Prescription Drugs Are Also a DUI Risk

joshua-coleman-eqhVilWdBJo-unsplashWhenever we see the acronym DUI, our thoughts may immediately drift toward a drunk driving charge. However, Florida’s laws when it comes to Driving Under the Influence encompasses alcoholic beverages as well as chemical substances, and controlled substances. In other words, if a person is caught driving under the influence of illegal drugs or even prescription drugs, they may receive a DUI charge. These types of charges may prove to be a little trickier to navigate and overcome as they often rely on the decisions made by the law enforcement officer.

Should a person be suspected of driving drunk, they will be administered a test to measure the blood alcohol content (BAC). If the BAC is beyond the legal limit, the driver will be charged with DUI. Nevertheless, should a driver operate a vehicle while under the influence of prescription drugs, a legal standard has not been established regarding the amount of medication that may be allowed in a person’s system that could result in a DUI charge. A driver risks being charged with DUI if they are noticed driving erratically by a law enforcement officer and the officer finds out the driver is taking a prescription that may affect their driving. Because of the legalities and minutiae involved with such charges, a Miami traffic attorney is a vital resource.

There are numerous over-the-counter and prescription medications capable of causing side effects such as drowsiness, impairing a driver’s vision, or reducing concentration. In turn, a driver cannot operate a vehicle as safely as they should be able to. Per the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), anxiety and cold medications, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants are a few examples of drugs that may affect driving ability.

Regardless of what led to the DUI, the charge will appear on a driver’s record as a DUI charge whether it was alcohol or prescription drug-related. A second DUI charge will result in much harsher penalties and the ramifications of the first DUI can be severe. For example, a driver may find that their vehicle insurance rates will skyrocket once the insurance company finds out about the charge. A DUI charge may even go as far as affecting the driver’s ability to secure a job.

Whether you need a DUI attorney or another resource such as a red light camera violation attorney, legal representation when it comes to driving-related charges is practically a must.

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Learner’s License Permits and Out of State Drivers

fabian-albert-KqpoiWI4-00-unsplashSpring and summer are around the corner, which means there may be more people visiting Florida. These people may decide to forego flying in favor of driving and being around strangers for an extended period. This brings up an important question to consider for any out-of-state drivers that may only have their learner’s license permit: can they legally drive in Florida?

Learner’s permit vacationers can breathe a sigh of relief as they can indeed drive legally in Florida with the permit. However, they should remember that they are bound by and must abide by the same learner’s license permit rules as that of a Florida resident. This means, for example, that a licensed driver must accompany the driver with the learner’s permit while they are operating the vehicle.

If you’re planning on navigating the South Florida roads this spring and summer, please exercise caution and remain at all times. South Florida is well-known for having drivers that may often be distracted or fail to follow the rules of the road and proper driving etiquette.

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Drivers With Expired Licenses May Have to Retest

elliot-kwan-KV57YBuoIe0-unsplash(1)Do you have an expired Florida driver’s license? Some recent changes in Florida law mean you’ll likely face a few additional hurdles when it comes to renewal. On February 1, Florida implemented a new law requiring drivers that have had their license expired for an extended period to retake a vision test and also complete the written portion of the driving exam before they will be allowed to renew.

A few examples of scenarios where retesting may be required include:

  • Drivers who have passed the awareness examination in Class E (the standard license type) but have yet to apply for issuance within one year of the exam date.
  • Drivers that have been demoted from a driver’s license to an ID card and the driver’s license expired for one or two years.
  • Drivers who have not applied during the one-year overdue renewal cycle to upgrade their driver’s license.

To prevent retest requirements, drivers should consider renewing early. The official Florida Driver’s Handbook can be downloaded by applicants who wish to prepare for the test.

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Slow Left Lane Drivers May Increase Road Rage

highway-3392100_1920Driving behind a car that is moving slower than the rest of the flow of traffic is a practically surefire way to increase the odds of road rage among South Florida drivers. When they’re forced to quickly hit the brakes when they are driving in the left lane, drivers can become highly enraged when a car’s speed is unusually slow. This car frequently drives below the speed limit, and even though the driver behind them gently shines their lights to request that they move, they may neglect to change lanes despite the left lane being solely for passing.

Florida Statute 316.081 specifies that slower cars must yield to others who travel quicker, but some drivers either refuse to do so or do not know about it. About 40,000 citations were released between 2014 and 2019 due to drivers failing to heed this law, according to the Florida Highway Patrol.

Can permanent road signs saying something along the lines of “slower traffic keeps right” help alert drivers of what they should be doing? You may have noticed something similar posted on the various electronic road signs found throughout Florida, but these messages only stick around temporarily.

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Impaired Driver Service Makes Its South Florida Debut

pexels-energepiccom-288476An impaired driver safety service is debuting in Boca Raton after launching over a decade ago in Atlanta. Dubbed SafeRide America, the idea behind the service is simple. During the weekends, a driver will arrive and drive the impaired individual as well as their vehicle home, ensuring that both driver and vehicle arrive safely.

SafeRide America’s introduction to South Florida came about after its founder’s father lost his life due to a drunk driver who was involved in a head-on collision. The driver had a blood-alcohol content level three times the legal limit and was driving on the wrong side of the road.

The cost of SafeRide America is only $2 a minute and there are no waiting fees or surcharges involved. It’s a small price to pay that makes the roads safer for everyone, especially in South Florida which is already known for its dangerous roadways.

Although SafeRide America is limited to Boca Raton, the service has plans to expand to several different cities in Florida by March.

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Make a Decision Regarding Your Traffic Ticket

road-car-driving-bike-asphalt-vehicle-284927-pxhere.comLet’s say that you ended up receiving a traffic ticket. You now have a thirty-day grace period of sorts to determine how you wish to address the ticket. You may decide to pay the fine and have points added to your license, you could attend traffic school and have the points removed, or you may decide to contest the ticket.

We encourage you to seek the assistance of a traffic ticket attorney to help fight the ticket but for purposes of this blog, let’s say that you did not make a decision within those thirty days. Should this happen, you may find yourself facing severe consequences. For example, you could have your license suspended, preventing you from legally operating a vehicle.

If you’re outside of the thirty-day grace period by a day or two, contact the clerk of court as soon as you can. You may be able to explain the situation and avoid license suspension as well as any extra fines that may be tacked on.

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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How Do Careless and Reckless Driving Differ?

smartphone-hand-person-girl-woman-car-976805-pxhere.comCareless driving and reckless driving may sound similar, but they do have some considerable differences that are worth knowing about. For example, should a driver receive a careless driving violation, it will more than likely result in a basic traffic ticket. The term “careless driving” may also serve as an umbrella term for non-life-threatening traffic collisions for which a driver would receive a careless driving citation.

As implied by the name, reckless carries deeper ramifications. For starters, a reckless driving charge will likely result in a court summons, and depending on the severity of the cause, a driver may also be placed under arrest. Reckless driving means that the driver showed an intentional disregard for other drivers’ safety while on the road and there may also be more than one violation involved.

Should you have any questions about reckless or careless driving or if you’ve received a traffic ticket citation, the team of Hochman & Goldin has helped numerous clients and is ready to assist you with your case.

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Upgraded Florida Law Increases Penalties for Passing a School Bus

school-bus-4406479_1920It’s a new year which means new Florida laws have gone into effect. One of these laws is directly aimed at addressing the major issue of children losing their lives or suffering a serious injury due to vehicles illegally passing school buses while children are exiting the bus.

The penalties for passing a school bus are now double. With the newly upgraded law, failing to stop for a school bus now carries a minimum penalty of $200, up from $100. Should a driver commit a second offense within a five period, the license will be suspended for as long as a year.

Furthermore, anytime the school bus has its stop sign showing, the punishment for passing the school bus on the side where kids enter and exit is now a minimum of $400, up from $200. Should a second offense be made within five years, the person’s license may be suspended for as long as two years.

Cars driving in both directions must stop and wait while kids leave the bus when a school bus has its stop sign displayed. Drivers must continue to wait until the stop sign has been completely retracted by the school bus.

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Florida Representative Wants Drivers to Go Fully Hands-Free

steering-wheel-801994_1920Texting while driving is now a primary offense but if a Florida representative has her way, motorists may eventually be required to go entirely hands-free while on the road. She recently introduced a bill expected to be evaluated during the 2021 legislative season that would make operating a vehicle while “manually holding” or touch wireless devices illegal.

The representative, whose sibling lost her life in a car accident, believes texting while driving was only “a start” and more needs to be done to ensure safer roadways while limiting distracted driving.

With texting while driving now being a primary offense, police have the authority to pull motorists over if caught. It was historically deemed a “secondary” offense, which meant that motorists could only be charged for texting while driving if they were pulled over for a different reason.

In designated school intersections, school zones and work zones, the statute also forbids motorists from making use of handheld devices. At the 2020 legislative session, the aforementioned representative introduced a bill for an entirely “hands-free” approach, but the measure did not clear all of the necessary hurdles.

Should the hands-free bill pass, Florida would become the 26th state to ban drivers from using handheld mobile phones while driving.

To read more, please visit https://www.orlandoweekly.com/Blogs/archives/2020/12/19/new-bill-would-require-florida-drivers-to-go-fully-hands-free-when-using-mobile-phones.

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Florida Prepares to Debut Electronic Licenses

electronics-1851218_1920Applications for Florida electronic driver’s licenses rollout in 2021 will soon be accepted. The state will have the distinction of being the first in the country to have electronic driver’s licenses that are strictly compliant with rigorous national and international requirements and have state-of-the-art security frameworks.

Several devices, including smartphones and tablets, can conveniently access the Florida electronic driver’s licenses. These mobile driver’s licenses conform with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators and the International Organization for Standardization’s national and international regulations, ensuring they can be used in the U.S. as well as globally.

These new mobile driver’s licenses, with proof of age and driving rights, will be as valid as standard driver’s licenses for identity verification. As a powerful authentication mechanism, it also serves an additional function, allowing Floridians to safely prove who they are online for a range of services.

Residents of Florida will be able to merely activate their application for mobile identification, choose the type of verification required, and hold their mobile device to present it. The mobile device remains in the user’s hands at all times, making it a safe and contact-free way to display identity.

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.

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