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Is It Safe to Stream While on the Road?

distractedDrivingWith smartphones becoming a road distraction and some drivers potentially going as far as to watch movies or television shows while stopped, new drivers may be wondering about the legalities of doing such a thing. Is it legal to stream video while you’re behind the wheel?

Florida Statute 316.303 directly focuses on a television in the view of a driver along with any law exceptions. A driver is not allowed to have a TV screen or anything that displays some type of streaming entertainment in front of them at any time. Whether it’s a streaming account or a website, during driving, a driver shouldn’t have these videos in their direct view when operating a vehicle. Doing so may result in receiving a hefty ticket or worse, it could lead to a serious crash.

With passengers, however, it’s a different story.

Indeed, passengers cant enjoy their Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+ without a problem. As for drivers, the one screen they are allowed to have in their view is that of a GPS helping them reach their destination.

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Florida Drivers Earn Another Dubious Distinction

roadSignThe reputation Florida drivers have earned isn’t one most people would consider ideal, and that may be due to reasons such as the common road rage and distracted driving. However, could it also be that Florida drivers simply don’t know how to read road signs? A recent survey may suggest so.

The survey conducted by a New York dealership asked drivers across the United States to participate in a road sign test. Florida made the top ten list of states with the poorest number of drivers able to pass the road sign test, with more than ten percent of them failing. To put this into somewhat of a real-world perspective, consider that out of every ten vehicles you pass along the Florida roads, one of the ten drivers of those vehicles can’t recognize the road signs. When you take into account the numerous drivers on major roadways like I-95 or the Palmetto, it’s an alarming statistic.

The sign most survey participants were unable to recognize was the U-Turn Only sign, followed closely by the Soft Shoulder and Yield signs in second and third place, respectively.

Florida drivers can find some solace in knowing that although they are among the worst in the country, Tennessee earned the dubious honor of being the top state with the most drivers failing the road sign test.

To read more, visit https://patch.com/florida/miami/one-ten-florida-drivers-failed-recognize-basic-road-signs.

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Is It Okay for Drivers to Use out of State Disabled Placards?

disabledWith Thanksgiving happening this week, countless families will be reuniting to celebrate. In many cases, families will be driving in from out of town to spend the holiday in Florida with their friends and loved ones. If some of these families from another state happen to be disabled, will an issue arise if they are using an out of state disabled parking placard?

Those concerned about their loved ones running into trouble can rest assured that parents with a disability can use their legally issued disabled placard with little issue in Florida, regardless of what part of the country they may be from.

The only thing that needs to be taken care of is making sure that the placard is being used correctly. In Florida, this means hanging the placard from the rearview mirror when parking in a disabled spot. However, if the placard is one from out of state and it cannot be hanged for whatever reason, it simply needs to be easily visible when the vehicle is parked.

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The Return of Red Light Cameras

redLightRed-light cameras have largely been on their way out, but a pair of cities in South Florida are looking to do the opposite. Boynton Beach and Pembroke Pines are aiming to switch their red-light cameras on again, joining other cities like Sunrise and Davie in Broward County and several others in Miami-Dade that still use the cameras. Drivers that are caught running a red light may face a fine of about $158. However, if the fine goes unpaid within sixty days, it will become a traffic ticket, carrying larger fines of $250.

Among the reasoning these cities often use to justify the existence of red light cameras is the concern for public safety. However, a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2016 report revealed that red light intersection accidents increased by 10% compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, pedestrian-involved injuries dropped by nearly 20 percent.

Interestingly, in 2018, Boynton Beach decided to turn off their red-light cameras. With the decision to turn the cameras back on, it will be the only municipality in all of Palm Beach County to have a red light camera program up and running.

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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New Traffic Patterns on I-95 and I-395

i95If you spent any time driving on I-95 or I-395 this morning, you may have been slightly confused. Starting today, the lanes traveling north and southbound on I-95 that continue eastbound via I-395 have been shifted in a northern direction. Should you drive on these lanes, they will appear to shift to the left.

Drivers needing to get off on Biscayne Boulevard should use Exit 2B if they’re traveling northbound on I-95. On the other hand, drivers heading south on I-95 towards the east on I-395 to get to Biscayne Boulevard will notice a difference. Instead of being on the right, Exit 2A has been moved to the left hand side.

The tweaks to the lanes are part of a much larger, multi-million dollar redesign initiative aimed at alleviating the frequent bottle-necking and traffic congestion issues that these roadways have become notorious for. Hence, if you’ll be traveling on these roads today or this weekend, allow for some extra time while adjusting to the lane changes.

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Driving with Medical Marijuana

marijuana-1Do you have a medical marijuana card? Even if you purchase the marijuana from a state-licensed dispensary, you should carry it with you at all times as it may be necessary if you are pulled over by police.

The legalization of hemp in Florida back in July introduced a law enforcement challenge to find out when to apprehend a driver or seize a drug, because hemp smells and appears similar to cannabis, and is smokeable. Officers make use of a field test that can distinguish between marijuana and hemp, but not Palm Beach or Miami-Dade where the substance is confiscated and checked in a licensed laboratory.

Patients with medical marijuana must be able to produce a valid medical marijuana card if they are stopped with a cannabis product in their vehicle. Choosing not to show the card to an officer is a violation of the law— a misdemeanor of the second degree.

For drivers charged with a violation, you should know that if you are able to produce a Florida medical marijuana registry card that was valid when the charge occurred, either before or at the time of court appearance, you can’t be convicted.

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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Google Maps Will Receive Real-Time Reporting

navigation-2049641_1280If you’ve used navigation apps on your smartphone, you may be familiar with Waze. The app stands out by allowing users to report incidents such as hazards on the road, the presence of police, and more in real-to,e. After Google purchased Waze in 2013, its own Google Maps received some traffic data from Waze but the two continued to operate independently.

Fast forward several years and Google Maps is now getting some of the real-time reporting features Waze users have been accustomed to and using for years. Users will soon be able to report road incidents including speed traps and accidents once Google pushes a new update for both Android users and those that use iOS devices like the iPhone.

In addition to being able to report accidents, Google is taking another page from its Waze app by adding the option to report construction zones, any lanes that may be closed, vehicles that are disabled, and debris that may be causing dangerous hazards on the road.

Do you have a preference between Google Maps or Waze? If so, will the new real-time reporting updates sway you to switch to Google Maps or do you prefer to stick to the longtime reliability of Waze?

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Avoiding a DUI

dui2You may be among the many people who appreciate an alcoholic beverage now and then. Maybe you like to head to the bar after a tough day at work or you like to come home and enjoy a glass of wine to ease the stresses of the day.

Because alcohol can be enjoyed nearly everywhere, it’s imperative to remember that a drink can be relaxing, even a single may land you in trouble. In Florida and throughout the United States, you may be arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) even if your blood-alcohol level (BAL) is below the .08% legal limit. If alcohol is affecting your ability to operate a vehicle safely, you may face DUI charges. Hence, if you only have a glass or two or you wait it out so that the body has time to “sober up” before it’s time to hit the road, it may be wise to avoid taking the risk and avoid driving entirely if possible.

If you have a friend or family member that’s avoided drinking, use them as your designated driver. If that person is unreliable, a wiser option is to leave the vehicle keys at home and use a cab or ridesharing services like Uber. These options may require money but they’re much, much cheaper than the costs of a DUI or worse, a major injury or death.

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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Miami Has Some of the Country’s Best Drivers

miami-1238397_1280-1Miami isn’t known for its great drivers yet if a recent study is to be believed, “The Magic City” is in the top ten of the best driving cities in the United States. The study gathered data from numerous insurance quotes. Each city was then broken down by how its amount of accidents, the number of speeding tickets, as well as citations, and DUIs. Miami earned high marks for its DUI rates and good scores, coming in just below cities like Louisville, Chicago, and Detroit.

Miami was one of four cities in Florida that managed to make the list of best drivers. Coming in ninth, 23rd, and 35th place were Fort Myers, Orlando, and Jacksonville, respectively. For those curious about which cities in the country fared worse, Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho were among the list.

You may be curious as to Miami managed to now have some of the best drivers in the country. One reason may be the significant drop in tickets being written. Back in 2017, the number of issued tickets decreased by more than twenty percent due to issues with ticketing book scarcity and electronic ticketing.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article236208048.html.

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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Florida Senator Seeks to Increase Penalties for Passing a School Bus

schoolBusWhen a school bus is stopped and has its STOP sign out, Florida drivers are required to stop so students can cross the street safely to get on or off the bus. You’ve probably noticed, however, that some drivers will speed right by the school bus, illegally passing it. Besides being illegal, this also puts the safety of the schoolchildren at risk.

A Florida State senator is now looking to do something about this situation by ramping up the penalties for people that fail to stop for school buses that are picking up or dropping off students. Called SB 290, should the bill pass all of the hurdles and go into effect in July of next year, fines for people who fail to stop for a school bus will be increased from $100 to $200. If the person is once again caught committing the crime within five years, they will have their license suspended for a minimum of 180 days or as long as a year.

Additionally, SB 290 would require a $400 fine versus a $200 penalty should a driver illegally pass a school bus on the side where children are boarding or getting off the school bus while the bus has its stop sign displayed. Should the person commit the crime again within five years, their license will be suspended for a minimum of 360 days and up to two years.

For more information, visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/290/?Tab=BillHistory.

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