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The Verdict is In- Miami Has Country’s Worst Drivers

Last week we looked at some of the world’s worst places to drive when looking at traffic and impossible roads. To our surprise, Miami was not listed in the top of those statistics, but unfortunately, it placed first in the worst list of all- the city with the worst drivers. Here are the country’s top five cities with the worst drivers, counting down:

No. 5: Baltimore. Baltimoreans just can’t keep from running into each other. They were outside the top 10 in fatalities, DWI deaths, and pedestrian strikes, but their rate of collision couldn’t keep them out of the top five overall.

No. 4: Tampa, Fla. Tampa doesn’t do any single thing terribly, but it is consistently poor: 18th worst in years between accidents, fifth in traffic fatalities, tied for 11th in DWI fatalities, and 10th in pedestrian strikes. If the city had managed to get outside the bottom half in any individual category, Tampa residents might have avoided this distinction.

No. 3: Hialeah. The drivers of Hialeah get into a middling number of accidents, ranking 11th among the 39 candidates. But when they hit someone, they really mean it. The city finished third for fatalities. They also have a terrifying tendency to hit pedestrians.

No. 2: Philadelphia. Drivers in the city of brotherly love enjoy a good love tap behind the wheel. Second-places finishes in collisions and pedestrian strikes overwhelm their semi-respectable 16th-place ranking in DWI deaths.

No. 1: Miami. First in automotive fatalities, first in pedestrian strikes, and first in the obscenity-laced tirades of their fellow drivers.

If you’ve experienced a troublesome traffic issue of your own, such as a Speeding Ticket or Red Light Violation, refer to the professionals at Hochman & Goldin PA. To speak to a Miami Traffic Attorney, call 305-665-1000.

The World’s Worst Places to Drive

Having explored, earlier this week, the top worst places to drive in the U.S., we decided to broaden the scope a little and have a look at some of the worst places to drive in the world. You might want to think twice before getting behind the wheel in these next top cities:

Beijing, China
Although driving rules and laws do in fact exist in Beijing, the foreigner often finds this hard to believe as the flow of traffic seems random, confusing and above all, dangerous. The reigning problem here, however, seems to be the amount of traffic congestion. Beijing has over five million registered cars blocking up the roadways all over the city. Thankfully, Beijing has been making efforts to clear some of the traffic congestion by setting up alternating travel days for car owners.

Seoul, South Korea
As with many of these other locations, drivers in Seoul are in a hurry and prefer to drive with forceful intention. It is not uncommon to see motorcyclists driving on the sidewalks, illegal as it may be. It seems many of the road laws that pertain to lane markings and changes are seen as suggestions rather than specific guidelines, so constant attention is a must when driving on the city streets.

Paris, France
It is usually advised to avoid driving in this city if you can help it. Parking is often a big reason for the headaches, as there is little space and lots of competition. What’s more, the French use many traffic roundabouts, but they hardly ever seem to include lane markings and therefore drivers navigate them in sudden and sporadic movements. Luckily for its visitors, this city has a top-notch public transportation system.

Mumbai, India
In India, the road is shared by many, and this sometimes includes animals. Cows, a sacred animal in Hinduism, always get the right of way, so be wary of running into one while on the road. What’s more, many of the roadways in India are of questionable quality with several lanes of poorly paved and tarnished road. Last of all, people love to lay on their horns in India, which makes it a very noisy travel experience.

If you’ve experienced a troublesome traffic issue of your own, such as a Speeding Ticket or Red Light Violation, refer to the professionals at Hochman & Goldin PA. To speak to a Miami Traffic Attorney, call 305-665-1000.

The Ten Worst U.S. Cities for Driving

The latest data on terrible traffic is in! With data collected from drivers in one million downloads, the new app iOnRoad has come up with a list of the worst cities to drive in. Here they are:

1. Brooklyn
As the New York Times wrote last year, “Most days, and most hours, the dire choices faced by many drivers on the B.Q.E. are these: Bad, worse and no exit.”

2. Queens
Brooklyn and Queens are in a class of their own, according to iOnRoad, with the lowest safety rating for lane departures and collision alerts.

3. Pittsburgh
Data shows that Pittsburgh has one of the highest non-green driving scores with high CO2 emissions. That hasn’t stopped motorists from declaring war on cyclists. Despite several fatal accidents, one bike advocate quoted by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says many drivers view bikers as “the equivalent of a moving pothole.”

4. Manhattan
New York is known for high front-collision alerts. In “10 tips for Driving in Manhattan” posted on the blog at city guide MyCityWay, number four is “Taxi Drivers Don’t Care.”

5. Philadelphia
The City of Brotherly Love is the least congested of the nation’s top 10 metropolitan areas, according to iOnRoad. Why is it on the list, then? The nearby Schuylkill Expressway is so notorious for traffic and accidents that its local nickname is the “Sure Kill Crawl-way.”

6. Irvine
The Orange County metroplex has a low average driving speed which means lots of traffic. However, countless speeding ticket lawyers have plenty of work to do on account of the 66 speed traps in Irvine identified by the National Speed Trap Exchange.

7. Houston
According to researchers at Texas A&M, the average Houstonian burned 23 gallons of gas sitting in traffic last year.

8. Los Angeles
Drivers in L.A. are so used to being stuck in traffic, you can identify a tourist or transplant if they’re honking simply because traffic isn’t moving, because locals won’t be doing it.

9. Boston
Boston has a high percentage of tailgating according to iOnRoad.

10. Washington
The rain and snow in Washington affect drivers by lowering their I.Q., according to a helpful tourist’s website, Kuro5hin.org.

Considering what locals have to go through every day on the road, you might be surprised that Miami is not on the list, but there you have it. To speak to a Miami Traffic Attorney, contact Hochman & Goldin PA by calling 305-665-1000.

 

Call Hochman & Goldin PA Today To Speak to Our Criminal Traffic Violation Lawyers

At Hochman & Goldin PA, we can assist you in handling any Criminal Traffic Violations you may have been charged with. These cases include Driving While License Suspended (DWLS), Reckless Driving, and Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run).

There are two ways you can be charged with DWLS: Unknowingly and Knowingly. Unknowingly is a civil infraction that carries 3 points against your license if convicted. A first offense Reckless Driving conviction is a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail and a fine of up to $500. If the reckless driving caused property damage, the penalty is then increased to a first degree misdemeanor with a penalty of up to 12 months in jail and a $1000 fine. If you incur a Reckless Driving conviction a second or more times, or cause serious bodily injury, death, or if under the influence, the penalties become much more severe. Leaving the Scene of an Accident (Hit and Run) is a criminal charge which may be either a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the extent of damages/injuries as a result of the accident. For these cases, we are able to offer you a free consultation and help you determine the right course of action.

For a very convenient fee of $69, we can defend a ticket for DWLS. For this easy price, our qualified Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyers will handle your case efficiently, attend all courtroom appearances for you, and work diligently to get your case dismissed. Knowingly DWLS is a more serious charge, that is typically a Misdemeanor but can be a Felony in some cases, possibly resulting in serious consequences on the status of your driver license and record. Our Criminal Traffic Violation Lawyers do handle these cases so contact us that we may discuss your case with you.

Contact our Criminal Traffic Violation Lawyers if you’ve been charged with any of these crimes by calling 305-665-1000.

The Port of Miami Tunnel Now Open!

The Port of Miami Tunnel is now open after months of delay for the billion dollar project! Located in Downtown Miami via Interstate I-395, the Miami Tunnel connects the mainland with the Port of Miami’s cruise and cargo terminals. Miami first tunnel opened yesterday August 3rd 10:30 am with little fan fair, but marking a milestone that should be celebrated. This is just one of the ways the city is making steps to improve.

Originally, the tunnel was to open to traffic starting in May– an opening date which got pushed back to mid-July before the opening this weekend. Redacted signs have been up since March, and the construction of the tunnel itself was competed in May. The tunnel was initially announced to open on Monday instead of Sunday, August 3rd, but Chris Hodgkins says the opening was moved up after the fire marshal deemed the tunnel safe for traffic. Hodgkins says that he is proud of the tunnel, which he calls one of the country’s safest tunnels. “This massive, $1 billion dollar project has been really without a flaw,” he explains. “Anytime that we’ve encountered anything less than perfect we immediately jumped on it.”

While technically the tunnel is open to all drivers, its main purpose is to allow cargo truck drivers another route under the bay, thus relieving downtown congestion. The first vehicles through the $1 billion tunnel included Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski and Miami-Dade Commissioner José Pepe Díaz. Afterwards, it was open to regular traffic. There is no charge to take the tunnel. The speed limit within it is 35 miles per hour. Cruisers are supposed to use the left lane, and trucks are supposed to use the right lane.

Make Hochman & Goldin PA your go-to source for information on Civil Traffic Tickets and Miami traffic news. Call us today at 305-665-1000.

Seal and Expunge With Us!

Dealing with a traffic citation can be very stressful, costly, and time consuming. Even more so if you’ve been charged with a criminal traffic citation, which can affect your life permanently if not dealt with. At Hochman & Goldin PA, we take an uncomfortable situation and work to handle the case quickly and effectively. We offer Sealing and Expungement services to our clients in order to keep their criminal histories private or out of public scrutiny. Criminal records can often be a significant detriment to an individual’s daily life; Old criminal charges will otherwise remain permanently recorded and publicly accessible, which can have negative consequences for seeking employment, finding a home to rent, and maintaining one’s social reputation. Even dismissed cases can be harmful, as information regarding one’s arrest is still available.

However, if a case was dismissed or the client is granted a withhold of adjudication, Hochman and Goldin, P.A. offers an opportunity to get old criminal charges Expunged or Sealed. Barring some exceptions, a sealed or expunged case may be lawfully denied or unacknowledged, and the client’s arrest will not show up in a background check.

Determining one’s eligibility for either of these services may be difficult for those outside of a legal background. Thus, we advise clients to call our firm and speak to an attorney, who can determine the right course on a case-by-case basis, and who will also represent their clients in court (which will save clients both time and money). Additionally, we handle cases fighting speeding tickets, red light and camera violations, and toll violations (including MDX, toll-by-plate, and Sunpass). To speak to our Miami Expungement Lawyers, call us at 305-665-1000. You can also contact us by fax (305-661-7244), email (info@ticketlawfirm.com) or in person through their location at 9703 South Dixie Highway Suite #202, Miami, Florida 33156. Services are also available in Spanish.

How to Prepare Your Car for a Hurricane

If you live in Miami, you’ll likely have already about Tropical Storm Bertha currently on a trajectory towards the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. While it seems Bertha won’t make landfall in South Florida, this has got us thinking about safety in case of one heading our way. Here are tips to consider when preparing your car for a hurricane:

Fill the gas tank. If your county loses power for days, it may be essential to drive to shelter or travel to obtain services. In good weather, that is an easy task, but when millions of other people also need a hotel, the distance you must drive can be considerable.

Check the tire pressure, including the spare tire. When it is time to go, you don’t want a simple flat tire to hold you back. If debris litters the streets, the chance of a tire puncture is much greater.

Pack a go-bag. It is highly recommended that each family member prepare a go-bag. Likewise, you should have a go-bag in the car, with cash, water, food, clothes, and other living essentials in case you have the need to bolt.

Maps. Have paper maps with you, including an evacuation route printed from your state government’s website. A GPS with traffic services can prove valuable, but of course, some traffic information may be compromised by power outages.

Car charger. A cell phone can provide a vital lifeline to friends, family, and emergency services. Should the neighborhood lose power, make sure you have a charger in the car to power up your phone.

Check the windows. It seems simple, but it is important. Make sure the windows and sunroof are all closed tight.

Take pictures. This goes for the car, as well as the house. Snap a few before pictures in case you need to prove damage was caused by the storm.

Park the vehicle on high ground, removing the risk of flooding.

Protect the garage. Consider parking your car outside, tight against the garage door—sideways—to block high-speed winds and hopefully preserve the door’s integrity. Should true hurricane-force winds break through the garage door, the storm can do serious structural damage. With an attached garage, that damage can quickly translate to the house.

Insurance paperwork. If possible, keep a copy of the car insurance paperwork in a Ziplock within your go bag.

Evacution. If you decide to drive away from the storm, before the harsh winds arrives, drive safely. Don’t speed, especially in the rain. The faster you drive, the greater the risk of hydroplaning—when water causes a vehicle’s tires to lift off the road surface. Stick to major roads and stay away from flooded areas and downed power lines.

To speak to a Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyer today, contact Hochman & Goldin PA by calling 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.

Facts You May Not Know About Seat Belts

You may have heard it all your life, the familiar “Put your seatbelt on,” or “Buckle up! It’s the law!” But while it may come naturally to you, there are still a devastating amount of people who don’t put safety first and buckle their seatbelts. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes, yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip. Here is some information to put the issue in perspective:

How big is the problem of crash-related injuries and death?
• More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2013
• The lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.
• Young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.

What is the impact of seat belt use?
• Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
• Air bags provide added protection but are not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults.

Who is least likely to wear a seat belt?
• Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults 35 or older.
• Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women.
• Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% use).
• Seat belt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws or no seat belt laws (79%) compared to states with primary enforcement laws (88%).

What can be done to increase seat belt use among adults?
When it comes to increasing seat belt use, individuals, government, and health professionals can help promote safety.

For more information on traffic citations, contact the Miami Traffic Lawyers at Hochman & Goldin PA by calling 305-665-1000.

Don’t Pay Your Red Light Camera Violations- Call Hochman & Goldin PA to Explore Your Options

Red light cameras have become widespread in Miami and Florida, and subsequently, so have Red Light Camera Violations. Thousands of drivers have been ticketed for allegedly running a red light, but – believe it or not – many of these citations have been issued wrongfully or even illegally. For example, were you the one actually driving the offending vehicle? And what if the red light you supposedly ran was instead a permitted right turn on red?

In these or other scenarios, there may be a defense to your citation. Most Florida residents don’t realize that the state has a two-tier system for these violations, with those receiving a “Notice of Violation” having the potential to minimize or even clear their infraction. If you have already received a Florida Uniform Traffic citation, don’t plead guilty and put a conviction on your record by paying the hefty $277 fine.

Instead, turn to a trusted and experience Miami Traffic Attorney at Hochman & Goldin PA. For nearly two decades, we’ve been one of the most trusted and reliable ticket law firms in South Florida. We’ve handled over 180,000 cases in the courts of Miami-Dade and Broward counties, working closely with our clients to ensure their meet their exact needs. We’re so confident in our services that we guarantee that you’ll receive points on your license or your money back on civil infractions (provided that no other tickets have been received within a year). For a flat fee of just $69 per civil violation (not including imposed court costs) we’ll provide an experienced attorney to do everything possible to get your case dismissed.

We at Hochman and Goldin specialize in numerous other civil traffic infractions, including speeding, careless driving, improper passing, failure to yield, and more. Explore our website or contact a Miami Traffic Lawyer today to find out more. Call us at  305-665-1000.