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The Ramifications of Reckless Driving

No driver wants to have a DUI on their record, and the case is the same for anyone who is charged with reckless driving. Considering it’s among the worst offenses a driver can commit, it’s important to know what it’s all about in the event a driver is indeed charged with reckless driving.

As opposed to improper or careless driving where it’s assumed a driver was not aware of the dangers of what they were doing, reckless driving means that not only did the driver know what they were doing, they were also showing disregard for following traffic laws and ensuring the safety of others. Here in Florida, reckless driving means the driver showed “wanton disregard” for property or the lives of other pedestrians and drivers.

There are severe penalties associated with reckless driving. The first time a driver commits an offense, he or she will face up to ninety days in jail as well as fines of up to $1,000. Future offenses can result in as much as six months of jail time and up to $5,000 in fines. Furthermore, if the driver damaged property the charge can become a misdemeanor or even a felony if a person was injured. Drivers can also expect their insurance rates to increase significantly.

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Remember to “Move Over” in January

movehctibIt’s a new year to start adopting better driving habits, including but not limited to refraining from distracted or aggressive driving. Now that January is here, it is also “Move Over Awareness Month” in Florida and for those of us that have spent a lot of time driving in South Florida, many drivers fail to understand the simple concept of moving over. This law goes a long way in protecting the men and women working on the side of the road to ensure they can return home to their loved ones.

The American Association of State Troopers is using the month to educate Florida motorists on how important the move over law is. It is quite simple to understand. This law requires all drivers to change lanes for any emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow truck drivers, and utility service vehicles. If a driver is unable to move to an adjacent lane, he or she must reduce their speed by twenty miles based on the posted speed limit. Failing to adhere to move over law may result in a ticket, fine, and up to three points on a driver’s license.

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Miami Drivers Spend Hundreds of Thousands Commuting

driveCompared to a metropolis like New York City with its robust, intricate subway system, Miami’s public transit is comparably lacking. Most South Florida drivers spend a great deal of their time on the road sitting in traffic. If you’ve ever wondered how all of this translates in terms of money, here’s something to think about the next time you’re heading to or from work: the cost of commuting for Miami drivers averages around $122,000 during their lifetime.

A report released by the driver safety website EducatedDriver released the report that shows the people of Miami drive more than 170,000 miles during the work commute during their lifetime. To give you a rough idea of just how much that is, it’s like traveling around the world more than five times. The report shares some interesting figures including the average roundtrip commute (seventeen miles), and costs broken down between different vehicle types like SUVs and sedans.

While the numbers for Miami may seem shocking, 305 drivers can find some small degree of solace in knowing that we didn’t rank in the top spot for the highest commuting costs in Florida. That honor is bestowed to our northern neighbors Orlando and Jacksonville.

To read more, visit https://www.local10.com/traffic/itll-cost-you-average-miami-driver-spends-nearly-123000-commuting.

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Florida Drivers Earn a Dubious Holiday Distinction

driver2Are you among the millions of people that have decided to brave the crowds and go shopping for gifts at your local mall? If so, you may have noticed and assumed that South Florida drivers—already known for being aggressive—have been especially prickly during the holidays.

Your suspicions are indeed correct. The popular website and app GasBuddy recently published a study ranking the most aggressive holiday drivers and sure enough, Florida has earned the dubious distinction of making the top ten list, coming in at sixth place. The placement was determined by evaluating data from last month during the Thanksgiving and Black Friday weekend as well as other factors such as speeding, accelerating rapidly, and hard braking.

The top spot in the list of most aggressive holiday drivers goes to the brave drivers in the state of Georgia, followed by California, Texas, Louisiana, and South Carolina in fifth place. The state with the least aggressive holiday drivers? That honor goes to Hawaii.

Considering this is the last weekend before the arrival of Christmas next week, always try and practice patience if you’re planning on heading to stores and if it’s possible, consider ordering your last minute gifts online. Stay safe!

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Another Bill Takes a Bold Approach to Mobile Phones

textDriveLast time we told you about a new bill that aims to tackle cell phone usage here in Florida. Called the “Hands-Free Florida Law”, the bill would prevent drivers from utilizing their mobile device to send a text or talk unless they are using a handsfree device. Another bill was recently announced that would take things a step further. HB 107 would make it illegal to even touch a phone, with the bill stating that a driver “may not operate a motor vehicle while manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters into a wireless communications device….” The sweeping bill has lead to some confusion.

Shortly after its announcement, the Florida representative responsible for filing the bill clarified by stating that drivers would indeed be allowed a single tap. The nature of the bill and the “one tap” caveat does raise some questions and concerns. For example, if the bill were indeed to pass, how would it affect drivers working for rideshare companies like Uber and Lyft? These services require using the phone. There is also concern about older vehicles that do not have built-in handsfree technology and how that would affect those drivers.

Should HB 107 become law, it will go into effect on October 1st. Should you wish to read more about it, please visithttps://www.clickorlando.com/getting-results-/driving-change/hands-free-florida-bill-would-allow-drivers-to-tap-cellphones.

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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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