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New Florida Law Will Help Hearing Impaired Drivers

hearingImpairedA scenario that some Florida drivers may face is being pulled over by a law enforcement officer and then being unable to hear what the officer is saying. This may result in the officer misconstruing the intentions of the driver and thinking that he or she is refusing to follow instructions, or worse, resisting arrest, which may cause the situation to escalate.

In an effort to tackle such a situation and avoid tension, Florida is launching a new law next week where drivers will have the option of identifying themselves as being hearing impaired when they register a vehicle or renew their driver’s license. The law comes two years after a hearing impaired driver lost his life after being shot in North Carolina when he did not hear the sirens of the trooper attempting to pull the driver over.

The hearing impaired law will be the first of its kind in all of the United States. Other states have sought solutions such as ID cars indicating the person is hearing impaired. With this new law, however, a law enforcement officer only needs to look up the tag of the vehicle to immediately know that the driving is hearing impaired before any type of face to face confrontation takes place.

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Practice Safe Driving This Holiday Season

drunkDriverOver 20,000 people are killed each year in the United States, and close to one-third of those fatalities are due to drunk drivers. With the holiday season officially here, it’s important to remind everyone about the extreme importance of not drinking and driving.

Traffic fatalities can be dramatically reduced by having better laws in place aimed at drunk driving and occupant protection. Boosting public education, making sure that traffic safety laws are being followed and thoroughly enforced, and reinforcing the usefulness of restraints can also help tremendously.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently revealed that seatbelt usage is at its highest rate ever, at a whopping ninety percent. Yet even with the increased use of seatbelts, deaths are on the rise as drivers remain distracted. Efforts must continue to encourage better traffic safety laws and stress the importance of using seat belts as well as having a designated driver.

Whether you’re planning on spending a greater amount of time on the roads due to shopping for gifts, visiting friends and family, or attending holiday parties, make sure to always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the road at all times. If you’re planning on drinking, make sure to have a designated driver or consider using a service like Uber or Lyft.

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Moving to Florida: What You Should Know About Your License and Registration

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Will you be moving or did you recently move to Florida? If so, there’s a possibility your driver’s license and vehicle plate belong to a different state. If so, you’ll need to get started with obtaining a Florida license and plate, or you risk receiving a citation.

Per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, the law states that a motor vehicle must be registered within ten days of the owner becoming a resident, registering a child in public school, or obtaining employment. To register your vehicle, you’ll first need to obtain a Florida’s driver’s license which can be as easy as successfully passing an eye exam should your existing driving record be clean. Any citations that remain unresolved may result in having to take a driving or written test. A test may also be required if the Florida DMV examiner has potential concerns about your ability to operate a vehicle safely.

Besides the eye exam, before you can register your vehicle you’ll also need to obtain a Florida auto insurance policy, and the final step will involve obtaining a copy of your vehicle title. If you own the car you should already have this available, but if it’s being financed or leased then you may need to reach out to the lien holder which could take weeks.

In other words, get started on obtaining your Florida driver’s license as soon as you can, and welcome to The Sunshine State!

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The FHP Is Enforcing TACT

meanDriverFlorida law enforcement is cracking down and strongly imploring drivers to stop driving aggressively. The enforcement follows documents showing an alarming surge in crashes involving tractor-trailers across the country as officials seek to stop the record rise in fatal wrecks.

Until October 20th, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) troopers will be keeping a close eye out for drivers operating their vehicles recklessly as part of their Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks (TACT) campaign. These troopers are setting their sights on drivers that may be creating road hazards by tailgating, speeding, or attempting to weave through traffic. TACT is held annually and arrives shortly after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its traffic fatality report, showing the highest rise in fatalities in more than three decades.

While TACT may be aimed largely at traffic enforcement, it also involves an educational component, with brochures, billboards, and radio ads aimed at enlightening drivers.

When driving near a tractor-trailer, drivers should try and stay away from areas where they are not visible, such as the back or the sides.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic attorney 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 expungement attorney.

Commissioners Speak About Uber Driving Services

Currently, in Broward County, driving services such as Uber, are banned, but things may soon change as commissioners recently met to speak about the web-based driving services.

All around South Florida, these types of services have become very popular, with an easy-to-use service that allows for an app letting you know the cost of the ride and the ability of being able to pay though the app. Some of the reasons that Uber riders started using the services was that they saw it as a better option than cabs, which were being criticized for lack of cleanliness and the vehicles’ disrepair.

Back in November, Broward County told Uber drivers to cease picking up passengers because of the lack of regulations by the county. At that point, drivers were told that they may be arrested, fined and their cars impounded if they picked up passengers. Though, even with these types of consequences looming, some Uber drivers were still picking passengers up.

Since the initial notice was sent by the county, they have been citing and fining Uber drivers operating in the county and Uber sent the county a proposed interim contract, but the county has not agreed to it.

At this time, Uber performs background checks and provide insurance for their drivers, but the company does not operate with the same kind of government regulations as cabs do. Presently, the county limits the number of taxis allowed, makes sure that the cab companies adhere to insurance requirements and submit to background inspections and vehicle inspections. Uber drivers are working independently and use their personal vehicles, so Broward County Commissioners are now holding a workshop to speak about how they will regulate the ride service to make it fair for everyone and ensure consumer safety.

We at Hochman & Goldin will keep up with the developments of this matter as new technology such as the Uber system and app continues to impact the transportation system in South Florida. If you need information from a Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyer, contact Hochman & Goldin at (305)665-1000 or email info@ticketlawfirm.com. At Hochman & Goldin, we can provide you with specialized services from a Miami Expungement Attorney.

A Miami Beach Car Charging Company Raises $6 Million

This new year is set to bring many changes in the City of Miami, as the city evolves and grows into a global city. One current development is that a Miami Beach Beach electric car charging firm has recently raised $6 million from institutional shareholders.

The firm is Car Charging, which operates electric vehicle charging stations across the U.S., received $2 million when the deal closed and will be able to receive the rest of the money as they are able to accomplish specific milestones.

This current development is happening as Car Charging is getting ready for further expansion in 2015. According to CEO Michael D. Farkas in a news release, “as we pursue both top line growth and a path to profitability, we intend to maintain a strict focus on managing cash while investing in technology and business development initiatives to address the increasing need for quick, convenient, and cost-effective EV charging services.”

Car Charging Group has its headquarters in Miami Beach and serves as a pioneer in nationwide public electric vehicle charging services, allowing EV drivers to easily recharge at locations all throughout the U.S. The firm also provides residential EV charging for single family homes.

Miami Beach continues to be ever evolving, as well as a center for innovation like that of the work of Car Charging Group. As more electric vehicle charging services pop up, our transportation systems change and develop as well.

As the way we drive and what we drive continues to evolve, we at Hochman & Goldon P.A., providing you with access to a Miami Traffic Ticket Attorney, are always keeping an eye out to stay up to date with these type of changes. To get connected with a Miami Expungement Attorney, contact (305)665-100 or email info@ticketlawfirm.com.

Businesses Get Ready for the Art Basel Rush!

Local South Florida businesses have been in full force preparation mode for the annual invasion of Art Week, including hotels, eateries, and retail outlets, as Art Basel Miami Beach is becoming an essential business tool for developers and businesses in South Florida.

Art week serves as a useful and smart deadline for local businesses since it brings swarms of visitors, who will be paying top rates for lodging, will be packing restaurants, and may be shopping for more than art.

The businesses that are especially preparing for Art Basel are the ones located in South Beach, around the main Art Basel Miami Beach fair at the Miami Beach Convention Center, though satellite fairs have also spread to Wynwood, Midtown, Downtown, mid-beach and North Beach. In addition to the main art fair activity,  museums, galleries, private collections and public spaces as far from Miami as Palm Beach County are all participating in Art Week as well.

During this week, more than 1,000 galleries and other exhibitors from all around world come to South Florida. In 2013, about 75,000 people attended the main fair and 1,800 journalists that were local and international, were credentialed.

The expansion of Art Week is hinting at the spending power of the world’s largest art event, which has increased dramatically in volume and importance since its debut in 2002. The week of events has definitely given life to a period of low tourist activity, driving hotel rates up and giving business to everything from local party planners to caters and valet parking companies.

As local businesses prepare for all of the extra activity that Art Basel will bring, it is clear that South Florida’s traffic will be experiencing some major changes this week. If you are in need of a Miami Traffic Attorney and/or Miami Expungement Attorney, we welcome you to contact (305)665-100 or email info@ticketlawfirm.com.

More Information on the Recent Ruling Regarding Red-Light Cameras

A recent red-light camera ruling involving the city of Hollywood is also set to affect the rest of Florida. The ruling from the Fourth District Court of Appeals is believed to affect any citation that’s still pending or citation issued after the ruling. What is difficult to say now is how the ruling will affect citations that have already been paid or settled, though it seems the city of Hollywood should offer refunds in these situations.

In the ruling, that took place on October 15th, a three-judged panel ruled that the the city of Hollywood violated state law by relying on a private company to issue red light camera citations on its behalf. At this point, the city may or may not ask for a re-hearing or to appeal to the state Supreme Court.

This ruling does apply statewide and appears to invalidate all red-light ticket programs that uses the same process as Hollywood, however other cases like this one in Florida has yet to be reported.

If you have received a citation because of red light cameras within the city of Hollywood that is still pending or was issued after the October 15th ruling, it would be a good idea to look into this ruling.

However the ruling turns out, Hochman & Goldin, P.A. will provide you with a Miami Traffic Attorney to address your civil traffic needs. We have offered legal representation to over 150,000 individuals charged with various traffic violations throughout Miami-Dade, Broward, and the Palm Beaches. Also contact a Hochman & Goldin Miami Expungement Attorney for any assistance to sealing or expunging your eligible criminal records.

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New Tolls in Miami to Start On November 15th

If you’re a commuter in Miami-Dade County, you may have noticed lots of construction along the Dolphin Expressway and the 112. While much of that can be attributable to general refreshing and land expansions, a significant chunk of the new construction is the result of new tolls that are being erected throughout the expressways. It also calls for the demolition of old toll booths; while toll lanes will still exist where there were, these lanes will be switch to a new system.

The new tolls are to be added at several locations where tolls weren’t collected before. For example, all exits and entrances along the Dolphin Expressway will now include tolls; in addition both sections of the road will now include tolls on the westbound sections that never included tolls before. All of the tolls added utilize the SunPass technology that was deployed in the 2000s, a way for those who go through tolls without stopping allowing drivers to continue to cruise at highway speeds. For those who do not use Sunpass, cameras capture the license plates of cars going through the tolls and those will be sent a bill to their mailing address.

The addition of the tolls is a way for the toll operators to collect on revenue that they were unable to capture before. For example, there were many exits or entrances onto the turnpike that did not have tolls of any kind, meaning that it was possible to exit before or enter after a toll lane so that a driver could avoid collecting a fee. However, the new system avoids this by ensuring everyone pays. All of the tolls including the new ones, which are activated November 15, will feature a slightly lower toll fee to help balance out the increase in toll lanes.

While the new toll lanes are convenient, in some circumstances it is possible for someone to have their license suspended for failing to pay a toll. In this case, it is necessary to call a Miami Traffic Attorney at Hochman & Goldin who can help you get your license reinstated or assist you with other traffic citations or penalties. In addition, the firm can provide you with a Miami Expungement Attorney who can help clear crimes from your record in some circumstances. To learn more about the services Hochman & Goldin provides, contact the firm at (305) 665-1000.

Baylink Proposed for Miami to Miami Beach Back Under Consideration

The cities of Miami and Miami Beach are notorious for horrible traffic jams, especially during rush hour when people are trying to get to and from work. That is why the proposed rail link between Miami and Miami Beach, recently reported in the Miami Herald, has garnered a lot of attention. Connecting these two world-class cities with a quick and modern rail system, called “Bayllink,” will go a long way to improving their appeal, allowing residents and visitors alike to enjoy more of what both communities have to offer without dealing with the hassle of parking or traffic.

Although the rail link idea first emerged in the 1990s, this is the first time in nearly a decade that county commissioners have seriously looked at options for making it a reality.

On Wednesday, [the Metropolitan Planning Organization executive committee] heard from a team of consultants it has retained to study the idea. The consultants, while generally agreeing the line is feasible, sounded a symphony of cautionary notes about everything from funding to aesthetic expectations.

Bay Link, they said, would have not only too few riders to support itself (public transit systems around the country cover only about 39 percent of their costs, and Bay Link would likely do even worse) but too few to attract federal funding.

“There’s intense competition [for federal transportation dollars] out there,” said Robert Peskin of the consulting firm AECOM. “There are other projects that, frankly, are more likely to get the funding.”

That would leave South Florida governments paying a $70 million annual tab for capital and operating expenses by themselves, he added, at a time when conventional government resources for transportation are completely tapped out.

The prospects for outside funding are so bleak, Peskin added, that officials should consider slapping a toll of $1 or $2 on every vehicle crossing the MacArthur and Julia Tuttle causeways. “I’m waiting for somebody to throw something at me,” he confessed.

Even finding the right trolley designs will be complicated, as the most common systems draw their power from the their tracks and are thus impractical in light of Miami’s flooding and drainage issues (the alternative – trolleys with internal power supplies – tends to be under-performing and less cost-effective).

In the end, the committee expressed enthusiasm for the consultants’ proposed solution to these problems: a public-private partnership similar to the one currently working on the much anticipated Port Miami Tunnel. Such an approach could offer creative and cost-effective designs and financial solutions at relatively little cost to the county and public.

Whether the county will issue a formal bid for the project remains to be seen, but we’re confident that this creative and dynamic city will find a solution. To speak to a Miami Traffic Attorney about your traffic citation, contact Hochman & Goldin PA by calling 305-665-1000.