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Motorcyclists and Florida Traffic Laws

motocicletaHere’s a common scenario South Florida drivers may run into when out on the roadways. You are stopped at a red light waiting for it to turn green when suddenly you notice a motorcycle creeping up beside you between lanes to cut in front of the line of traffic and avoid the wait. The move can lead to a potentially serious case of road rage, much like when any vehicle suddenly cuts in front of a driver waiting in line at a busy exit.

What motorcyclists may be failing to realize is cutting between stopped vehicles is highly frowned upon. Not only that, Florida laws require motorcycles to adhere to the same laws as that of drivers moving around in a vehicle with four wheels. While laws may differ beyond the state of Florida, splitting lanes or cutting into the front of stopped traffic is against the law. Hence, motorcyclists may risk receiving a ticket and possibly major fines for the traffic violation.

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.

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driverThe State Attorney, Melissa Nelson, recently announced a new program that will help people with an invalid, rescinded, or suspended licenses.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in the “KEYS2DRIVE” program, you must be a Florida resident who has been charged a fine for driving with an invalid, rescinded, or suspended license.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.

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.

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.

Florida Drivers Rank High in Aggression and Distraction

textingAs a South Florida driver, do you constantly find yourself dealing with aggressive drivers? It’s not unusual to be cut off by someone, have someone tailgate you because you’re driving too slow, or intentionally accelerating to prevent you from changing or merging into a lane despite having your turning signals on.

If Florida seems like it’s a tad too aggressive, your observations aren’t off. A popular app called GasBuddy recently assessed the driving habits of users across the country that choose to use its “Trips” feature which evaluates trips to improve fuel efficiency while also noting when the driver speeds, accelerates rapidly, or brakes hard. While Florida didn’t earn the dubious distinction of being number one, it still managed to crack the top ten, coming in at number eight.

Another report by the app Drivemode (https://www.cheatsheet.com/culture/the-states-where-you-really-run-a-risk-from-distracted-drivers.html/?a=viewall) ranks Florida in third place when it comes to the most distracted drivers which, when combined with its aggressive drivers, only reinforces the importance of keeping your eyes on the road and wearing your seatbelt.

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.

Kendall Expressway: A Solution or a Stopgap?

Kendall ExpresswayAsk any resident of Miami-Dade County who lives west of the Turnpike what is their biggest headache and their answer will most likely be their commute. The proposed Kendall Parkway would be a possible solution, or so it would seem. The project would extend from the current western end of SR 836, or the Dolphin Expressway, at 137th Ave and then turn south as well as west to run parallel to Krome Avenue and end at Southwest 136 Street for a total of 15 miles. At a recent town hall event, some critics believed it would only exacerbate the problem. Urban planners research suggests it would encourage more drivers and increase congestion. Those who don’t necessarily live there or need the route would suddenly take advantage of it.

This is not the only challenge the proposal faces; environmentalists argue that its construction would affect the nearby wetlands and farmlands as well as pose a threat to drinking water. There is also the issue of funding and how to allocate such funds for 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 305-515-5045 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.

What You Should Know About Your License Plate

placaDid you know you may be unintentionally breaking the law every day without even realizing it each time you get into your car and start driving? Allow us to explain. You’ve probably seen countless numbers of vehicles with various covers adorning the edges of the license plates. These can range from those common ones that are included when purchasing a vehicle from a dealer, the name of a favorite sports team, an alma mater, or even the clear ones that cover the entire plate.

In terms of the law, anything that obstructs a plate display or even touches it is considered to be illegal. The tag must be clearly visible at all times and when a driver uses one of these frames, it may prevent a law enforcement officer from being able to clearly see the plate in its entirety, potentially preventing the officer from determining the state where the tag originated.

The reasons as to why these license plate laws aren’t strictly enforced are unknown, but it’s something you may wish to think about it the next time you’re on the road.

Source: https://www.clickorlando.com/news/many-floridians-break-license-plate-law-without-even-knowing-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 305-665-1000 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.

The Fate of the Texting While Driving Bill

textingOne of the most followed bills that was making its way through the Florida Legislature was the texting while driving bill which, had it passed, would have “upgraded” texting while driving from a secondary into a primary offense. In its current status as a secondary offense, a driver must be pulled for a different reason such as speeding, for example, before a law enforcement officer could issue him or her a ticket for texting.

If you haven’t already guessed by the usage of past tense in the first paragraph, the texting while driving ultimately failed. While it was under review by the Florida Legislature, the bill would have allowed a law enforcement officer to pull over someone solely for the reason that they were caught texting while driving. Initially, its prospects of passing seemed positive after it successfully made its way through the House and made it through to the Senate. The proposal, however, met its demise in the Senate Appropriations Committee.

With the failure of the texting while driving bill, Florida remains one of just four states where texting while driving remains a secondary offense.

You can read more about bills that failed to pass over at the Orlando Sentinel website:http://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/politics/political-pulse/os-legislature-dead-bills-20180312-story.html.

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.

The Massive Rise in Careless Driving Crashes

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Florida is one of the few states in the country with texting while driving laws that, when compared to other states, are unusually lenient. Perhaps, as a result, crashes are seeing a dramatic rise in the Sunshine State, according to a Sun Sentinel article released earlier this month.

While lawmakers continue to debate and iron out the kinks in an effort to create stricter texting while driving legislation, a recent analysis shows more than two million crashes that are typically associated with texting and driving have alarmingly risen. Between 2013 and 2016, accidents jumped by more than ten percent, yet crashes involving careless driving have increased over three times that amount. One of the largest culprits involved in these careless driving accidents is failing to remain in the proper lane followed closely by running stop signs. Improper passing, sideswiping a vehicle traveling in the same direction and ignoring road signs/markings have also jumped.

According to the Sun Sentinel article, texting while driving has gotten so bad, law enforcement officers often mistakenly stop drivers thinking they’re under the influence only to find the driver is sober, albeit preoccupied with their phone.

You can read more at the following link: http://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/florida/fl-reg-texting-driving-crashes-rise-20180122-story.html.

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.

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New Report Suggests Lowering the DUI Threshold

duiCould more be done to prevent fatalities due to drunk drivers? According to a government-commissioned report released earlier this week by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine panel, yes, more can be done indeed. The report suggests a multitude of recommendations, including lowering the legal blood alcohol level threshold from .08 to .05.

Here in Florida, more than 8,000 deaths were caused by drunk drivers between 2003 to 2012, per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Additionally, just over two percent of adults in the state reported they operated a vehicle after having had a little too much to drink, compared to the country’s average of 1.9 percent. The panel believes policies and initiatives need to be implemented to tackle and reduce “preventable deaths” while driving.

Other suggestions include a greater amount of sobriety checkpoints and ignition interlock devices for any DUI offender. These breath analyzing devices should be monitored for at least two years for first time offenders and four years for a second offense. In Florida, these devices are already required for individuals convicted of a DUI.

You can read more about the report by visiting the New Report Calls for Lowering Blood Alcohol Concentration Levels for Driving, Increasing Federal and State Alcohol Taxes, Increasing Enforcement, Among Other Recommendations page.

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.