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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.

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Uber Ups Its Background Checks

uberFrequent Uber users concerned about the history of the person driving them to their destination will find some additional relief in knowing that the ride-sharing company recently announced plans to ramp up its background check efforts. Drivers will now receive annual criminal background checks and the company has also enlisted the help of another company that will consistently monitor any criminal arrests, according to a Miami Herald article.

Uber’s new initiatives are part of a plan implemented by its new CEO and are aimed at not only improving the company’s image after a series of mishaps but also making the service “fundamentally safer” for drivers and their passengers.

Besides the background checks, Uber also plans to implement a 911 button directly into the app to make it easier for riders to call in an emergency as well as improved methods of allowing riders to share their current whereabouts with their loved ones and friends.

You can read more about the upcoming Uber changes at the following link:http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article208668304.html.

Are you a frequent Uber user? If so, will the new changes help you feel safer the next time you’re riding as a passenger? Let us know in the comments.

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Always Remain at the Scene of an Accident

dmatthewsFor those that may have been unaware, February is recognized as Hit and Run Awareness Month by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The department is reminding drivers of the importance of remaining at the scene should they be involved in a crash.

Drivers should remember that leaving the scene of an accident may result in severe penalties. Florida law mandates that a driver must immediately stop at the scene of a crash on public or private property that results in injury or a fatality. Should the driver leave the scene, it is considered a felony and he or she may have their license revoked for up to three years as well as the possibility of at least four years in prison.

Last year, there were over 160 hit and run fatalities according to the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP). Of those crashes, more than 100 of them involved bicycles and pedestrians. Since 2014, a driver ends up leaving the scene in over twenty percent of crashes per the FHP.

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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.

Violation Points and Your License

babyDriverAs is the case in many other states, Florida’s driver licenses work on a point system when it comes to traffic offenses. Unlike your average board or video game where the player with the most points wins, the more points accumulated on a license, the greater the odds of the license being suspended. In other words, your driving privileges are revoked. Though police aren’t actively looking for drivers with a suspended license, being caught may result in severe consequences, including potential jail time.

Points on your license will typically remain there for a maximum of three years before they are removed. Your driving record will show these blemishes, but the points will not affect your license. There is also the risk of accumulating points while driving in other states. Hence, it’s imperative to be a safe and responsible driver.

Generally, the points system works as follows:

  • Twelve points within a one year period may result in your license being suspended for thirty days.
  • Eighteen points within an eighteen-month period may result in a three-month suspension.
  • Twenty-four points in three years will result in a one year license suspension.

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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.

 

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.

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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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