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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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Florida Seeks to Seriously Crack Down on DUI

downwithDUIThe Florida Legislature is hard at work evaluating a bill aimed at those who have been convicted of a DUI. The bill would require the installation of a device that would prevent the vehicle from starting if the driver has consumed alcohol. Those championing the law say the bill would save numerous lives, and no one seems to be disputing that.

Current Florida law requires repeat DUI offenders or drivers with a blood-alcohol content of .15 or more to use ignition interlock devices. These devices prevent the vehicle from starting up if it detects anything above .025 when a driver blows in it. That number is just less than one-third of the current .08 legal limit.

Crashes and fatalities related to drunk driving have reached an epidemic level in Florida. Driving fatalities caused by driving under the influence increased by nearly fifteen percent between 2014 to 2015 compared to just over three percent nationally.

Should the proposed legislation pass all of the hurdles in Tallahassee, first time offenders would be required to install ignition interlock devices in their vehicle for a minimum of six months. Florida would join more than twenty states around the country that have already taken similar steps to fight the DUI epidemic.

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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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Be Aware of Florida’s Laws with #JustAdulting

justadultingJust time for the arrival of spring break, a new app by The Florida Bar aimed at today’s tech-savvy teenagers and young adults has launched to better assist them with tackling real-life experiences. Called #JustAdulting, the app includes vital information on things like fake IDs, the importance of maintaining good credit, drinking and driving, texting, and plenty of additional topics. There is also a useful section on what to do when encountering police.

The #JustAdulting app is aimed at people who are turning eighteen, informing them of all the legal ramifications and responsibilities they must understand and adhere to as they embark upon adulthood. The app also includes information on the consequences should they break the law. For example, driving under the influence (DUI) carries hefty first offense penalties, including the possibility of up to six months in jail, a $2,000 fine plus court costs, over forty hours of community service, losing your license, and more.

Anyone interested in checking out the #JustAdulting app can download it for free on the Google Play Store or the iOS App Store. While it may be geared toward young adults, it’s worth checking out in case you need a refresher on Florida’s laws.

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Is the End of Red Light Cameras in Sight?

redLightIn 2020, drivers running red lights may no longer have to deal with the threat of red light cameras after the Florida House voted to ban it throughout the state. The bill will now be placed into the hands of the Senate.

Boynton Beach was the one remaining city in Palm Beach County to have red light cameras, which were phased out last year. In Broward County, Tamarac, Davie, Sunrise, and West Park continue to operate red light cameras. Over in Miami-Dade, just over fifteen cities still use the cameras.

Back in 2014, a state appeals court deemed the red light camera law unconstitutional, spurring a number of municipalities throughout Florida to end their programs. However, a separate appeals court ruled in favor of the cameras, which means the law may ultimately end up in the hands of the Florida Supreme Court.

The red light camera issue remains contentious among Florida politicians, with some citing the increased amount of rear-ending accidents that have only resulted in a negative fiscal impact. However, others point to its money saving benefits in scenarios where the cameras are much more cost effective versus having to hire additional police officers.

How do you feel about the red light camera program?

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Florida’s Risky Roads for Motorcycles

motorcycleThe National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) released statistics that once again paint a grim picture for Florida’s many drivers. These statistics show that “The Sunshine State” has the greatest number of fatal motorcycle crashes in the entire country.

Back in 2015, there were just over 600 motorcycle crash fatalities and more than 9,000 crashes resulting in injury. According to the statistics, fatalities increased by more than 25% compared from 2014 to 2015. On top of that, Miami-Dade County came in at number one for the greatest number of fatalities, followed by Hillsborough County and Broward County, with 48 and 42 deaths, respectively.

Motorcycle drivers believe a major reason for the sharp increase is distracted drivers being unaware of their surroundings. The NHTSA strongly suggests that drivers not only respect motorcycles but also allow them sufficient room. Perhaps most importantly, drivers should always keep their eyes on the road. The NHTSA also urges motorcyclists to wear protective gear to improve their safety, including helmets. Since 2000, Florida law does not legally require motorcyclists to wear helmets if they are over the age of 21.

Do you drive a motorcycle? If so, how safe do you feel when you’re on the busy South Florida roads? Have you ever had any close calls?

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College Student Devises Clever Way to Promote Pedestrian Safety

According to the Republic news organization, students who attend Columbus East High School in Columbus, Indiana have safer crosswalks thanks to the help of a former student. Taylor Chitty, who is currently a junior in college, completed a project in high school that would help with pedestrian safety.

During the senior year of her high school tenure, Chitty decided to carry out her required project for graduation on pedestrian safety. She decided to work on the issue after being hit by a car during her junior year of high school. She worked with a city engineer on the project; while he provided assistance on the effort, most of the work was done by the student.

Because of her project, the state was able to secure additional funding for pedestrian safety that amounted to half a million dollars. As Chitty was instrumental in helping secure the funding, the city allowed her to choose the design for the pedestrian crosswalks.

The six crosswalks will be built by Columbus East High School and will include a number of new pedestrian safety innovations such as flashing yellow lights that signals to cars when pedestrians are walking and a hawkeye that turns the light red when pedestrians are ready to cross.

While the crosswalks use cutting-edge technology to help increase pedestrian safety, there are not the only tool the city is using. They are also utilizing traffic crosswalk guards who help ensure that drivers are following street signs and ensure the safety of pedestrians who are crossing the street. By using personnel and technology, they are able to ensure that the 6 to 11 thousand cars traveling through the intersections won’t be a risk for pedestrians.

Although those in Columbus, Indiana have better street signs to alert passengers, the same can’t be said for Miami which has to catch up on these innovations. Without these innovations, it is often easy to miss a street sign, making drivers unaware of the safety laws in the area putting them at risk of getting a ticket.

If you wish to fight your citation, consult with a Miami Traffic Lawyer at Hochman & Goldin. Their expert staff, which includes top Miami Expungement Attorney professionals, will help you fight a wide variety of citations and help you to avoid points, fines or license suspensions or revocations. To learn more about their services, contact them at (305) 665-1500.

Miami-Dade County Partners With IBM to Reduce Traffic Woes

According to a report in Miami Today, Miami-Dade County is currently in discussions with technology giant IBM to see how the county can improve its traffic flow.

One of the points of discussion in how to improve the traffic system is adding a smart traffic system that will coordinate based on immediate traffic conditions. Currently, traffic lights are coordinated based on historical data, meaning they change based on general traffic trends at certain times of the day.

The problem with this system is that it does not take into account unforeseen circumstances, meaning if an accident or an unusual event occurs, the traffic light patterns stay the same as before regardless of the incident. The new traffic systems are able to actively monitor traffic and change patterns base on current conditions rather than historical trends, meaning it is constantly optimizing traffic lights for the best flow of cars. If this system is put into place, it will take several years to complete.

Such a system could greatly reduce traffic particularly during rush hour or when there’s unexpected events that cause traffic back-up. But this isn’t the only way the city hopes to alleviate traffic. The city says that it is looking into the possibility of developing or promoting carpool apps that would make it easy for users to find people who they can share rides with. It is also looking at other opportunities to expand public transit including the possibility of light rail.

With traffic issues still a problem, it is easy to get a traffic infraction or citation while trying to rush on your commute. If this happens to you, the first thing you should do is contact Hochman & Goldin, among the best Miami Traffic Lawyers in the city. Their firm will have an experienced Miami Traffic Ticket Lawyer to handle your case and work hard to help you avoid points, fines or license suspensions. If you want to fight your Miami traffic citation or violations, call Hochman & Goldin at (305) 665-1000.

The Port Miami Tunnel Opens!

For those who commute in Miami, you may be glad to hear that the Port of Miami tunnel has opened after nearly four years of construction at a cost of $1 billion. At just under a mile long, the 4,200 foot tunnel is expected to have a significant impact on your commute.

The tunnel was created to a direct access route from the highways to the Port of Miami. Prior to the opening of the tunnel, drivers who wished to access the seaport had to travel through the streets of downtown to get to it. Because the majority of vehicles driving to the port were large cargo trucks or 18-wheelers, there was significant congestion caused from these bulky, slow-moving trucks.

Now with the tunnel completed, these trucks can access the Port of Miami through the I-395 highway which offers vehicles access to downtown and the MacArthur causeway from the I-95 and the 836 Dolphin Expressway. While congestion in downtown Miami will always be an issue, many will see less traffic on their commute while traveling through the area.

Commuters downtown will not be the only beneficiary. As the tunnel provides direct access to the port, it will also ease the commute for the thousands of workers who travel to the port for work. Among those workers include cargo handler, cruise ship employees and others who are responsible day-to-day operations at the port. The tunnel also makes it easier for tourists who are traveling on the cruise ships to access the port, allowing tourists to enjoy more of their time vacationing rather than commuting to and from the port.

With new roads comes new routes for car drivers for police to cite traffic violations. If you get involved in a car accident, it’s important to consult with a Miami traffic lawyer. Hochman & Goldin are among the best Miami expungement lawyers working today, helping thousands of commuters challenge their citations and clear their traffic records. For a consultation, contact (305) 665-1000.

Facts You May Not Know About Seat Belts

You may have heard it all your life, the familiar “Put your seatbelt on,” or “Buckle up! It’s the law!” But while it may come naturally to you, there are still a devastating amount of people who don’t put safety first and buckle their seatbelts. Adult seat belt use is the most effective way to save lives and reduce injuries in crashes, yet millions of adults do not wear their seat belts on every trip. Here is some information to put the issue in perspective:

How big is the problem of crash-related injuries and death?
• More than 2.3 million adult drivers and passengers were treated in emergency departments as the result of being injured in motor vehicle crashes in 2013
• The lifetime costs of crash-related deaths and injuries among drivers and passengers were $70 billion in 2005.
• Young adults (18-24) have the highest crash-related injury rates of all adults.

What is the impact of seat belt use?
• Seat belts reduce serious crash-related injuries and deaths by about 50%.
• Air bags provide added protection but are not a substitute for seat belts. Air bags plus seat belts provide the greatest protection for adults.

Who is least likely to wear a seat belt?
• Adults age 18-34 are less likely to wear seat belts than adults 35 or older.
• Men are 10% less likely to wear seat belts than women.
• Adults who live in rural areas are 10% less likely to wear seat belts (78% use) than adults who live in urban and suburban areas (87% use).
• Seat belt use is lower in states with secondary enforcement seat belt laws or no seat belt laws (79%) compared to states with primary enforcement laws (88%).

What can be done to increase seat belt use among adults?
When it comes to increasing seat belt use, individuals, government, and health professionals can help promote safety.

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