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Florida’s Worst Counties for Distracted Driving

textDriveLast year alone, Florida had well over 45,000 crashes involving distracted driving, resulting in more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving remains a major problem in Florida because of factors such as the limited measures available to law enforcement to tackle the issue. Certain counties in the state have it worse than others when it comes to distracted driving crashes.

The worst county in all of Florida is Wakulla County. Last year, over 100 crashes were caused by distracted driving. That number is over 40% greater than the state’s average of 83. For whatever it’s worth, Miami-Dade County did not make the list of top ten counties for distracted driving. However, it did manage to crack the top twenty, with 93 crashes per 1,000 registered vehicles.

Florida’s is among the few states that don’t have strict laws when it comes to performing actions such as talking on a cell phone and driving. It remains a secondary offense which means a law enforcement officer would have to pull a driver over for a primary offense like speeding before the driver could be cited for also having been caught texting. Drivers should also know that using headphones can, however, be enforced as a primary offense.

If you wish to view the full list of Florida’s worst counties when it comes to distracted driving, please visit https://www.valuepenguin.com/auto-insurance/worst-counties-florida-distracted-driving#nogo.

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Law Enforcement Officers Remind Drivers of Railroad Crossing Safety

railroadEach year, South Florida law enforcement agencies come together in an initiative called Operation Clear Track aimed at reminding drivers about the laws and safety measures drivers should take when they are at a railway crossing. The effort is part of the larger initiative known as National Rail Safety Week, which is now in its second year.

During Operation Clear Track, officers monitor various locations to ensure drivers are not attempting to continue moving forward when the railway crossing signs are coming down, among other violations. Officers have issued citations in various cities throughout South Florida including Deerfield Beach, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and Oakland Park.

Operation Clear Track comes on the heels of a recent news story where a woman in Hallandale Beach attempting to make a turn ended up accidentally driving onto the railroad tracks after mistaking the tracks for the road. The woman managed to get out of her vehicle before the high speed Brightline train plowed into the vehicle.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

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Are Uber and Lyft Cutting Down on DUI Arrests?

uberWhile the transportation costs are nice, these companies may also be playing a role in contributing to a decrease in the number of drunk drivers.

Per the Miami Herald, its police department reported a drop of just over thirty percent in the number of arrests due to DUI during the last four years. What’s more, the Miami-Dade police department stated that DUI arrests had plummeted by more than sixty percent during the same period. Miami-Dade police also noted that between 2013 to 2015, more than 1,500 individuals were arrested for DUI. Last year, that number dropped to just 594.

Whether ridesharing companies are indeed the root cause of a drop in DUI remains up for debate, but they may be helping. Millennials especially prefer to rely on Uber and Lyft to get them around the city, especially if it involves a night where drinking is involved.

Regardless of how you may feel about them, Uber and Lyft may be saving lives in South Florida. To read more about this, please visit https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/18/heres-how-much-ride-sharing-is-keeping-drunk-drivers-off-the-ro/.

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How Bad Is Texting While Driving in Florida?

textDriveWe all have probably dealt with it at some point: you’re driving on the South Florida roadways only to notice a car going unusually slow, weaving in and out of their lane, or hitting their brakes even though there is clearly no one in front of them. As you’re passing them, you notice the driver is a teenager starting at his or phone instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is alarmingly common. In fact, a Journal of Adolescent Health study found that close to forty percent of high school students engage in this activity. In Florida’s case, a driver must be at least fifteen years of age to receive their learner’s permit. The study found that Florida has about 37 percent of teens engage in the activity. What’s worse, researchers also found that the chances of teens texting and driving was likely to increase as they got older.

Texting while driving—regardless of age—is considered to be particularly dangerous as it impairs a driver’s ability to visualize while also causing physical and cognitive distractions. In the case of Florida, it is one of the few states in the country that has yet to pass stricter laws regarding cell phone use and texting. For the time being, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. This means a driver must be pulled over for another reason such as speeding before they can be cited for texting.

To read more about the study, please visit https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(18)30250-7/fulltext.

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Many Drivers Fail to “Move Over”

Hochman and GoldmanHere’s a bit of startling news: just over seventy percent of Americans are unfamiliar with their state’s Move Over laws, according to a National Safety Commission poll. Several law enforcement officers have sustained injuries due to drivers failing to follow these rules. While most drivers are aware they must pull over so that emergency vehicles can pass, it’s the part about switching lanes to maintain a safe distance that most are unfamiliar with.

Florida law requires that vehicles switch over a lane if there are utility service vehicles, emergency vehicles, or sanitation vehicles stopped by the side of the road. If for whatever reason the driver is unable to switch lanes, then they are required to reduce their speed to twenty miles below the speed limit while they are passing by these aforementioned vehicles. While the information regarding the Move Over Act is part of current driving tests, older drivers around age thirty or above may not be aware of it as the law was not in effect then.

Last year alone, over 115 crashes resulting in more than eighty injuries were caused by drivers failing to adhere to the Move Over Act. Additionally, close to 17,000 drivers were cited for the same reason. Move Over Act violations can result in a driver receiving a fine as well as points on their license.

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Smarter Traffic Lights on US 1

redLightWith Miami’s ongoing traffic woes, the city is always looking for new ways to improve the roadways. One of the most recent of these initiatives is introducing “smart” traffic lights that do a better job of evaluating traffic conditions and adjusting accordingly. Yesterday was the planned rollout of a multimillion-dollar monitoring system involving over ninety cameras responsible for controlling traffic lights across more than thirty different intersections on the eight-mile stretch of US 1 in Miami-Dade County. The newer system is intended to phase out the current system where red and green lights run on automatic cycles using educated guesses of commuting patterns.

After the new system goes live between I-95 and Southwest 98th Street, computers will assume the responsibility of determining when green lights should stay greener longer so that slow-moving traffic can clear out as well as when to extend red lights. The primary goal of the new system is to coordinate the green lights so that traffic can move through the most intersections without being forced to wait long times at cross streets during the rush hour period. These cameras, as well as other sensors, will take into account factors such as how many vehicles are at an intersection and how fast vehicles are traveling.

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New Plans for Suspended Driver’s Licenses

hochman-1There are over 14 million registered drivers in Florida, and 2 million of them have suspended licenses. However, many people have their licenses suspended for issues that don’t have anything to do with driving. They also often don’t realize that their license is suspended.

To combat this problem, the State Senator Jeff Brandes is sponsoring a bill that reduces the number of non-driving offenses that can end up suspending your license. It will also offer community service and payment plans to people who can’t pay the fines.

Drivers can get their licenses suspended for a lot of reasons, like failing to pay child support, failing to pay court fees, skipping traffic school, missing a court date, and having your check bounce.

People who get caught driving with a suspended license might not be able to pay the fees. Then more late fees might start piling up. Drivers might not be able to pay the fees all at once, and they can’t drive to work so they can earn money. Hopefully this new bill will change that cycle.

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Hey, Florida Drivers: Let’s Not Run Over People Anymore.

The Sunshine State is no doubt an eccentric one. The term “Florida Man” often appears as a setup to numerous punchlines about what bizarre crime or act has been done, be it clickbait or true. But what is a chilling and true story is that Florida drivers appear to have a pervasive trend of running people over.

The city Florida drivers run over pedestriansof Orlando, in particular, has been ranked as one of the deadliest metro areas for pedestrians, according to the Pedestrian Danger Index (PDI). Last year motorists in Central Florida struck over 900 of them and 87 of them were fatalities. This shouldn’t be happening due to a state law where drivers are required to stop when a pedestrian sets foot in the crosswalk. If they fail to do so, the penalty is a $164 fine and three points on their license. Orlando wasn’t the only city in Florida to be included on the PDI report; Tampa, Jacksonville, and Miami were also on the list. For those who are wondering which is the safest for pedestrians, it’s Boston.

We drivers in Florida can and must do better to watch for pedestrians and prevent a senseless tragedy.

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Florida Halts SunPass Late Fees

floRidaWhile precautions were taken to ensure Florida’s upgrade of the SunPass system went smoothly, it was not without its hiccups. Many drivers found themselves facing penalties and possible late fees after issues arose in regards to the billing system. Earlier this month, the website, hotlines, and mobile app all succumbed to an unexpectedly high demand after users were eager to manage their accounts after the overhaul, which took about a week to complete.

Due at least partially to these issues, drivers may have accumulated toll charges. Florida drivers will be happy to know that late fees will not be applied until the SunPass system has been tested extensively, which should provide a degree of relief.

To get an idea of how extensive the SunPass upgrade was, let’s briefly explore some of the upgrades that went on behind the scenes. These include improvements to invoices, payments for traffic tickets, making account changes, purchasing and activating transponders, and much more. Additionally, a trio of walk-in centers were opened including a new location in Doral.

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Place Your Registration Sticker Where It Belongs

flIf you’ve read our previous blogs, you may have been surprised to learn about a case where a driver received a traffic ticket for obscuring their vehicle license plate. Although perhaps not strictly enforced, a law enforcement officer may issue you a ticket if the frame you’re using obscures even a small portion of the tag, such as the MyFlorida.com website address at the top.

You know what else can potentially lead to a ticket? Where you decide to place the vehicle registration sticker.

By law, drivers are required to place the sticker in the upper right of the vehicle license plate, right next to that aforementioned MyFlorida.com website address. In fact, most if not all plates nowadays have an indentation in this corner to reinforce or remind drivers where the sticker is supposed to go.

Despite this, there are drivers that choose to place the stickers in other areas of the plate. You may have seen a plate with multiple stickers showing the multitude of stickers the vehicle has accumulated. Not only can this lead to confusion, it is also illegal and may result in a ticket. Failing to place the sticker in the correct spot could potentially mean having to purchase a new one.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

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