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Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident

accident-1497295_1280February arrives next week, marking the beginning of “Hit and Run Awareness Month”. During this month, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is emphasizing to drivers the importance of remaining at the scene of an accident. Close to 25 percent of crashes in Florida are hit and run. Miami-Dade County also has the dubious honor of being number one in the state in these types of accidents.

Drivers should remember that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime that has severe consequences. For example, leaving the scene of a crash where property damage has occurred is a misdemeanor of the second degree and could lead to sixty days in jail as well as a fine of $500. If there are injuries, it becomes a felony of the second or third degree with consequences like having a license revoked for three years, spending five years in prison, and a much larger fine of $5,000. If there is a fatality, the crime becomes a first-degree felony and includes license revocation, at least four years in prison but as much as thirty, and an even larger fine of $10,000.

If you are involved in an accident, the best thing to do is remain at the scene and call for help. Besides being the law, it could save someone’s life.

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.

Super Bowl LIV May Affect Your Commute

football-player-260556_1280-1All eyes are on the upcoming Super Bowl LIV happening right here in South Florida. As with any major event of this magnitude, there will be lots going on, including several road closures that may affect your commute to work or a certain place you plan to go in the coming days.

Biscayne Boulevard serves as the primary arterial roadway in the downtown area of Miami. Several roads are expected close, particularly near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Bayfront Park. The latter is serving as the host of Super Bowl Live starting this weekend, a free event for families centered around various activities with a football theme.

Over in Miami Beach, expect to see road closures near the Miami Beach Convention Center and several more once Super Bowl Sunday gets closer. The convention center is also hosting a Super Bowl event, this one appropriately called the Super Bowl Experience. The “football theme park” is happening this weekend and will return on January 39th through the first of February. Miami Beach visitors should also know that popular Ocean Drive will be open solely to pedestrians beginning January 31 through February 3.

To read more about closures and detours related to the Super Bowl, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/super-bowl/article239390663.html.

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.

Florida Lawmakers Want to Reinvent License Suspensions

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According to a Tampa Bay Times article, over a million people in Florida have had their license suspended due to fines associated with things like being unable to pay for court fees. With areas such as South Florida practically demanding the use of a vehicle to get around within a reasonable time, it can make it harder for people that are looking to rebuild their lives after they’ve been released from prison, for example.

A pair of Florida lawmakers are now looking to cease the trend of suspending licenses for drivers unable to pay by spearheading HB 903. Should the bill pass, Florida would join a few other states like Kentucky that have done away with driver licenses suspension penalties. It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean drivers are off the hook. Drivers would be able to set up a payment plan that would vary based on the driver’s income each month or a monthly $10.

To read more, visit https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/01/21/driving-while-poor-no-more-florida-lawmakers-consider-overhaul-of-license-suspensions/.

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.

The Future of the Palmetto Express Lanes Is at Stake

miamiHighwaysIf you’ve spent any time driving on the Palmetto Expressway recently, you’ve likely chosen to use or have at least seen the express lanes. Per the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), drivers who decide to drive on the new lanes would pay at least fifty cents per segment, which run north and south between West Flagler Street and Northwest 154th Street in addition to I-75 near Northwest 107th Street.

Though the express lanes did not receive unanimous praise when they were announced, Miami-Dade pushed forth with the $250+ million project. Since their official opening, the lanes have generated $2 million in revenue according to the FDOT and have cut down on commute times by nearly half. While the standard Palmetto lanes usually take drivers about seventeen minutes to pass through during peak hours, the express lanes cut that down slightly to about nine minutes.

Despite the revenue and the reduced travel time, the future of the Palmetto express lanes is at stake. A pair of Florida lawmakers have recently introduced a bill that aims to get rid of the express lanes and prevent tolls from being created on the Palmetto. According to the lawmakers, the tolls are resulting in greater congestion for Hialeah residents.

Will the Palmetto express lanes be short-lived? Their fate will be determined during Florida’s 2020 legislative session, which kicked off earlier this week.

To read more, visit https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/the-fate-of-the-palmetto-express-lanes-will-be-decided-during-floridas-session/2176850/.

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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Are There Exceptions to the Texting While Driving Law?

textDrive3Florida’s texting while driving law has been in full effect for over thirteen days now, allowing law enforcement officers to give drivers a citation if they are caught. However, there are a couple of what-if scenarios that may occur, which you should be aware of if you’re concerned about running afoul of the law.

Let’s take an amber alert or calling the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to report activity that may be suspicious. Both of these require the use of a phone and can be mistaken as texting while driving. Thankfully, one of the Florida statutes has information addressing these concerns, ensuring that reporting emergencies or suspicious activity are not prohibited. The statute also extends to safety-related messages such as emergencies, traffic, or weather. If you do intend to call FHP, however, it may be best to err on the side of caution and pull over to make the call, once it’s safe to do so.

There are additional exceptions such as using your wireless communication device to navigate somewhere or radio broadcast messages.

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.

Proposed Bill Seeks DUI Accountability

dui2A Florida lawmaker is generating attention for his new approach to tackling the issue of first-time DUI offenders. He has recently filed a bill (SB 1396) which seeks the creation of a “diversion” program to deal with those drivers that are caught driving under the influence.

The diversion program would extend for a year. Once it’s complete, a judge would withhold adjudication on charges involving driving under the influence. In other words, no formal conviction would be necessary and it would also save thousands for offenders.

Eligible drivers for the program would be those that have not been involved in a crash, did not have a passenger who is/was a minor, and with a level of 0.20 or lower blood alcohol. If the driver consents to participate in the program, they will not face driver’s license suspension. Nonetheless, they would have to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge, conduct community service, and have to have a device in their car that will prohibit them from starting if it detects alcohol when a driver breathes into the device.

To read more, please visit https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/07/florida-drunk-driving-bill-combines-accountability-compassion/2832048001/.

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 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.

Stay Safe on the Roads During New Year’s

newYearsWith the New Year’s festivities set to commence, there will, unfortunately, be more drunk drivers on the road. The hours from 6 pm December 31st and 6 am on New Year’s Day are the most dangerous time of the year for drivers. Again, it is extremely important to have a designated driver if you’re planning on drinking. There are also various services South Floridians can use to make it home safely.

AAA will once again have its Tow-to-Go service up and running, aimed at making sure impaired drivers stay off the roads and make it to their destination safely. The free rides are available to everyone and will continue to operate through Thursday, January 2, 2020. The trucks can transport a total of two people but they cannot be scheduled in advance.

Besides AAA, ridesharing services like Uber will offer free rides of up to $10. Riders need to enter the code SAFERIDETPA which will remain valid from 9 pm Tuesday through 12:30 am on Wednesday.

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.

New Year’s Parking in Miami Beach

oceanDr (3)With the New Year’s Eve festivities happening soon, many people may be heading to Miami Beach to welcome the arrival of 2020. However, parking is notoriously difficult in the barrier island. A bit of parking advice may make the process easier to manage without getting too stressed.

When parking in one of the South Beach garages, you should know that all of them allow the option of using one the parking apps to pay, in this case ParkMobile. For those preferring cash, none of them accept bills over $20. They each have a minimum daily rate of $2 and a daily maximum rate of $20. However, the garage on 42nd Street is slightly different in that its maximum daily rate is $8.

If you happen to own an electric vehicle, there are a few charging stations at five public garages in Miami Beach, four of which are in the South Beach area.

In finding a parking spot, you may wish to use the power of an app like Google Maps to help you so that you’re not stressing out and driving around aimlessly trying to hunt for open parking. Google Maps can show you lots that are near attractions.

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 Officers Will Soon Issue Citations for Texting While Driving

textDrive (2)-1Law enforcement officers have provided warnings and information to Florida drivers regarding the latest handsfree law updates since October of this year. However, the warning “grace period” will end on New Year’s Day, allowing officers to issue tickets in certain areas for anyone who is caught driving with a mobile device in their hands that isn’t considered handsfree.

Drivers caught carrying a “wireless communication device” while driving through zones with construction workers, school zones, or school crossings risk receiving a moving violation that comes with a fine of $60. Officers will use these last remaining weeks of December to educate drivers regarding the soon to be fully enforced laws, taking advantage of the increased number of holiday drivers traveling the Florid roadways. Drivers have been getting tear-off reminders about the new law provisions and their related fines ever since the new texting while driving laws were passed earlier this year. Once January 1st arrives, these reminders will be gone and drivers will instead receive citations and fines.

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.

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’s Aggressive Holiday Drivers

filip-mroz-h8_8UjwLne8-unsplashA certain city in the Sunshine State earned the dubious distinction of having more aggressive than average drivers according to the real-time fuel prices app GasBuddy. However, Miami drivers can rest assured that they did not earn the top spot.

GasBuddy evaluated numerous drives during the holiday week of Thanksgiving starting from November 27 through December 1st. Factors that were recorded as aggressive included accelerating rapidly, braking hard, and speeding. It was Orlando that came in eighth place among the top cities with the most aggressive holiday drivers. Miami also made the list but its placement is all the way down at 26. Orlando also managed fifth place in speeding incidents.

Miami didn’t escape the top ten entirely. The city earned third place when it came to rapid acceleration, with fifteen percent more incidents than average involving rapid acceleration.

With Christmas Day and New Year’s coming up soon, be careful on the Florida roads. To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article238270348.html.

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 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.