Florida Seeks to Tackle License Suspensions

people-2942982_1920Miami-Dade County commissioners are looking to put together a team dedicated to reviewing fees and fines imposed by the court linked to suspensions in driver licenses. Dubbed the Driver License Suspension Task Force, the news arrives after the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Administrator’s Office released numbers showing close to a third of licensed drivers in Miami-Dade County alone had suspended licenses.

According to the Miami Today report, since those who can more easily pay fees always do, poorer communities are disproportionately affected. While those convicted for drunk driving can get hardship permits to travel to and from work, no such provision can benefit individuals who cannot afford penalties, most of whom are not related to reckless driving, which is over 70 percent in Florida.

The Driver License Suspension Task Force, if established, will seek ways to adjust local practices more with states such as Virginia, California, and Wyoming that do not penalize drivers by suspending licenses for non-payment of fines, and others such as Vermont, Georgia, and the District of Columbia that have abolished compulsory suspensions of licenses for non-payment of unrelatable traffic costs. Significant changes will, however, have to arrive from Tallahassee. Statutes in Florida set fine sums and costs for court and collection fees.

This year, bills to reduce license suspensions for nonpayment of fees did not make it in the Legislature.

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Ridesharing Service Ramps up Its Mask Requirement

app-2941689_1920If you’ve done any ridesharing lately, you may have noticed that services like Uber have ramped up their stance on wearing masks. As a preventative measure, the service began requiring that drivers snap a selfie wearing a mask before they are allowed to pick up passengers. Uber is now looking to do the same with certain passengers.

If an Uber driver has reported that a passenger has not worn a mask in the past, the passenger will be required to follow the same steps as that of a driver, meaning they must take a selfie showing they are wearing a mask before they can request a ride. The requirement will roll out near the end of the month but you may have already noticed it. Should the ride go smoothly without any issues, the passenger will not be required to take another selfie during their next ride.

According to the source article, Uber has also optimized their software to ensure that passengers and drivers cannot try and “fool” the app by attempting to cover their mouths with their hands, for example.

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Consider Fighting Your Speeding Ticket Issued by an Aircraft Unit

speedometer-653246_1920Driving around Florida, you’ve likely noticed at some point a sign warning that an aircraft is monitoring speed. You may be under the assumption that the plane is using some kind of modern radar technology to monitor vehicles yet according to a Florida Highway Patrol newsletter, that’s not quite the case. Instead, speed monitoring seems to involve the use of a stopwatch and a grid with existing markings.

An aircraft operator can attest that the stopwatch was started and stopped at a certain time, but how certain the assertion is when it comes to the burden of proof is another matter. How does the potentially accused speeding driver know that the stopwatch performing properly and if it was started and stopped at the precise times indicated by the officer? Just one second can make a monumental difference in a case involving speeding. If an officer is unable to single out particular and dependable facts that back up their assertions, it may severely affect their case.

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Florida Driver Plows into a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Sign

drink-driving-808790_1920Chances are you’ve noticed the signs throughout Florida with the words “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. These signs are often electronic and are part of a campaign while also serving as a reminder of the importance of not getting behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink.

In a bizarre coincidence, a Florida driver is making the news after he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) when he hit one of these signs informing drivers not to drive under the influence. The 22-year-old man hit the digital sign and was arrested after law enforcement officers discovered him inside of a Mazda that had sustained damage following the crash into the sign. The man claimed that he was speaking to a friend on the phone when the crash occurred and after taking a breathalyzer, his blood-alcohol level was twice Florida’s legal limit.

Besides being charged with DUI, the man is also facing charges of property damage as a result of hitting the sign.

To read more, please visit https://www.thedrive.com/news/36152/florida-man-arrested-for-dui-after-hitting-a-drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over-sign.

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Are Electronic Licenses Valid?

id-4157974_1920At one point in time, drivers that were pulled over were required to present a physical copy of their proof of insurance to a law enforcement officer. Nowadays, it is acceptable to simply pull it up on your smartphone and present an electronic version. Does the same apply for a driver’s license? The simple answer is no.

Indeed, drivers are still legally required to present their license in physical form, unlike their insurance. It’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future. Attempting to drive with an electronic image of your license may be equivalent to if you were driving without one at all. This is unlawful and may result in a citation. However, do keep in mind that it is also unlawful to drive with a license that isn’t valid, even if a physical one is presented. This is considered a misdemeanor and it can carry hefty fines and potentially jail time.

There are exemptions that you may wish to look into or ask a traffic ticket lawyer about. For example, military personnel and non-residents may be exempt.

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Be Wary of Truck Blind Spots

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Just about every vehicle has a blind spot, including newer vehicles with technology built in designed to make it easier to detect vehicles that may be lurking in the blind spot. For trucks, however, this technology may not be quite as effective.

Truck blind spots are much more common as compared to the typical passenger car. In most trucks, standard safety devices cannot be used to improve driver vision in blind spots. These blind spots are substantial, due to the considerable size of commercial vehicles. Sometimes there are accidents caused by poor visibility in the blind spots of a vehicle.

Drivers may be under the false assumption that because of their height, truck drivers have a better view of the road. Although they do have improved visibility in terms of what’s in front of them, that’s not the case for the side or the back. Hence, truck blind spots are larger and more dangerous. Often these spots with limited visibility include the following:

  • The region right in front of the truck reaching as far as 20 feet.
  • The areas directly along the truck’s edge.
  • The truck’s right side is especially risky because most truck drivers expect drivers to turn lanes to the left.
  • The region immediately behind the vehicle, reaching as far as 30 feet.

Always be cautious around trucks and heed those warning stickers often found in the back stating that if you can’t see the truck mirrors, the truck driver can’t see you.

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Is Your Driver Emergency Contact Information on File?

crash-1308575_1920If you were to be involved in a serious vehicle accident, who would you want to have as your emergency contact? It may not be the most pleasant thing to think about but it’s important to have the name of someone you trust available. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to strongly consider having a name on hand.

Florida drivers are not legally required to have an emergency contact listed on their license, but there are perhaps few reasons why you wouldn’t want to have one. With factors like Florida’s notoriety for its not so experienced drivers and the seemingly random storms in the afternoons, driving is always a risk.

First responders across Florida can access a program called the Florida Crime Information Center, or simply FCIC. With the FCIC, law enforcement officers can look up a driver’s license and information using those computers you may have seen in police vehicles. This information all pertinent contact information and, if it’s been added, the information for the driver’s emergency contact.

There are scenarios where a driver may sustain an injury so serious that they are unable to tell the first responder the information for the next of kin or who to contact.

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Turn Signals Go a Long Way

jumpstory-download20200811-141407The turn signal (aka the blinker) has been a common vehicle feature since the late 1930s. However, if you’ve done any driving in South Florida, you’ll notice many drivers seemingly don’t take advantage of it. The turn signal indicates to other drivers that the driver wants to move to another lane or that they will be turning soon. It can play a major role in avoiding a potential crash, while also lessening the odds of road rage. Most drivers know how irksome it can be when someone decides to turn or move into your lane without warning. What some Florida drivers may not know is the following: the use of turn signals is mandated by law.

The issue of “turning signal neglect” remains a big issue. Drivers who do not use their turn signals contribute to numerous collisions and they make the roads more dangerous for all. The problem may be as bad as another common issue plaguing drivers: distracted driving.

Drivers may think that if they fire up the turn signal, nearby vehicles will choose to accelerate so that the driver looking to move to another lane cannot get in front of them or cut them off. It’s typical to notice cases of road rage emerge due to a driver deliberately speeding up to keep another driver from coming into the lane despite the turn signal being used. While such scenarios cannot be prevented, the majority of drivers will allow the vehicle to move into the lane provided the turn signal has been used with enough time. With the use of signals, the roads become a little safer for everyone.

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Recent License Requirements Make It Harder for Immigrants

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Countless numbers of immigrants without documentation that are legally able to drive may find themselves unable to obtain driver license following Florida’s recent changes to the identification requirements that need to be met in order to get a license.

During the month of May, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles upped its requirements detailing what certain immigrants need to provide in order to receive their driver licenses. The new requirements make it especially hard for soon to be deported people to get a license.

People with pending deportation proceedings have been able to get a driver’s license prior to May 11 as long as they had a court record showing they had a potential hearing date. Currently, when applying for or renewing a visa (which may be valid for immigrants for up to four years) they need to present a valid passport that is not expired and an I-94 form, the federal document confirming that the persons entered the United States through legal means.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/ news/local/immigration/ article244408367.html .

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Factors That Contribute To Speeding

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As if it wasn’t obvious already, speeding jeopardizes everyone on the road.

Drivers speed for numerous reasons. Sometimes it’s a pure habit, and other times it is a race against time. Miami residents are well aware of the infamous rush hour. Juggling busy schedules and other frustrations, most try to avoid rush hour by speeding when commuting to and from our daily duties. But did you know that in 2019 there were a total of 64,627 collisions in Miami-Dade County?

Overconfidence is another contributing factor that leads to people speeding. When one is familiar with a route, they tend to be less attentive to the road and more inclined to speed.

Human emotions play a role as to why people speed. Some drivers find it thrilling to speed and the “adrenaline rush” gained from it. Naturally, humans crave excitement and can become addicted to getting this rush.

Drugs and alcohol are also attributed to speeding. The effects of specific drugs also give people an adrenaline rush leading them to speed and drive more recklessly.

Among various factors in why people speed, it’s important to realize your habits and know that it puts everyone on the road including yourself in harm’s way.

Speeding is illegal, in minor cases, you will receive a speeding ticket or fine. In more severe cases other punishments will be issued.

Speed limits and traffic laws differ in states and certain territories; get informed with your traffic laws and always be mindful of yourself and others while on the road.

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