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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?

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

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.

For more information on traffic citations, contact the Miami Traffic Lawyers at Hochman & Goldin PA by calling 305-665-1000.

Stay Safe this Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo has become a big night out for many people, particularly young adults. Whether meeting a few friends after work or attending a Cinco de Mayo party, those celebrating this year should be sure to take some key steps for safety.

If you are planning to drink on Cinco de Mayo:
• Plan ahead to designate a sober driver before going out to celebrate
• Eat during the evening by enjoying your favorite Mexican foods during the evening
• If you can’t plan ahead, ask a sober friend for a ride home or call a cab or friend or family member to come and get you
• Use mass transit if available
• Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are too impaired to drive.

If you don’t plan to drink this Cinco de Mayo, remember that others do. Find out how to spot a drunk driver, and if you think you see a drunk driver on the road, learn what to do.

Look for these signs of intoxication among other motorists:
• Quick acceleration or deceleration
• Tailgating Weaving or zig-zagging across the road
• Driving anywhere other than on a road designated for vehicles
• Almost striking an object, curb, or vehicle
• Stopping without cause or erratic braking
• Drifting in and out of traffic lanes
• Signaling that is inconsistent with driving actions
• Slow response to traffic signals (e.g. sudden stop or delayed start)
• Straddling the center lane marker
• Driving with headlights off at night
• Swerving
• Driving slower than 10 mph below the speed limit
• Turning abruptly or illegally
• Driving into opposing traffic on the wrong side of the road

If you spot what you suspect is a drunk driver, keep your distance and take note of the license plate number, along with the details of the vehicle, including make, model, and color. Then, pull over and call 911.

Hochman & Goldin PA hopes you have a very safe and happy Cinco de Mayo. To speak to a Miami Traffic Lawyer today, call 305-665-1000.

The 10 Most Dangerous Distracted Driving Habits

Every day, distracted driving kills more than 15 people and injures more than 1,200. Below are the dangerous habits drivers can have, listed in order from least to most dangerous.

10. Eating and Drinking– As accidents and spills can happen (i.e hot coffee on your lap, stains on your clothing, etc), drivers face a potential domino effect where impaired attention plus an unexpected event lead to loss of control.The solution would be to eat before or after getting behind the wheel.

9. Applying Makeup or Grooming– All but a small percentage (between 2 and 3 percent) of the population experience a noticeable decline in performance when they try to do two or more things at once.

8. Tending to Pets– To avoid distraction, the best way to transport your pets are by making sure they are secured.

7. Keeping an Eye on the Kids– According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, passengers are ranked by drivers as among the most frequent causes of distraction. Young children are four times as distracting as adults, while infants can be a whopping eight times more distracting, the AAA Foundation reports.

6. Driving While Drowsy– Nearly 41 percent of drivers say they’ve fallen asleep behind the wheel at some point or another, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The NHTSA estimates drowsy driving in the United States causes 100,000 crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 injuries and 1,550 deaths.

5. Onboard Electronics and Entertainment– Regular and satellite radios, iPod adaptors and navigation systems can all be deadly digital devices, in the wrong hands.

4. Rubbernecking– At 55 miles per hour (88.5 kilometers per hour), a car can cover half the length of a football field in about 4 seconds. So while your attention is focused elsewhere, there’s plenty of time for a cell phone-occupied driver to cut in front of you without looking.

3. Texting and Social Media– Distracted driving accidents, including those caused by the use of handheld devices, collectively form the No. 1 killer of teens, according to the NHTSA and others.

2. Daydreaming– If you’ve ever let your mind wander and missed your exit on the highway — then considered swerving across several lanes to catch it — you’re probably aware of the risk posed by daydreaming.

1. Talking on the Phone– Driving under the influence of a cell phone, be it handheld or hands-free, impairs driver reaction to the same level as being at the legal limit for blood alcohol content of .08.

To speak to a Miami Traffic Lawyer, call Hochman & Goldin PA today at 305-665-1000.

Don’t Take Selfies and Drive!

Statistics are showing that more and more drivers are becoming involved in automobile accidents due to distracted driving. More than 600,000 drivers use their cell phones on the road, and 12-percent of the deadly crashes in 2011 involved distracted driving. For years, the worried demographic of safe drivers have been chanting to end texting while driving; Well, now, they’ll have to start spouting anti-Selfie hooks as well.

Specifically, the car selfie. Not only are people making driving selfies, they are broadcasting them to the world in hashtags. AAA has been tracking #drivingselfie, #drivingtowork, the ever-terrifying #drivingfast and #drivingintherain.The car selfie is so popular that the Automobile Association of America, or AAA, has issued a warning about it begging drivers to stop taking driving selfies.

“It’s absolutely beyond texting and driving, beyond using the phone… selfies are just the most insane way to get into an accident and it shouldn’t happen at all,” insisted AAA’s Rivera.

So how dangerous is it? AAA broke down just how far people drive distracted in terms of the length of time it takes to take a picture: The AAA said that a driver who is taking a photo for approximately two seconds, takes their eyes off the road for nearly the length of two basketball courts. A driver taking a video while driving is not paying attention to the road for the length of 5.5 basketball courts.

And it’s not just selfies behind the wheel that concerns AAA. Texting and driving is dangerous, so is talking on the phone. And AAA insists that even talking on a hands free phone is a dangerous form of distracted driving. So put the phone down until you arrive at your destination safely.

To speak to a Miami Traffic Lawyer, contact Hochman & Goldin PA today by calling 305-665-1000.