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The Lack of Turn Signal Usage

turnturnturnAs far back as the late 1930s, turn signals (also known as blinkers) have remained a staple of vehicles. Yet if you’ve spent any time navigating the South Florida roadways you’ve likely noticed that not many drivers tend to use them.

Turn signals are intended to indicate to fellow drivers that a driver is planning on either changing lanes or will be making a left or right turn. It can go a long way in reducing road rage, preventing collisions, and perhaps many drivers forget, it is also the law. Take a look at Section 316.155 of the Florida Statute and you’ll notice that using turn signals is legally not an option, but a requirement.

According to research provided by the Society of Automotive Engineers, failure to use turn signals results in over a million collisions each year in the United States alone, and that’s more than twice the number of collisions attributed to distracted driving. A reason for the lack of its use may be the culture permeating throughout South Florida. In many cases, a driver will signal a lane change only to see the driver speed up in an effort to prevent him or her from making the lane change.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket 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 professional about fighting your Miami civil traffic tickets.

Florida Highway Patrol Launches TACT Campaign

need4speedSouth Florida drivers planning on speeding or possibly cutting off a fellow driver may want to think again about their decision. The Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) recently kicked off a campaign aimed at making the streets of South Florida a little safer for everyone. This campaign also involves giving drivers a bit of education when driving aggressively near large commercial motor vehicles such as trucks.

Called TACT (Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks), FHP troopers will be ticketing drivers including truck drivers displaying aggressive driving behavior. This behavior may include driving or following too closely behind another driver, failing to make safe lane changes by not using signals or speeding. The campaign kicked off on the 11th of this month and will remain in effect until the 24th.

In other news, crashes due to distracted driving are up around the country by more than eight percent. Along with speeding and drunk driving, distracted driving remains one of the top causes of fatal traffic accidents. Per the National Safety Council, close to two million people suffered accident injuries during the first six months of 2017.

As always, stay safe and diligent when you’re on the South Florida roads and put aside your texting until you’ve reached your destination.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket 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.

Florida Has Strict DUI Penalties

iudDriving while under the influence is never a wise decision, and that is especially true in the state of Florida. A DUI is not only a major risk for the driver, it also puts the lives of fellow drivers at stake. A recent study shows that Florida is among the top twenty states when it comes to the strictest penalties involving DUI.

In 2015, nearly thirty percent of motor vehicle accidents were caused because of a drunk driver per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Thousands of lives are lost each year, and Americans are forced to shell out over $40 billion annually. However, these fatalities have seen a considerable drop of more than fifty percent if we take a look at the period between 1982 to 2014. This sharp drop could be attributed to drunk driving penalties that are significantly harsher.

Florida does not have a specified amount of jail time for drivers committing a first time DUI offense. A second offense does carry the possibility of spending at least ten days in jail, and a third offense will result in an automatic penalty. After a DUI, a Florida driver risks having their license suspended for 180 days and their vehicle may also be impounded, along with a fine of $500 for an initial conviction. A second conviction carries an even higher fine of $1,000. There is also a strong possibility of car insurance increasing by as much as forty percent.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer 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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Red Light Cameras Return in Two South Florida Cities

luzRojaRed light camera programs are slowly being phased out, but a pair of cities in South Florida are seeking to do otherwise. Pembroke Pines is launching its program back up and will begin to issue tickets again on the 25th of the month. Boynton Beach also voted recently to turn the cameras on its red lights back on.

The two aforementioned cities join other Broward County municipalities such as Sunrise, Davie, and Tamarac as well as sixteen cities in Miami-Dade that continue to operate red light camera systems. Drivers that are caught running a red light may be fined $158. If the violation goes unpaid after sixty days, the traffic ticket fine will increase to $250, a fine that can be disputed in court.

While public safety is the reason for their use, the results of a 2016 report by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles revealed that intersection accidents where red light cameras were present increased by ten percent compared to 2015. On the other hand, accidents involving pedestrians decreased by nearly twenty percent.

Nearly 800 cameras were in use in 2015. but that number came down significantly to 688 the following year. Despite the drop, citations increased to over a million.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket 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.

Florida Driver Licenses Receive Major Makeover

newLicenseToday may end up being one of the few remaining days before Florida’s driver’s licenses receive a major facelift. Beginning in August, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will begin issuing licenses and ID cards intended to provide better security.

While the primary goal may be security related, the license changes are also cosmetic. The front of the card will feature the state seal in a new pastel color and the state acronym over a plain white base. Flipping the card around, the back will have an image of Florida resting along the waves of the ocean and the year 1845, signifying when Florida entered the union as the 27th state. As for the driver’s portrait, the background will be transparent and it will appear in four different spots on the ID.

The new license design boasts close to double the protection against fraud compared to the existing design, including the use of ultraviolet (UV) ink.

Florida drivers with a current or recently renewed license won’t have to upgrade to the new design unless it is about to expire or they need to change their name and address. The rollout is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

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

The Cost of a DUI Conviction

ycnaduyYou’re probably aware that if you are arrested or convicted of a DUI, you may have to deal with several costs associated with fines, court costs, potential attorney fees, and perhaps even the costs associated with jail time. While these are common, there is a tendency to forget about that other major cost: your car insurance.

Should you be convicted of a DUI, you can expect your car insurance rates to potentially skyrocket, assuming your insurer doesn’t outright cancel your policy. These costs may end up being more expensive than your lawyer or attorney fees.

Being convicted of a DUI means the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles will deem you a “high risk” driver and you will be required to provide something called an “FR-44” a certification from your car insurance provider. With this certification, a driver convicted of a DUI would pay significantly more for their policy due to the higher coverage, and they will be required to maintain this coverage for a minimum of three years. If you already pay high insurance rates, it’s one more reason to be responsible and drive sober.

If you’re facing a possible DUI conviction, give us a call to discuss your case and the options available to you.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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.

Can Your Record Be Sealed or Expunged?

recordIf you are arrested because of a Florida DUI or a different charge, you may be concerned about the long-term ramifications and whether it will follow you around for the rest of your life. There is a possibility you may be able to have your record sealed or even expunged, provided you have never been found and/or adjudicated guilty due to a misdemeanor or felony.

A DUI expungement will depend on several factors, including whether or not your case resulted in one of the following:

  • Non-file
    • The state chose not to file formal charges.
  • Nolle prosequi
    • The state dropped the charges after they were filed.
  • Not guilty verdict

Should your DUI case result in something other than a non-file, nolle prosequi, or a not guilty verdict, but your case ended with a finding of guilt whereafter the court withheld adjudication, there is still the possibility of having your record sealed. However, your eligibility may change if you have had a previous arrest record sealed and have been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor.

If you’d like to look into possibly having your record sealed or expunged, the experienced team at Hochman & Goldin is here to help.

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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Be Aware of Teenage Driving Laws

teenDriverNow that summer is in full swing, there are a greater number of teenage drivers out on the Florida roadways. Unlike adults, there are certain laws and restrictions that apply to teenagers that they must abide by to avoid running into trouble while allowing them to build their driving skills and experience.

To obtain a Learner’s License, the driver must be at least fifteen years old. Even once the driver has received his or her Learner’s License, he or she is only allowed to drive during the daylight hours during the first three months of receiving their Learner’s License. After these first three months, the driver’s curfew extends to 10 pm. With a Learner’s License, the driver must be accompanied by a passenger with a valid driver’s license who is at least age 21.

Drivers age sixteen with an Operator’s License cannot be on the roadways during the hours of 11 pm to 6 am unless they are driving to or from work or they are accompanied by a licensed driver age 21 or over. Similarly, seventeen year old drivers cannot be on the roads from 1 am to 5 am, with the same exceptions as sixteen-year-old drivers with an Operator’s License.

Underage drivers should be aware that driving is a privilege and a parent is capable of rescinding their license, essentially canceling their driving privileges.

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.

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.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket 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.

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?

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticket 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.