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New Technology May Lead to Safer Roads, Better Fuel Economy

driver2Technology to improve the roadways remains an ongoing process. From smarter traffic signals to electronic signs that provide real-time updates, efforts continue to make the roads safer for everyone. Over in Gainesville, a company is spearheading an initiative that may make its way to South Florida soon.

Called Connected Signals, the technology provides drivers real-time predictive information regarding current traffic. Drivers are informed when traffic signals will change, which can help with boosting fuel efficiency while also cutting down on crashes due to red lights. Using an app, a driver is better able to decide when to slow down sooner or when to refrain from pressing on the accelerator, allowing them to coast to the traffic light. There is also a “green wave” speed indicator which allows drivers to adjust their speed so that they drive through a series or “wave” of green lights versus having to stop.

Connected Signals is part of an initiative being developed alongside the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The majority of the traffic signals have already been upgraded to use smart signal technology. With the technology, it’s estimated drivers can improve their fuel efficiency by as much as fifteen percent while also reducing crashes involving red lights by more than twenty percent.

There is no word yet on whether Connected Signals will be launched in Miami, but considering it’s being developed with the assistance of the FDOT, it may only be a matter of time.

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How Bad Is Texting While Driving in Florida?

textDriveWe all have probably dealt with it at some point: you’re driving on the South Florida roadways only to notice a car going unusually slow, weaving in and out of their lane, or hitting their brakes even though there is clearly no one in front of them. As you’re passing them, you notice the driver is a teenager starting at his or phone instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is alarmingly common. In fact, a Journal of Adolescent Health study found that close to forty percent of high school students engage in this activity. In Florida’s case, a driver must be at least fifteen years of age to receive their learner’s permit. The study found that Florida has about 37 percent of teens engage in the activity. What’s worse, researchers also found that the chances of teens texting and driving was likely to increase as they got older.

Texting while driving—regardless of age—is considered to be particularly dangerous as it impairs a driver’s ability to visualize while also causing physical and cognitive distractions. In the case of Florida, it is one of the few states in the country that has yet to pass stricter laws regarding cell phone use and texting. For the time being, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. This means a driver must be pulled over for another reason such as speeding before they can be cited for texting.

To read more about the study, please visit https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(18)30250-7/fulltext.

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Watch out for School Zones

busIf you’ve somehow managed to avoid all of the traffic, you’ve likely already noticed that numerous schoolchildren have started a new school year. This means that those school zones you may have driven through at speeds beyond fifteen miles per hour during the earlier summer season are now in full effect once again.

Failure to adhere to posted school speed limits can carry increasingly hefty fines depending on how fast a driver is going. For example, in Miami-Dade County, going anywhere between one to five miles over the speed limit may result in a fine of about $169. Vehicles caught driving thirty miles above or more the speed limit face even heftier fines of up to $1,000.

With school being back in session, it also means there are more school buses on the road. Drivers should remember that they must stop when a school bus has its stop sign out, including those traveling in the opposite direction. Drivers that are caught passing a school bus that’s stopped face not only a fine of about $284, they will also be required to attend traffic school.

Stay safe on the roads during the morning and afternoon hours when children are coming to school and heading home.

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Watch out for Electronic Traffic Citations

scamWhile credit cards being stolen is unfortunately common, these methods also extend to traffic tickets or speeding fines. Let’s elaborate on this.

Technologically savvy individuals will masquerade as police. These people will then send you an official and very professional looking email claiming to be the police. The email will say something along the lines that you were caught on camera speeding and are receiving a citation. However, to view the citation, you must log in. This is where the user is tricked into clicking the link, entering their personal information, and having their information or identity stolen.

It may seem odd in today’s day and age where everything is moving towards digital but when it comes to citations, most if not all police will not send a citation via this method. Police departments prefer to stick to the tried and true method of postal mail (or “snail mail”). Hence, if you receive a citation by email you can be almost certain that it’s a scam.

To avoid scams such as these, there is a simple solution to minimize your chances of receiving one: simply obey traffic laws.

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Risky Social Media Challenge May Result in Several Citations

savedFor those of you that are active on social media, you’ve more than likely come across one or multiple videos of people doing the “Keke Challenge”. If you’ve somehow remained oblivious to the latest social media trend, allow us to shed some light on it. The Keke Challenge gained traction last month when the popular musician Drake released a song called “In My Feelings”. The song led to an Internet meme dance “challenge” where drivers exit their moving vehicle and dance next to their car while it is in motion and they are being recorded.

The Keke Challenge has exploded in popularity with plenty of people attempting the dangerous dance, which has already resulted in at least one person getting hit by an oncoming vehicle as well as other videos of drivers falling when attempting to exit the vehicle. While it may seem fun, it is also incredibly dangerous and may result in nearly $1,000 worth of citations in Florida if a law enforcement officer catches a driver attempting to do it. For example, a driver may be cited for impeding the flow of traffic ($164), reckless driving (as much as $500), not wearing a seatbelt ($114), and careless driving (another $164 fine). Besides the citations, there is also the risk of significant injury.

Perhaps the wisest thing to do is to enjoy and dance to the Drake song from the comfort and safety of being inside a vehicle.

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South Florida’s DUI Arrest Plunge

duiWell here is some refreshingly positive news for once regarding South Florida drivers. A recent Miami Herald article states the number of drunk drivers on the roadways has decreased substantially. The number of DUI-related arrests by the two largest police departments in Miami-Dade County dropped more than sixty percent last year compared to four years earlier. Between the period of 2013 to 2015, over 1,000 people were arrested by the police. In 2017, less than 600 people were arrested for the same charges.

With such encouragingly large drops, the inevitable question turns to the reasons behind the decrease in DUI arrests. As you may have already guessed, it’s believed ride-sharing companies and their ongoing rise in popularity may have played important roles as more people rely on services like Lyft and Uber to get around when they’ve had too much to drink. Other factors that may also have contributed include proactive law enforcement, better public education about the dangers of driving under the influence, and the perceived trend that millennials prefer not to drive.
Regardless of the reasons, fewer DUI arrests mean potentially safer roads for the rest of us…and that’s always a good thing. You can read more by visiting https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article215758380.html.

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Smart Traffic Signals and How They’ll Change Miami Traffic

trafficA new smart traffic signal system might save Miami from terrible traffic. A new monitoring system linked to around 100 cameras will start controlling lights at intersections on US 1. They’ll decide which lights will turn green and which ones will turn red. The cameras will calculate vehicle speed and the number of cars at the intersection, then decide on the next red or green light based on that data.

The smart traffic signals will go live on Southwest 98th Street and I-95. The main goal of the signals is to make a maximum sequence of green lights so that rush hour drivers can drive for a while before hitting a red light. The excessive waits at red lights are one big reason why US 1’s traffic is so bad.

The county already tried a smart traffic system in Doral in 2016. The rush hour traffic there is now about 10% faster. Hopefully, the speed of traffic on US 1 will also improve.

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The Most Common Reasons for Getting a Ticket

HochmanGetting a ticket is something that everyone should avoid. All drivers need to learn safe driving habits and continuously practice them. If you want to avoid getting tickets, then read on to learn some common reasons why people get tickets.

Running a red light or a stop sign is a big mistake that many lax drivers make. Most of the time, drivers make rolling stops instead of completely stopping, and then get slapped with a ticket. Drivers also forget that if they’re making a turn at a red light, they need to come to a stop.

Speeding is another common mistake. It’s easy to forget yourself and go over the limit, especially on the highway. However, if you go too fast, you can end up with injuries instead of just a ticket. Speed limits were set to make roads safe, so keep an eye out for the speed limit signs.

Drivers should also remember to always signal before changing lanes or turning. Other drivers aren’t psychic. Make your movements clear and obvious to avoid tickets or collisions.

You can avoid traffic tickets by cutting out your lax driving habits. Make sure to signal, come to complete stops, and stay under the speed limit.

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Why Are Miami Drivers So Aggressive?

hochman goldinMiami drivers are famous for being some of the most aggressive drivers in the U.S. People often complain about the behavior of drivers here, like cutting across multiple lanes, not using turn signals, and using brights when the situation doesn’t call for it.

Miami’s traffic is the 5th worst in the nation, which might contribute to the road rages that are on the rise here. The traffic helps trigger impatience and annoyance, which can quickly evolve into full-blown anger. Police are trying to lower road rage incidents by educating people, lowering speed limits, and posting more officers at traffic hotspots.

If an aggressive driver targets you, make sure to stay calm. Make sure not to stick too close to the driver, in case you need to get out of there quickly. Don’t leave your car, because it’s safer to stay in the car than to leave it. Try to avoid eye contact.

Miami’s drivers are notorious for their aggressive driving and road rage incidents. Be careful to keep your temper, and stay away from drivers who don’t.

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The Rules of the Left Lane

leftThe rate of speed at which a vehicle should be traveling when in the left lane remains a touchy and divisive topic, especially here in Florida. Regardless of how someone may feel about it, Florida law requires that the left lane is treated as a passing lane.

Even if a driver traveling on the left lane is going the speed limit, Florida law requires that the driver move over if he or she is approached from behind by another driver traveling at a faster speed. This same rule applies to any road that has at least a pair of lanes or more heading in the same direction, regardless of whether it happens to be a street or an interstate. There are exceptions which apply if a driver is attempting to make a left hand turn or if they are passing another vehicle.

Vehicles that fail to move from the left lane when they are approached by a faster driver may cause unsafe driving conditions and they may also be unintentionally contributing to road rage. Moving over when it’s safe to do makes the roadways better for everyone.

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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