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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.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

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.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Florida’s Cell Phone Law Will Soon Go into Effect

mobile-616012_1280Do you tend to grab your phone while driving? If so, you may want to get into the habit of not touching it unless necessary. Beginning Tuesday, October 1, Florida law enforcement officers will have the authority to pull over drivers caught using their cell phone while driving in or through a designated school crossing, school zone, or a construction/work zone.

With the new law, drivers are not allowed to even hold their phone while traveling through these zones. Instead, they must rely on using a hands-free solution should they wish to talk to on the phone while they are in these zones. Drivers that are caught will receive a warning until January 1, 2020, which is when law enforcement officers will begin charging drivers with a moving violation. This violation may include a $60 fine and other fees plus three points on the license.

While hands-free technology is a bit safer than either texting or holding the phone to your ear, it also has its risks. According to research from AAA, drivers encounter may become mentally distracted while using voice technology to send a text message, play a song, or dial a phone number. This distraction can stick around for nearly thirty seconds.

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.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Florida Law Enforcement Chooses Warnings

teen-girl-texting-while-driving-pvHow are things going with Florida’s texting while driving law which went into effect back in July? Just over 500 drivers have received a traffic ticket after being caught texting while driving, according to the Miami Herald. Those numbers mean about seven tickets per day are being written.

If the numbers seem unusually low, it’s likely on purpose. Law enforcement officers including Florida Highway Patrol are choosing to give drivers warnings instead of tickets so they can be aware of the new law. More than 400 warnings have been given between July and September but things will be changing once the “grace period” ends in January and police forgo warnings and begin issuing tickets. Additionally, another part of the law will go into effect starting next month. Drivers can be pulled over if they are caught using their phones in a work or school zone.

The texting while driving law isn’t entirely new. It’s been around and has remained illegal well before July but it wasn’t considered a primary offense at the time. This meant police officers would need to pull a driver over for another reason such as speeding before they could write a ticket for texting while driving.

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.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Florida Keys Tolls to Increase

key-west-1553628_1280Will you be heading to the Florida Keys next month? Should you travel on Card Sound Road, expect to pay a teensy bit more in tolls than what you may have been accustomed to. Monroe County upped the toll for two-axle vehicles and trucks from its former fee of $1.50 to $1.54.

Card Sound Road is one of the two major roadways taking drivers to and from the Florida Keys from Miami-Dade County’s Florida City. It’s not traveled on as much as its the road, better known as US1 and its eighteen-mile stretch.

Up until August 2017, Monroe County still used a manned tollbooth, which was situated near Card Sound Bridge. The tollbooth had been around since the late 1960s, and tolls were a mere $1 before it was replaced by an electronic monitoring system the following year. This system collects tolls using Florida’s Toll-By-Plate and the popular SunPass. Toll-By-Plate users, however, must pay the toll plus a $2.50 administrative fee.

If you do a lot of traveling to the Florida Keys and drive a two-axle vehicle, you may wish to consider the $375 annual SunPass transponder pass expected to kick off next year.

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 about Miami civil traffic tickets.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Dealing with Your Teen’s First Traffic Ticket

teenDriver-2If you’re the parent of a teenager, there may come a moment when your adolescent gets a traffic ticket. This means facing the possibility of having your insurance rates increased as well as having to pay for the traffic ticket fines. What options are available if your teen gets a ticket? Let’s take a look.

The most obvious and perhaps the option you may wish to consider last is simply paying a violation, especially if it’s a moving violation. This will likely lead to receiving points on the license and the odds are strong that the insurance premium will increase for the next several years. For a non-moving violation, it may make more sense to pay the ticket as the price tags are typically minor and they don’t come with points attached.

Another option to consider is paying the ticket and having the teen attend traffic school, which avoids having points added to the driving record. While this may serve as a way to teach the teenager a lesson in safe driving, traffic school does require several hours of time and it comes with a fee.

A potentially effective option to consider? Fight your teen’s traffic ticket. This option may result in the ticket being dismissed, which means there is no risk of it appears on the teen’s driving record.

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.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Heads Up, Fort Lauderdale Bridge is Closed

fort-lauderdale-4032105_1280Will you be doing any traveling near the Andrew Avenue Drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale’s downtown area? In case you haven’t already noticed, the bridge is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic and will remain so for about a month to undergo renovation. This renovation is an $8+ million rehabilitation project intended to make the bridge more resistant to storms as well as more reliable and quieter. The bridge was built back in the early 1980s and spans the New River between South Fifth Street and popular Las Olas Boulevard.

The Andrew Avenue Drawbridge is tentatively scheduled to reopen on the 8th of October. If you’ve traveled through the bridge recently, you may have noticed that one southbound and northbound lane on the bridge has been closed since May. These two lanes are expected to reopen in March of next year, which is when the renovation project is expected to be complete.

For those that depend on the bridge as part of their commute, you can use the Southeast Third Avenue Drawbridge as an alternative for the time being. The closure isn’t expected to affect boaters.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Ease the Road Stress During Hurricane Preparation

light-933712_1280While preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian during the Labor Day weekend, you’ve probably seen lines of vehicles waiting to get gas. These lines typically cause traffic and frustration as they spill out onto neighboring lanes. What can you do to ease the situation and reduce the stress while you’re busy making plans? Let’s take a look.

You may be accustomed to driving in the right lane. If you know there are gas stations in the neighborhood, make it a point to use the middle lanes as the right ones will likely be busy or stalled with cars waiting to get gas. Also, make the roads a little safer and stress-free for everyone by using your turn signals.

As the storm gets closer, heavy downpours will increase, flooding the roads. While it’s best to avoid driving entirely, take some precautions while you’re driving in the rain. For one, don’t drive too fast through puddles. The pocket of water may be deeper than it looks and it could ruin your vehicle or even cause it to stall, which will only lead to more road congestion. If it is raining hard, don’t turn on your hazard lights as this will only confuse other drivers.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket attorney team of Hochman & Goldin, P.A. We can assist you with criminal traffic violations and we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

 

Turn Signals: You Should Use Them

turnSignalSince the late 1930s, the turning signal—or blinker if you prefer—has remained a staple in vehicles. Take a drive on the South Florida roadways and you’ll notice it’s a feature many drivers seemingly don’t use. The turning signal allows a driver to indicate that they will be changing lanes or making a turn. It can go a long way in preventing a possible collision while also cutting down the chance of road rage. Here’s something Florida drivers may not know: the law requires their use.

The issue of “turn signal neglect” continues to be a major problem. Drivers that fail to use their turn signals are contributing to numerous collisions and they are making the roads more dangerous for everyone. The issue may be as bad as another common driver problem: distracted driving.

Drivers may believe that if they use the turn signal, the surrounding vehicles will feel accelerate to prevent being cut off. It’s almost normal to see cases of road rage develop because a driver intentionally sped up to prevent another driver from coming into their lane when using their turn signal. While these scenarios are bound to happen, most drivers will be willing to let you in if you turn on your signal with enough time, and you’re doing everyone else on the road a favor by doing so.

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.

Your Yearly Weekend in Traffic

traffic-jamDoes it seem like you spend an exorbitant amount of your time stuck in traffic while out on the Miami roadways? Your suspicions are correct. A report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveals that the average driver spends just over fifty extra hours in traffic delays each year. These “extra hours” refer to the extra time drivers spend moving at congested speeds versus free-flow speeds.

To give you a rough idea of how long that is, it means you spend the equivalent of two and a half days in traffic or an entire weekend.

Commuters in fifteen of the country’s most-congested cities spent about 83 hours in traffic back in 2017, the most recent year with available data. Here in Miami, drivers spend 69 hours a year in traffic that’s nearly three days. Miami drivers can find some solace in knowing that their traffic woes aren’t as terrible as the San Francisco Oakland area which tops the list with a whopping 103 hours spent in traffic a year.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute says the situation will only continue to get worse and there is no single solution to help with easing the situation. Your best bet to help make the roads a little less congested for everyone may be to switch to public transportation, carpools, and other forms of transportation.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney 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 red light camera violation attorney today.

This information is provided for educational or informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. The information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.