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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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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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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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Ruling May Change the Red Light Camera Landscape

redLight-1While many cities in Florida have done away with red light cameras, there are still plenty that continues to use the cameras. What makes things confusing is adhering to the rules of each city. Aventura, for example, will issue you a ticket if its traffic camera catches you making a turn on red while going at least fifteen miles per hour. Key Biscayne ups the threshold to 25 miles per hour while West Miami will send a ticket your way if you make a turn on red at just ten miles per hour.

Late last year, a Miami judge ruled that this discrepancy among cities is a violation of state law. The ruling could potentially disrupt the validity of thousands of red light camera citations and cause shockwaves in the red light camera program, which remains controversial. If you’re among the drivers that have been issued a citation, don’t celebrate just yet, however. An appeals court still has to review the issue and it may be years before a major overhaul or end to the red light camera program happen.

Did you receive a citation? You may still be able to challenge the citation by making a note of the Miami judge’s order. However, it’s also advised to pay the fine so that the citation doesn’t potentially turn into a state traffic ticket, which has heavier ramifications and could result in points on your license or paying more for insurance.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article222298820.html.

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Proposed Bill Takes on Uninsured Motorists

insuranceWhen a law enforcement officer asks for your license, vehicle registration, and insurance, it’s not a good sign. Chances are you’ve probably been stopped for having committed a traffic infraction or you were involved in a crash. Thanks to modern technology, the officer is quickly able to verify your registration and the status of your license through a consistently updated Florida database. However, that is not the case when it comes to insurance.

A bill which will be evaluated during the spring legislative session could make radical changes regarding insurance. It would require Florida to create a system by July of 2022 that would require insurance companies to upload reports on a weekly basis regarding their policyholder status. Officers would also be required to verify a driver’s insurance status when they are involved in a traffic stop or a crash. Even with these changes in place, drivers would still need to carry proof of insurance.

Insurance verification could go a long way in cutting down on Florida’s uninsured motorist rate which is currently just over 25 percent. The state has the dubious distinction of being among the worst in the country.

To read more, please visit https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190112/florida-considers-auto-insurance-database-to-catch-uninsured-drivers.

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The Ramifications of Reckless Driving

No driver wants to have a DUI on their record, and the case is the same for anyone who is charged with reckless driving. Considering it’s among the worst offenses a driver can commit, it’s important to know what it’s all about in the event a driver is indeed charged with reckless driving.

As opposed to improper or careless driving where it’s assumed a driver was not aware of the dangers of what they were doing, reckless driving means that not only did the driver know what they were doing, they were also showing disregard for following traffic laws and ensuring the safety of others. Here in Florida, reckless driving means the driver showed “wanton disregard” for property or the lives of other pedestrians and drivers.

There are severe penalties associated with reckless driving. The first time a driver commits an offense, he or she will face up to ninety days in jail as well as fines of up to $1,000. Future offenses can result in as much as six months of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines. Furthermore, if the driver damaged property the charge can become a misdemeanor or even a felony if a person was injured. Drivers can also expect their insurance rates to increase significantly.

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Remember to “Move Over” in January

movehctibIt’s a new year to start adopting better driving habits, including but not limited to refraining from distracted or aggressive driving. Now that January is here, it is also “Move Over Awareness Month” in Florida and for those of us that have spent a lot of time driving in South Florida, many drivers fail to understand the simple concept of moving over. This law goes a long way in protecting the men and women working on the side of the road to ensure they can return home to their loved ones.

The American Association of State Troopers is using the month to educate Florida motorists on how important the move over law is. It is quite simple to understand. This law requires all drivers to change lanes for any emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow truck drivers, and utility service vehicles. If a driver is unable to move to an adjacent lane, he or she must reduce their speed by twenty miles based on the posted speed limit. Failing to adhere to move over law may result in a ticket, fine, and up to three points on a driver’s license.

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Miami Drivers Spend Hundreds of Thousands Commuting

driveCompared to a metropolis like New York City with its robust, intricate subway system, Miami’s public transit is comparably lacking. Most South Florida drivers spend a great deal of their time on the road sitting in traffic. If you’ve ever wondered how all of this translates in terms of money, here’s something to think about the next time you’re heading to or from work: the cost of commuting for Miami drivers averages around $122,000 during their lifetime.

A report released by the driver safety website EducatedDriver released the report that shows the people of Miami drive more than 170,000 miles during the work commute during their lifetime. To give you a rough idea of just how much that is, it’s like traveling around the world more than five times. The report shares some interesting figures including the average roundtrip commute (seventeen miles), and costs broken down between different vehicle types like SUVs and sedans.

While the numbers for Miami may seem shocking, 305 drivers can find some small degree of solace in knowing that we didn’t rank in the top spot for the highest commuting costs in Florida. That honor is bestowed to our northern neighbors Orlando and Jacksonville.

To read more, visit https://www.local10.com/traffic/itll-cost-you-average-miami-driver-spends-nearly-123000-commuting.

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