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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?

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.

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.

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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.

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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.

What’s the Deal with Signing a Traffic Ticket?

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Though the laws have remained largely the same for years now, there appears to still be some confusion when it comes to having to sign traffic tickets. While most drivers will sign a basic traffic ticket, they are not legally required to do so. In the past, however, drivers refusing to sign tickets could be arrested, but things have since changed.

Today’s basic traffic tickets have a small box near the bottom which a law enforcement officer will check off. This indicates and verifies that the officer did, in fact, deliver the ticket to the individual mentioned on the ticket. It serves as a way to potentially avoid an argument arising.

Some scenarios do require the driver to sign a ticket. Anything beyond a basic traffic ticket such as a criminal citation or a court summons requires a person to provide their John Hancock.

Drivers should always remember that signing a basic traffic ticket or any document does not constitute an admission of guilt.

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.

Driving During a Heavy Storm

hazardsMother Nature was in a particularly angry mood this past weekend, unleashing lots of thunder, lightning, and some heavy downpours which resulted in traffic lights not working. As is often the case with thunderstorms, South Florida drivers sometimes forget what they should and not do when lights go out or when it’s raining heavily.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, do not use your hazard lights during heavy rain. It only serves to confuse other drivers and perhaps most importantly, it is illegal. Hazard lights should be used if a vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadside or if it is part of a funeral procession. Drivers may wish to turn on their low beams during heavy rain instead.

When traffic lights are out and you approach a four-way intersection, they are to be treated as a four-way stop. If you are the first to arrive, you are the first to proceed. However, if you arrive at the light at the same as another vehicle, the driver of the vehicle on the left is expected to yield the right of way to a vehicle on the right.

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.