Proposed Bill Targets Drivers Illegally Passing Buses

schoolBus (2)As Florida seeks to crack down on distracted driving by proposing tougher bills, another unrelated bill was filed last month in the Florida House. House Bill 849 would give school districts permission to outfit school buses with cameras able to record the license plates of drivers that pass the bus when students are boarding or getting off of the bus.

Despite the flashing lights and the visible stop sign that emerges, there are drivers that will ignore the signs and illegally pass the bus. Should the bill manage to make it through all of the hurdles and become law (expected to go into effect in October), law enforcement agencies would also have the authority to examine the camera footage, use it as evidence, and send tickets to the drivers that committed the offense.

To read more about the proposed bill, please visit https://www.wtxl.com/news/new-florida-bill-targets-drivers-who-illegally-pass-school-buses/article_09a41df0-33e4-11e9-862c-5fe370485c34.html. Have you ever seen a driver illegally passing a school bus? If so, how do you feel about the potential new bill?

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Florida Bill Makes Bold Moves on Distracted Driving

distractedDrivingWhile Florida legislators look for ways to tackle texting and driving, another pair is looking to take things up a notch by also making it illegal to perform other actions such as applying makeup or even petting your pooch.

The state legislators believe Florida is in need of stricter laws when it comes to Florida’s roads. In order to ensure pedestrians and drivers are safe, the goal is to get rid of distractions when behind the wheel and concentrate solely on driving. Some of the examples of what would be considered illegal under the bill include reading, interacting with cargo that is unsecured, using a cell phone or any “personal wireless communications device”, writing, and the aforementioned pets and makeup. The bill also includes a clause mentioning “any other activity, conduct, task, or action that causes a distraction” that broadens the scope of what could be considered distracted driving.

It’s that clause that could lead to issues which could result in allowing a law enforcement officer to pull someone over for virtually any reason due to its subjective nature. For example, consuming food while driving could be construed as being distracted.

To read more, please visit https://www.tampabay.com/transportation/florida-lawmakers-target-no-nos-behind-the-wheel-texting-makeup-petting-your-dog-and-more-20190225/.

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The Deeper Ramifications of a DUI

duiWere you recently involved in a DUI offense? You may have a lot of questions on your mind as to how to proceed. Should you admit fault? Is there jail time? While these are things you should seek legal assistance with, there are other ways a DUI may affect you that you may not be aware of.

Travel. While a DUI conviction isn’t going to affect your ability to obtain a passport, it may present hurdles depending on where you’re going. Countries like Canada, for instance, may not allow travelers from foreign countries to enter the country, especially if it’s a recent conviction.

Background checks. Are you applying for a job? Your conviction may show up when a potential employer evaluates whether you’re worth hiring. Depending on the severity of the offense, it may prevent you from getting the job if a private employer has policies against hiring those with a criminal record.

Professional licenses. Are you looking to become the next successful real estate agent or a licensed healthcare professional? A recent DUI conviction could potentially prevent you from being able to obtain the license.

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Explaining a Common Driving Scenario

road-2631249_1280It comes across as somewhat vague, which might make it trickier to figure out what that means when it comes to a potential violation. There’s a simple way to put it into an understandable context.

If you’ve ever driven in South Florida during an especially rainy day, you already know that it is important to drive a little slower and maintain a greater distance from the vehicle in front of you due to wet conditions. You’ve probably also noticed drivers zooming past you well above the speed limit and wondered why they would do such a thing considering the poor or dangerous conditions.

It’s worth remembering that the laws governing traffic were intended for when conditions are ideal. In other words, speed limits were devised for days when the roads are clear and the skies are blue. Hence, driving seventy miles per hour on a major highway during a massive rainstorm is not the wisest—or safest—thing to do.

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Slow Left Lane Drivers: Don’t Break the Law

 

 

 

 

highway-1031149_1280A topic we’ve discussed on previous occasions is one that many South Florida drivers are familiar with. You’re minding your own business and driving safely in the left lane for purposes of passing and yet you run into that one driver going too slow who refuses to move out of the way. You may politely flash your lights to get them to move but these efforts go ignored.

These slow left lane drivers are breaking the law, as they are “impeding the flow of traffic” yet it’s seemingly one of those laws that are not strictly enforced, sort of like the license plate covers. Indeed, if a driver is attempting to pass someone in the left lane, they must safely move out of the way and let the driver pass, yet in many cases a driver will stay put or may even become upset and begin driving even slower. This only results in greater chances of road rage and a potential increase in congestion as the left lane is intended to serve as a passing lane.

Remember left lane drivers: if someone comes up behind you, you are legally required to move out of the way.

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Texting While Driving Bill Receives Major Endorsement

textDrive-1All eyes are once again on texting and driving as the latest Florida bill attempt makes it way through all of the required hurdles. The bill recently received another boost after the Florida Police Chiefs Association gave its endorsement to the bill, which would allow a law enforcement officer to pull a driver if they are caught texting and driving without using a hands-free device.

Dubbed HB 107, texting while driving would be “upgraded” from its current status as a secondary offense to a primary once should a driver attempt to use their cell phone in front of a police officer. In its current form as a secondary offense, an officer may only cite the driver for texting while driving if they are pulled over for another reason such as speeding. Officers have also faced the scenario where a driver will state they were not texting and the officer cannot take their phone to verify whether the driver was telling the truth without a warrant.

Last year, a similar bill made its way through the legislative session, successfully passing the State House. The bill ultimately “died” when the Florida Senate failed to approve it.

To read more about the bill visit https://www.plantcityobserver.com/ban-for-texting-and-driving-on-legislative-floor/.

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Florida Looks to Place Driverless Vehicles on the Road

driverlessSelf-driving vehicles remain the next frontier. As the technology continues to improve and become common in modern vehicles, a pair of Florida lawmakers are seeking to loosen the reins.

A new bill is being introduced which would permit self-driving vehicles to navigate the Florida roadways without a human being inside of the vehicle. A similar bill is also in the works to be introduced in the Senate.

A goal of the self-driving vehicle bill is to position Florida as one of the leaders in the testing of autonomous vehicles. With the legislation, ridesharing companies like Uber would be better able to work on and enhance the technology without having to deal with lots of regulations. The technology could potentially allow a passenger to watch television as they are being transported to their destination.

There are obvious concerns about driverless technology. Even as research continues to evolve the technology, it remains a worry as to whether these vehicles are indeed able to operate on their own with no one in them. There are reported instances of autonomous vehicles becoming “confused” or getting stuck when left to their own devices, necessitating a human to get them back on track.

As technology moves forward, don’t be surprised if you glance over at the vehicle to your left and notice there is no one in it.

To read more, please visit https://futurism.com/florida-law-self-driving-cars.

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Are South Florida Drives Getting Better?

drive-2When South Florida drivers are brought up in a conversation or in this case a blog, it’s usually for not so great reasons. Plenty of studies and surveys have been done reinforcing that these drivers are not the most exemplary and yet, new surveys suggest they may be better than most.

According to an online insurance comparison company, Florida is just outside the top ten when it comes to states with the best drivers. Additionally, the Sunshine State managed to come in ninth place for the safest drivers, in a different study by a mobile car repair company. However, this latter study also listed Florida in eighth place in terms of the states with the most congestion in the United States. Furthermore, Florida tied with Delaware when it came to the most aggressive drivers (7thplace).

Going back to the first survey, here’s another shocker: Miami holds the top two spot along with Orlando as one of the 75 safest cities for drivers in 2018. The placement was based on low DUI and speeding statistics.

If those studies sound hard to believe, it’s worth noting that the American Automobile Association states surveys are open to interpretation based on the factors that are being taken into account. Should you wish to read more, please visit https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-florida-driver-ratings-20190126-story.html.

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Florida May Debut Electronic Licenses

android-1814556_1280If a pair of Florida state representative has their way, Florida may soon be able to proclaim itself one of the first states in the country to debut electronic driver’s licenses. The representatives are hard at work on a bill that would result in the creation of a state database with a driver’s license and insurance information.

Should the bill pass all of its necessary hurdles in the spring, one of its benefits would be allowing drivers to present their mobile phones versus the standard physical license when they are stopped for traffic or when they are going to a polling place to vote. It’s important to reinforce, however, that the driver would be required by law to have their physical license. The proposal would serve as something of backup if, for example, the driver forgot their license at home or it was lost.

The bill is also expected to have language in place that would prevent law enforcement officers from rifling through the phone for any other data besides examining the license. There are concerns that this requirement may be ignored.

To read more, please visit https://www.wesh.com/article/florida-could-enter-era-of-digital-drivers-license/25931116.

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Florida Lacks in Highway Safety Laws

drive-1Most of us know by now that Florida’s reputation for safe roads and drivers is, to put it mildly, not a very good one. A report by The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety (AHAS) recently examined how states rank based on their traffic safety laws. The states were evaluated on how many of the sixteen AHAS recommended road safety laws were implemented or enforced. States with fewer than seven were marked “red” while those with at least nine were marked “green”. Perhaps not surprisingly, Florida has earned the dubious honor of being among the worst, with a mere five of the recommended laws.

One of the notable laws that Florida didn’t have is the much-discussed law where texting and driving are considered a primary offense. While efforts continue to rectify this, the law remains, for the time being, a secondary offense.

The AHAS report follows Florida’s ranking as having some of the nation’s worst drivers. The state can find some solace in knowing that despite its poor AHAS report ranking, it still didn’t fare as badly as South Dakota which has just two of the sixteen law recommendations.

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