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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.

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 305-515-5173 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Self Driving Cars for Senior Citizens Tested in Florida

Self Driving Cars SeniorsResidents of the Villages Retirement Community near Orlando have been selected to be volunteers by a startup called Voyage, which specializes in autonomous vehicles. They are offering the seniors free transportation to grocery stores, shopping trips, or anything they may need. During the first phase, a technician boards for the passenger’s safety and to monitor the system.

The reason why Voyage chose these seniors is because people over a certain age are more likely to have impaired vision and thus unable to drive either at night or in broad daylight. Another reason is that the Villages provide a controlled environment due to the neat layout of its roads, homes, and commercial centers. The vehicle of choice is the Ford Fusion featuring a rooftop LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) that is designed to view and understand roads and surroundings the same way humans do.

The project could revolutionize how seniors transport themselves as well as spur the automobile industry to make more progress in developing their own self-driving vehicles.

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 305-515-5849 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers 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 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.

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.

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.

Why Miami’s Toll Roads Should Be Eliminated

PastedGraphic-1There is probably no greater thorn in the side of Miami-Dade County residents than the tolls we accumulate on our daily commute. This is quite literally highway robbery. According to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) toll rate calculator, the average annual cost for a motorist using all of the expressways in the jurisdiction would approximately be $8,232. This may also include service charges and fees for mailing the bill for those who do not have a Sun Pass.

MDX was established back in 1994 by the county commission and the Florida legislature, using the reason to better operate the Gratigny Parkway and the Airport Expressway. A board of nine members appointed by the governor consisting of local civic and business leaders controls it. But in doing so, they are accountable only to themselves and the constituents barely have a say in the matter. While the MDX and the Florida Department of Transportation have worked together to improve roadways and expand the amount of lanes to mitigate congestion, it may be time to petition and let the voters decide on the subject of tolls.

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 305-515-5173 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.

Are You Familiar with Florida’s White-Cane Traffic Law?

mattmurdockA blind Miami-Dade woman recently lost her life after she was struck by a truck attempting to turn into the intersection when the woman stepped off the street corner. The woman’s unfortunate and preventable death should remind drivers about the importance of heeding Florida’s White-Cane Traffic Law, which states the following:

“Whenever a pedestrian is crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick, which is white or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where the pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his or her vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.”

Speaking of impairments, Florida is currently evaluating a bill that would allow law enforcement additional information regarding Florida drivers. With this bill, a driver would be able to identify him or herself as being deaf when they submit their vehicle registration. This information would then be made readily available to a law enforcement officer via a commonly used driver database. The purpose of the bill is to potentially allow improved communication between officers and drivers that are hard of hearing, eliminating a hypothetical scenario where the driver unintentionally appears to “ignore” the officer.

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.

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).

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.