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A DUI Conviction Will Follow You Around

duiConvictionThere is absolutely no reason why you should be receiving multiple DUI convictions. None. However, if for whatever reason you do have several, you may be curious about some things. For instance, what happens if you decide to move to another state?

To prevent any surprises, you should be aware that there is a risk of being denied a driver’s license in your new home state. You may be wondering why. Let’s say that because of your convictions, your license is currently being suspended for a certain amount of time. Despite moving to another state, the DMV will be aware of your conviction. How? It’s all because of a national registry where each state’s DMV shares information regarding its drivers. In other words, you’ll still need to resolve your Florida license suspension before you’ll receive your Georgia license, for example.

For those that have committed multiple offenses but have the option of a hardship permit, these people will need to enroll in Florida’s supervisory program. This program mandates that an ignition interlock device is installed in the vehicle. The driver will also be required to attend a monthly DMV interview based on the same length of the suspension. Put differently, you’re free to move to Georgia, but you’ll still be required to head back down to Florida every month.

Should you have any questions, consult an experienced Florida DUI attorney.

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Is the End of Red Light Cameras in Sight?

redLightIn 2020, drivers running red lights may no longer have to deal with the threat of red light cameras after the Florida House voted to ban it throughout the state. The bill will now be placed into the hands of the Senate.

Boynton Beach was the one remaining city in Palm Beach County to have red light cameras, which were phased out last year. In Broward County, Tamarac, Davie, Sunrise, and West Park continue to operate red light cameras. Over in Miami-Dade, just over fifteen cities still use the cameras.

Back in 2014, a state appeals court deemed the red light camera law unconstitutional, spurring a number of municipalities throughout Florida to end their programs. However, a separate appeals court ruled in favor of the cameras, which means the law may ultimately end up in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.

The red light camera issue remains contentious among Florida politicians, with some citing the increased amount of rear-ending accidents that have only resulted in a negative fiscal impact. However, others point to its money saving benefits in scenarios where the cameras are much more cost effective versus having to hire additional police officers.

How do you feel about the red light camera program?

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Florida’s Risky Roads for Motorcycles

motorcycleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics that once again paint a grim picture for Florida’s many drivers. These statistics show that “The Sunshine State” has the greatest number of fatal motorcycle crashes in the entire country.

Back in 2015, there were just over 600 motorcycle crash fatalities and more than 9,000 crashes resulting in injury. According to the statistics, fatalities increased by more than 25% compared from 2014 to 2015. On top of that, Miami-Dade County came in at number one for the greatest number of fatalities, followed by Hillsborough County and Broward County, with 48 and 42 deaths, respectively.

Motorcycle drivers believe a major reason for the sharp increase is distracted drivers being unaware of their surroundings. The NHTSA strongly suggests that drivers not only respect motorcycles but also allow them sufficient room. Perhaps most importantly, drivers should always keep their eyes on the road. The NHTSA also urges motorcyclists to wear protective gear to improve their safety, including helmets. Since 2000, Florida law does not legally require motorcyclists to wear helmets if they are over the age of 21.

Do you drive a motorcycle? If so, how safe do you feel when you’re on the busy South Florida roads? Have you ever had any close calls?

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Lawmakers Propose Even Tougher Laws for Drunk Drivers

371926732With drunk drivers continuing to plague the Florida roadways and increasing the risk of an accident, lawmakers are constantly trying to devise new ways to curb the problem. The latest measure being proposed by lawmakers would require first-time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Called House Bill 949 (HB 949), the bill would require the device to be installed after the very first driving under the influence conviction. Lawmakers are also looking to make changes to SB 918, which would require the ignition interlock device for any drunk driver.

Currently, ignition interlock devices are only installed after the driver’s second offense, if it’s ordered by a judge, or if the driver has a content level of .15 or above. A second offense requires the device to be installed for a year, while four or more convictions extend that requirement to a minimum of five years.

Ignition interlock devices work by preventing a vehicle from starting by forcing the driver to blow into the device measuring his or her breath-alcohol content (BrAC). The vehicle will only start if the BrAC is below the legal limit, which is .08.

Supporters of HB 949 believe the bill could save lives. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 800 people died in drunk driving crashes in Florida in 2015. The CDC says ignition interlock devices reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by more than 60%.

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Even Older Drivers Take Road Risks

driverDUIYoung drivers tend to receive the brunt of the blame and criticism when it comes to behaving badly on the roads, but a recent study suggests they are not alone. In fact, more than half of drivers in all age groups have texted while driving, driven over the speed limit, or have run a red light.

Young drivers remain the worst offenders. Over 75 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 admitted to committing one of those aforementioned driving no-nos, but older drivers were also at fault. Ten percent of drivers between age 60 and 74 admitted they texted while more than 30 percent of drivers over the age of 75 took the risk of running a red light. The responses to the survey suggest a concerning trend.

In 2015, traffic-related deaths increased by 7 percent to 35,092. That number indicates the largest increase in over four decades and it’s expected that it will further increase once the numbers for 2016 are released.

There is some positive news to report from the study. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they have never driven when they thought they may have been too inebriated, while more than 90 percent also said they had not driven within an hour of using marijuana. Over 80 percent believe it’s unacceptable not to drive with a seatbelt on, while just over 80 percent support initiatives to make helmets a requirement when riding a motorcycle.

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Florida Lawmakers Zero in on Texting While Driving

textingDrivingIt’s alarmingly common to see South Florida drivers attempting to text while driving, a common reason for crashes. In an effort to try and put a stop to it, Florida lawmakers are once again seeking to devise a solution.

Senate Bill 144 (SB 144) would change texting and driving from a secondary to a primary offense if the driver is under the age 18. Since it is currently a secondary offense for all drivers, a law enforcement officer cannot issue a ticket to the driver unless he or she is being pulled over for doing something else illegally. SB 144 would change these laws, and there is also a proposed bill aimed at making texting while driving in a school zone a primary offense.

The Florida Highway Patrol reported over 4,300 crashes in 2015 that were caused by distracted driving, and that’s in Miami-Dade County alone. In Broward County, more than 3,500 crashes involved distracted driving. Florida is one of only five states where distracted driving does not have primary enforcement.

Do you think SB 144 is a step in the right direction in fighting the texting while driving situation? Maybe you’re one of those people wondering why it isn’t already a primary offense. Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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The Push for License Plate Readers

licensePlateIn an effort to try and curb crime, Miami Beach Police are making their case for permanent license plate readers on state roads. While it may be well-intentioned, there are some doubts and concerns as to whether this would violate the rights of citizens.

During the Memorial Day Weekend, Miami Beach Police will use their mobile license readers to scan plates at each entrance to the barrier island as a means of anticipating crowds, commotion, and any possible criminal activity. The results have been positive and officers have seen the advantages of using the devices. In fact, a few weekends ago, a suspect fleeing from police cruisers ended up crashing into a bus. Officers were able to arrest the suspect thanks to the advantage of the mobile license plate reader. With this positive momentum, Miami Beach Police are asking the State Legislature to pass the bill that would allow the readers on state roads.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has an issue with this, viewing it as a possible invasion of privacy. According to the ACLU, there are concerns about authorities being able to track a person’s movements and being able to retain the data they’ve obtained for a certain amount of time. The ACLU states that there should be “clear regulations” put in place to prevent such a scenario.

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Driving Skills for Life Promotes Safer Teenage Driving

fordSkillsLast week, Ford launched its Driving Skills for Life program right here in Miami, aimed at assisting teenage drivers with improving their driving. The program is designed to reduce the alarmingly high number of driving fatalities involving teenagers. Ford plans to launch the program in fifteen additional places around the United States, addressing topics such as controlling the vehicle, evasive maneuvers to avoid pedestrians, managing speed, safe follow distance and more.

Per the Governors Highway Safety Association, teenage drivers are one more than 1.5 times more likely to be involved in a traffic accident resulting in fatalities than adult drivers. Close to 3,000 teenagers lose their lives each year because of fatal car accidents. This number could potentially be reduced if teenagers receive extensive training on proper safety and driving techniques.

Instead of avoiding the subject, Ford is also focusing on how drugs and alcohol affect teens by showing them the many dangers of impaired driving. Distracted driving is also discussed in the program as both impaired and distracted driving are among the major factors in traffic fatalities with teenagers involved. Despite efforts to address it, texting while driving remains a major problem on the Florida roadways.

Besides Florida, the Driving Skills for Life program will also be making stops in states like Georgia, California, Texas, Alabama, Illinois, and more.

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Will Dolphin Station Boost Miami-Dade’s Mass Transit

dolphinStationThe Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) recently began work on a massive new project that’s at least partially aimed at getting drivers to ditch their vehicles. Officially called Dolphin Station Park and Ride Transit Terminal Facility, it is being built to accommodate up to twelve buses and it will contain over 750 parking spaces for commuters.

The new park and ride station will be located close to the junction of State Road 836 and the Florida Turnpike Homestead Extension. The project is a collective effort by MDX, the Miami-Dade County Department of Transportation and Public Works, and the Florida Department of Transportation to encourage mass transit in a region where the majority of people prefer to drive their car.

Dolphin Station will function as a transit hub for the 836 express bus service, focused largely on riders from areas in West Miami-Dade that need to travel to places like the downtown and Brickell areas, Miami International Airport, and the Jackson hospital district. The station will have a total of 849 long-term parking spaces plus twenty short-term spaces. The station will also include a retail area, a break lounge for drivers and even a convenient area for drop-offs.

Assuming construction goes according to plan, Dolphin Station is scheduled to be completed in December of this year.

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Watch out for Faulty Airbags

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Did you know there are over half a million defective airbags in vehicles throughout South Florida? In fact, over 180,000 of them are in vehicles navigating the streets, roads, and highways of Miami-Dade County alone. Per the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA), defective airbags have a fifty percent chance of exploding when they’re inflating, which could cause significant injury or even death. This is particularly true if you happen to drive certain 2001-2003 models of Hondas and Acuras. Despite being unsafe to drive, there are still hundreds that have yet to be repaired.

While the recall affects certain vehicles, South Florida residents that are driving older vehicles have a greater risk because of environmental factors such as the humid weather, which could exacerbate the airbag defects. To make matters worse, these faulty airbags could be triggered by even a minor fender bender.

Even if you aren’t driving a Honda or Acura, you should still visit www.airbagrecall.com to find out whether you’re at risk. Just enter your VIN and if you see the message saying “Recall Incomplete”, you should contact your local dealer to have the airbags repaired. If you happen to have a friend or family neighbor that drives an older vehicle, make sure to inform them about the recall so they can check to make sure they are not at risk. It could literally save their life.

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