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Practicing Driver Etiquette

driving-1Common courtesy can go a long way on the South Florida roadways where most drivers always appear to be in a bad mood or in a hurry. Using your horn is a mixed bag that can either serve to alert a driver that may not be paying attention or it may unintentionally lead to a case of road rage. So, when is it best to use it and when should you not? Let’s take some scenarios into consideration.

One instance where you should always lay on the horn is if you notice that a driver is about to hit you. Often drivers forget about their blind spot and attempt to switch lanes without realizing someone is right next to them. If you feel you or your vehicle are in danger, let the driver know.

Let’s say for instance you’re going straight while a driver is trying to make a left turn in front of you. If the driver simply moved up a few inches, you could be on your way. You may be tempted to honk your horn but this could be misconstrued by the driver as if you’re telling them to turn already, which they may not be able to do. Instead, see if it’s possible to safely inch your vehicle forward and move just slightly to the right to get around them.

Here’s another scenario: the light turns green and the driver in front of you hasn’t moved for several seconds. Yes, you should honk your horn but do it only for a quick moment as a way to remind them.

On an unrelated note, if you catch a driver texting next to you, don’t honk at them. While they shouldn’t be texting and driving, it is not your duty to police the roads. Concentrate on being a good driver and driving defensively.

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.

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 Electronic Traffic Citations

scamWhile credit cards being stolen is unfortunately common, these methods also extend to traffic tickets or speeding fines. Let’s elaborate on this.

Technologically savvy individuals will masquerade as police. These people will then send you an official and very professional looking email claiming to be the police. The email will say something along the lines that you were caught on camera speeding and are receiving a citation. However, to view the citation, you must log in. This is where the user is tricked into clicking the link, entering their personal information, and having their information or identity stolen.

It may seem odd in today’s day and age where everything is moving towards digital but when it comes to citations, most if not all police will not send a citation via this method. Police departments prefer to stick to the tried and true method of postal mail (or “snail mail”). Hence, if you receive a citation by email you can be almost certain that it’s a scam.

To avoid scams such as these, there is a simple solution to minimize your chances of receiving one: simply obey traffic laws.

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.

Smarter Traffic Lights on US 1

redLightWith Miami’s ongoing traffic woes, the city is always looking for new ways to improve the roadways. One of the most recent of these initiatives is introducing “smart” traffic lights that do a better job of evaluating traffic conditions and adjusting accordingly. Yesterday was the planned rollout of a multimillion-dollar monitoring system involving over ninety cameras responsible for controlling traffic lights across more than thirty different intersections on the eight-mile stretch of US 1 in Miami-Dade County. The newer system is intended to phase out the current system where red and green lights run on automatic cycles using educated guesses of commuting patterns.

After the new system goes live between I-95 and Southwest 98th Street, computers will assume the responsibility of determining when green lights should stay greener longer so that slow-moving traffic can clear out as well as when to extend red lights. The primary goal of the new system is to coordinate the green lights so that traffic can move through the most intersections without being forced to wait long times at cross streets during the rush hour period. These cameras, as well as other sensors, will take into account factors such as how many vehicles are at an intersection and how fast vehicles are traveling.

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.

Florida’s Cell Phone Law: Is It True?

textingIf you’ve spent any time on social media lately, you may have come across a meme being shared mentioning a new law that went into effect where drivers would be penalized if they are caught holding their cell phone while driving. Despite its good intentions, the supposed new law is not entirely accurate.

While the Florida Legislature has been evaluating ways to restrict cell phone usage while on the road, there is currently no law that has been signed. However, there are a few things you should still be aware of. The first of these is the fact that this hands-free law did, in fact, go into effect in Georgia so that’s worth keeping in mind if you’re planning on driving through the state anytime soon. Second, drivers should also keep in mind that texting while driving remains a secondary offense, which means a law enforcement officer cannot stop someone based solely on the fact that they were using their phone. A driver could however still be ticketed if they are stopped for another offense such as speeding.

To read more, visit https://www.truthorfiction.com/florida-cell-phone-law-distracted-driving/.

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 Rules of the Left Lane

leftThe rate of speed at which a vehicle should be traveling when in the left lane remains a touchy and divisive topic, especially here in Florida. Regardless of how someone may feel about it, Florida law requires that the left lane is treated as a passing lane.

Even if a driver traveling on the left lane is going the speed limit, Florida law requires that the driver move over if he or she is approached from behind by another driver traveling at a faster speed. This same rule applies to any road that has at least a pair of lanes or more heading in the same direction, regardless of whether it happens to be a street or an interstate. There are exceptions which apply if a driver is attempting to make a left hand turn or if they are passing another vehicle.

Vehicles that fail to move from the left lane when they are approached by a faster driver may cause unsafe driving conditions and they may also be unintentionally contributing to road rage. Moving over when it’s safe to do makes the roadways better for everyone.

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.

Road Rules Driver Should Be Aware Of

drivingA common practice you may have noticed among South Florida drivers when attempting to make a left turn is watching them “camp” underneath the light while waiting for a chance to safely make the left turn. This typically happens at intersections where there is a left turn yield sign. Often, the driver is unable to make the left which can often result in the vehicle blocking the intersection or worse, a serious car crash. The practice is highly unsafe and may result in a traffic violation.

Drivers are responsible for determining if they are able to make the left turn. If they are unable to safely complete the left turn, they should wait behind the white line until they are able to do so, even if it means having to wait until the light turns green again.

On an unrelated note, drivers should also keep in mind that if they happen to be transporting cargo that that protrudes at least four feet or more from the rear of their vehicle, they are required by law to place a red flag at the very end of the items being transported. Drivers that may be curious about this law can read more by looking up Florida Statue 316.228.

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.

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.

No More Aggressive Drivers!

hochmanFlorida’s Highway Patrol troopers won’t tolerate aggressive highway drivers. They have decided to focus on highway drivers who drive too aggressively around large trucks. Drivers involved in crashes with large trucks can suffer serious injuries because of the size of the trucks. The Florida Highway Patrol will start searching for aggressive highway drivers on June 28th.

If you don’t want to be pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol, then make sure you know these tips.

Don’t drive in a large truck’s blind spot. Truckers can’t see your car if it’s in their blind spot, even though they sit higher off the ground and they have bigger mirrors.

Pass trucks on the left. Passing trucks on the left allows for maximum visibility. They’ll see you clearly and know that you’re there.

Don’t cut off any trucks. Because trucks are so large, they can’t stop as quickly as cars can. Their size makes it dangerous for you to cut off trucks. Make sure you are leaving lots of room in front of a truck when you pull in front of them.

Hopefully, the Florida Highway Patrol’s efforts will stop aggressive drivers from getting into dangerous crashes with larger trucks.

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 305-515-5849 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.

Ban on Texting May Not Only Apply to Cars

put it down

Drivers are not the only ones who are being told to “Put It Down” according to the seasonal campaign by the Florida Department of Transportation. This also applies to bicyclists and people on skateboards, hoverboards, mopeds, and other similar vehicles.

County commissioners voted unanimously to approve a resolution to teach drivers between the ages of 16 and 24–the most at-risk demographic for distracted driving–the dangers of it. The program is currently unnamed and will focus on the installation of signs to deter mobile device use in public spaces and roadways. While Florida officially banned texting while driving back in 2013, an officer cannot pull someone over for doing so without having done another violation first. Neither this nor an increase in seatbelt usage did much to mitigate a 31% increase in accidents and fatalities in the three years afterwards. Hopefully something can be done to reduce this. As another campaign run by AT&T offers another viewpoint that bears repeating, “It Can Wait”.

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 305-515-5849 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.

Florida Launches Safe Summer Travel Campaign

safesummerWith the arrival of summer, the Florida roadways are about to become busier, upping the risks of being on the road. To reinforce the importance of practicing safe driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) recently launched its Safe Summer Travel Campaign.

Some alarming facts obtained from the DHSMV website reinforce the importance of practicing safe driving. For starters, did you know that speeding results in about 300 fatalities a year in Florida alone? A little bit of research shows that driving well over the speed limit will not necessarily get a driver to their destination significantly faster. Last year, over 100,000 citations were issued in Florida due to speeding and there were just over 60,000 crashes. Obeying speed limits means safer roads for everyone.

Another thing the campaign mentions: tire safety. When is the last time you inspected them? With the millions of miles driven, it’s imperative that drivers regularly take a look at their tires to make sure they are being properly maintained.

Driving sober, preventing heat stroke, safety belts, all of these are part of the Safe Summer Travel Campaign. While most of it may be common knowledge, it never hurts to be reminded. Stay safe on the roads this summer.

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.