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Stay Safe This Weekend with Tow to Go

HelpForTheInebriatedWith many people likely to get Monday off, it’s going to be a long, festive weekend as we approach the Fourth of July festivities. Last time we discussed the importance of considering a ridesharing app to transport someone who may be inebriated. For those that may need an alternative to Uber and Lyft, AAA Auto Club is joining forces with Budweiser once again to launch their “Tow to Go” program.

Tow to Go allows drivers that have had a little too much to drink a safe ride. Best of all, the service will be free during the holiday weekend and drivers are not even required to be AAA members to make use of it. The program was launched back in 1998 and has helped over 20,000 inebriated drivers to stay off the roads, saving countless lives and making the roads a little safer for everyone.

There is certain Tow to Go guidelines to be aware of. The ride is limited to a ten-mile radius to a safe location and drivers cannot use it to make an appointment. The service is meant as a last resort and drivers are still expected to have a designated driver. Should the driver be too intoxicated to be transported safely, AAA may contact law enforcement for assistance.

The number for Tow to Go is 855-286-9246 and it begins on June 30th through July 5th.

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Miami’s Distracted Roads

livingDangerouslyDespite a greater number of states deeming it a primary offense, distracted driving continues to be a major problem. Per the National Safety Council, driving deaths have shot up by more than thirteen percent since 2015.

A company is looking to tackle distracted driving by using one of the primary reasons behind it: mobile apps. Calling itself DriveWell, the app will run in the background and is capable of measuring use by sensing when someone has the phone in their hand or when a vehicle is in motion.

Interestingly, DriveWell has also collected enough data to determine what roads have the most distracted drivers. Here in Miami, Brickell Avenue from Southeast 6th Street to 15th Street has the dubious distinction of being the most distracted stretch of road. Coming in second is a portion of 3rd Avenue in Coral Way from Southwest 12th Avenue to 24th Road while the north end of US1, from Brickell Avenue to Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables comes in third.

The DriveWell is available for download but registration requires a token, so it may not be available for use to the general public if you’re curious to try it. Remember to keep your eyes focused on the road at all times.

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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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Being a Responsible Passenger

millennialPassengerApril is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. If you know anything about distracted driving, you know Florida has a major problem with drivers doing things other than focusing on the road. While we can’t stop drivers from keeping their eyes on traffic, we can at least provide some tips on being a good passenger and helping these drivers refrain from distracting activities.

Be a responsible co-pilot. In other words, help the driver. Keep your eyes and ears focused on the road to spot for anything the driver might miss. Remind the driver that sending that oh so important text can wait. Better yet, if it’s that important then send the message for them so they can concentrate on driving.

Don’t sweat the small stuff. While you want to encourage the driver to improve his or her driving skills, don’t become one of those people constantly nitpicking every tiny mistake they make. This behavior will only serve to stress the person out, and the last thing you want is an agitated driver.

Keep your emotions in check. If you have a feeling danger might be imminent, control your urge to react impulsively. Assuming time allows, calmly inform the driver without shouting and refrain from grabbing the steering wheel or handbrake as this will only worsen the situation.

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Would You Ride a Driverless Uber Vehicle?

nodriveromgIf Uber has its way, Floridians may soon reach their destination with no one driving the car. The 2017 Legislature will examine several new rules for ridesharing companies, and one of those happens to be driverless vehicles.

The driverless car proposal follows the recent House Bill 221 (HB 221) which would require Uber drivers to submit to more extensive background checks. Instead of a fingerprint, the driver’s full driving history would be examined and his or her multistate/multijurisdictional criminal records would also be examined, along with the national sex offender database. The requirements for insurance coverage would also be increased to well above the state minimums.

HB 221 is only one bill aimed at ridesharing companies. Other bills being evaluated would require companies like Uber to reveal a driver’s vehicle information to the prospective driver in advance. Currently, this information is not disclosed to riders until after they’ve chosen and finalized their destination. The fare for the ride would also be revealed to the customer beforehand.

How do you feel about all of these new proposed bills and changes aimed at ridesharing companies? Are you excited for the day you’ll be able to hail an Uber with no one in the driver’s seat, or do you feel this would become a major safety issue?

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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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