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Super Bowl LIV May Affect Your Commute

football-player-260556_1280-1All eyes are on the upcoming Super Bowl LIV happening right here in South Florida. As with any major event of this magnitude, there will be lots going on, including several road closures that may affect your commute to work or a certain place you plan to go in the coming days.

Biscayne Boulevard serves as the primary arterial roadway in the downtown area of Miami. Several roads are expected close, particularly near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Bayfront Park. The latter is serving as the host of Super Bowl Live starting this weekend, a free event for families centered around various activities with a football theme.

Over in Miami Beach, expect to see road closures near the Miami Beach Convention Center and several more once Super Bowl Sunday gets closer. The convention center is also hosting a Super Bowl event, this one appropriately called the Super Bowl Experience. The “football theme park” is happening this weekend and will return on January 39th through the first of February. Miami Beach visitors should also know that popular Ocean Drive will be open solely to pedestrians beginning January 31 through February 3.

To read more about closures and detours related to the Super Bowl, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/super-bowl/article239390663.html.

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Are There Exceptions to the Texting While Driving Law?

textDrive3Florida’s texting while driving law has been in full effect for over thirteen days now, allowing law enforcement officers to give drivers a citation if they are caught. However, there are a couple of what-if scenarios that may occur, which you should be aware of if you’re concerned about running afoul of the law.

Let’s take an amber alert or calling the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to report activity that may be suspicious. Both of these require the use of a phone and can be mistaken as texting while driving. Thankfully, one of the Florida statutes has information addressing these concerns, ensuring that reporting emergencies or suspicious activity are not prohibited. The statute also extends to safety-related messages such as emergencies, traffic, or weather. If you do intend to call FHP, however, it may be best to err on the side of caution and pull over to make the call, once it’s safe to do so.

There are additional exceptions such as using your wireless communication device to navigate somewhere or radio broadcast messages.

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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.

Proposed Bill Seeks DUI Accountability

dui2A Florida lawmaker is generating attention for his new approach to tackling the issue of first-time DUI offenders. He has recently filed a bill (SB 1396) which seeks the creation of a “diversion” program to deal with those drivers that are caught driving under the influence.

The diversion program would extend for a year. Once it’s complete, a judge would withhold adjudication on charges involving driving under the influence. In other words, no formal conviction would be necessary and it would also save thousands for offenders.

Eligible drivers for the program would be those that have not been involved in a crash, did not have a passenger who is/was a minor, and with a level of 0.20 or lower blood alcohol. If the driver consents to participate in the program, they will not face driver’s license suspension. Nonetheless, they would have to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge, conduct community service, and have to have a device in their car that will prohibit them from starting if it detects alcohol when a driver breathes into the device.

To read more, please visit https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/07/florida-drunk-driving-bill-combines-accountability-compassion/2832048001/.

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New Year’s Parking in Miami Beach

oceanDr (3)With the New Year’s Eve festivities happening soon, many people may be heading to Miami Beach to welcome the arrival of 2020. However, parking is notoriously difficult in the barrier island. A bit of parking advice may make the process easier to manage without getting too stressed.

When parking in one of the South Beach garages, you should know that all of them allow the option of using one the parking apps to pay, in this case ParkMobile. For those preferring cash, none of them accept bills over $20. They each have a minimum daily rate of $2 and a daily maximum rate of $20. However, the garage on 42nd Street is slightly different in that its maximum daily rate is $8.

If you happen to own an electric vehicle, there are a few charging stations at five public garages in Miami Beach, four of which are in the South Beach area.

In finding a parking spot, you may wish to use the power of an app like Google Maps to help you so that you’re not stressing out and driving around aimlessly trying to hunt for open parking. Google Maps can show you lots that are near attractions.

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.

 

Florida Officers Will Soon Issue Citations for Texting While Driving

textDrive (2)-1Law enforcement officers have provided warnings and information to Florida drivers regarding the latest handsfree law updates since October of this year. However, the warning “grace period” will end on New Year’s Day, allowing officers to issue tickets in certain areas for anyone who is caught driving with a mobile device in their hands that isn’t considered handsfree.

Drivers caught carrying a “wireless communication device” while driving through zones with construction workers, school zones, or school crossings risk receiving a moving violation that comes with a fine of $60. Officers will use these last remaining weeks of December to educate drivers regarding the soon to be fully enforced laws, taking advantage of the increased number of holiday drivers traveling the Florid roadways. Drivers have been getting tear-off reminders about the new law provisions and their related fines ever since the new texting while driving laws were passed earlier this year. Once January 1st arrives, these reminders will be gone and drivers will instead receive citations and fines.

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.

Florida’s Aggressive Holiday Drivers

filip-mroz-h8_8UjwLne8-unsplashA certain city in the Sunshine State earned the dubious distinction of having more aggressive than average drivers according to the real-time fuel prices app GasBuddy. However, Miami drivers can rest assured that they did not earn the top spot.

GasBuddy evaluated numerous drives during the holiday week of Thanksgiving starting from November 27 through December 1st. Factors that were recorded as aggressive included accelerating rapidly, braking hard, and speeding. It was Orlando that came in eighth place among the top cities with the most aggressive holiday drivers. Miami also made the list but its placement is all the way down at 26. Orlando also managed fifth place in speeding incidents.

Miami didn’t escape the top ten entirely. The city earned third place when it came to rapid acceleration, with fifteen percent more incidents than average involving rapid acceleration.

With Christmas Day and New Year’s coming up soon, be careful on the Florida roads. To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/state/florida/article238270348.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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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.

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.

 

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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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 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.