Did you Receive a License Plate in the Mail?

license-plates-3614254_1920This year has been wild and full of ups and downs. As scams become more sophisticated, it’s worth being extra careful if something seems awry. For example, it may seem as if you randomly received a new license plate this year for no reason. You don’t recall making such a request, which may make you curious whether it’s legit.

You can rest assured that yes, the “random” license plate is indeed legit and is not a scam. You may not know this, but once you’ve been issued a license plate in your name, that plate will be replaced within ten years automatically. This replacement is not optional, it is not necessary to request it, nor does it come with extra fees attached. This may explain why its arrival in the mail may have appeared to be a random occurrence.

If you do have concerns about the license plate, or if you are certain it’s been fewer than ten years since you’ve had the plate, do not hesitate to contact a local tax collector to address any concerns.

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You May Be Driving Next to an Uninsured Motorist

juan-pablo-mascanfroni-m3xmctn1q-c-unsplashWhen driving on the Florid roads, you should always be aware of your surroundings, avoid distracted driving, and practice the utmost safety to reduce your odds of being involved in an accident. If the costs of damages, injuries, and potential loss of life aren’t scary enough, here’s another reason: the driver of the vehicle may be uninsured or may not even have a valid license.

According to the Insurance Research Council, about one in four Florida motorists are driving around without insurance. In fact, Florida has the dubious honor of having the highest percentage of uninsured motorists at nearly thirty percent. What’s worse, well over a million of them are also driving with suspended licenses. In most cases, an auto insurer will likely cancel or opt not to renew a policy when a policyholder has their license suspended. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is immediately made aware when these policies are canceled or are not renewed.

To read more, please visit https://www.forbes.com/advisor/car-insurance/florida-suspended-licenses/.

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Are Radar Detectors Legal?

sports-car-4815234_1920While they may not be as prevalent as they used to be, you may own or you may know someone who owns a radar detector. These are electronic device drivers use to detect if their speed is being monitored by police or law enforcement via the use of a radar gun. If you ask around, the answers as to whether or not such things are legal may differ.

To put it simply, no, radar detectors are not illegal. A law enforcement officer cannot pull you over solely for having a radar detector. However, if you are pulled over for another reason such as speeding, for example, there may be a greater likelihood that the officer will issue you a ticket versus simply a warning if they spot the radar detector.

While radar detectors are not illegal, the devices known as “jammers” are. These are devices intended to interfere with the normal operation of radar by blocking the signals and, therefore, preventing the transmission of radar data.

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DUI Scenarios Involving BAC Below the Legal Limit

matthew-t-rader-mHrc8ydLg3c-unsplash(1)It’s generally believed that when a person gets a DUI charge, they were caught with at least 0.08 percent or more of blood alcohol (BAC). However, if the driver is under the legal BAC cap, is it still likely they will be arrested? Let’s dig into this issue a little further.

The short answer is yes, even though they are blowing below the legal limit, an impaired driver can still receive a DUI arrest. The affirmation focuses on Florida law which states that in some situations, DUIs are more than just the Florida legal limit of 0.08 percent BAC.

An individual may be guilty of a DUI, according to Florida law, if they are under the influence of alcoholic drinks and they are impaired enough that their normal abilities are diminished. This then has less to do with the BAC of a driver and much to do with the capacity of the driver to handle a vehicle in a safe manner. Accordingly, a potential DUI arrest may occur if someone is drunk to the degree that they have trouble driving a motor vehicle.

Unfortunately, this makes DUI crimes highly subjective, since the law enforcement officer who pulls the driver over is the one who decides whether a DUI is committed by the driver or not. This may suggest that police are able to apprehend persons subjectively whether they think that they are drunk to the point of being a threat to themselves or others.

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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DUI Checkpoints 101

drinking-3740477_1920It’s worth learning what you should do if you’ve never encountered a DUI checkpoint. You’re legally obliged to stop if asked. A police officer may request your license or they may require you to take a sobriety test if they believe you are under the influence.

DUI checkpoints, including the location and the date the checkpoint will occur, must be revealed to the public. To access this information, there are different applications or websites you can use. At the checkpoint, if the officer demands it because they suspect you might be drunk, you have the choice of refusing to perform the field examination. This test requires the usual standing, turning and walking, standing on a single leg, and the horizontal gaze test. However, if you reject this test, the rejection can be found suspect. An officer can then ask for a breathalyzer that holds immediate consequences if refused.

Should you have any DUI-related questions or if you wish to fight your traffic ticket, please contact us.

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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Florida Sets Its Sights on Digital Driver Licenses

alexandre-boucher-BNrlDv8w07Y-unsplashIn today’s age, most paper documents have gone digital, including proof of car insurance. One thing that has remained a physical requirement in Florida, however, is the driver’s license. This may change next year thanks to a pilot program spearheaded by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Florida may become the first state to boast a digital driver’s license.

Should the pilot program go as planned, drivers would have the option of applying for their physical license as well as a digital copy they can access via their smartphone or tablet. The program has already received thumbs up from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators which oversees motor vehicle departments through the United States as well as the International Organization for Standardization. This means motorists would be able to use their digital license to identify them domestically or internationally.

The digital license would include the same information found on the physical copy including driving restrictions. However, users would have the flexibility to reveal only certain personal information. Since the phone wouldn’t leave the person’s hands, they could, for example, only reveal their birthdate to confirm they are legally an adult or can legally drink.

The pilot program kicks off in December. To read more, visit https://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/2020/10/18/florida-hopes-to-offer-smartphone-based-drivers-license-by-2021/.

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The Danger of Lane Splitting

motorcycle-4187586_1920Driving on the Florida roads, you may have noticed motorcyclists doing what’s called lane splitting on at least one occasion. This is when the motorcyclist may use the lines between cars to move past slow or standstill traffic. The action is common and although it’s easy to see why they would do it, the action is also illegal.

Motorcycles share the Florida roads with much larger vehicles but their thinness means they can easily navigate into a driver’s blind spot if the motorcyclist is not careful. This means the driver may attempt to switch over a lane and not notice the smaller vehicle, potentially leading to significant injuries, especially if the vehicles are traveling at high speeds on a highway, for example.

In Florida, since lane splitting is against the law, a motorcyclist will likely receive a ticket first. In addition, what they were doing before the crash may also play a heavy role. To further complicate matters, their insurance provider can try to reject their claim by using this traffic infringement against them.

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 the Miami ticket law firm today.

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Frequently Traveled Florida Highway Is the Deadliest

i95When it comes to anything driving-related, Florida usually doesn’t make the news for the most positive reasons, and today’s topic is no exception. According to the Sun-Sentinel article, Interstate 95 better known simply as I-95 is the deadliest highway in Florida and it allegedly is also among the most ignored by law enforcement.

The newspaper analyzed accident reports and traffic citations for five years, met with many state troopers and traffic analysts, and urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to examine the threat posed by I-95.

Per the article, troopers have written nearly forty percent fewer tickets on I-95 despite a more than forty percent rise in crashes. Fewer troops are patrolling the roadway nowadays compared to the numbers two decades ago. Troopers have said they have concerns about stopping people due to the risk posed by speeding drivers.

Interestingly, the busiest segments of I-95 are right here in South Florida, with Broward County accounting for 300,000+ daily, which is well over the number of vehicles I-95 was designed for.

To read more, visit https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-state-neglects-i95-safety-20201007-gdycjt6mnbanxjzj6wuboo3svu-htmlstory.html.

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October Is National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

people-2599458According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, more than 200 people lost their lives in 2018 as a result of distracted driving. October is also National Distracted Driving Awareness Month and AAA is taking advantage of this to reinforce that distracted driving isn’t just talking and texting on your smartphone.

Consider some of the following statistics. A driver’s risk of being involved is increased double if they look away from the road for a mere two seconds. Even more alarmingly, reading an email or text for five seconds is equivalent to driving across an entire football field while wearing a blindfold.

There are a few simple tips suggested by AAA to minimize distractions and be safer on the roads. For starters, prepare your trip before getting on the road. That means setting the GPS destination if necessary, adjusting mirrors, and even firing up whatever playlist or station you want to listen to. Instead of sending or reading texts, consider having a “designated texter” in the car to send those messages for you.

Remember that texting while driving is a primary offense in Florida. Don’t risk your life or put someone else’s life at risk.

To read more, visit https://www.news4jax.com/traffic/2020/10/01/avoiding-distractions-while-driving-can-be-matter-of-life-and-death/.

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Major Miami Roadway Will Temporarily Close

macArthurMiami is gearing up to host the second presidential debate later this month, and that means security will be extra tight and there will likely be road closures. Indeed, one of these roads will be the MacArthur Causeway, one of the arterial roadways connected to Miami’s downtown area and the barrier island of Miami Beach.

The MacArthur Causeway will be closed entirely to traffic coming from the east and west and that also includes any pedestrian or bicycle traffic. Its closure will begin on the 15th of October from 8 am to 1 am on the 16th.

If you frequently use the MacArthur Causeway to get to places such as work, for example, you are encouraged to use the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) or the 79th Street Causeway should you need to visit Miami Beach. Drivers also have the option of using the Venetian Causeway but it’s being predicted that there will likely be heavy traffic on this roadway.

To read more, please visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article246088360.html.

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