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Florida Wants to Crack Down on Aggressive Driving

carcarcarAggressive driving remains a major problem in the United States, frequently resulting in fatal consequences. A AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that well over fifty percent of fatal crashes involved at least one of the drivers performing an action that could be deemed aggressive. Here in South Florida, nearly every driver has dealt with the consequences of aggressive driving or noticed it happening to a fellow driver.

As a means of giving law enforcement officers better opportunities to crack down on aggressive driving, the Florida Legislature recently gave the OK to a new statute appropriately titled “Aggressive Careless Driving”. Under the statute, if a driver commits two or more acts such as speeding, changing lanes unsafely, or passing improperly, they may receive a ticket. The statute essentially allows the Florida Highway Patrol the ability to spearhead campaigns during the year.

Remember that even if law enforcement isn’t around or doesn’t notice what is clearly a dangerous act of driving aggressively, you can report an incident by safely dialing *FHP. In case you need another reason not to drive aggressively or a reminder as to why it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings, consider that Florida motorists are not legally required to have bodily injury coverage. Hence, if you’re hurt and the driver doesn’t carry that type of coverage, it will be your responsibility to cover the medical expenses.

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.

The Legality of Transporting Pets on the Back of a Pickup

petTruckHave you ever been on the road and noticed a pickup truck carrying dogs in the back? Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s legal to transport your pets in the back of a pickup without running afoul of the law. While there are laws in place regarding the transport of children in the back of a truck, pets are a completely different story.

Sure enough, Florida traffic law doesn’t explicitly mention anything regarding pets and pickup trucks. However, there are laws in place regarding the ability to control your pet so that it doesn’t become a public safety threat. As to what you should do to keep a dog safe when traveling, that responsibility is up to you. While municipalities may have ordinances in place regarding pet transport, they may vary depending on where you go.

With regards to pets and pickups, it may be best to use your own judgment and err on the side of caution. As man’s best friend and members of the family, you don’t want to put your pets into any kind of situation where their safety is at risk.

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.

Law Enforcement Officers Remind Drivers of Railroad Crossing Safety

railroadEach year, South Florida law enforcement agencies come together in an initiative called Operation Clear Track aimed at reminding drivers about the laws and safety measures drivers should take when they are at a railway crossing. The effort is part of the larger initiative known as National Rail Safety Week, which is now in its second year.

During Operation Clear Track, officers monitor various locations to ensure drivers are not attempting to continue moving forward when the railway crossing signs are coming down, among other violations. Officers have issued citations in various cities throughout South Florida including Deerfield Beach, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and Oakland Park.

Operation Clear Track comes on the heels of a recent news story where a woman in Hallandale Beach attempting to make a turn ended up accidentally driving onto the railroad tracks after mistaking the tracks for the road. The woman managed to get out of her vehicle before the high speed Brightline train plowed into the vehicle.

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.

Avoid a Criminal Traffic Ticket

stop-sign-1174658_1280What constitutes a potential criminal offense? Most of us are aware of common offenses committed on the roads, such as speeding for instance. Though the following may seem obvious, there may be drivers out there unaware that these traffic violations may also result in a criminal offense.

Let’s take tags and vehicle registration. Here in Florida, drivers are required to renew their registration each year. Drivers that do not renew by their expiration run the risk of receiving a fine. If six months have gone by and the tag remains expired, this fine can potentially become a criminal traffic ticket which may result in jail time.

Did you recently purchase a new vehicle? Congratulations! As easy as it may seem to do so, drivers should not simply transfer their tag or the registration sticker over to the new vehicle as this is considered a crime. The tag or registration sticker must be issued, assigned, or transferred lawfully to the vehicle to avoid any issues.

We all know that driving with a suspended license is illegal but sometimes a driver may have their license suspended for reasons they may not be aware of. For example, if the driver has an outstanding ticket they haven’t paid, if they failed to attend a court date, or if they have not maintained insurance, all of these reasons may result in a suspension of the license. Regardless of the reason, driving with a suspended license for any reason is considered a crime.

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Are Uber and Lyft Cutting Down on DUI Arrests?

uberWhile the transportation costs are nice, these companies may also be playing a role in contributing to a decrease in the number of drunk drivers.

Per the Miami Herald, its police department reported a drop of just over thirty percent in the number of arrests due to DUI during the last four years. What’s more, the Miami-Dade police department stated that DUI arrests had plummeted by more than sixty percent during the same period. Miami-Dade police also noted that between 2013 to 2015, more than 1,500 individuals were arrested for DUI. Last year, that number dropped to just 594.

Whether ridesharing companies are indeed the root cause of a drop in DUI remains up for debate, but they may be helping. Millennials especially prefer to rely on Uber and Lyft to get them around the city, especially if it involves a night where drinking is involved.

Regardless of how you may feel about them, Uber and Lyft may be saving lives in South Florida. To read more about this, please visit https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/18/heres-how-much-ride-sharing-is-keeping-drunk-drivers-off-the-ro/.

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 Drivers Aren’t the Friendliest

asphalt-automobile-automotive-125514When it comes to driving, Florida is frequently in the news for dubious reasons. These include poor driving, texting, and in the case of today’s topic, road rage. Sure enough, a recent news article says Florida is the worst in the country when it comes to road rage, outdoing larger states such as Texas and California.

In the case of Florida, road rage cases have skyrocketed by more than seventy percent from 2014 to 2017, with more than 270 cases in Florida. What’s worse, data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive based in Washington DC shows that Florida also leads the country in road rage confrontations where guns were involved. Sine 2014, at least twenty people have lost their lives to road rage incidents involving guns and even more have been injured for the same reason.

So why are Florida drivers so angry? It may be due to the growing population, causing tempers to flare as the roads become more clogged. Traffic remains a major issue in South Florida where drivers spend hours on roadways such as I-95 that slow to a crawl during rush hour.

Stay safe on the roads and always try and practice patience and empathy when you’re on the South Florida roads. You can read more about this story at the following link: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/database-florida-leads-the-nation-in-road-rage-cases-up-71-from-2014-to-2017.

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New Technology May Lead to Safer Roads, Better Fuel Economy

driver2Technology to improve the roadways remains an ongoing process. From smarter traffic signals to electronic signs that provide real-time updates, efforts continue to make the roads safer for everyone. Over in Gainesville, a company is spearheading an initiative that may make its way to South Florida soon.

Called Connected Signals, the technology provides drivers real-time predictive information regarding current traffic. Drivers are informed when traffic signals will change, which can help with boosting fuel efficiency while also cutting down on crashes due to red lights. Using an app, a driver is better able to decide when to slow down sooner or when to refrain from pressing on the accelerator, allowing them to coast to the traffic light. There is also a “green wave” speed indicator which allows drivers to adjust their speed so that they drive through a series or “wave” of green lights versus having to stop.

Connected Signals is part of an initiative being developed alongside the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The majority of the traffic signals have already been upgraded to use smart signal technology. With the technology, it’s estimated drivers can improve their fuel efficiency by as much as fifteen percent while also reducing crashes involving red lights by more than twenty percent.

There is no word yet on whether Connected Signals will be launched in Miami, but considering it’s being developed with the assistance of the FDOT, it may only be a matter of time.

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.

South Florida Drivers Aren’t the Safest

An Airman simulates texting and driving. Cell phone usage while driving is prohibited on Department of Defense installations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nigel Sandridge)

Each year, the well-known insurance provider Allstate publishes its America’s Best Drivers Report which ranks over 150 cities and suburban metropolitan areas throughout the country to determine which of them have the safest drivers. Allstate recently published its report for 2018 and perhaps unsurprisingly, South Florida drivers aren’t the role models of the United States roadways.

Fort Lauderdale and Miami managed to come in 53rd and 86th place, respectively. While these placements aren’t the best, they certainly fared much better than Hialeah which holds the dubious distinction of ranking the worst in 138th place. Two Florida cities did manage to make the top twenty: Cape Coral in 8th place and Port St. Lucie in 12th place.

The Best Drivers Report evaluated each city based on the average amount of time between accidents. These numbers are then compared to the United States average. As for Miami, its drivers are involved in accidents every eight and half years. Fort Lauderdale fared a little better, with its accidents occurring about 9.2 years.

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.

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How Bad Is Texting While Driving in Florida?

textDriveWe all have probably dealt with it at some point: you’re driving on the South Florida roadways only to notice a car going unusually slow, weaving in and out of their lane, or hitting their brakes even though there is clearly no one in front of them. As you’re passing them, you notice the driver is a teenager starting at his or phone instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is alarmingly common. In fact, a Journal of Adolescent Health study found that close to forty percent of high school students engage in this activity. In Florida’s case, a driver must be at least fifteen years of age to receive their learner’s permit. The study found that Florida has about 37 percent of teens engage in the activity. What’s worse, researchers also found that the chances of teens texting and driving was likely to increase as they got older.

Texting while driving—regardless of age—is considered to be particularly dangerous as it impairs a driver’s ability to visualize while also causing physical and cognitive distractions. In the case of Florida, it is one of the few states in the country that has yet to pass stricter laws regarding cell phone use and texting. For the time being, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. This means a driver must be pulled over for another reason such as speeding before they can be cited for texting.

To read more about the study, please visit https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(18)30250-7/fulltext.

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.

Watch out for School Zones

busIf you’ve somehow managed to avoid all of the traffic, you’ve likely already noticed that numerous schoolchildren have started a new school year. This means that those school zones you may have driven through at speeds beyond fifteen miles per hour during the earlier summer season are now in full effect once again.

Failure to adhere to posted school speed limits can carry increasingly hefty fines depending on how fast a driver is going. For example, in Miami-Dade County, going anywhere between one to five miles over the speed limit may result in a fine of about $169. Vehicles caught driving thirty miles above or more the speed limit face even heftier fines of up to $1,000.

With school being back in session, it also means there are more school buses on the road. Drivers should remember that they must stop when a school bus has its stop sign out, including those traveling in the opposite direction. Drivers that are caught passing a school bus that’s stopped face not only a fine of about $284, they will also be required to attend traffic school.

Stay safe on the roads during the morning and afternoon hours when children are coming to school and heading home.

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.