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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.

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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.

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Many Drivers Fail to “Move Over”

Hochman and GoldmanHere’s a bit of startling news: just over seventy percent of Americans are unfamiliar with their state’s Move Over laws, according to a National Safety Commission poll. Several law enforcement officers have sustained injuries due to drivers failing to follow these rules. While most drivers are aware they must pull over so that emergency vehicles can pass, it’s the part about switching lanes to maintain a safe distance that most are unfamiliar with.

Florida law requires that vehicles switch over a lane if there are utility service vehicles, emergency vehicles, or sanitation vehicles stopped by the side of the road. If for whatever reason the driver is unable to switch lanes, then they are required to reduce their speed to twenty miles below the speed limit while they are passing by these aforementioned vehicles. While the information regarding the Move Over Act is part of current driving tests, older drivers around age thirty or above may not be aware of it as the law was not in effect then.

Last year alone, over 115 crashes resulting in more than eighty injuries were caused by drivers failing to adhere to the Move Over Act. Additionally, close to 17,000 drivers were cited for the same reason. Move Over Act violations can result in a driver receiving a fine as well as points on their license.

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.

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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.

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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.