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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.

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Avoid a Criminal Traffic Ticket

stop-sign-1174658_1280What constitutes a potential criminal offense? Most of us are aware of common offenses committed on the roads, such as speeding for instance. Though the following may seem obvious, there may be drivers out there unaware that these traffic violations may also result in a criminal offense.

Let’s take tags and vehicle registration. Here in Florida, drivers are required to renew their registration each year. Drivers that do not renew by their expiration run the risk of receiving a fine. If six months have gone by and the tag remains expired, this fine can potentially become a criminal traffic ticket which may result in jail time.

Did you recently purchase a new vehicle? Congratulations! As easy as it may seem to do so, drivers should not simply transfer their tag or the registration sticker over to the new vehicle as this is considered a crime. The tag or registration sticker must be issued, assigned, or transferred lawfully to the vehicle to avoid any issues.

We all know that driving with a suspended license is illegal but sometimes a driver may have their license suspended for reasons they may not be aware of. For example, if the driver has an outstanding ticket they haven’t paid, if they failed to attend a court date, or if they have not maintained insurance, all of these reasons may result in a suspension of the license. Regardless of the reason, driving with a suspended license for any reason is considered a crime.

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Are Uber and Lyft Cutting Down on DUI Arrests?

uberWhile the transportation costs are nice, these companies may also be playing a role in contributing to a decrease in the number of drunk drivers.

Per the Miami Herald, its police department reported a drop of just over thirty percent in the number of arrests due to DUI during the last four years. What’s more, the Miami-Dade police department stated that DUI arrests had plummeted by more than sixty percent during the same period. Miami-Dade police also noted that between 2013 to 2015, more than 1,500 individuals were arrested for DUI. Last year, that number dropped to just 594.

Whether ridesharing companies are indeed the root cause of a drop in DUI remains up for debate, but they may be helping. Millennials especially prefer to rely on Uber and Lyft to get them around the city, especially if it involves a night where drinking is involved.

Regardless of how you may feel about them, Uber and Lyft may be saving lives in South Florida. To read more about this, please visit https://www.autoblog.com/2018/09/18/heres-how-much-ride-sharing-is-keeping-drunk-drivers-off-the-ro/.

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Florida Drivers Aren’t the Friendliest

asphalt-automobile-automotive-125514When it comes to driving, Florida is frequently in the news for dubious reasons. These include poor driving, texting, and in the case of today’s topic, road rage. Sure enough, a recent news article says Florida is the worst in the country when it comes to road rage, outdoing larger states such as Texas and California.

In the case of Florida, road rage cases have skyrocketed by more than seventy percent from 2014 to 2017, with more than 270 cases in Florida. What’s worse, data from the non-profit Gun Violence Archive based in Washington DC shows that Florida also leads the country in road rage confrontations where guns were involved. Sine 2014, at least twenty people have lost their lives to road rage incidents involving guns and even more have been injured for the same reason.

So why are Florida drivers so angry? It may be due to the growing population, causing tempers to flare as the roads become more clogged. Traffic remains a major issue in South Florida where drivers spend hours on roadways such as I-95 that slow to a crawl during rush hour.

Stay safe on the roads and always try and practice patience and empathy when you’re on the South Florida roads. You can read more about this story at the following link: https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/database-florida-leads-the-nation-in-road-rage-cases-up-71-from-2014-to-2017.

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