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Miami-Dade County Set for Major Red Light Camera Changes

redLight-1As the debate over red light cameras continues, a recent ruling by a Miami County Court Judge may finally add a degree of uniformity in regards to enforcement, according to a WPLG article. The ruling requires Miami-Dade County cities to create a set of uniform red light camera rules before they can think about violation enforcement.

Currently, sixteen municipalities in the county have different sets of rules in how they determine a traffic violation caught on a red light camera. These rules are different when it comes to things like the actual location of a violation or vehicle speeds, for example. Each municipality outlines these rules in what’s called the Business Rules Questionnaires (BRQ). The BRQ is used by the red light camera contractor to review the camera images and determine a potential violation.

In a case involving a driver in Aventura who was caught running a red light, the man’s lawyer argued that drivers are oblivious to the distinct rules each city has and, therefore, an enforcement of a uniform ruleset should exist. A judge agreed and the case was sent to a Florida Court of Appeals. With the ruling, cities like Miami Gardens, North Miami Beach, Surfside, and Coral Gables are largely forced to cease issuing red light camera tickets until the higher court makes its decision.

To read more, please visit https://www.local10.com/news/florida/miami-dade/thousands-of-red-light-camera-tickets-may-be-wiped-out-after-miami-dade-judges-ruling.

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South Florida’s Notorious Areas for Speeding

speed-1249610_1280Drivers going well over the speed limit isn’t something new, especially in Florida which is already known for having some of the worst and most aggressive drivers in the country. In fact, according to a WPLG article, it is not uncommon for the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to catch speeders going as much as 100 miles per hours or more. So, which are the areas that tend to attract the most speeders? Let’s take a look.

We’ll kick things off with the Gratigny Expressway which FHP says has resulted in more than seventy drivers receiving a ticket between the period of January 2017 to September of this year. In particular, the stretch between Lejeune Road and Red Road is known for people going at least 100 mph or more.

Speaking of major highways, the Florida Turnpike is also popular with speeders, particularly Griffin Road to Sunrise Boulevard. Over 200 drivers have been caught speeding.

The dubious honor of the number one speeding spot goes to another highway: I-75 north. As for the area, it comprises Alligator Alley, from U.S. 27 east. If 200 drivers being busted on the Florida Turnpike weren’t enough, FHP has caught a whopping 221 drivers soaring through at those same high speeds.

To read more, check out the WPLG article at the following link: https://www.local10.com/news/local-10-investigates/fhp-troopers-target-these-speedway-hot-spots-in-south-florida.

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Are You Stopping for School Buses?

schoolBusAn alarming number of incidents involving school buses and children being struck by drivers around the country is spurring police in parts of Florida to take preventative measures to improve safety. In one instance over in Naples, an operation resulted in close to ten different drivers being ticketed due to their failure to stop when a school had its flashing red lights or crossing arm extended.

It’s worth reminding drivers that according to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, all drivers must come to a complete stop when a school bus is displaying its stop signal, regardless of which direction a driver may be moving in on a two-way street or a highway with a paved median divider. Drivers must remain stopped until children have cleared the road and the bus has fully withdrawn its stop arm. Should a driver approach an oncoming bus and there is a raised barrier or a minimum of five feet of unpaved space between traffic lanes, then they are not required to stop. However, drivers should still slow down and keep an eye out for any children that may be hopping onto or off the bus.

To read more about the operation in Naples, please visit https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2018/11/12/ccso-conducts-school-bus-safety-operation-after-string-nationwide-incidents/1975493002/.

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South Florida Looks to “Calm” Traffic

speedBumpStandstill traffic is practically a tradition in Miami where the major highways and roadways like I-95 and Bird Road become heavily congested. Thanks to smartphone apps like the popular Waze, drivers are often redirected through local neighborhood streets as a means of circumventing the bottlenecks while shaving off a few minutes from the commute.

The problem is the countless numbers of drivers that drive through these local streets at high speeds or do so while being distracted, usually by talking on their phone or worse, texting. Pedestrian lives are in danger and there are greater odds for a crash. To try and tackle this, city planners are increasingly adopting what’s called “traffic calming”.

Despite its name, traffic calming has nothing to do with the body and mind. Instead, the approach works by employing measures to control speed and traffic volume, hopefully resulting in safer streets. City planners may opt for speed bumps, roundabouts, chicanes, or speed tables for example. Coral Gables has already received the okay from the county to do what it needs to implement traffic calming. It also reduced the speed limit on residential roads by five miles to 25 MPH.

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How to Deal with Wrong Way Drivers

wrongWayBesides drunk driving and its many fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 300 people die every year due to another common driving problem: wrong way drivers. Besides the fatalities, wrong way crashes also injure thousands of people each year, so what can be done?

Florida State University (FSU) researchers are using the information they’ve gathered about traffic safety to tackle the wrong way driving issue. This may be achieved by using “smart” signs as well as markers on the pavement incorporating technology to boost safety efforts. While installing countermeasures before entering ramps has helped, a major problem needing to be addressed is how to get the attention of a driver if they have already started driving the wrong way. One way to achieve this is by having blank signs in place triggered by a radar that would light up the moment a vehicle traveling the wrong way is detected.

FSU studies also zeroed in on what countermeasures would work best to deal with drivers that may be impaired. Sure enough, flashing signs proved to be most effective as people’s attention will generally be drawn to things that appear instantly.

You can read more at the following link: https://news.fsu.edu/news/2018/10/29/fsu-research-investigates-smart-highway-signs-to-prevent-wrong-way-driving-crashes/.

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Study Shows How Long Marijuana May Affect Drivers

leaf-1300206_1280Canada recently became the second country in the world to legalize the use of recreational marijuana. Even with the legalization, a recent study at McGill University in Montreal reveals that marijuana can impair drivers as much as five hours after they have taken a hit.

According to the study, drivers that have smoked cannabis were largely able to perform simple driving tasks such as hitting the brakes or driving at a constant speed. However, if they ran into a situation which required performing a more complex driving maneuver, the drivers that were under the influence of cannabis showed a greater, significant risk of potentially being involved in a crash.

The study involved more than forty adults between the ages of 18 to 24, all of whom fall under the category of recreational cannabis users. The participants were asked to perform a variety of driving tasks prior to smoking marijuana which were then performed several times: an hour, three hours, and five hours after smoking. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the test results indicated that marijuana does indeed impair a driver’s ability to cope with distinct situations while they are on the road.

You can read more about the study at the following link: https://www.thenewstribune.com/news/nation-world/national/article220150110.html.

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Study May Confirm Traffic Ticket Beliefs

ticketTrafficHave you ever wondered if there is any truth to the belief that law enforcement officers are likelier to issue a traffic ticket at certain times of the day or certain days of the week? The attorney ratings and information company Avvo recently launched a similar study, revealing useful information that many may have already suspected.

According to the study, police have a greater likelihood of issuing a traffic ticket near the end of the month and the first day of the month. The majority of traffic violations occur during the morning hours beginning from 7 am until 9 am. Officers are also less likely to issue a ticket close to the end of the week. About a quarter of those tickets are issued due to speeding in addition to careless driving (eleven percent) and license, registration, or tag-related violations (a fifth).

Based on these numbers, it appears police do indeed increase the number of tickets they issue when the end of the month approaches. As for the surge during the morning, it is possible it may be due to rush hour where drivers may decide to pull an illegal maneuver to try and beat traffic.

To read more, please visit the following source link: https://www.jacksonville.com/news/20181017/on-road-ticket-ticket-who-gets-ticket.

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Third Party Website Charges Drivers Extra to Renew

websiteWhen Florida drivers need to renew their driver’s license, they can either search for the correct website or simply type in www.gorenew.com. In the case of the former, users may have been lead to a website called ETags.com, a vehicle registration and title services company. The website recently came under scrutiny when it was revealed it was allegedly charging its users excessive fees when they tried to renew their tag.

Typically, if a Florida driver were to renew their registration for two years, the price would be about $70. In the case of ETags, the website charged a customer $106 in one example, tacking on extra service fees that are not charged by Florida for the same type of transaction.

Moving forward, ETags must clearly inform its future customers that it is unaffiliated with the government and it must also itemize the fees it is charging. It will also be required to refund certain customers who mistakenly thought they were, in fact, using a government website.

Floridians looking to renew their vehicle tags or their license should remember that they have the option of visiting www.gorenew.com or they can also use the MyFlorida app on their smartphone.

To read more about the ETags story, please visit https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/website-charging-florida-drivers-crazy-service-fees-agrees-to-make-changes-after-investigation/842526571.

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The Legality of Transporting Pets on the Back of a Pickup

petTruckHave you ever been on the road and noticed a pickup truck carrying dogs in the back? Maybe you’ve wondered if it’s legal to transport your pets in the back of a pickup without running afoul of the law. While there are laws in place regarding the transport of children in the back of a truck, pets are a completely different story.

Sure enough, Florida traffic law doesn’t explicitly mention anything regarding pets and pickup trucks. However, there are laws in place regarding the ability to control your pet so that it doesn’t become a public safety threat. As to what you should do to keep a dog safe when traveling, that responsibility is up to you. While municipalities may have ordinances in place regarding pet transport, they may vary depending on where you go.

With regards to pets and pickups, it may be best to use your own judgment and err on the side of caution. As man’s best friend and members of the family, you don’t want to put your pets into any kind of situation where their safety is at risk.

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Law Enforcement Officers Remind Drivers of Railroad Crossing Safety

railroadEach year, South Florida law enforcement agencies come together in an initiative called Operation Clear Track aimed at reminding drivers about the laws and safety measures drivers should take when they are at a railway crossing. The effort is part of the larger initiative known as National Rail Safety Week, which is now in its second year.

During Operation Clear Track, officers monitor various locations to ensure drivers are not attempting to continue moving forward when the railway crossing signs are coming down, among other violations. Officers have issued citations in various cities throughout South Florida including Deerfield Beach, Wilton Manors, Pompano Beach, and Oakland Park.

Operation Clear Track comes on the heels of a recent news story where a woman in Hallandale Beach attempting to make a turn ended up accidentally driving onto the railroad tracks after mistaking the tracks for the road. The woman managed to get out of her vehicle before the high speed Brightline train plowed into the vehicle.

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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