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The 411 on Red Light Camera Tickets

redLightHere’s an interesting fact about Florida’s red light statute: the way that it’s enforced is not universal. Indeed, enforcement may vary depending on which city or county you happen to be in and how someone who has been ticketed goes about a resolution.

Much like speed traps, red light cameras provide a considerable amount of revenue for not only the city but also the state. These tickets result in thousands of drivers having their licenses suspended every year. What’s more, close to forty percent of these suspensions happen right here in South Florida, in Miami-Dade County to be specific according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).

Recently, a judge suspended the licenses of more than ten Florida drivers who failed to pay the violation and also failed to show up to court once the violation became a Uniform Traffic Violation. Many drivers remain unaware of the tickets until it’s too late and they discover they’ve had their licenses suspended.

Per the DHSMV, over a million people received red-light camera violation notices in 2016. By the end of the year, over 300,00 of them were listed as unpaid. If the violation remains unpaid, it becomes a traffic citation, which does not carry any points but will appear on a driver’s record.

Do you have questions about red light camera tickets? Give us a call.

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Small Changes on I-97 Yield Major Results

i95For those of you traveling northbound on I-95 in Broward County, you’re going to notice a welcome change. To the surprise of just about everyone who has ever traveled through there, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has gone ahead and switched up the traffic pattern just north of Sheridan Street.

When the FDOT added express lanes in the county, it resulted in a merge on Griffin Road. Unfortunately, this merge meant that any driver traveling in one of the fast lanes would be caught by surprise, forcing them to merge to the right and slow down. This sudden slowdown could cause confusion while also causing significant traffic backups, bottlenecks, and accidents. In fact, ever since the merge was implemented last year, crashes in that particular area ended up doubling.

Since the new traffic pattern was implemented a month ago, the number of accidents has decreased dramatically compared to 2016, by more than eighty percent in fact. The traffic snarl is pretty much entirely gone, improving a driver’s commute by about ten to fifteen minutes. These minutes are invaluable during the rush hour commute.

Do you frequently travel in or near the Broward County I-95 express lanes? If so, what do you think of the new changes?

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Use Your Turn Signal, It’s the Law

turnSignalFun fact: the turning signal, or blinker, has been a staple safety feature in vehicles since it was introduced way back in 1939. Yet if you’ve spent any time on the Miami roadways, you’ve probably noticed many drivers don’t use it. With a turning signal, a driver can indicate that he or she intends to change lanes or make a turn, potentially preventing collisions while also reducing the odds of road rage. Another fun fact Florida drivers may not be aware of: it’s also required by law to use it.

“Turn signal neglect” has become a major problem. Drivers who’ve chosen not to use it are responsible for over a million collisions every year across the country per research provided by the Society of Automotive Engineers. What’s even more startling is that these collisions are more than twice those caused by another driving epidemic: distracted driving.

There is a theory that if a driver uses their turn signal, the vehicle(s) around it will feel as if they are about to be cut off or will end up falling behind, which in turn causes them to accelerate. It’s common for road rage to occur due to a driver intentionally speeding up to prevent another driver from coming into their lane when using their turn signal.

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Florida’s Distracted Driving Laws Fall Through the Cracks

yougonnaDieAre you fed up with drivers endangering the roads as they text? You’re going to have to put up with it for at least another year. Several bills aimed at distracted driving that were up for Florida Legislature review didn’t even make it to a hearing.

Some of the bills that failed to see any progress were HB 47 which would have given police the authority to ticket drivers caught texting while driving in a school zone. A law that would have allowed law enforcement to pull over drivers age 18 and under caught texting behind the wheel also failed to gain any traction.

And so, with little progress made towards stricter texting while driving laws, it will remain a secondary offense in the state of Florida. In case you don’t know what this means, it means a law enforcement officer must see the driver commit a primary offense such as running a stop sign or speeding before they are allowed to receive a texting citation.

The bills aside, distracted driving remains a major problem in the country. Fatalities due to distracted drivers increased by more than eight percent in 2015. In Florida alone, over 200 people were killed in 2015 crashes where distracted driving was involved.

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Out of State Drivers and DUI

foreignerWith the spring having arrived and the summer soon to follow, Miami continues to be a popular destination for tourists looking to enjoy its beaches and sultry temperatures. However, unlike cities such as New York where public transportation is highly efficient, most tourists choose to drive in Miami.

Sometimes a stay in Miami can result in more than just memories of a fantastic vacation. A driver could end up with a DUI probation. Because the individual is from out of town, such a scenario can potentially make things a little more complicated in terms of what proper legal steps the person should take. Should they return to Florida? Will they risk losing their license? Could a warrant be issued for their arrest if they fail to do anything?

Should an out of town driver receive a DUI, the first step they should take is to consult an experienced DUI attorney. The attorney will review the case and provide options. Anything could happen in court, and the last thing a driver should do is admit guilt as this could result in major consequences that will likely follow the driver back to his or her home state. The driver may return to their home state only to find out that their license has been suspended or even revoked.

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Professor Seeks to Raise Distracted Driving Awareness

distractedDriverJay Winsten is a Harvard University professor well-known for being the man responsible for introducing the idea of having a designated driver. Fast forward several years, and Winsten now finds himself attempting to tackle the rampant problem of distracted drivers.

Winsten is currently in talks with federal and local Massachusetts officials to try and develop an effective campaign and message aimed at raising public awareness. The campaign would have one major goal in mind: to convince drivers their sole responsibility is to focus exclusively on driving the car. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 3,400 people were killed because of distracted driving in 2015, and the problem has only continued to grow since then.

Americans are certainly aware of the risks, but surveys show that they perhaps foolishly believe they can multitask while on the road. Interestingly enough, these same people say they do fear becoming a victim of someone who happens to be texting, taking selfies, or checking their social media account while on the road. The situation is very similar to drivers who have had too much drink but still believe they can safely get behind the wheel.

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Texting While Driving Bill Clears a Hurdle

textDriveFlorida’s ongoing efforts to take a stronger stance against the rampant issue with texting while driving took a positive turn earlier this month after passing its first hurdle. Senate Bill 144 (SB 144) received the okay from a transportation sub-committee. Originally, SB 144 was aimed at making texting while driving a primary violation if the driver was age eighteen or younger, but a quick amendment at the last minute tweaked the age range to include drivers of all ages.

SB 144 and another bill that serves as a companion of sorts still faces an uphill climb as it makes its way through several additional sub-committees before it reaches the hands of the legislature in hopes of being voted into law. Despite the small gain, the forward momentum is certainly welcome news as lawmakers continue their fight against texting and driving.

Besides SB 144, another bill called SB 1742 being spearheaded by a State Senator was also tweaked. With this bill, a driver caught texting while driving in a school zone or at a school crossing would be committing a primary offense. This bill and its revision would remove the need for a law enforcement officer to witness another traffic violation before he or she could pull the driver over.

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Millennials Are Among the Riskiest Drivers

373281637Millennials may be the future, but if a recent report is to be believed, they’re also unsafe drivers. This report by the American Automobile Association (AAA) suggests millennials exhibit far riskier behavior than any other age group.

According to the AAA report surveying just over 2,500 drivers, more than eighty percent of millennials admitted to engaging in risky behavior behind the wheel during a thirty day period. This behavior included running a red light, speeding, or using their mobile phone while driving. This report follows another one released by the National Safety Council showing traffic fatalities increased by more than five percent last year compared to 2015.

It’s long been proven that talking on the phone or attempting to text while driving can significantly distract a driver. Once other factors such as speeding or rolling through stop signs are thrown into the equation, there is indeed a greater risk of traffic accidents or worse, fatalities. Drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 were more likely to drive ten miles over the speed limit as well as run a red light.

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Lawmakers Propose Even Tougher Laws for Drunk Drivers

371926732With drunk drivers continuing to plague the Florida roadways and increasing the risk of an accident, lawmakers are constantly trying to devise new ways to curb the problem. The latest measure being proposed by lawmakers would require first-time DUI offenders to have an ignition interlock device installed in their vehicle.

Called House Bill 949 (HB 949), the bill would require the device to be installed after the very first driving under the influence conviction. Lawmakers are also looking to make changes to SB 918, which would require the ignition interlock device for any drunk driver.

Currently, ignition interlock devices are only installed after the driver’s second offense, if it’s ordered by a judge, or if the driver has a content level of .15 or above. A second offense requires the device to be installed for a year, while four or more convictions extend that requirement to a minimum of five years.

Ignition interlock devices work by preventing a vehicle from starting by forcing the driver to blow into the device measuring his or her breath-alcohol content (BrAC). The vehicle will only start if the BrAC is below the legal limit, which is .08.

Supporters of HB 949 believe the bill could save lives. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 800 people died in drunk driving crashes in Florida in 2015. The CDC says ignition interlock devices reduce repeat drunk driving offenses by more than 60%.

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Even Older Drivers Take Road Risks

driverDUIYoung drivers tend to receive the brunt of the blame and criticism when it comes to behaving badly on the roads, but a recent study suggests they are not alone. In fact, more than half of drivers in all age groups have texted while driving, driven over the speed limit, or have run a red light.

Young drivers remain the worst offenders. Over 75 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 admitted to committing one of those aforementioned driving no-nos, but older drivers were also at fault. Ten percent of drivers between age 60 and 74 admitted they texted while more than 30 percent of drivers over the age of 75 took the risk of running a red light. The responses to the survey suggest a concerning trend.

In 2015, traffic-related deaths increased by 7 percent to 35,092. That number indicates the largest increase in over four decades and it’s expected that it will further increase once the numbers for 2016 are released.

There is some positive news to report from the study. Nearly 90 percent of respondents said they have never driven when they thought they may have been too inebriated, while more than 90 percent also said they had not driven within an hour of using marijuana. Over 80 percent believe it’s unacceptable not to drive with a seatbelt on, while just over 80 percent support initiatives to make helmets a requirement when riding a motorcycle.

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