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Texting While Driving Bill Clears Another Hurdle

textingThe Florida bill that would turn texting while driving from a secondary into a primary offense continues to make its way successfully, recently passing the hurdle of the House Judiciary Committee. The Committee approved the House bill but it did not approve a potential change to a Senate bill that would require law enforcement to make a note of a driver’s ethnicity and race when writing a texting while driving ticket. The change/requirement was added to address concerns about racial profiling among minorities.

In its current status as a secondary offense, a motorist can only be cited if he or she has been pulled over for a different reason. Should the Senate and House legislation succeed, the offense would be “upgraded” into a primary one, allowing law enforcement officials to stop a driver if the person is caught texting while driving.

In 2016, over 50,000 motor vehicle crashes in Florida alone were caused by motorists driving distracted. Over 200 of those crashes, unfortunately, resulted in fatalities.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney 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.

Miami’s Paper Ticket Pickle

ticketsOfficerHas it seemed like the number of traffic tickets being given out has gone down? As nice and welcoming as it would be to attribute the reduction in improved driver safety, the reason behind it is rather odd: there isn’t enough paper.

According to a recent Miami Herald article, the Miami-Dade Police Department’s supply of paper ticket books is running low, resulting in fewer traffic tickets being doled out. As to why this is happening, it’s because of a substantial delay in the electronic traffic citation system which allows officers to file tickets to the courts directly from their laptops. The department has yet to order new ticket books and is placing its hopes on its current supply lasting until the system makes its tentative debut next month.

Miami-Dade patrol officers have already been informed that their “Florida Uniform Citation” books should last them until the system has been rolled out across the department. As a result, only the most dangerous of traffic truants are the ones being pulled over, leaving it up to an officer’s discretion as to how to wisely use their limited supply of paper tickets.

The news only reinforces the importance of being vigilant on the roads and refraining from distracted driving. Miami ranks among the country’s worst drivers and the county is home to some of the most dangerous roads in the state. Stay safe!

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

Texting While Driving Ban Closer to a Reality

textingAfter years of getting nowhere in regards to creating more stringent distracted driving laws, Florida House bigwigs are set to introduce a bill this week that may finally turn texting while driving into a primary offense, according to a 10 News article.

Should the bill come to pass, law enforcement officers would be able to stop a driver if they catch him or her texting while driving. As we’ve previously stated, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida, which means a driver would have to be pulled over for a different offense before they can be cited for texting and driving. This offense carries a $20 fine but no points to a driver’s license.

Florida House Speakers believe it’s about time Florida joins the 40+ states that currently recognize texting while driving as a primary offense, but only while keeping civil rights protections intact. That means officers would be required to obtain a warrant before they can access or confiscate a driver’s phone as well as being required to inform drivers of their right to refuse to have their phone searched.

The 10 News article also mentions a study worth mentioning as it reinforces how beneficial tougher distracted driving laws may be in Florida. After Oklahoma implemented its texting ban, crashes due to distracted drivers ended up dropping.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic 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 someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

You May Receive Money Back from MDX This Holiday Season

MDX Logo (PRNewsFoto/MDX)

Those of you that signed up for the MDX Frequent Driver Reward Program should be receiving a welcome gift in the mail this month. December is when MDX sends out its checks, giving back any savings from the agency operations to its users.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the MDX Frequent Driver Reward Program, it is a free program where the only requirement is that you have a Florida Sunpass account in good standing. In order to receive money back from MDX, you must spend a minimum of $100 a year in tolls on any of the several expressways that are owned by MDX. These expressways are the SR 924/Gratigny Parkway, SR 112/Airport Expressway, SR 878/Snapper Creek Expressway, SR 836/Dolphin Expressway, and SR 874/Don Shula Expressway. Contrary to popular belief, I-95 is not operated by MDX.

If you’re curious about how much money you’ll get back, participants will usually see just over twenty percent of what they paid in tolls during the period beginning on July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. These checks tend to be about $74 or so.

Enrollment for the 2018 MDX program is already open and will remain open until March 31, 2018. As in previous years, there is no cost to attend.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney today.

Work with a Traffic Attorney Face to Face

ticketTrafficAccording to a recent article published in The Miami Herald, a startup that uses the power of smartphones to allow users to fight their traffic ticket is running into legal trouble. The startup is now taking its case to federal court.

The startup launched earlier this year and has since assisted over 5,000 people with their traffic ticket. Despite working with traffic tickets, it’s worth noting that the startup is not a law firm. Instead, it relies on independent lawyers who then go out and take care of resolving a person’s traffic ticket for a certain fee.

While these services may be innovative, when working with something sensitive such as a traffic ticket you may still be better off speaking directly with a traffic ticket attorney. Your case will be handled effectively and professionally and you’ll have the peace of mind of being able to ask questions. We’ve dealt with numerous cases for over a decade now and we have handled thousands of traffic citations.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic 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 a red light camera violation attorney 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.

Smartphones and Passengers Distract Teen Drivers

adolChoferObtaining a license is a rite of passage for most teenagers and a source of constant worry for parents. While teenagers are eager to start cruising the South Florida roadways, parents are aware that the freedom carries a modicum of danger.

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, teenagers comprise roughly five percent of Florida’s licensed drivers, but recent statistics show they were also involved in more than ten percent of crashes. These crashes remain the number one cause of death for teenagers throughout the country, with over 3,000 of them passing away last year alone. The reason for the alarmingly high numbers is one you may already expect: distracted driving.

According to research provided by the University of Iowa, the two major culprits for distracted driving among teenagers are talking to passengers to using their mobile phone. Lesser distractions include singing and dancing or grooming in the car. A study by AAA study also revealed teens were more likely to be operating their phone or looking down instead of talking or listening in the critical seconds leading up to a crash.

Parents may wish to discuss the dangers of impaired or driving with their teenagers. It’s also worth staying engaged as they learn the rules of the road and become better drivers.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic 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 someone at the Miami ticket law firm 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 and Shouldn’t Do If You Get Pulled Over

doNotPassGoWe hope you never find yourself in a situation where you get pulled over by a law enforcement officer. However, should the situation arise then there are several things you should and should not do.

Making excuses and begging. You were pulled over for a reason, so do not make excuses. Always maintain politeness with the officer and make yourself as unmemorable as possible so that if you do indeed go to court, the officer doesn’t have additional reasons to potentially use against you.

Do not admit guilt. If the officer asks you the routine question as to why he or she pulled you over, politely tell them you don’t. Neither admit nor deny it. If you respond with the reason you were pulled over (i.e.: you ran the stop sign), that may be used as a confession and the officer may, therefore, note it on your traffic ticket, should you receive one.

Do sign the ticket. Once the officer writes the ticket, there is a possibility he or she may ask you to sign it. Signing the ticket is not an admission of guilt. Instead, you’re simply stating that the ticket has been received. Should you refuse to sign the ticket, you may be arrested. By signing the ticket, the Court ensures you cannot say that the ticket was never given to you.

If you’ve received a traffic ticket, we may be able to help! Give us a call today.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic 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 a red light camera violation attorney 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.

DUI and Public Intoxication

duiHere is a scenario a driver may run into: he or she is arrested for public intoxication. The officer knows the person drove to the location but may not have actually seen the driver in the car. In such a scenario, can the driver still receive a DUI charge?

Chances are that yes, there is a possibility as circumstantial evidence can be used to support the case. In most standard DUI cases, it is required that it be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant was indeed under the influence or intoxicated while he or she was driving. If the defendant happened to be intoxicated prior to or afterward, it doesn’t necessarily prove he or she may have been intoxicated while they were driving. It’s important to emphasize that the word ‘while’ factors heavily in these cases, and they all differ based upon the circumstances. Your best bet would be to consult a traffic or DUI attorney who can provide better clarity and discuss what your options are.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic attorney Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm to help you with your case.

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 Gives Drivers a Break on Fees

waiverHurricane Irma has come and gone, but numerous South Floridians are still dealing with the storm’s effects. Because of the impact of the hurricane, the state is giving drivers some room to breathe by waiving certain fees. These waived fees include:

  • Delinquent fees resulting from a late driver’s license or vehicle registration renewal due to the storm or closure of offices.
  • Fees to replace an ID card or license that may have been lost due to the severe weather.
  • Fees for a duplicate vehicle registration or title certificate that may have been lost due to the severe weather.
  • The $10 print-on-demand fee typically charged for an expedited title for a total loss vehicle related to storm damage. This waiver will remain permanent for the time being. Any liens must also be satisfied.

In order to qualify for these waivers, drivers must visit one of the service centers. If you need to find one near you, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website has a full list of which ones are currently open or closed.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney today.

 

I-95 Express Becomes a Little Safer

59iIn a previous blog, we discussed the major and extremely dangerous issue on I-95 where drivers suddenly—and illegally—dart into the express lanes from the main highway to avoid traffic bottlenecks. In an effort to try and address the issue while deterring drivers, the state was planning to install additional poles.

Fast forward to 2017 and it appears the effort may be working. The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has installed over 30,000 additional orange poles. The number of crashes in the I-95 express lanes has since dropped by nearly a third within the last six months. On top of that, traffic tickets for lane diving have also plummeted by over eighty percent. Lane diving is when a driver runs over the poles to exit or enter the express lanes.

As drivers ran over the poles, the wear and tear on the poles meant FDOT also found itself having to replace thousands of them on a monthly basis. The new highway poles are significantly sturdier and FDOT has also made it a point to convey the message that drivers risk receiving a ticket if they are caught lane diving.

Despite the presence of stronger and additional poles, always be diligent when traveling on the I-95 express lanes.

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