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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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).

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.

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 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.

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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.

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.