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Ruling May Change the Red Light Camera Landscape

redLight-1While many cities in Florida have done away with red light cameras, there are still plenty that continues to use the cameras. What makes things confusing is adhering to the rules of each city. Aventura, for example, will issue you a ticket if its traffic camera catches you making a turn on red while going at least fifteen miles per hour. Key Biscayne ups the threshold to 25 miles per hour while West Miami will send a ticket your way if you make a turn on red at just ten miles per hour.

Late last year, a Miami judge ruled that this discrepancy among cities is a violation of state law. The ruling could potentially disrupt the validity of thousands of red light camera citations and cause shockwaves in the red light camera program, which remains controversial. If you’re among the drivers that have been issued a citation, don’t celebrate just yet, however. An appeals court still has to review the issue and it may be years before a major overhaul or end to the red light camera program happen.

Did you receive a citation? You may still be able to challenge the citation by making a note of the Miami judge’s order. However, it’s also advised to pay the fine so that the citation doesn’t potentially turn into a state traffic ticket, which has heavier ramifications and could result in points on your license or paying more for insurance.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article222298820.html.

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Proposed Bill Takes on Uninsured Motorists

insuranceWhen a law enforcement officer asks for your license, vehicle registration, and insurance, it’s not a good sign. Chances are you’ve probably been stopped for having committed a traffic infraction or you were involved in a crash. Thanks to modern technology, the officer is quickly able to verify your registration and the status of your license through a consistently updated Florida database. However, that is not the case when it comes to insurance.

A bill which will be evaluated during the spring legislative session could make radical changes regarding insurance. It would require Florida to create a system by July of 2022 that would require insurance companies to upload reports on a weekly basis regarding their policyholder status. Officers would also be required to verify a driver’s insurance status when they are involved in a traffic stop or a crash. Even with these changes in place, drivers would still need to carry proof of insurance.

Insurance verification could go a long way in cutting down on Florida’s uninsured motorist rate which is currently just over 25 percent. The state has the dubious distinction of being among the worst in the country.

To read more, please visit https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190112/florida-considers-auto-insurance-database-to-catch-uninsured-drivers.

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.

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The Ramifications of Reckless Driving

No driver wants to have a DUI on their record, and the case is the same for anyone who is charged with reckless driving. Considering it’s among the worst offenses a driver can commit, it’s important to know what it’s all about in the event a driver is indeed charged with reckless driving.

As opposed to improper or careless driving where it’s assumed a driver was not aware of the dangers of what they were doing, reckless driving means that not only did the driver know what they were doing, they were also showing disregard for following traffic laws and ensuring the safety of others. Here in Florida, reckless driving means the driver showed “wanton disregard” for property or the lives of other pedestrians and drivers.

There are severe penalties associated with reckless driving. The first time a driver commits an offense, he or she will face up to ninety days in jail as well as fines of up to $1,000. Future offenses can result in as much as six months of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines. Furthermore, if the driver damaged property the charge can become a misdemeanor or even a felony if a person was injured. Drivers can also expect their insurance rates to increase significantly.

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Remember to “Move Over” in January

movehctibIt’s a new year to start adopting better driving habits, including but not limited to refraining from distracted or aggressive driving. Now that January is here, it is also “Move Over Awareness Month” in Florida and for those of us that have spent a lot of time driving in South Florida, many drivers fail to understand the simple concept of moving over. This law goes a long way in protecting the men and women working on the side of the road to ensure they can return home to their loved ones.

The American Association of State Troopers is using the month to educate Florida motorists on how important the move over law is. It is quite simple to understand. This law requires all drivers to change lanes for any emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow truck drivers, and utility service vehicles. If a driver is unable to move to an adjacent lane, he or she must reduce their speed by twenty miles based on the posted speed limit. Failing to adhere to move over law may result in a ticket, fine, and up to three points on a driver’s license.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

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Miami Drivers Spend Hundreds of Thousands Commuting

driveCompared to a metropolis like New York City with its robust, intricate subway system, Miami’s public transit is comparably lacking. Most South Florida drivers spend a great deal of their time on the road sitting in traffic. If you’ve ever wondered how all of this translates in terms of money, here’s something to think about the next time you’re heading to or from work: the cost of commuting for Miami drivers averages around $122,000 during their lifetime.

A report released by the driver safety website EducatedDriver released the report that shows the people of Miami drive more than 170,000 miles during the work commute during their lifetime. To give you a rough idea of just how much that is, it’s like traveling around the world more than five times. The report shares some interesting figures including the average roundtrip commute (seventeen miles), and costs broken down between different vehicle types like SUVs and sedans.

While the numbers for Miami may seem shocking, 305 drivers can find some small degree of solace in knowing that we didn’t rank in the top spot for the highest commuting costs in Florida. That honor is bestowed to our northern neighbors Orlando and Jacksonville.

To read more, visit https://www.local10.com/traffic/itll-cost-you-average-miami-driver-spends-nearly-123000-commuting.

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 about 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.

Florida Drivers Earn a Dubious Holiday Distinction

driver2Are you among the millions of people that have decided to brave the crowds and go shopping for gifts at your local mall? If so, you may have noticed and assumed that South Florida drivers—already known for being aggressive—have been especially prickly during the holidays.

Your suspicions are indeed correct. The popular website and app GasBuddy recently published a study ranking the most aggressive holiday drivers and sure enough, Florida has earned the dubious distinction of making the top ten list, coming in at sixth place. The placement was determined by evaluating data from last month during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend as well as other factors such as speeding, accelerating rapidly, and hard braking.

The top spot in the list of most aggressive holiday drivers goes to the brave drivers in the state of Georgia, followed by California, Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina in fifth place. The state with the least aggressive holiday drivers? That honor goes to Hawaii.

Considering this is the last weekend before the arrival of Christmas next week, always try and practice patience if you’re planning on heading to stores and if it’s possible, consider ordering your last minute gifts online. Stay safe!

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney 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 red light camera violation attorney today.

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Another Bill Takes a Bold Approach to Mobile Phones

textDriveLast time we told you about a new bill that aims to tackle cell phone usage here in Florida. Called the “Hands-Free Florida Law”, the bill would prevent drivers from utilizing their mobile device to send a text or talk unless they are using a handsfree device. Another bill was recently announced that would take things a step further. HB 107 would make it illegal to even touch a phone, with the bill stating that a driver “may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device….” The sweeping bill has lead to some confusion.

Shortly after its announcement, the Florida representative responsible for filing the bill clarified by stating that drivers would indeed be allowed a single tap. The nature of the bill and the “one tap” caveat does raise some questions and concerns. For example, if the bill were indeed to pass, how would it affect drivers working for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft? These services require using the phone. There is also concern about older vehicles that do not have built-in handsfree technology and how that would affect those drivers.

Should HB 107 become law, it will go into effect on October 1st. Should you wish to read more about it, please visithttps://www.clickorlando.com/getting-results-/driving-change/hands-free-florida-bill-would-allow-drivers-to-tap-cellphones.

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Florida Takes Another Stab at Addressing Mobile Phone Usage

cellphoneThere are still several months remaining before the 2019 legislative session begins, but that hasn’t stopped efforts to tackle the ongoing problem of distracted Florida drivers being glued to their mobile devices while driving. Late last month, a new “Hands-Free Florida Law” also known as HB 45 was proposed, which would prevent drivers from using mobile phones to talk or text, though they would still be able to make use of a handsfree device.

Currently, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida, which means a driver would need to have committed another infraction such as speeding before they could be pulled over for texting. With this proposed bill, texting and even talking with the phone in the hand would be “upgraded” to a primary offense, which would allow a law enforcement officer to pull a driver over if they were caught texting or talking on their phone regardless of whether or not they may have committed another infraction like running a stop sign, for instance.

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Miami Police Launch Operation Safe Holidays

duiAs we approach the end of 2018, Miami law enforcement recently announced they’re ramping up efforts to crack down on drivers that may be driving impaired via an initiative being dubbed Operation Safe Holidays. A greater number of officers will be out patrolling the South Florida roadways and there will also be an increased amount of DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints will continue into New Year’s, which typically sees a larger number of impaired drivers on the road.

While Miami police may be doing most of the legwork in making the roads safer, the ridesharing company Uber is also hoping drivers make the right choice by offering discounts on its rides for those that opt to use the service versus driving impaired.

Besides Miami police, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is also doing its part to keep the roads safe. FHP is warning that drivers caught driving under the influence could face massive penalties of “at least” $15,000.

Remember that besides having a designated driver or using services like Uber and Lyft, AAA will also be operating its free Tow to Go service beginning on Friday, December 21.

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.

Dismiss a Traffic Ticket

ticketDriving in Florida is a mission but getting a ticket in the Sunshine State can be a lot to handle. Like many other states Florida uses a point system to keep track of how well people are driving on the road. Each time you make a traffic violation your points start accumulating on your driving record, and as they keep adding up you face severe penalties, such as driver license suspension or revocation. The points don’t only add up on your record but they also result in fines. No one is a perfect driver all the time, so there are ways to make those points disappear after you receive your traffic ticket.

So, when you do receive a traffic ticket the way to dismiss it is by fighting it in court; however there is certain criteria that needs to be met in order to have the points removed. The ticket has to be a non-criminal violation and it can’t be a parking ticket. If your ticket is worthy to challenge in court you must give a formal notice to the proper court in the county where you received the ticket. This information may be located on the traffic ticket or online at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website.

 

There are steps to take for the Florida traffic court process to begin. Make sure to schedule a hearing, then hire a traffic ticket attorney, organize your case, and plead your case. If you’re found not guilty then all you have to do is fill out some paperwork and that will be the end of it. However, if you are found guilty then there might be a fine, court costs, and any additional penalties that you may have to pay. If you are found guilty then you may file for an appeal which may cost more but if found not guilty it will clean the points from your driving record.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5045 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm 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.