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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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About the End of the “Wet Foot Dry Foot” Policy

dryfootwetRecently, President Obama made headlines not only for his farewell address but also his decision to end the “wet foot dry foot” policy. This policy stated that anyone fleeing from Cuba and entering the United States that made it to shore would be allowed to pursue residency and apply for a green card a year after they arrived. This policy came about as a result of negotiations with the island nation of Cuba and in exchange, they agreed to accept Cubans with deportation orders.

With South Florida’s rich population of Cubans, this decision to end the “wet foot dry foot” policy will have a significant effect, and we at Hochman & Goldin, P.A. are concerned about how this will affect our many esteemed clients, their loved ones, and close friends. We know that clients may have a multitude of questions as to how these changes will affect them, and we encourage clients to contact a reputable immigration law firm to provide professional answers. Contact us and we may able to refer to you one.

For any questions or concerns regarding a traffic citation or ticket you may have received, give us a call. We may be able to fight your ticket and help you potentially avoid having to attend traffic school or receiving points on your license.

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New DUI Law Is Aimed at THC

thcYesterday, a bill introduced in the Florida House was filed aimed at imposing DUI penalties for drivers that have a certain amount of THC in their blood. THC is a chemical compound commonly found in cannabis that causes a feeling of euphoria. Interestingly, the news comes during a time when Florida is seeking to expand its medical marijuana program.

Called the “Driving Under the Influence of Drugs Act”, or simply HB 237, the bill would require that drivers have five nanograms or more of THC in their system in order for it to be considered driving under the influence (DUI). As a reference, the blood alcohol level required to be potentially charged with DUI is .08 grams per 100 milliliters of blood.

There are concerns about how reliable testing for THC would be. Unlike alcohol which dissolves in water and can be tested reliably with a breathalyzer, THC dissolves in fat. This detail makes it much harder to accurately test someone who may be under the influence of THC.

If HB 237 passes all of the hurdles and is passed, the law would go into effect in October. How do you feel about this bill? Do you think it will result in safer roads or will the uncertainty behind the testing only cause problems?

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Beware of Fake Traffic Citations

policeCitationDid you receive a notice in your email inbox from the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) during the holiday season regarding a traffic citation? You may want to double check to make sure it’s legit. A company purporting to be the DHSMV but entirely unaffiliated with it is going around sending notices to drivers requesting payments for citations that are fraudulent.

The fraudulent email will state that the person must pay within a certain amount of time or they will face a fee for each day that payment is late. To make it even more “official looking”, the email includes a link to a payment page, which has since become inactive. However, if you did receive such a notice then you should be aware it is a scam.

To reduce the odds of being fooled by a scam like this one, drivers should be aware that neither the DHSMV or county Clerk of Courts send out citations via email, nor will they require that you pay a citation through this manner. Fake citations will have six digit ticket numbers while official ones always have seven alphanumeric digits.

If you think you may have received a citation that’s fake or suspicious, call the DHSMV or get in touch with the Clerk of Court.

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Florida Introduces Bills Aimed at Texting Drivers

textingWe’ve previously mentioned Florida is among the very few states that do not have any laws prohibiting texting while driving. In order for a law enforcement officer to pull over a driver for texting, the driver must have committed a primary offense first. If the Florida House has its way, however, this may soon change.

A pair of new bills has been introduced to the Florida House aimed at drivers that can’t seem to leave their phones alone when they’re behind the steering wheel. The first of these two bills, HB 47, will boost the penalties for offenders of the state’s existing Ban on Texting While Driving Law. HB 47 would upgrade the offense from a secondary to primary offense, allowing law enforcement officers to stop a vehicle if they catch the violation. The other bill HB 69 is intentionally aimed at drivers that are age eighteen or younger and it would allow officers to stop a vehicle and issue citations as a primary action.

Per a report by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, more than 650 driving citations were issued to Miami-Dade drivers in 2015, far more than any other county in all of Florida. Drivers in Broward County received just over 400 citations, while Palm Beach drivers racked up 378.

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