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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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Texting While Driving Bill Inches Closer to Becoming Law

textDrive (2)A bill (HB 107) that would allow law enforcement to pull over Florida drivers caught texting while driving has passed another hurdle after successfully making its way through the last committee after receiving the okay from the House State Affairs Committee.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida. What this means is a police officer would need to pull over the driver for another reason such as speeding before they could receive a ticket. If HB 107 becomes law, texting while driving would be “upgraded” to a primary offense.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, about 3,400+ people lost their lives due to reasons such as distracted driving. One study placed Florida as the second most dangerous state in the country for distracted driving.

Besides making texting while driving a primary offense, HB 107 would also require a law enforcement officer to jot down the driver’s ethnicity and race so as to avoid potential issues of pulling over minorities.

To read more, please visit https://www.claytodayonline.com/stories/florida-house-approves-anti-texting-while-driving-bill,16578.

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Intoxicated Horseback Riding May Result in a DUI

horseRoadGetting a DUI typically happens because the driver was caught operating a vehicle while under the influence. However, with Florida’s reputation for often making headlines for some unusual or amusing reasons, there are examples of people being arrested for DUI despite not having driven something like a car, truck, or motorcycle.

Two examples happened back in November of 2017. A woman was arrested for DUI when she was stopped after drivers caught her riding her horse on a highway. When law enforcement administered a breathalyzer, she was well over the legal limit. In another example, a man was charged with a DUI after erratically driving a lawnmower on the road with a case of beer in tow. He too was well over the legal limit when he was stopped.

Sure enough, taking a closer look at Florida statute 316.193 reveals that although a person must be driving or physically controlling a vehicle, there is no clear definition stating the vehicle is limited solely to a traditional automobile or a type of motor vehicle. It is indeed quite possible to get a DUI while riding a horse, a lawnmower, a golf cart, or even a motorized wheelchair.

To read more and see other examples, please visit https://blogs.lawyers.com/attorney/dui-dwi/can-you-get-a-dui-in-florida-if-youre-not-driving-a-car-53980/.

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Illegal Immigrants May Become Licensed Drivers

driveFlorida is once again generating national headlines, and you may have already read about the reason why. A bill was recently introduced into Florida’s House and Senate that would bestow driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of their current immigration status. The bill would allow immigrants that may be here illegally to use documents such as a foreign birth certificate or an unexpired foreign passport to obtain their license.

The House bill sponsor believes the legislation will create a deeper level of trust with those that may be considered “marginalized” and it will also make the roads safer. The Florida Immigrant Coalition also backs up this belief, stating that permitting those without proper documentation to receive a license would “cement” trust in law enforcement. The group also believes that insurance premiums would be lower and the roads would be safer.

Only time will tell whether illegal immigrants will be able to legally drive on the Florida roadways. For now, at least, current state law requires that anyone wishing to obtain a driver’s license must prove they are a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.

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FDOT Proposal Seeks to Ease Traffic

tollWould you pay a little extra to avoid traffic slowdowns? Express lanes such as those on I-95 are already intended to ease the flow of traffic, but what the state has in mind is quite different. Double-decker toll lanes are being proposed on the Palmetto Expressway, resulting in an express route between South Dade and State Road 836 with the goal of allowing drivers to pay money to avoid traffic tie-ups.

Similar to I-95, optional toll lanes would be used to fund a project stretching just over five miles set to be built about thirty feet above street level. These elevated lanes would be considered express lanes, providing a connection free of stops between 836 and the Don Shula Expressway to the north and south, respectively.

These proposed double-decker toll lanes are among the several options Florida’s Department of Transportation has been evaluating as a way to widen the Palmetto and create “managed” toll lanes near the current free lanes. Like I-95, prices on the optional toll lanes would fluctuate depending on the level of traffic congestion.

To read more, please visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article227309044.html.

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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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