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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.

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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.

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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 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.

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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).

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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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