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Have a Safe Holiday by Driving Sober

distractedDecember is considered one of the most dangerous times of the year for impaired driving. To combat impaired driving, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles along with state officials are ramping up patrols as well as spearheading educational campaigns in an effort to make Florida’s roadways less dangerous for drivers this month.

Between December 23, 2016 to January 2, 2017, close to 200 crashes on Florida’s roadways involved drugs or alcohol and over thirty of those crashes resulted in fatalities per state officials. Though crashes related to alcohol have declined since 2014, those involving drugs have increased by fifty percent.

Many of the steps you can take to drive safer this month are easy to follow and have been well-discussed before:

Make sure you always driver sober. If you’ve been drinking, have a designated driver take you home or use a ridesharing service. AAA Tow to Go is also another option depending on where you live.

Drive within the speed limits. As New Year’s approaches, there will be a higher chance of speeding drivers. No matter where you go in Florida, the speed limit will never rise above 70 mph. Obey it.

Concentrate on driving. In other words, wait until you’ve safely arrived at your destination before snapping the selfie or posting the Facebook status.

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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.

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Diverging Diamond May Ease South Florida’s Traffic Woes

choferCould the days of being trapped under overpasses, intersection blockages, or having to wait for several red light cycles to make a left soon come to an end? With Florida’s ambitious new Diverging Diamond, they may indeed. The state is getting ready to debut this new traffic pattern on certain expressways which requires drivers to drive on the “wrong” side of the road.

When a driver approaches, he or she will stop at a traffic light and then follow marked crossover lanes to the left, potentially creating an illusion of driving on the wrong side of the road. The driver would then be able to make a left turn onto an expressway or he or she would be able to simply continue forward until the lanes eventually lead the driver back to the right or “correct” side of the road. Traffic coming from the opposite direction would also experience the same scenario.

The Federal Highway Administration believes the Diverging Diamond Interchange is a faster and safer solution, but it also raises concerns. There is a possibility drivers may become confused or they may accidentally turn the wrong way at a crossover point.

A public awareness campaign aimed at introducing South Florida drivers to the Diverging Diamond Interchange traffic patterns is set to debut near the Dolphin Expressway is being planned for January of next year.

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When Will Tolls Be Reinstated?

phantomTollboothIt’s been nearly two weeks since Florida Governor Rick Scott decided to halt tolls to expedite Hurricane Irma evacuation efforts. Now that the storm has come and gone, the question many drivers may be wondering is, when will the tolls kick in again? For the time being, state officials do not have a concrete answer to that question as the ultimate decision lies with the governor. Rick Scott suspended tolls “for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida.”

The Hurricane Irma evacuation made history as Florida’s largest ever. The toll lifting probably did residents a tremendous favor in giving them a break prior to, during, and even after the storm as many Floridians deal with the hurricane aftermath such as a lack of power.

On a typical day, Florida charges tolls on the turnpike. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) also oversees toll charges on five of the expressways including the Dolphin Expressway (SR 836) and the Gratigny Parkway (SR 924). MDX is currently awaiting word from the governor before reinstating tolls on the roadways it oversees. These roads are among the most traveled in the county.

Drivers that may have seen the strobe lights that normally flash when passing through a toll should also rest assured that no tolls were/are being charged. The lights are simply for post-hurricane damage testing purposes.

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The Lack of Turn Signal Usage

turnturnturnAs far back as the late 1930s, turn signals (also known as blinkers) have remained a staple of vehicles. Yet if you’ve spent any time navigating the South Florida roadways you’ve likely noticed that not many drivers tend to use them.

Turn signals are intended to indicate to fellow drivers that a driver is planning on either changing lanes or will be making a left or right turn. It can go a long way in reducing road rage, preventing collisions, and perhaps many drivers forget, it is also the law. Take a look at Section 316.155 of the Florida Statute and you’ll notice that using turn signals is legally not an option, but a requirement.

According to research provided by the Society of Automotive Engineers, failure to use turn signals results in over a million collisions each year in the United States alone, and that’s more than twice the number of collisions attributed to distracted driving. A reason for the lack of its use may be the culture permeating throughout South Florida. In many cases, a driver will signal a lane change only to see the driver speed up in an effort to prevent him or her from making the lane change.

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Professional Drivers Should Always Have a Traffic Attorney

479364964Receiving a traffic ticket may not seem like a major issue, but it can be particularly troublesome for drivers that operate motor vehicles as a career. Hence, it is imperative that you never ignore a traffic ticket or citation when you receive one. Doing so could result in major consequences, including assumed guilt or even having your CDL license temporarily or permanently suspended.

If you drive a truck professionally, any violation(s) you commit can have serious implications against your driving record because you are held to a higher standard in a sense. CDL licenses should be protected at all costs, and that means having an experienced traffic attorney to help you with that seemingly minor ticket offense. In other words, any traffic ticket you receive could become a major problem in your career if you don’t address it properly.

It’s also important to keep in mind that as a professional driver, you must also deal with state specific laws. Once you’ve established a relationship with your traffic attorney, you’ll have an invaluable resource to make sure that you can focus on your job driving to and from your various destinations.

If you have questions about your traffic ticket, we’re here to help you resolve.

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Don’t Risk a DUI, Use Ridesharing

unnamedWith plenty of people celebrating the Fourth of July next week, there will be many drivers on the road, including drunk ones, unfortunately. If you’re planning on drinking and don’t think you’ll have a designated driver available to help you get safely home, consider a ridesharing app such as Uber or Lyft so that you arrive home without risking a DUI or something worse.

If you are planning on ridesharing, there are certain rules of etiquette you should follow to make the trip more pleasant for you as well as the Uber or Lyft driver. For starters, don’t call for the ride until you’re ready. Making the driver wait is rude, and if you’re living in an area that may be hard to find, have the courtesy to text them.

Most, if not all Uber and Lyft drivers use their own vehicles to drive passengers around. Be courteous and clean up after yourself. If you eat something, don’t leave crumbs or a bottle behind. If you feel the driver did a good job or was especially courteous, Uber recently began rolling out tipping. Either consider leaving a tip or at the very least give the driver a good star rating for helping you get safely home.

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Raining? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

elHazardSouth Florida’s rainy season is kicking off soon and that means you may start to see a rather annoying occurrence on the roads: drivers using their hazard lights. In case you didn’t already know, driving with these hazard lights on is considered illegal in Florida, even if it’s raining. Numerous drivers still fail to understand this, thinking that these lights need to be on during a heavy downpour.

Keep this in mind: you’re not doing fellow drivers any favors by driving with your hazard lights on. During a heavy storm, this may actually confuse others by making them think your vehicle is stopped or stalled. Speaking of, it is only when you are, in fact, stopped or stalled or are in an emergency situation that your hazard lights should be on. The only time you can legally drive with the hazard lights on is if you’re part of a funeral procession.

While you may have good intentions by turning on your hazard lights, don’t do it. Not only are you risking the possibility of receiving a ticket for doing something illegal, you’re also unintentionally confusing other drivers and making the roads more dangerous.

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Florida Seeks to Seriously Crack Down on DUI

downwithDUIThe Florida Legislature is hard at work evaluating a bill aimed at those who have been convicted of a DUI. The bill would require the installation of a device that would prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol. Those championing the law say the bill would save numerous lives, and no one seems to be disputing that.

Current Florida law requires repeat DUI offenders or drivers with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more to use ignition interlock devices. These devices prevent the vehicle from starting up if it detects anything above .025 when a driver blows in it. That number is just less than one-third of the current .08 legal limit.

Crashes and fatalities related to drunk driving have reached an epidemic level in Florida. Driving fatalities caused by driving under the influence increased by nearly fifteen percent between 2014 to 2015 compared to just over three percent nationally.

Should the proposed legislation pass all of the hurdles in Tallahassee, first time offenders would be required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicle for a minimum of six months. Florida would join more than twenty states around the country that have already taken similar steps to fight the DUI epidemic.

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Be Aware of Florida’s Laws with #JustAdulting

justadultingJust time for the arrival of spring break, a new app by The Florida Bar aimed at today’s tech-savvy teenagers and young adults has launched to better assist them with tackling real-life experiences. Called #JustAdulting, the app includes vital information on things like fake IDs, the importance of maintaining good credit, drinking and driving, texting, and plenty of additional topics. There is also a useful section on what to do when encountering police.

The #JustAdulting app is aimed at people who are turning eighteen, informing them of all the legal ramifications and responsibilities they must understand and adhere to as they embark upon adulthood. The app also includes information on the consequences should they break the law. For example, driving under the influence (DUI) carries hefty first offense penalties, including the possibility of up to six months in jail, a $2,000 fine plus court costs, over forty hours of community service, losing your license, and more.

Anyone interested in checking out the #JustAdulting app can download it for free on the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. While it may be geared toward young adults, it’s worth checking out in case you need a refresher on Florida’s laws.

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