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Stormy Weather? Don’t Use Your Hazard Lights

hazardLightsHave you noticed the weather in South Florida this week? It’s been an unusually rainy week so far, including afternoon thunderstorms. When it starts raining in South Florida, not only do the roads become more dangerous, you’re more than likely to spot a driver or two using their hazard lights. You may also notice this same behavior during those rare foggy mornings.

While it may be well-intentioned, drivers should remember that operating their vehicle with their hazard lights is considered illegal in Florida. A driver should only be turning on his or her vehicle hazard lights is if they are stopped or if there are in an emergency situation. On top of that, there is only one scenario where a driver should have their hazard lights on while the vehicle is in motion, and that’s if they are part of a funeral procession.

During a heavy rainstorm, using hazard lights may have a negative effect, potentially reducing visibility. Because of this, a driver may become confused and think the vehicle is stalled or stopped. On top of that, using hazard lights makes it more difficult for other drivers to determine if the vehicle intends to turn or if the driver will be hitting the brakes.

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.

Florida Court Upholds License Plate Frame Law

vehicleplatePreviously we mentioned how numerous Floridians may be unintentionally breaking the law by giving their vehicle license plate a little bit of personality. Unbeknownst to many, covering or obscuring the lettering of a license plate with a frame depicting something as a beloved sports team or the name of the dealership where the vehicle was purchased could result in facing charges.

If there was any doubt regarding the law, an appeals court recently confirmed that indeed, a Florida driver may face charges for obscuring their plate including the myflorida.com name, the line at the bottom, and the sticker showing registration. Drivers are required to maintain a clear, clean, and fully visible license plate on their vehicle.

The case involved a driver who was stopped by a law enforcement officer because the frame was obscuring the myflorida.com words at the top of the license plate. The driver was also charged with a narcotics offense after the officer allegedly found drugs in the vehicle.

You can read more at the following link: https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/local/florida/court-rules-florida-drivers-cannot-cover-lettering-on-license-tags/67-550360064.

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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.

Common Florida Laws Drivers Often Forget

drivingDoes it seem like traffic has been particularly horrendous this week? Miami traffic is generally terrible, but it could easily be improved if drivers followed some of the traffic laws. According to a recent Miami Herald article, there are several laws most drivers are unaware of, have forgotten, or choose to ignore.

Florida is one of the states that allow you to make a right turn on red. However, the law states the driver must come to a complete stop before proceeding with the turn and must yield the right of way to any pedestrians or other vehicles. Drivers that fail to heed this law could face a $250+ fine.

Turning signals are not optional when a driver intends to turn or change lanes, they are required by law. On top of that, drivers must signal their turn with a 100-foot minimum prior to actually making the turn so that any drivers behind them can properly prepare. A violation of this statute may result in a fine of more than $170.

Lastly, drivers should remember that the far left lane is intended for faster-moving traffic and vehicles that are overtaking drivers moving slower in the right lanes. If a vehicle is traveling faster than another and it is being overtaken on the right, the driver of the slower vehicle is required to move to the right and allow the faster vehicle to occupy the far left lane. Failure to do so could result in a $179 fine.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article208583514.html.

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.

 

Self-Driving Cars Are Coming to Miami

0CD456D5-1EE6-4460-9FC6-E7CD3E830DD5Ford has already begun testing a fleet of autonomous vehicles in Miami-Dade County and is partnering with Domino’s Pizza as well as Postmates to deliver to customers. These self-driving cars offer significant benefits: they eliminate the need for tipping, and they do not park illegally when there’s a lack of space. Customers would simply go outside and punch a code into a keypad on the side of a Ford Fusion then reach inside to pull their pizza or any food out of a special warming oven.

Studies suggest that driverless vehicles can make an impact on reducing congestion. This would be quite a necessity in Miami, which was recently listed as the fifth-most congested city in the U.S. as well as the tenth-most in the world by the Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard. In an effort to achieve the best experience for customers, Ford has also partnered with Argo AI, which specializes in understanding and complying with local traffic laws as well as the particular driving habits of residents.

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 305-515-5284 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.

Driving with a Suspended License

lrevokedDriving with a suspended license (DWLS) is among the most common criminal charges in Florida. Its severity is greater than that of a traffic ticket, and being charged with DWLS may create a world of additional legal headaches and consequences. Hence, it is imperative that you consult with a traffic ticket attorney who can assist you with your case.

A multitude of reasons exist as to why a driver may have his or her license suspended. These include receiving too many traffic tickets, not paying tickets, being charged with DUI, or even non-driving related reasons such as failing to make child support payments. How you were charged, the unique facts of your case, and whether or not you knew about the suspension may all play a factor in potential criminal charges.

There are situations where a driver may not even know their license was suspended, perhaps because they were sent a letter that never made it to them. Depending on the case, a scenario such as this one may be used as part of your defense. Again, it is a wise idea to speak to a traffic attorney who can help guide you.

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.

Driving Slow in the Left Lane? You Risk Being Fined

speedupAmong the many things that add to a driver’s frustration, one of them is probably getting stuck behind someone driving slow in the left lane. This is a common situation on the South Florida roadways that can often lead to aggressive driving or road rage. Despite the signs on the highways reminding slower drivers to stick to the right lane, sometimes the warnings go unheeded. Driving slow in the left lane could result in a fine of at least $121.

Driving slow in the left lane not only impedes traffic flow, it could prove dangerous. Despite the prevalence, it is difficult to enforce because law enforcement remains unaware of it unless their vehicle happens to be the one driving slow in the left lane. Hence, it’s not as easy to spot as a driver caught speeding using a radar gun, for example.

Back in 2014, Florida legislators tweaked the law, transforming the left lane into one that’s meant for passing, not cruising unless the right lanes are obstructed or there is congestion. Slow drivers should also be aware that fellow drivers are legally allowed to flash their high beams as a means of “asking” drivers to move to a right lane so they may pass. However, flashing the lights aggressively while also tailgating the slower driver may result in a ticket.

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.

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.