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Florida’s Worst Counties for Distracted Driving

textDriveLast year alone, Florida had well over 45,000 crashes involving distracted driving, resulting in more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving remains a major problem in Florida because of factors such as the limited measures available to law enforcement to tackle the issue. Certain counties in the state have it worse than others when it comes to distracted driving crashes.

The worst county in all of Florida is Wakulla County. Last year, over 100 crashes were caused by distracted driving. That number is over 40% greater than the state’s average of 83. For whatever it’s worth, Miami-Dade County did not make the list of top ten counties for distracted driving. However, it did manage to crack the top twenty, with 93 crashes per 1,000 registered vehicles.

Florida’s is among the few states that don’t have strict laws when it comes to performing actions such as talking on a cell phone and driving. It remains a secondary offense which means a law enforcement officer would have to pull a driver over for a primary offense like speeding before the driver could be cited for also having been caught texting. Drivers should also know that using headphones can, however, be enforced as a primary offense.

If you wish to view the full list of Florida’s worst counties when it comes to distracted driving, please visit https://www.valuepenguin.com/auto-insurance/worst-counties-florida-distracted-driving#nogo.

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

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.

Third Party Website Charges Drivers Extra to Renew

websiteWhen Florida drivers need to renew their driver’s license, they can either search for the correct website or simply type in www.gorenew.com. In the case of the former, users may have been lead to a website called ETags.com, a vehicle registration and title services company. The website recently came under scrutiny when it was revealed it was allegedly charging its users excessive fees when they tried to renew their tag.

Typically, if a Florida driver were to renew their registration for two years, the price would be about $70. In the case of ETags, the website charged a customer $106 in one example, tacking on extra service fees that are not charged by Florida for the same type of transaction.

Moving forward, ETags must clearly inform its future customers that it is unaffiliated with the government and it must also itemize the fees it is charging. It will also be required to refund certain customers who mistakenly thought they were, in fact, using a government website.

Floridians looking to renew their vehicle tags or their license should remember that they have the option of visiting www.gorenew.com or they can also use the MyFlorida app on their smartphone.

To read more about the ETags story, please visit https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/website-charging-florida-drivers-crazy-service-fees-agrees-to-make-changes-after-investigation/842526571.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of 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 Miami speeding ticket lawyer 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 Legality of Transporting Pets on the Back of a Pickup

petTruckHave you ever been on the road and noticed a pickup truck carrying dogs in the back? Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s legal to transport your pets in the back of a pickup without running afoul of the law. While there are laws in place regarding the transport of children in the back of a truck, pets are a completely different story.

Sure enough, Florida traffic law doesn’t explicitly mention anything regarding pets and pickup trucks. However, there are laws in place regarding the ability to control your pet so that it doesn’t become a public safety threat. As to what you should do to keep a dog safe when traveling, that responsibility is up to you. While municipalities may have ordinances in place regarding pet transport, they may vary depending on where you go.

With regards to pets and pickups, it may be best to use your own judgment and err on the side of caution. As man’s best friend and members of the family, you don’t want to put your pets into any kind of situation where their safety is at risk.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with our legal team about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

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.

Law Enforcement Officers Remind Drivers of Railroad Crossing Safety

railroadEach year, South Florida law enforcement agencies come together in an initiative called Operation Clear Track aimed at reminding drivers about the laws and safety measures drivers should take when they are at a railway crossing. The effort is part of the larger initiative known as National Rail Safety Week, which is now in its second year.

During Operation Clear Track, officers monitor various locations to ensure drivers are not attempting to continue moving forward when the railway crossing signs are coming down, among other violations. Officers have issued citations in various cities throughout South Florida including Deerfield Beach, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and Oakland Park.

Operation Clear Track comes on the heels of a recent news story where a woman in Hallandale Beach attempting to make a turn ended up accidentally driving onto the railroad tracks after mistaking the tracks for the road. The woman managed to get out of her vehicle before the high speed Brightline train plowed into the vehicle.

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

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.

Are Uber and Lyft Cutting Down on DUI Arrests?

uberWhile the transportation costs are nice, these companies may also be playing a role in contributing to a decrease in the number of drunk drivers.

Per the Miami Herald, its police department reported a drop of just over thirty percent in the number of arrests due to DUI during the last four years. What’s more, the Miami-Dade police department stated that DUI arrests had plummeted by more than sixty percent during the same period. Miami-Dade police also noted that between 2013 to 2015, more than 1,500 individuals were arrested for DUI. Last year, that number dropped to just 594.

Whether ridesharing companies are indeed the root cause of a drop in DUI remains up for debate, but they may be helping. Millennials especially prefer to rely on Uber and Lyft to get them around the city, especially if it involves a night where drinking is involved.

Regardless of how you may feel about them, Uber and Lyft may be saving lives in South Florida. To read more about this, please visit https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/18/heres-how-much-ride-sharing-is-keeping-drunk-drivers-off-the-ro/.

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

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 Drivers Aren’t the Friendliest

asphalt-automobile-automotive-125514When it comes to driving, Florida is frequently in the news for dubious reasons. These include poor driving, texting, and in the case of today’s topic, road rage. Sure enough, a recent news article says Florida is the worst in the country when it comes to road rage, outdoing larger states such as Texas and California.

In the case of Florida, road rage cases have skyrocketed by more than seventy percent from 2014 to 2017, with more than 270 cases in Florida. What’s worse, data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive based in Washington DC shows that Florida also leads the country in road rage confrontations where guns were involved. Sine 2014, at least twenty people have lost their lives to road rage incidents involving guns and even more have been injured for the same reason.

So why are Florida drivers so angry? It may be due to the growing population, causing tempers to flare as the roads become more clogged. Traffic remains a major issue in South Florida where drivers spend hours on roadways such as I-95 that slow to a crawl during rush hour.

Stay safe on the roads and always try and practice patience and empathy when you’re on the South Florida roads. You can read more about this story at the following link: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/database-florida-leads-the-nation-in-road-rage-cases-up-71-from-2014-to-2017.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of 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 Miami speeding ticket lawyer 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.

South Florida Drivers Aren’t the Safest

An Airman simulates texting and driving. Cell phone usage while driving is prohibited on Department of Defense installations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Nigel Sandridge)

Each year, the well-known insurance provider Allstate publishes its America’s Best Drivers Report which ranks over 150 cities and suburban metropolitan areas throughout the country to determine which of them have the safest drivers. Allstate recently published its report for 2018 and perhaps unsurprisingly, South Florida drivers aren’t the role models of the United States roadways.

Fort Lauderdale and Miami managed to come in 53rd and 86th place, respectively. While these placements aren’t the best, they certainly fared much better than Hialeah which holds the dubious distinction of ranking the worst in 138th place. Two Florida cities did manage to make the top twenty: Cape Coral in 8th place and Port St. Lucie in 12th place.

The Best Drivers Report evaluated each city based on the average amount of time between accidents. These numbers are then compared to the United States average. As for Miami, its drivers are involved in accidents every eight and half years. Fort Lauderdale fared a little better, with its accidents occurring about 9.2 years.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket lawyer Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions and help you fight your ticket. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with our legal team about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

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.

How Bad Is Texting While Driving in Florida?

textDriveWe all have probably dealt with it at some point: you’re driving on the South Florida roadways only to notice a car going unusually slow, weaving in and out of their lane, or hitting their brakes even though there is clearly no one in front of them. As you’re passing them, you notice the driver is a teenager starting at his or phone instead of concentrating on the road.

Texting while driving is alarmingly common. In fact, a Journal of Adolescent Health study found that close to forty percent of high school students engage in this activity. In Florida’s case, a driver must be at least fifteen years of age to receive their learner’s permit. The study found that Florida has about 37 percent of teens engage in the activity. What’s worse, researchers also found that the chances of teens texting and driving was likely to increase as they got older.

Texting while driving—regardless of age—is considered to be particularly dangerous as it impairs a driver’s ability to visualize while also causing physical and cognitive distractions. In the case of Florida, it is one of the few states in the country that has yet to pass stricter laws regarding cell phone use and texting. For the time being, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. This means a driver must be pulled over for another reason such as speeding before they can be cited for texting.

To read more about the study, please visit https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(18)30250-7/fulltext.

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

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.

Many Drivers Fail to “Move Over”

Hochman and GoldmanHere’s a bit of startling news: just over seventy percent of Americans are unfamiliar with their state’s Move Over laws, according to a National Safety Commission poll. Several law enforcement officers have sustained injuries due to drivers failing to follow these rules. While most drivers are aware they must pull over so that emergency vehicles can pass, it’s the part about switching lanes to maintain a safe distance that most are unfamiliar with.

Florida law requires that vehicles switch over a lane if there are utility service vehicles, emergency vehicles, or sanitation vehicles stopped by the side of the road. If for whatever reason the driver is unable to switch lanes, then they are required to reduce their speed to twenty miles below the speed limit while they are passing by these aforementioned vehicles. While the information regarding the Move Over Act is part of current driving tests, older drivers around age thirty or above may not be aware of it as the law was not in effect then.

Last year alone, over 115 crashes resulting in more than eighty injuries were caused by drivers failing to adhere to the Move Over Act. Additionally, close to 17,000 drivers were cited for the same reason. Move Over Act violations can result in a driver receiving a fine as well as points on their license.

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

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.

 

Practicing Driver Etiquette

driving-1Common courtesy can go a long way on the South Florida roadways where most drivers always appear to be in a bad mood or in a hurry. Using your horn is a mixed bag that can either serve to alert a driver that may not be paying attention or it may unintentionally lead to a case of road rage. So, when is it best to use it and when should you not? Let’s take some scenarios into consideration.

One instance where you should always lay on the horn is if you notice that a driver is about to hit you. Often drivers forget about their blind spot and attempt to switch lanes without realizing someone is right next to them. If you feel you or your vehicle are in danger, let the driver know.

Let’s say for instance you’re going straight while a driver is trying to make a left turn in front of you. If the driver simply moved up a few inches, you could be on your way. You may be tempted to honk your horn but this could be misconstrued by the driver as if you’re telling them to turn already, which they may not be able to do. Instead, see if it’s possible to safely inch your vehicle forward and move just slightly to the right to get around them.

Here’s another scenario: the light turns green and the driver in front of you hasn’t moved for several seconds. Yes, you should honk your horn but do it only for a quick moment as a way to remind them.

On an unrelated note, if you catch a driver texting next to you, don’t honk at them. While they shouldn’t be texting and driving, it is not your duty to police the roads. Concentrate on being a good driver and driving defensively.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of 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 Miami speeding ticket lawyer 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.