, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month. These cities include Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach.

The Florida Supreme Court turned down an argument that the city of Aventura allowed an outside vendor too much power to influence whether red light cameras photos showed traffic violations. The rejection ruling maintains Florida’s red-light camera law. Receiving a red light camera ticket can carry a fine of just over $150.

While several cities have no intention of using the red light cameras, other cities may see things differently. Per the article, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale has stated an interest in seeing the cameras return as a means of putting “unruly drivers on notice.” Pembroke Pines and Boynton Beach have also turned their cameras back on.

Red light cameras remain a controversial issue in Florida. Opponents see it as a means for red light camera companies and local governments to earn money while supporters believe they assist with making the roads safer as well as keeping drivers from running a red light.

To read more, please visit http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-red-light-camera-ruling-20180503-story.html.

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Florida Court Upholds License Plate Frame Law

vehicleplatePreviously we mentioned how numerous Floridians may be unintentionally breaking the law by giving their vehicle license plate a little bit of personality. Unbeknownst to many, covering or obscuring the lettering of a license plate with a frame depicting something as a beloved sports team or the name of the dealership where the vehicle was purchased could result in facing charges.

If there was any doubt regarding the law, an appeals court recently confirmed that indeed, a Florida driver may face charges for obscuring their plate including the myflorida.com name, the line at the bottom, and the sticker showing registration. Drivers are required to maintain a clear, clean, and fully visible license plate on their vehicle.

The case involved a driver who was stopped by a law enforcement officer because the frame was obscuring the myflorida.com words at the top of the license plate. The driver was also charged with a narcotics offense after the officer allegedly found drugs in the vehicle.

You can read more at the following link: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/florida/court-rules-florida-drivers-cannot-cover-lettering-on-license-tags/67-550360064.

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Florida Drivers Rank High in Aggression and Distraction

textingAs a South Florida driver, do you constantly find yourself dealing with aggressive drivers? It’s not unusual to be cut off by someone, have someone tailgate you because you’re driving too slow, or intentionally accelerating to prevent you from changing or merging into a lane despite having your turning signals on.

If Florida seems like it’s a tad too aggressive, your observations aren’t off. A popular app called GasBuddy recently assessed the driving habits of users across the country that choose to use its “Trips” feature which evaluates trips to improve fuel efficiency while also noting when the driver speeds, accelerates rapidly, or brakes hard. While Florida didn’t earn the dubious distinction of being number one, it still managed to crack the top ten, coming in at number eight.

Another report by the app Drivemode (https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/the-states-where-you-really-run-a-risk-from-distracted-drivers.html/?a=viewall) ranks Florida in third place when it comes to the most distracted drivers which, when combined with its aggressive drivers, only reinforces the importance of keeping your eyes on the road and wearing your seatbelt.

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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Kendall Expressway: A Solution or a Stopgap?

Kendall ExpresswayAsk any resident of Miami-Dade County who lives west of the Turnpike what is their biggest headache and their answer will most likely be their commute. The proposed Kendall Parkway would be a possible solution, or so it would seem. The project would extend from the current western end of SR 836, or the Dolphin Expressway, at 137th Ave and then turn south as well as west to run parallel to Krome Avenue and end at Southwest 136 Street for a total of 15 miles. At a recent town hall event, some critics believed it would only exacerbate the problem. Urban planners research suggests it would encourage more drivers and increase congestion. Those who don’t necessarily live there or need the route would suddenly take advantage of it.

This is not the only challenge the proposal faces; environmentalists argue that its construction would affect the nearby wetlands and farmlands as well as pose a threat to drinking water. There is also the issue of funding and how to allocate such funds for it.

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What You Should Know About Your License Plate

placaDid you know you may be unintentionally breaking the law every day without even realizing it each time you get into your car and start driving? Allow us to explain. You’ve probably seen countless numbers of vehicles with various covers adorning the edges of the license plates. These can range from those common ones that are included when purchasing a vehicle from a dealer, the name of a favorite sports team, an alma mater, or even the clear ones that cover the entire plate.

In terms of the law, anything that obstructs a plate display or even touches it is considered to be illegal. The tag must be clearly visible at all times and when a driver uses one of these frames, it may prevent a law enforcement officer from being able to clearly see the plate in its entirety, potentially preventing the officer from determining the state where the tag originated.

The reasons as to why these license plate laws aren’t strictly enforced are unknown, but it’s something you may wish to think about it the next time you’re on the road.

Source: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/many-floridians-break-license-plate-law-without-even-knowing-it.

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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.

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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