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Florida Sets Its Sights on Digital Driver Licenses

alexandre-boucher-BNrlDv8w07Y-unsplashIn today’s age, most paper documents have gone digital, including proof of car insurance. One thing that has remained a physical requirement in Florida, however, is the driver’s license. This may change next year thanks to a pilot program spearheaded by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Florida may become the first state to boast a digital driver’s license.

Should the pilot program go as planned, drivers would have the option of applying for their physical license as well as a digital copy they can access via their smartphone or tablet. The program has already received thumbs up from the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators which oversees motor vehicle departments through the United States as well as the International Organization for Standardization. This means motorists would be able to use their digital license to identify them domestically or internationally.

The digital license would include the same information found on the physical copy including driving restrictions. However, users would have the flexibility to reveal only certain personal information. Since the phone wouldn’t leave the person’s hands, they could, for example, only reveal their birthdate to confirm they are legally an adult or can legally drink.

The pilot program kicks off in December. To read more, visit https://www.tampabay.com/news/transportation/2020/10/18/florida-hopes-to-offer-smartphone-based-drivers-license-by-2021/.

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Frequently Traveled Florida Highway Is the Deadliest

i95When it comes to anything driving-related, Florida usually doesn’t make the news for the most positive reasons, and today’s topic is no exception. According to the Sun-Sentinel article, Interstate 95 better known simply as I-95 is the deadliest highway in Florida and it allegedly is also among the most ignored by law enforcement.

The newspaper analyzed accident reports and traffic citations for five years, met with many state troopers and traffic analysts, and urged the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to examine the threat posed by I-95.

Per the article, troopers have written nearly forty percent fewer tickets on I-95 despite a more than forty percent rise in crashes. Fewer troops are patrolling the roadway nowadays compared to the numbers two decades ago. Troopers have said they have concerns about stopping people due to the risk posed by speeding drivers.

Interestingly, the busiest segments of I-95 are right here in South Florida, with Broward County accounting for 300,000+ daily, which is well over the number of vehicles I-95 was designed for.

To read more, visit https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-state-neglects-i95-safety-20201007-gdycjt6mnbanxjzj6wuboo3svu-htmlstory.html.

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Major Miami Roadway Will Temporarily Close

macArthurMiami is gearing up to host the second presidential debate later this month, and that means security will be extra tight and there will likely be road closures. Indeed, one of these roads will be the MacArthur Causeway, one of the arterial roadways connected to Miami’s downtown area and the barrier island of Miami Beach.

The MacArthur Causeway will be closed entirely to traffic coming from the east and west and that also includes any pedestrian or bicycle traffic. Its closure will begin on the 15th of October from 8 am to 1 am on the 16th.

If you frequently use the MacArthur Causeway to get to places such as work, for example, you are encouraged to use the Julia Tuttle Causeway (I-195) or the 79th Street Causeway should you need to visit Miami Beach. Drivers also have the option of using the Venetian Causeway but it’s being predicted that there will likely be heavy traffic on this roadway.

To read more, please visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article246088360.html.

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The Hefty Costs of a DUI

matthew-t-rader-mHrc8ydLg3c-unsplashAccording to the Center for Disease Control, nearly thirty people lose their lives each day as a result of drunk driving-related car accidents. Per the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration, hundreds of people sustain injuries due to the same reason. If these numbers aren’t alarming, consider that the financial ramifications of a DUI may be as much as $20,000.

Let’s say that the DUI results in an arrest. Besides having to spend a night in jail while the driver gets sober, the cost of bail may be as high as $2,500 depending on the severity of the DUI. On top of that, there is the possibility of having to pay thousands of dollars in fines, the time spent in jail, probation costs, and more.

In certain DUI cases, the court may mandate that a driver install an Ignition Interlock Device in the vehicle. This device requires that the driver breathes into it to determine the Blood Alcohol Content level before the car will even start. Chances are the device will also randomly request that the driver blows into the device as they drive. These devices may require paying an installation fee as well as ongoing fees to maintain it.

Think twice before getting behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink. Besides the costs involved, there is no need to risk losing your life or taking someone else’s.

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Florida Seeks to Tackle License Suspensions

people-2942982_1920Miami-Dade County commissioners are looking to put together a team dedicated to reviewing fees and fines imposed by the court linked to suspensions in driver licenses. Dubbed the Driver License Suspension Task Force, the news arrives after the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Administrator’s Office released numbers showing close to a third of licensed drivers in Miami-Dade County alone had suspended licenses.

According to the Miami Today report, since those who can more easily pay fees always do, poorer communities are disproportionately affected. While those convicted for drunk driving can get hardship permits to travel to and from work, no such provision can benefit individuals who cannot afford penalties, most of whom are not related to reckless driving, which is over 70 percent in Florida.

The Driver License Suspension Task Force, if established, will seek ways to adjust local practices more with states such as Virginia, California, and Wyoming that do not penalize drivers by suspending licenses for non-payment of fines, and others such as Vermont, Georgia, and the District of Columbia that have abolished compulsory suspensions of licenses for non-payment of unrelatable traffic costs. Significant changes will, however, have to arrive from Tallahassee. Statutes in Florida set fine sums and costs for court and collection fees.

This year, bills to reduce license suspensions for nonpayment of fees did not make it in the Legislature.

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Ridesharing Service Ramps up Its Mask Requirement

app-2941689_1920If you’ve done any ridesharing lately, you may have noticed that services like Uber have ramped up their stance on wearing masks. As a preventative measure, the service began requiring that drivers snap a selfie wearing a mask before they are allowed to pick up passengers. Uber is now looking to do the same with certain passengers.

If an Uber driver has reported that a passenger has not worn a mask in the past, the passenger will be required to follow the same steps as that of a driver, meaning they must take a selfie showing they are wearing a mask before they can request a ride. The requirement will roll out near the end of the month but you may have already noticed it. Should the ride go smoothly without any issues, the passenger will not be required to take another selfie during their next ride.

According to the source article, Uber has also optimized their software to ensure that passengers and drivers cannot try and “fool” the app by attempting to cover their mouths with their hands, for example.

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Consider Fighting Your Speeding Ticket Issued by an Aircraft Unit

speedometer-653246_1920Driving around Florida, you’ve likely noticed at some point a sign warning that an aircraft is monitoring speed. You may be under the assumption that the plane is using some kind of modern radar technology to monitor vehicles yet according to a Florida Highway Patrol newsletter, that’s not quite the case. Instead, speed monitoring seems to involve the use of a stopwatch and a grid with existing markings.

An aircraft operator can attest that the stopwatch was started and stopped at a certain time, but how certain the assertion is when it comes to the burden of proof is another matter. How does the potentially accused speeding driver know that the stopwatch performing properly and if it was started and stopped at the precise times indicated by the officer? Just one second can make a monumental difference in a case involving speeding. If an officer is unable to single out particular and dependable facts that back up their assertions, it may severely affect their case.

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Florida Driver Plows into a “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Sign

drink-driving-808790_1920Chances are you’ve noticed the signs throughout Florida with the words “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”. These signs are often electronic and are part of a campaign while also serving as a reminder of the importance of not getting behind the wheel if you’ve had too much to drink.

In a bizarre coincidence, a Florida driver is making the news after he was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) when he hit one of these signs informing drivers not to drive under the influence. The 22-year-old man hit the digital sign and was arrested after law enforcement officers discovered him inside of a Mazda that had sustained damage following the crash into the sign. The man claimed that he was speaking to a friend on the phone when the crash occurred and after taking a breathalyzer, his blood-alcohol level was twice Florida’s legal limit.

Besides being charged with DUI, the man is also facing charges of property damage as a result of hitting the sign.

To read more, please visit https://www.thedrive.com/news/36152/florida-man-arrested-for-dui-after-hitting-a-drive-sober-or-get-pulled-over-sign.

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Are Electronic Licenses Valid?

id-4157974_1920At one point in time, drivers that were pulled over were required to present a physical copy of their proof of insurance to a law enforcement officer. Nowadays, it is acceptable to simply pull it up on your smartphone and present an electronic version. Does the same apply for a driver’s license? The simple answer is no.

Indeed, drivers are still legally required to present their license in physical form, unlike their insurance. It’s likely to remain that way for the foreseeable future. Attempting to drive with an electronic image of your license may be equivalent to if you were driving without one at all. This is unlawful and may result in a citation. However, do keep in mind that it is also unlawful to drive with a license that isn’t valid, even if a physical one is presented. This is considered a misdemeanor and it can carry hefty fines and potentially jail time.

There are exemptions that you may wish to look into or ask a traffic ticket lawyer about. For example, military personnel and non-residents may be exempt.

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Is Your Driver Emergency Contact Information on File?

crash-1308575_1920If you were to be involved in a serious vehicle accident, who would you want to have as your emergency contact? It may not be the most pleasant thing to think about but it’s important to have the name of someone you trust available. If you haven’t already done so, now is the time to strongly consider having a name on hand.

Florida drivers are not legally required to have an emergency contact listed on their license, but there are perhaps few reasons why you wouldn’t want to have one. With factors like Florida’s notoriety for its not so experienced drivers and the seemingly random storms in the afternoons, driving is always a risk.

First responders across Florida can access a program called the Florida Crime Information Center, or simply FCIC. With the FCIC, law enforcement officers can look up a driver’s license and information using those computers you may have seen in police vehicles. This information all pertinent contact information and, if it’s been added, the information for the driver’s emergency contact.

There are scenarios where a driver may sustain an injury so serious that they are unable to tell the first responder the information for the next of kin or who to contact.

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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