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Miami-Dade Has Modernized Its Traffic Tickets

hochman goldinWe’re putting our blog on rewind and going back to a noteworthy Miami Herald article published back in January. Miami-Dade County is evolving with the times and has instituted an “eCitation” system that does away with the traditional paper tickets in favor of a digital version. If you’ve received a ticket recently and wondered why an officer is doing so much button pressing, it may be because they’re typing you up versus writing you up.

The eCitation system is intended to improve accuracy as well as efficiency. The system goes a long way in addressing common issues such as carbon copies that are hard to read or attempting to decipher the handwriting of an officer which can, in some cases, be used as a reason to dismiss a ticket. The system also assists the county by cutting down on the chances of paper tickets getting lost.

With the new system, the officer types up the ticket, files it directly through their computer, and hands the driver a clear printout. The process significantly reduces the time it takes to “write up” a ticket. Should they choose not to fight the ticket, drivers will also be able to pay their tickets online in as little as 24 hours.

To read more, visit http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/article194253649.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.

Will a Tunnel Ease Brickell’s Traffic Woes?

brickell tunnelThe problem with urban planning for cities with small to modest populations is that in the event of exponential growth over decades, what was once a smart solution may very well become an extreme inconvenience. Case in point is the drawbridge on Brickell Avenue over the Miami River. When an artery of the downtown layout is intermittently blocked due to passing ships, it creates headaches for commuters and residents alike. There have been several proposals to replace the bridge with a tunnel and have cars drive under the river without interruption, similar to U.S. Route 1 tunneling under the Tarpon River in downtown Fort Lauderdale.

Miami Mayor Francis Suarez supports the proposal, and cites the nearby port tunnel off MacArthur Causeway as one to be modeled after. The Dade County Transportation Planning Organization in collaboration with the Downtown Development Authority has floated six concepts for the project; an agreement is challenging since the DDA does not want extreme trenching or the elimination of foot and bicycle traffic on the avenue.

There have been other suggested alternatives, such as traffic light synchronization in the downtown grid as well as an alert system such as a mobile app to notify motorists when the bridge is opening and to seek other routes.

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 305-515-5497 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.

The ‘Click It or Ticket’ Campaign Has Commenced

The 'Click It or Ticket' Campaign Has CommencedMake sure to buckle up folks, as law enforcement agencies throughout the nation will be cracking down on seatbelt violators. The well-known “Click it or ticket” is a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign that actively promotes the use of seatbelts among young people.

The nationwide ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign runs May 21 through June 3, 2018, and entails law enforcement agencies actively enforcing all seatbelt violations. In Florida, law enforcement agencies and Florida Highway Patrol strongly promote the ‘Click it or Ticket’ campaign and encourage the use of seatbelts.

Before 2009, disregarding your seatbelt was not a violation of law, but it became a primary offense with the Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law. With the enactment of this law, all passengers under the age of 18 are required to buckle up. Due to the nature of being classified as a primary offense, law enforcement does not need any other reason to pull over offenders.

To ensure your safety and avoidance of a ticket, just click it!

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket 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 305-515-5849 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers 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.

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.