Category Archives: Miami Traffic Lawyers

Red Light Camera Bill Moves on to the Senate

redLightFor those following the latest developments in Florida’s efforts to ban red light cameras, the bill proposing its banning recently made it past the state House with a vote of 83 to 18. However, its future as it makes its way through the Senate remains uncertain. This marks the third year in a row that the bill (HB 6001) has successfully made it beyond the House.

House Republicans that support HB 6001 believe red light cameras are being utilized by counties and the cities within them as a means of making money. These cameras were originally implemented back in 2010 after legislators gave the okay to local governments to use the cameras for the purpose of issuing tickets to any driver running red lights. However, ever since the cameras were rolled out, they have generated a significant amount of controversy.

Should HB 6001 successfully pass in the Senate, the bill would require that local governments phase out their red light cameras by 2021. If this were to happen, it’s believed the banning could save Florida drivers as much as $159 million a year in citation fees. Supporters of red light cameras believe they assist with traffic safety.

What are your thoughts on the red light cameras?

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Florida’s New Driver’s Licenses Are Now Available

new-dlArguably more important than your credit cards, your driver’s license is an essential item in your wallet. From doctor’s visits to buying a house and proving who you are, it’s crucial to have. Florida has now made this vital ID even safer.

Last year we mentioned how the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) will be rolling out its plans to issue the newly redesigned driver’s license. These new licenses can now be obtained online or by visiting a Florida DMV.

To make these cards the most secure ones yet, the DHSMV worked closely with law enforcement to ensure a driver’s information remains secure. The new licenses have much greater security aimed at deterring counterfeiters, improving identity protection, and increasing the difficulty in making fake duplicates.

Additionally, the new licenses now have even greater versatility. Instead of being used largely for the purpose of verifying your identity, the new licenses consolidate other licenses you may have such as a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) hunting license. The licenses also have improved versatility for displaying designations such as being dependent on insulin, being deaf or hard of hearing, organ donor, and more.

You can learn more about the new licenses by visiting http://www.flhsmv.gov/newDL.

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Are You Aware of the “Move Over” Law?

moveJanuary is unofficially considered Florida’s “Move Over” month, where drivers are encouraged to remember the law that requires them to allow ample space for emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow truck drivers, and utility service vehicles. Drivers who fail to follow the “Move Over” law may receive a ticket, fine, and up to three points on their driver’s license.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV), just over 200 crashes and nearly seventy injuries were caused by motorists who failed to move over back in 2016. Additionally, law enforcement officers have issued over 5,000 citations for the same reason. The Move Over law helps to protect the individuals working on the side of the road to ensure they can return home to their loved ones.

For drivers out on the Florida roadways, always keep an eye out for any tow, emergency, utility, or sanitation vehicles that may be pulled over on the side of the road. If you’re on a two-lane road and there is an emergency vehicle with flashing lights on the side of the road, you are required to slow down to twenty miles below whatever the posted speed limit is. Whenever possible, move over to an adjacent lane.

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.

 

Stay Safe on New Year’s Eve with the Miami Beach Trolley

uberWill you be celebrating the arrival of 2018 and bidding goodbye to 2017 in Miami Beach? You may want to take advantage of a perk the city is offering to prevent drunk driving as well as easing the city’s traffic woes during holiday celebrations.

If you have yet to take advantage of it, Miami Beach is extending its complimentary trolley service by remaining in operation until 2 am on New Year’s Eve. While it’s frequently used by local Miami Beach residents as a free and easy way to get around, the trolley is always open—and free—to anyone visiting the island.

For those planning on driving to the popular South Beach area, it’s worth keeping in mind that Ocean Drive will be closed to vehicular traffic between 5th to 14th Street beginning at 7 am on Saturday, December 30 until 9 am New Year’s Day. These streets are where you’ll be able to get a glimpse of the planned fireworks display set to go off at the stroke of midnight.

As always, for those planning on drinking, make sure to bring along a sober driver or use a ridesharing service like Lyft or Uber to get home. The Tow-to-Go program by AAA is another option.

Happy 2018!

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Florida Highway Patrol Ramps up Its Patrol

duiWill you be doing any extensive driving for Christmas or New Year’s Eve? Make sure you’re on your best behavior. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) will be out in full force keeping a sharp for any signs of drunken or aggressive drivers.

Florida’s already clogged roads will be especially busy as a greater number of locals and tourists venture off to visit notable places across the state, from South Beach to the Orlando attractions like Walt Disney World. Additionally, last minute holiday shoppers will be out in greater number as Christmas Day arrives next week. In fact, AAA expects over 100 million people will be traveling a minimum of fifty miles or more from home during the holidays.

Across the state of Florida, all FHP personnel will be patrolling the major roads and interstates, including personnel responsible for administrative duties. Additionally, FHP troopers will be assisted by auxiliary troopers in their patrol efforts. As always, one of the top priorities will be watching for impaired driving, the laws of which FHP intends to aggressively enforce.

As mentioned before, use a designated driver, a ridesharing service, or AAA Tow-to-Go if you plan on drinking. If you happen to spot a dangerous driver, report them.

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Miami Bids Adieu to Its Red Light Cameras

redLightIn case you missed the momentous news released last week, Miami has decided to do away with its controversial red light camera program after commissioners unanimously reached a decision to end it. As the city’s contract with the company American Traffic Solutions comes to an end, the company will have about sixty days to take care of whatever it needs to do wrap up its red light camera operations in Miami.

The decision to do away with the red light camera program was one of the intended goals of Miami’s newly-elected Mayor Francis Suarez. While the program will soon be phased out, you may come across traffic lights where cameras still exist. Always remain vigilant and drive safe to avoid becoming the victim of an unintended red light ticket or worse, an accident. If you do happen to receive one, we can help you fight your traffic ticket.

How do you feel about Miami commissioners choosing to call it quits on the red light camera program? Are you among the people who believed it may have helped in making the streets of Miami a little safer? Feel free to share your opinions in the comments section.

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Miami’s Paper Ticket Pickle

ticketsOfficerHas it seemed like the number of traffic tickets being given out has gone down? As nice and welcoming as it would be to attribute the reduction in improved driver safety, the reason behind it is rather odd: there isn’t enough paper.

According to a recent Miami Herald article, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s supply of paper ticket books is running low, resulting in fewer traffic tickets being doled out. As to why this is happening, it’s because of a substantial delay in the electronic traffic citation system which allows officers to file tickets to the courts directly from their laptops. The department has yet to order new ticket books and is placing its hopes on its current supply lasting until the system makes its tentative debut next month.

Miami-Dade patrol officers have already been informed that their “Florida Uniform Citation” books should last them until the system has been rolled out across the department. As a result, only the most dangerous of traffic truants are the ones being pulled over, leaving it up to an officer’s discretion as to how to wisely use their limited supply of paper tickets.

The news only reinforces the importance of being vigilant on the roads and refraining from distracted driving. Miami ranks among the country’s worst drivers and the county is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the state. Stay safe!

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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 Dangers of I-95

i95Interstate 95 (I-95) is a roadway stretching well beyond Florida all the way to the state of Maine. Despite its significant length and its status as a major arterial roadway, it also remains one of the deadliest highways in the country. In fact, a recent report titled “How America’s Most Important Highway Fails” not only details its many issues, it also singles out Miami-Dade. How so? Miami-Dade is home to the deadliest stretch of I-95. In 2015, more people lost their lives in crashes than any other county in which I-95 travels through.

According to the report, Miami-Dade County manages to have a fatal accident at eight times the rate of all of the interstates when evaluated per mile of roadway. As you might already guess, the reason for this is due to common factors that continue to plague drivers and South Florida’s roads in general. Aggressive driving, distracted drivers, and even construction have contributed towards Miami-Dade’s I-95 stretch becoming one of the deadliest highways in the United States.

How can you help make I-95 a little safer for you and everyone else? Simply practice safe driving, starting with putting the phone down and keeping your eyes on the road at all times.

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South Florida’s Future Road Construction

roadConstructionAre you tired of seeing the constant construction on South Florida highways like I-95? It won’t be letting up anytime soon. By the time 2024 arrives, you’re going to find express lanes extending from I-395 in Miami to Delray Beach according to a recent Sun Sentinel article. There are also plans for a pair of flyover bridges intended to connect the express lanes of I-95 with those of I-595 as well as the installation of traffic signals on select I-95 entrance ramps.

The ambitious plans are intended as an effort to tackle the ever-growing traffic situation over the next twenty years. These plans also include expanding I-595 between State Road 7 and I-95, making changes to the State Road 84 and I-95 interchange, and the installation of traffic monitoring cameras plus digital message signs.

The bridges of State Road 84 located over I-95 will see significant changes. The existing support columns will be shifted in order to allow for a wider I-95. The wall of the westbound State Road 84 bridge will undergo rebuilding while the eastbound bridge will include a sidewalk plus bicycle lanes. Drivers can also expect a wider entrance to the northbound I-95 ramp.

For drivers concerned about the construction, the bulk of it will be happening overnight to reduce the inconveniences.

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Be Safe on the Roads This Thanksgiving

driverThanksgiving is next week, which means there will be a greater amount of holiday travelers on the road and therefore greater risks. As part of its Arrive Alive campaign, the Florida Highway Patrol is reminding drivers about a few simple steps they can take to make the roads safer for themselves and fellow drivers.

Drive sober. Consuming alcohol will impair just about all of the skills necessary for someone to drive safely, including reaction time, vision, the ability to concentrate, and using proper judgment. If you do plan on drinking, make arrangements beforehand to ensure you have a designated driver or a safe means of getting home such as a ridesharing service like Uber. Depending on where you live and the day, you may also consider Tow to Go by AAA.

Examine your tires. Tires are your vehicle’s first line of defense. Make sure the pressure is correct and the depth of the tread is still good. It wouldn’t hurt to also have a spare tire.

Make sure your ECI information is up-to-date. Emergency Contact Information (ECI) is a system utilized by law enforcement across the country to contact your designated friends or family members in the event of an emergency situation.

Remember that if you spot someone driving dangerously or erratically on the road you can call *FHP (*347) to report them.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a professional about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.