Category Archives: Miami Traffic Lawyers

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.

A New Florida Driver’s License Program

driverThe State Attorney, Melissa Nelson, recently announced a new program that will help people with an invalid, rescinded, or suspended licenses. Drivers who are caught driving with an invalid license must pay a $322 fee that many residents might not be able to afford. This could mean jail time. But this program, which is called “KEYS2DRIVE,” will help people obtain a valid driver’s license and navigate the court system.

To participate in the “KEYS2DRIVE” program, you must be a Florida resident who has been charged a fine for driving with an invalid, rescinded, or suspended license. If you enter the program, a case manager will help you navigate it. If you complete the program successfully, you will obtain a valid driver’s license and charges will be dropped.

The program involves classes, court appearances, and some fees. The fees will be less expensive than the fee for driving with an invalid license. “KEYS2DRIVE” can also help people deal with financial problems like debts.

The program will also save taxpayers money, because putting people in jail costs $864 for a taxpayer. Less people will show up in jail cells thanks to this program. “KEYS2DRIVE” will also hopefully change the cycle of endless incarceration.

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.

Miami-Dade Has Modernized Its Traffic Tickets

hochman goldinWe’re putting our blog on rewind and going back to a noteworthy Miami Herald article published back in January. Miami-Dade County is evolving with the times and has instituted an “eCitation” system that does away with the traditional paper tickets in favor of a digital version. If you’ve received a ticket recently and wondered why an officer is doing so much button pressing, it may be because they’re typing you up versus writing you up.

The eCitation system is intended to improve accuracy as well as efficiency. The system goes a long way in addressing common issues such as carbon copies that are hard to read or attempting to decipher the handwriting of an officer which can, in some cases, be used as a reason to dismiss a ticket. The system also assists the county by cutting down on the chances of paper tickets getting lost.

With the new system, the officer types up the ticket, files it directly through their computer, and hands the driver a clear printout. The process significantly reduces the time it takes to “write up” a ticket. Should they choose not to fight the ticket, drivers will also be able to pay their tickets online in as little as 24 hours.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article194253649.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.

Florida and Alabama Join Forces for Safer Roads

hochmanNow that summer is just around the corner, the collaborative effort between Florida and Alabama has officially begun. Called “Hands Across the Border”, summer drivers will notice a greater number of patrol officers roaming the roadways to make them safer while reducing the dangers of drunk driving. This year marks the 27th time the states have spearheaded the program.

Per the National Safety Council, more than 40,000 motor vehicle deaths have occurred. Just over 900 of those have happened in Alabama while Florida has a comparably larger amount of motor vehicle deaths at just over 3,000.

Besides the greater presence of law enforcement officers and patrols on the road, drivers can also expect to see additional sobriety checkpoints, more officers working undercover to spot and enforce distracted driving and DUI laws, as well as officers looking for drivers that may be driving aggressively.

Stay safe on the roads this summer. If you do receive a traffic ticket here in Florida, we may be able to help you out.

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.

Tips for Traffic Accidents

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As traffic accidents continue to affect the roadways of Florida, it is essential that drivers not only practice safe driving habits free of distractions. If you do find yourself in an accident, the following tips may help you out.

Contact the police. The moments immediately after being in an accident can be jarring, confusing and stressful. If you are not physically injured and may do so, slow down and check to see if everyone in your vehicle, as well as anyone in the other driver’s vehicle, is okay. Once you’ve done that, contact the police. This is imperative as the accident report will protect you by showing who was at fault for causing the collision.

Consider a dashcam. Though they aren’t used quite as much here in the United States as they are in other countries, a dashcam can serve as another piece of proof if another driver who was at fault accuses you of being responsible for the accident. In a severe accident where you may become unconscious due to the impact, the dashcam may also assist in recalling important details.

Keep an emergency tool handy. In South Florida, there is water everywhere and it is not uncommon for a driver to plow his or her vehicle into a canal. When a car is submerged, the pressure of the water can make it practically impossible to open the doors. For less than $20 you can purchase something like the Lifehammer and keep it in your vehicle. It is strong enough to break windows and it can also cut the seatbelt, potentially saving your life.

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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The ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign Has Commenced

The 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Has CommencedMake sure to buckle up folks, as law enforcement agencies throughout the nation will be cracking down on seatbelt violators. The well-known “Click it or ticket” is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign that actively promotes the use of seatbelts among young people.

The nationwide ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign runs May 21 through June 3, 2018, and entails law enforcement agencies actively enforcing all seatbelt violations. In Florida, law enforcement agencies and Florida Highway Patrol strongly promote the ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign and encourage the use of seatbelts.

Before 2009, disregarding your seatbelt was not a violation of law, but it became a primary offense with the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law. With the enactment of this law, all passengers under the age of 18 are required to buckle up. Due to the nature of being classified as a primary offense, law enforcement does not need any other reason to pull over offenders.

To ensure your safety and avoidance of a ticket, just click it!

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 305-515-5849 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.

Stormy Weather? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

hazardLightsHave you noticed the weather in South Florida this week? It’s been an unusually rainy week so far, including afternoon thunderstorms. When it starts raining in South Florida, not only do the roads become more dangerous, you’re more than likely to spot a driver or two using their hazard lights. You may also notice this same behavior during those rare foggy mornings.

While it may be well-intentioned, drivers should remember that operating their vehicle with their hazard lights is considered illegal in Florida. A driver should only be turning on his or her vehicle hazard lights is if they are stopped or if there are in an emergency situation. On top of that, there is only one scenario where a driver should have their hazard lights on while the vehicle is in motion, and that’s if they are part of a funeral procession.

During a heavy rainstorm, using hazard lights may have a negative effect, potentially reducing visibility. Because of this, a driver may become confused and think the vehicle is stalled or stopped. On top of that, using hazard lights makes it more difficult for other drivers to determine if the vehicle intends to turn or if the driver will be hitting the brakes.

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.

Red Light Cameras Are Allowed to Remain

trafficLightIn the seemingly ongoing back and forth concerning red light cameras, there are some new developments. While the cameras have been deemed legal, several cities in Florida have made it known they do not intend to use them, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month. These cities include Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Delray Beach.

The Florida Supreme Court turned down an argument that the city of Aventura allowed an outside vendor too much power to influence whether red light cameras photos showed traffic violations. The rejection ruling maintains Florida’s red-light camera law. Receiving a red light camera ticket can carry a fine of just over $150.

While several cities have no intention of using the red light cameras, other cities may see things differently. Per the article, the mayor of Fort Lauderdale has stated an interest in seeing the cameras return as a means of putting “unruly drivers on notice.” Pembroke Pines and Boynton Beach have also turned their cameras back on.

Red light cameras remain a controversial issue in Florida. Opponents see it as a means for red light camera companies and local governments to earn money while supporters believe they assist with making the roads safer as well as keeping drivers from running a red light.

To read more, please visit http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-red-light-camera-ruling-20180503-story.html.

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.

Florida Court Upholds License Plate Frame Law

vehicleplatePreviously we mentioned how numerous Floridians may be unintentionally breaking the law by giving their vehicle license plate a little bit of personality. Unbeknownst to many, covering or obscuring the lettering of a license plate with a frame depicting something as a beloved sports team or the name of the dealership where the vehicle was purchased could result in facing charges.

If there was any doubt regarding the law, an appeals court recently confirmed that indeed, a Florida driver may face charges for obscuring their plate including the myflorida.com name, the line at the bottom, and the sticker showing registration. Drivers are required to maintain a clear, clean, and fully visible license plate on their vehicle.

The case involved a driver who was stopped by a law enforcement officer because the frame was obscuring the myflorida.com words at the top of the license plate. The driver was also charged with a narcotics offense after the officer allegedly found drugs in the vehicle.

You can read more at the following link: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/florida/court-rules-florida-drivers-cannot-cover-lettering-on-license-tags/67-550360064.

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Self Driving Cars for Senior Citizens Tested in Florida

Self Driving Cars SeniorsResidents of the Villages Retirement Community near Orlando have been selected to be volunteers by a startup called Voyage, which specializes in autonomous vehicles. They are offering the seniors free transportation to grocery stores, shopping trips, or anything they may need. During the first phase, a technician boards for the passenger’s safety and to monitor the system.

The reason why Voyage chose these seniors is because people over a certain age are more likely to have impaired vision and thus unable to drive either at night or in broad daylight. Another reason is that the Villages provide a controlled environment due to the neat layout of its roads, homes, and commercial centers. The vehicle of choice is the Ford Fusion featuring a rooftop LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) that is designed to view and understand roads and surroundings the same way humans do.

The project could revolutionize how seniors transport themselves as well as spur the automobile industry to make more progress in developing their own self-driving vehicles.

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 305-515-5849 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.