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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.

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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.

 

Understanding Points on the License

lpointsDrivers that commit a traffic offense run the risk of receiving points on their license. The more points received on the license, the greater the odds are of having the license suspended. This means the driver will be unable to legally operate a vehicle for a certain amount of time. Should a driver be pulled over while they are driving with a suspended license, there is a strong risk of severe penalties, including possible jail time.

While points can accumulate, they will not remain on a license permanently. Generally, points will stay on the license for a maximum of three years. However, it’s important to note that even with the removal of the points, a person’s driving record may still show the ticket(s) received in the past. It’s also worth noting that a driver can receive points for traffic offenses committed in states beyond Florida.

The length of time a person’s license will be suspended depends on the number of points received and the period in which they were received. For example, receiving twelve points within a twelve year period will result in a thirty-day license suspension while receiving 24 points within a span of three years will cause the license to be suspended for an entire year.

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.

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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.

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.