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The Massive Rise in Careless Driving Crashes

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Florida is one of the few states in the country with texting while driving laws that, when compared to other states, are unusually lenient. Perhaps, as a result, crashes are seeing a dramatic rise in the Sunshine State, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month.

While lawmakers continue to debate and iron out the kinks in an effort to create stricter texting while driving legislation, a recent analysis shows more than two million crashes that are typically associated with texting and driving have alarmingly risen. Between 2013 and 2016, accidents jumped by more than ten percent, yet crashes involving careless driving have increased over three times that amount. One of the largest culprits involved in these careless driving accidents is failing to remain in the proper lane followed closely by running stop signs. Improper passing, sideswiping a vehicle traveling in the same direction and ignoring road signs/markings have also jumped.

According to the Sun Sentinel article, texting while driving has gotten so bad, law enforcement officers often mistakenly stop drivers thinking they’re under the influence only to find the driver is sober, albeit preoccupied with their phone.

You can read more at the following link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-texting-driving-crashes-rise-20180122-story.html.

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Uber Drivers Will Have to Take a Break

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We all know Uber is one of the most convenient ways to get around the city. For many Uber drivers, the service is one of, if not their primary means of income. This means they probably spend several hours a day on the road, which could result in fatigue or worse, drowsiness. Uber is taking this into account by launching a new feature aimed at helping drowsy drivers.

Should an Uber driver work for twelve hours, he or she will receive a notification on their phone asking them to take a six-hour break. While it may seem tempting to disregard, Uber will not allow the driver to continue using the app until those six hours have passed. Hence, drivers are essentially being forced to take a break. Drivers will also receive an alert when they are approaching the twelve-hour mark.

A recent survey by the National Sleep Foundation revealed some concerning results showing that close to seven million people have admitted to dozing off while driving. While drivers may not appreciate being forced to take a break, Uber believes it’s “a call that can’t be ignored”, according to the Sun Sentinel article where the news story was originally published.

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.

Texting While Driving Bill Passes Another Committee

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If you’ve been keeping up on recent blogs, you’ve likely noticed the regular updates being posted regarding the Florida bill currently under evaluation that would allow law enforcement officers to pull over drivers if they are caught texting while they’re behind the wheel. Yesterday, the bill passed yet another hurdle, this time successfully making its way through the third and final House committee. Before the bill will become law, it will still have to pass in the House as well the Senate.

Should the texting while driving bill become law, Florida will join 43 states that have already made texting while driving a primary offense. As mentioned in previous blogs, Florida’s current laws have had it as a secondary offense since 2013, which means a driver would need to be pulled over for a different reason (i.e.: speeding) before they could receive a citation for texting. These citations remain rare, with fewer than 1,500 people being ticketed for it in 2016.

 

One of the major issues that could derail the texting while driving bill is the risk of racial profiling, a concern expressed among civil rights advocates and black legislators, according to a Miami Herald article. To deal with this concern, an amendment to the bill would require police to record the driver’s race and ethnicity when they have been stopped for texting. Should the police wish to search the driver’s phone to confirm they were texting, the officer would have to inform the driver that they have the right to decline the search before the officer can proceed.

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Heads Up: Miami Marathon’s Weekend Road Closures

marathonIn case you weren’t aware, the annual Miami Marathon is returning this Sunday, January 28, bringing hundreds of thousands of runners to the Magic City and beyond. For Miami drivers heading to work or elsewhere, it’s a good idea to take proactive measures and be aware of the various road closures.

For starters, Miami Beach officials are recommending that anyone who will be entering or exiting the barrier island between 6:00 AM to 10:00 AM should use the Julia Tuttle Causeway instead of the MacArthur Causeway. The marathon kicks off bright and early at 6:00 AM in Miami’s American Airlines Arena and runners will be traveling towards Miami Beach through the MacArthur Causeway followed by Ocean Drive, the Venetian Causeway, and even south to the neighborhood of Coconut Grove.

The Miami Marathon will be over by 2:00 PM, though there is a procedure in place to ensure the roads reopen once they’re clear of runners. It’s worth noting, however, that northbound Biscayne Boulevard will also be closed from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM from Southeast 3rd Street to Northeast 2nd Street on Saturday.

You can see the full list of expected Miami Marathon road closures by clicking here. Stay safe!

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Red Light Camera Bill Moves on to the Senate

redLightFor those following the latest developments in Florida’s efforts to ban red light cameras, the bill proposing its banning recently made it past the state House with a vote of 83 to 18. However, its future as it makes its way through the Senate remains uncertain. This marks the third year in a row that the bill (HB 6001) has successfully made it beyond the House.

House Republicans that support HB 6001 believe red light cameras are being utilized by counties and the cities within them as a means of making money. These cameras were originally implemented back in 2010 after legislators gave the okay to local governments to use the cameras for the purpose of issuing tickets to any driver running red lights. However, ever since the cameras were rolled out, they have generated a significant amount of controversy.

Should HB 6001 successfully pass in the Senate, the bill would require that local governments phase out their red light cameras by 2021. If this were to happen, it’s believed the banning could save Florida drivers as much as $159 million a year in citation fees. Supporters of red light cameras believe they assist with traffic safety.

What are your thoughts on the red light cameras?

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Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve with the Miami Beach Trolley

uberWill you be celebrating the arrival of 2018 and bidding goodbye to 2017 in Miami Beach? You may want to take advantage of a perk the city is offering to prevent drunk driving as well as easing the city’s traffic woes during holiday celebrations.

If you have yet to take advantage of it, Miami Beach is extending its complimentary trolley service by remaining in operation until 2 am on New Year’s Eve. While it’s frequently used by local Miami Beach residents as a free and easy way to get around, the trolley is always open—and free—to anyone visiting the island.

For those planning on driving to the popular South Beach area, it’s worth keeping in mind that Ocean Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5th to 14th Street beginning at 7 am on Saturday, December 30 until 9 am New Year’s Day. These streets are where you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the planned fireworks display set to go off at the stroke of midnight.

As always, for those planning on drinking, make sure to bring along a sober driver or use a ridesharing service like Lyft or Uber to get home. The Tow-to-Go program by AAA is another option.

Happy 2018!

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Miami Bids Adieu to Its Red Light Cameras

redLightIn case you missed the momentous news released last week, Miami has decided to do away with its controversial red light camera program after commissioners unanimously reached a decision to end it. As the city’s contract with the company American Traffic Solutions comes to an end, the company will have about sixty days to take care of whatever it needs to do wrap up its red light camera operations in Miami.

The decision to do away with the red light camera program was one of the intended goals of Miami’s newly-elected Mayor Francis Suarez. While the program will soon be phased out, you may come across traffic lights where cameras still exist. Always remain vigilant and drive safe to avoid becoming the victim of an unintended red light ticket or worse, an accident. If you do happen to receive one, we can help you fight your traffic ticket.

How do you feel about Miami commissioners choosing to call it quits on the red light camera program? Are you among the people who believed it may have helped in making the streets of Miami a little safer? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section.

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Work with a Traffic Attorney Face to Face

ticketTrafficAccording to a recent article published in The Miami Herald, a startup that uses the power of smartphones to allow users to fight their traffic ticket is running into legal trouble. The startup is now taking its case to federal court.

The startup launched earlier this year and has since assisted over 5,000 people with their traffic ticket. Despite working with traffic tickets, it’s worth noting that the startup is not a law firm. Instead, it relies on independent lawyers who then go out and take care of resolving a person’s traffic ticket for a certain fee.

While these services may be innovative, when working with something sensitive such as a traffic ticket you may still be better off speaking directly with a traffic ticket attorney. Your case will be handled effectively and professionally and you’ll have the peace of mind of being able to ask questions. We’ve dealt with numerous cases for over a decade now and we have handled thousands of traffic citations.

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 a red light camera violation attorney today.

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.

What You Should Know About the Passing Lane

need4speedAggressive drivers are commonplace on South Florida’s roadways. Among the multitude of reasons for the aggression, a slow driver is certainly among them. Regardless of what drivers may have been lead to believe, “fast lane” on a highway do not exist. Instead, what we have is the passing lane which is intended to allow drivers to move past slower moving traffic and then return to the right lane.

While the passing lane may have its designated purpose, many drivers fail to use it properly, choosing to remain in the lane because they happen to be driving the speed limit. This scenario can lead to problems. Studies show that left lane drivers driving below the speed limit are a major reason for inducing road rage, trailing right behind drivers who text and those who tailgate.

What many drivers may not be aware of is that there is indeed a law (Florida State Statute 316.081) making it a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation for any driver to stick around in the left lane while driving below the normal speed of traffic. The law is intended to cut down on road rage, prevent accidents, and allow the left lane to be used by vehicles moving at a faster speed so that traffic flow is improved and there is no need for a sudden or risky lane change.

If you do happen to be in the passing lane, at least consider possibly moving over for a rapidly approaching vehicle. You’ll reduce the odds of being rear-ended or becoming a victim of road rage.

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Make It Home Safely with Tow to Go

Tow2GoAre you familiar with AAA’s Tow to Go program? With the holiday season upon us, chances are there will be plenty of people participating in celebratory drinking. The program serves as another effective means of making the roads safer for everyone. The goal of Tow to Go is to ensure impaired motorists make it safely home during nights when there is a greater likelihood of impaired driving.

With Tow to Go, motorists can contact a AAA service to take them as well as their vehicle home if they feel they’ve had a little too much to drink. Unlike Uber or Lyft which are generally available at all hours of the day, Tow to Go does have certain caveats. It is only available on certain holidays such as Thanksgiving and the period between Christmas through New Year’s Eve. The impaired driver will only be taken a maximum of ten miles from their location and the rides cannot be booked in advance.

Most Tow to Go trucks can transport up to two people. As a plus compared to Uber or Lyft, there are free confidential rides available to members of AAA as well as non-members.

Despite the convenience of Tow to Go, motorists should still make sure they have a designated driver prior to drinking.

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.