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Uber Ups Its Background Checks

uberFrequent Uber users concerned about the history of the person driving them to their destination will find some additional relief in knowing that the ride-sharing company recently announced plans to ramp up its background check efforts. Drivers will now receive annual criminal background checks and the company has also enlisted the help of another company that will consistently monitor any criminal arrests, according to a Miami Herald article.

Uber’s new initiatives are part of a plan implemented by its new CEO and are aimed at not only improving the company’s image after a series of mishaps but also making the service “fundamentally safer” for drivers and their passengers.

Besides the background checks, Uber also plans to implement a 911 button directly into the app to make it easier for riders to call in an emergency as well as improved methods of allowing riders to share their current whereabouts with their loved ones and friends.

You can read more about the upcoming Uber changes at the following link:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article208668304.html.

Are you a frequent Uber user? If so, will the new changes help you feel safer the next time you’re riding as a passenger? Let us know in the comments.

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Common Florida Laws Drivers Often Forget

drivingDoes it seem like traffic has been particularly horrendous this week? Miami traffic is generally terrible, but it could easily be improved if drivers followed some of the traffic laws. According to a recent Miami Herald article, there are several laws most drivers are unaware of, have forgotten, or choose to ignore.

Florida is one of the states that allow you to make a right turn on red. However, the law states the driver must come to a complete stop before proceeding with the turn and must yield the right of way to any pedestrians or other vehicles. Drivers that fail to heed this law could face a $250+ fine.

Turning signals are not optional when a driver intends to turn or change lanes, they are required by law. On top of that, drivers must signal their turn with a 100-foot minimum prior to actually making the turn so that any drivers behind them can properly prepare. A violation of this statute may result in a fine of more than $170.

Lastly, drivers should remember that the far left lane is intended for faster-moving traffic and vehicles that are overtaking drivers moving slower in the right lanes. If a vehicle is traveling faster than another and it is being overtaken on the right, the driver of the slower vehicle is required to move to the right and allow the faster vehicle to occupy the far left lane. Failure to do so could result in a $179 fine.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article208583514.html.

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 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.

 

Dade County Cops Pose as Uber Drivers

Dade County Cops Pose as Uber DriversYou most likely have already seen numerous cars with an Uber logo sticker on the bottom corner of the windshield and did not think much of it. But you may be surprised if you suddenly saw red and blue lights flashing from the inside followed by one or two uniformed officers step out of the vehicle in question.

This happened in Liberty City for the purpose of pulling over speeding drivers. The Miami PD is not the first one in the nation to go undercover using a well-known disguise; police in Philadelphia plastered fake Google Maps stickers on the doors to appear as if they were photographing for Street View. Their reason for doing so was to scan license plates of motorists.

This begs the question as to whether these techniques are ethical or legal. A spokesman for Uber declined to comment on the story but stated that the company had no knowledge of the situation. Dennis Kenney, a criminal justice professor at John Jay College and a former Florida police officer says that he doesn’t know of any law that would prohibit that, only if the companies they are posing as object to it, which neither Google nor Uber have done.

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What to Know About Excessively High Speeding

speedingDid you put a little too much pedal to the metal and get pulled over? It’s imperative that you be aware of what the law enforcement officer alleges you did, because excessively high speeding (fifty miles per hour or more over the limit) may significantly affect your future.

In cases involving excessive high speed, it is vital to consult with a traffic ticket lawyer. This lawyer will take the time to investigate all of the important details of your case to come up with a strong defense. A law enforcement officer may charge you with a serious offense even if you were only going a mile over the speed limit. Hence, having an experienced legal team is essential.

A charge for excessively high speeding differs from a regular traffic ticket in severity. A first time violation may carry a fine of up to $1,000 as well as being required to attend traffic school or even having the license suspended. Second violations carry higher fines, having the license revoked for a year, and more. Any more violations are considered third-degree felonies with even higher fines plus the possibility of losing driving privileges for up to ten years as well as potential prison time.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

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What You Can Do About a Lost Traffic Ticket

trafficTicketSo you were pulled over by a law enforcement officer and given a traffic ticket yet because of life’s other responsibilities, you can’t seem to remember where you may have left the traffic ticket. Because most, if not all of the necessary information you need to take care of the citation is on the ticket, losing it can be a problem if you don’t remember what you were cited for or don’t know how to proceed. What do you do?

When receiving a traffic ticket or citation, you may wish to take a picture of it to keep it as a backup in case of such a scenario. Losing it may result in forgetting about it, which can lead to consequences such as losing your driving privileges, being forced to pay a higher insurance premium, or receiving points on your license.

Depending on the county in which you live, you may be able to find a copy of the citation by searching through online records. You may also be able to contact the count court directly to obtain information about the ticket. Alternatively, you can try contacting a traffic ticket attorney office which may be able to not only look up your traffic ticket but also fight it on your behalf.

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.

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.

You’ll Need to Wait a Little Longer to Try the I-75 Express Lanes

i75Were you among the many South Floridians eagerly awaiting the opportunity to improve your commute by using the Interstate 75 (I-75) express lanes this weekend? If so, you’re going to have to wait a little longer to try them out. According to a recent Local 10 News article, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recently decided to postpone the opening of the express lanes until the 24th of this month due to further system testing. These new lanes will run from Northwest 138th Street in Miami-Dade County to Interstate 595 in Broward County.

When the I-75 express lanes do open later this month, there will be a pair of lanes operating in both directions of I-75. Similar to I-95 express lanes, the tolls charged on the express lanes will vary based on the current condition of traffic. Drivers will notice roadway signs showing the current toll they can expect to pay should they decide to make use of the express lanes. As is the case with I-95, the I-75 express lanes will also require the use of a SunPass device or a compatible transponder. Neither Toll-by-Plate nor cash will work. Drivers with vehicles that have more than a pair of axles are also not allowed to use the express lanes.

The FDOT has released a full list of express lane entrances and exits, which you can read more about at the following link: https://www.local10.com/traffic/opening-of-new-i-75-express-lanes-postponed-until-march-24.

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Driving with a Suspended License

lrevokedDriving with a suspended license (DWLS) is among the most common criminal charges in Florida. Its severity is greater than that of a traffic ticket, and being charged with DWLS may create a world of additional legal headaches and consequences. Hence, it is imperative that you consult with a traffic ticket attorney who can assist you with your case.

A multitude of reasons exist as to why a driver may have his or her license suspended. These include receiving too many traffic tickets, not paying tickets, being charged with DUI, or even non-driving related reasons such as failing to make child support payments. How you were charged, the unique facts of your case, and whether or not you knew about the suspension may all play a factor in potential criminal charges.

There are situations where a driver may not even know their license was suspended, perhaps because they were sent a letter that never made it to them. Depending on the case, a scenario such as this one may be used as part of your defense. Again, it is a wise idea to speak to a traffic attorney who can help guide you.

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.

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Proposed Bill May Result in Less Expensive Traffic Tickets

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One of the most important bills making its way towards potentially becoming law is the major texting while driving bill that would turn it from a secondary into a primary offense. While the bill is aimed at reducing the dangers of distracted driving, there is another bill that was recently approved aimed specifically at traffic tickets. Pay close attention as it may help you out in the future should you ever receive a traffic ticket.

This latest bill (unrelated to the texting while driving bill) could potentially allow drivers to receive a discount of up to eighteen percent on their traffic ticket provided they participate in a driver improvement course. The bill would apply to non-criminal traffic infractions and the discount could only be applicable if the driver hasn’t already chosen the course option within a twelve month period. Drivers would be allowed to use this option a maximum of five times during their lifetime.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami speeding ticket lawyer today.

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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.

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.