Florida Approves Autonomous Vehicles

car-automotive-vehicle-digital-technology-futuristic-1575621-pxhere.comIn the near future, don’t be surprised if you pull up to a red light, glance over at the vehicle next to you, and realize that there is no one seated in the driver’s seat. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill that would allow self-driving vehicles to operate in Florida.

Of course, this won’t be happening until the vehicles have been deemed fit for the roads. Governor DeSantis is hoping the law will grab the attention of companies that deal with the testing and building of autonomous vehicles. The bill also opens the door for ridesharing companies to deploy their driverless fleets in Florida. However, this doesn’t mean human-less vehicles will begin to show on public roads as these vehicles are still undergoing testing.

Florida’s bill which goes into effect next month will allow self-driving cars on all of the state’s roads provided the vehicles adhere to insurance and safety requirements. Requirements include having a minimum of $1 million in insurance coverage, regardless of whether the vehicles are being used for personal or commercial purposes.

With the signing of the bill, Florida joins just two other states that allow self-driving vehicles on the roads, these states being Texas and Michigan.

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What to Do in a Funeral Procession

funeral-1572863_1280Do you know or did you perhaps forget what it is that should be done should there be a funeral procession nearby? One important thing to remember is that any driver that is not part of the funeral procession is required to yield the right of way for all vehicles in the procession, even if a law enforcement officer is not providing procession escort. At an intersection, the procession may still proceed even if the light turns red while the vehicles have entered while the light was green. Again, all other traffic is required to yield.

We’ve mentioned in the past how drivers often use their hazard lights during a rainstorm, which is illegal. However, this is a different story when it comes to funeral processions. All vehicles involved in the procession are indeed required to use either their low or high beams and it is one of the very few instances where it is legal while a vehicle is in motion.

Should you have any questions about what to do if you’re in or near a funeral procession, you can read the Florida Statute at the following link:http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.1974.html.

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Law Enforcement Is Warning Ridesharing Drivers About Where They Stop

uberTraffic in Miami is already among the worst in the nation, but are ridesharing drivers making it worse? It’s not uncommon to notice an Uber or Lyft driver stop in the middle of the road to allow passengers to board or exit the vehicle, creating traffic backups and potentially spurring road rage. According to a WSVN article, the Wynwood area is particularly bad, with traffic backing up for more than a block if a driver were to stop on Second Avenue.

Besides causing clogs in traffic, there is also the issue of safety. If a passenger chooses to get out of the vehicle on the opposite side, there is always the risk of oncoming traffic, which could result in the passenger possibly getting hit. How can the issue be solved?

An idea that’s being entertained is having designated locations where drivers can drop off and pick someone up. This means ridesharing drivers would only be permitted to stop in certain locations. However, in order to do that, street parking would need to be cleared.

Have you dealt with Uber and Lyft drivers stopping in front of you?

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Florida Licenses Receive Upgraded Security

Hochman 2Did you renew your Florida driver’s license recently or will you be doing so in the near future? You may have noticed some tweaks to the design. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently announced some revamped features aimed at improving the security of driver’s licenses, which already underwent significant security changes when they were redesigned back in 2017.

Some of the new security changes Florida motorists can expect to see include a tactile security feature found on the front of the license. Additionally, the common magnetic strip located on the back of the card has been removed.

For those wondering about the security tweaks to the licenses, the changes do not necessarily mean that you have to go out and have your license replaced as soon as possible. The older cards will simply be phased out and drivers will receive one of the enhanced security licenses when it is time to have it renewed or replaced due to reasons such as a looming expiration date.

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Would You Like to Send Other Drivers a Message?

jam-4167288_1280Navigation apps like the popular Waze allow drivers to communicate with fellow drivers, warning them if there happens to be a hazard on the road or if a vehicle is stopped on the shoulder. While the warnings are useful, would South Florida drivers benefit from being able to send others full-fledged messages while they’re on the road?

One company thinks so.

A company calling itself RoadWayve is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to promote its electronic signs which would indeed allow drivers to message fellow drivers while on the road. Using a sign that attaches to the rear windshield of the vehicle, messages can be relayed to the device using Bluetooth technology which will then show up on the LED screen.

While the device intentions may be good and could be used as a way for a driver to thank another if, for example, they allow them to pass, the sign may also lead to problems. South Florida is notorious for its impatient and aggressive drivers, and road rage is unfortunately common. A sign that can convey a not so pleasant message if someone gets cut off may only exacerbate an already tense situation.

To read more, please visit https://www.clickorlando.com/tech/road-to-ruin-car-sign-lets-you-message-other-drivers.

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Florida Launches Its Click It or Ticket Campaign

seatbeltIf you don’t regularly wear your seat belt when you’re out and about on the Florida roadways, watch out! Last week, several police departments across the state launched their “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. During this time, law enforcement officers will be increasing their patrol until June 2nd as a greater number of drivers are expected to be out on the roads due to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants that lost their lives in a crash in the United States back in 2017. During this same year, over fifty percent of occupants that died during the evening hours were not wearing seatbelts. With that in mind, one of the primary goals of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to enforce wearing seat belts at night. Officers are employing a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to enforcing wearing seat belts, regardless of the time of day.

Driving without a seat belt on is considered a primary offense in the state of Florida, which means an officer has the authority to pull a driver over if they are caught not wearing one. All passengers are required by law to wear a seat belt.

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Florida Governor Signs Texting and Driving Bill

textDrive (2)The time has finally arrived. Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that places tougher restrictions on drivers caught texting and driving, a major distraction.

Beginning in July, law enforcement officers will have the authority to pull a driver over and give them a ticket for texting while they’re behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, with a few exceptions. Drivers can, however, use their phone if the vehicle is stopped.

Texting while driving has remained illegal in Florida for a number of years, but law enforcement officers cannot stop a driver because it is a secondary offense. Due to this, the law is rarely enforced. In fact, fewer than 1,800 tickets were issued for this offense in 2018, according to the Miami Herald.

For those concerned about using their phone for purposes other than texting such as GPS, drivers will still be able to use their phones for navigation, placing a phone call, or reading emergency messages, such as a weather alert, for example. The exception to this is in work and school zones, where drivers are prohibited from using their phones except for an emergency.

To read more about the texting while driving bill recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, please visit the Miami Herald:https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article230519664.html?fbclid=IwAR0yzL3YlIl-yXSvRTWa3mRaYmWfMPqgzNQBrQaszqRMPDTCVnnYOoWaqGs.

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School Zone Speeding Has Serious Consequences

schoolBusThe school year may be almost over for South Florida students, but it is still important to be aware of school zones. Being caught speeding in a school can have serious ramifications, including causing injury or death to a child. Hence, the penalties are strict. In fact, depending on how serious the offense is, it is possible for a driver to have their license suspended.

Most school zones in Miami have a speed limit of 15 miles per hour. Going beyond this speed limit during posted hours can result in fines of at least $50 for going about a mile to nine miles over the speed limit. These fines substantially increase the faster a driver goes over the speed limit, as much as $2,000 if a driver is caught going 50 miles over the speed limit.

Besides the fines, speeding in a school zone also carries potential points on a license, something a driver doesn’t want. If you receive a ticket for speeding in a school zone and feel it was wrongfully issued to you, a traffic ticket attorney may be able to help you.

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A Windshield Obstruction May Cost You

trafficLike many states, Florida has laws that are in place but are not as strictly enforced. For example, we’ve mentioned in the past how many drivers are completely unaware that it is illegal to have a license plate frame which covers any portion of the letters, numbers, or registration sticker. Do you know what else is illegal? Any obstruction to your view. Indeed, Florida Statute 316.2004  covers obstructions to a driver’s view or a driving mechanism.

These obstructions can be anything from those various decorations that countless drivers tend to hang from their rearview mirror, window tints, a sticker, debris as a result of the road, and even condensation. Virtually anything that affects visuals can be considered an obstruction. Should a law enforcement officer ever stop you as a result of a visual obstruction, it would be deemed a non-moving violation. While an officer probably isn’t going to stop you for having a pair of dice hanging from your mirror, it is worth keeping in mind that your windshield should always be kept clean.

To read more, please visit https://www.clickorlando.com/news/ask-trooper-steve/what-does-florida-law-say-about-items-obstructing-your-view-while-driving.

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Florida Law Enforcement Cracks Down on School Zone Speeding

hochmannFor those that like to speed, be careful. Law enforcement officials across the state of Florida are taking extra measures to patrol and crack down on drivers putting the pedal to the metal in school zones. This crackdown as the school year reaches its final weeks.

In the city of Boynton Beach alone, officers wrote more than fifteen tickets near a pair of elementary schools on a single weekday. One of those tickets included a $400+ fine for a driver who was going 25 miles above the speed limit.

Always remember to reduce your speed when you see the flashing school zone lights. Drivers should also remember to watch out and obey crossing guards as well as keep an eye out for children that may be arriving or leaving school on their bicycle as they may be unpredictable. Also, all drivers traveling opposite directions are legally required to stop for school buses that have their flashing, red lights on and the stop sign extended. The exception to this is if there is a barrier or physical median between lanes in two directions.

To read more, please visit http://www.wflx.com/2019/04/23/law-enforcement-across-florida-cracking-down-speeders-school-zones/.

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