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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.

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.

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.

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 305-515-5173 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

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.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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 305-515-5173 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.

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 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.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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.

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.

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.

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.

Tips for Traffic Accidents

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As traffic accidents continue to affect the roadways of Florida, it is essential that drivers not only practice safe driving habits free of distractions. If you do find yourself in an accident, the following tips may help you out.

Contact the police. The moments immediately after being in an accident can be jarring, confusing and stressful. If you are not physically injured and may do so, slow down and check to see if everyone in your vehicle, as well as anyone in the other driver’s vehicle, is okay. Once you’ve done that, contact the police. This is imperative as the accident report will protect you by showing who was at fault for causing the collision.

Consider a dashcam. Though they aren’t used quite as much here in the United States as they are in other countries, a dashcam can serve as another piece of proof if another driver who was at fault accuses you of being responsible for the accident. In a severe accident where you may become unconscious due to the impact, the dashcam may also assist in recalling important details.

Keep an emergency tool handy. In South Florida, there is water everywhere and it is not uncommon for a driver to plow his or her vehicle into a canal. When a car is submerged, the pressure of the water can make it practically impossible to open the doors. For less than $20 you can purchase something like the Lifehammer and keep it in your vehicle. It is strong enough to break windows and it can also cut the seatbelt, potentially saving your life.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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.

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.

 

Why Miami’s Toll Roads Should Be Eliminated

PastedGraphic-1There is probably no greater thorn in the side of Miami-Dade County residents than the tolls we accumulate on our daily commute. This is quite literally highway robbery. According to the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) toll rate calculator, the average annual cost for a motorist using all of the expressways in the jurisdiction would approximately be $8,232. This may also include service charges and fees for mailing the bill for those who do not have a Sun Pass.

MDX was established back in 1994 by the county commission and the Florida legislature, using the reason to better operate the Gratigny Parkway and the Airport Expressway. A board of nine members appointed by the governor consisting of local civic and business leaders controls it. But in doing so, they are accountable only to themselves and the constituents barely have a say in the matter. While the MDX and the Florida Department of Transportation have worked together to improve roadways and expand the amount of lanes to mitigate congestion, it may be time to petition and let the voters decide on the subject of tolls.

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 305-515-5173 to speak with a Miami expungement attorney.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 Familiar with Florida’s White-Cane Traffic Law?

mattmurdockA blind Miami-Dade woman recently lost her life after she was struck by a truck attempting to turn into the intersection when the woman stepped off the street corner. The woman’s unfortunate and preventable death should remind drivers about the importance of heeding Florida’s White-Cane Traffic Law, which states the following:

“Whenever a pedestrian is crossing, or attempting to cross, a public street or highway, guided by a dog guide or carrying in a raised or extended position a cane or walking stick, which is white or white tipped with red, the driver of every vehicle approaching the intersection or place where the pedestrian is attempting to cross shall bring his or her vehicle to a full stop before arriving at such intersection or place of crossing and, before proceeding, shall take such precautions as may be necessary to avoid injuring such pedestrian.”

Speaking of impairments, Florida is currently evaluating a bill that would allow law enforcement additional information regarding Florida drivers. With this bill, a driver would be able to identify him or herself as being deaf when they submit their vehicle registration. This information would then be made readily available to a law enforcement officer via a commonly used driver database. The purpose of the bill is to potentially allow improved communication between officers and drivers that are hard of hearing, eliminating a hypothetical scenario where the driver unintentionally appears to “ignore” the officer.

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.

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 End of Red Light Camera Tickets

redLightIn case you missed the news earlier this month, the mayor of Miami has officially kiboshed the red light camera program, announcing that the city will no longer be issuing tickets from red light cameras.

Ever since the red light cameras were rolled out, they have remained a major point of contention. Back in January, the Florida House of Representatives sought legislation to put an end to the red light cameras. Lawmakers who backed the repeal contended red light cameras are being used by cities and counties as a way to make money. House Republicans believed the cameras were being used by counties and cities as a means of making money. However, those who supported the cameras believed they were useful in improving safety on the Florida roadways.

Drivers that received red light camera tickets often faced hefty fines and in many cases, license suspension. Similar to speed traps, red light cameras provide a substantial amount of revenue for not only the city but also the state, as House Republicans argued. What’s more, nearly forty percent of license suspensions have occurred right here in South Florida, in Miami-Dade County to be specific according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

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.

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.

 

Understanding Points on the License

lpointsDrivers that commit a traffic offense run the risk of receiving points on their license. The more points received on the license, the greater the odds are of having the license suspended. This means the driver will be unable to legally operate a vehicle for a certain amount of time. Should a driver be pulled over while they are driving with a suspended license, there is a strong risk of severe penalties, including possible jail time.

While points can accumulate, they will not remain on a license permanently. Generally, points will stay on the license for a maximum of three years. However, it’s important to note that even with the removal of the points, a person’s driving record may still show the ticket(s) received in the past. It’s also worth noting that a driver can receive points for traffic offenses committed in states beyond Florida.

The length of time a person’s license will be suspended depends on the number of points received and the period in which they were received. For example, receiving twelve points within a twelve year period will result in a thirty-day license suspension while receiving 24 points within a span of three years will cause the license to be suspended for an entire year.

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.

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.