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School Will Soon Be in Session, Watch Your Speed

schoolBusYellowCountless children throughout South Florida will soon be returning for another school year, which means law enforcement officers will be out patrolling the school zones to make sure children and adults remain safe.

Speeding in a school zone is taken seriously, which means there are stiff penalties for drivers caught running afoul of the law. A driver can be fined over $1,000 depending on how fast they are traveling through the school zone and they will have points added to their driving record, including six points plus a potential license suspension if the driver is involved in an accident while speeding through a school zone.

Drivers who believe there may be discrepancies with a speeding citation they have received may wish to consult a traffic ticket attorney who will meticulously examine the citation to determine if penalties can be reduced or if the charges can be dismissed entirely. For example, does the time reflected on the ticket coincide with the hours the posted school zone speed limit was in effect?

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.

The Risks of In-Vehicle Technology

automobile-automotive-car-1135379Today’s vehicles feature sophisticated technology, including interactive touch panels that allow drivers to do a host of things, from changing radio stations to setting up a route on their GPS. While the technology is useful, it can potentially cause distractions, albeit perhaps less so now that drivers are legally forced to refrain from texting while driving.

With older drivers, it’s another story.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic recently found in a new study that older drivers are often more distracted than younger ones. Drivers at least age 55 to 75 will take their eyes off of the road several seconds longer than younger drivers when they are performing tasks such as managing the radio or dealing with navigation, as much as eight seconds more. Considering that taking your eyes off of the road for as little as two seconds can increase the chances of being involved in a crash twice as much, it reinforces the need to stay focused.

Some easy tips for safer driving include making use of voice commands whenever possible or becoming comfortable with the infotainment panel before heading off. Regardless of your age, avoid interacting with infotainment panels while the vehicle is in motion unless it is an absolute emergency.

To read more, visit https://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/08/02/study-older-drivers-are-more-likely-drive-distracted-than-younger-drivers-when-using-in-car-technology/.

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.

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.

Say Hello to the Palmetto Express Lanes

miamiHighwaysThose of you that take the southbound Palmetto Expressway (also known as State Road 826) frequently may have noticed a major change. After extensive work, the express lanes are officially open. Stretching for thirteen miles from West Flagler Street to just north of Northwest 154th Street, and at I-75 to Northwest 170th Street, these express lanes are intended to ease traffic for drivers willing to pay a premium by allowing them to move quickly through the highway away from the free lanes which move slower.

Similar to their I-95 siblings (which locals refer to as the “Lexus Lanes”), the Palmetto express lanes will charge tolls based on the flow of traffic, which is paid for using SunPass. Drivers that frequently travel the I-95 express lanes know that the tolls can cost over $10 during the rush hour period. It’s also worth noting that these express lanes end at certain points which means drivers should be aware of where they are going so as not to become one of those drivers that illegally plow through the barriers and become a safety risk after realizing they are going to miss their exit.

What are your thoughts on the Palmetto express lanes? Do you think they will help with easing congestion?

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.

How Long Should You Wait at a Stop Sign?

unnamed (16)When you’re at a stop sign, have you ever stopped and wondered how long you should remain there before moving forward? We all know that it’s important to obey a stop sign and come to a complete stop whenever you see one, but how much time should go by before proceeding?

There isn’t a specific time you need to wait at a stop sign, but it is important that you do come to a full stop. This means the vehicle has come to a resting point, the tires are not in motion, and the vehicle is not moving forward. You’ll know the vehicle is fully stopped when you feel that last “rocking” where the vehicle seems to slightly move back. Anything else is what’s considered a “rolling stop” and it may result in receiving a ticket due to failing to come to a complete stop if a law enforcement officer happens to notice.

Once you’ve come to a complete stop, always make sure that you yield the right of way to any traffic in which you are required to stop. Should you have any questions about what steps you are legally required to take at a stop or yield intersection, check out Florida Statute 316.123 at the following link: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.123.html.

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.

Kicking the Texting While Driving Habit

textDrive (2)Now that texting while driving is a primary offense in Florida, you may find yourself unintentionally using your phone to send a quick message. It’s a habit that may not be the easiest to break, but thankfully there are tools available to assist with avoiding a warning from an officer or being involved in an accident due to distracted driving.

Perhaps the easiest way to resist the urge to grab your phone is to use its built-in tools designed to prevent distractions. If you’re using an Android device, look for the “do not disturb” option in the sound settings menu. This option lets you choose what sounds to hear. For iPhones, the do not disturb option also lets you choose when you don’t wish to be disturbed, such as if and when the phone detects that you’re driving.

While the above options prevent sounds, you can take things a step further by using apps designed to prevent mobile phone use. One of these is a free option called LifeSaver that can detect when you’re driving and will prevent you from using your phone unless it is hands-free. AT&T has an app for Android users called DriveMode that silences alerts, responds to texts automatically to indicate you’re driving, and can also inform parents if it is turned off.

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.

Demystifying the New Texting While Driving Law

unnamed (2)By now you’re likely aware that Florida’s texting while driving law is in effect. Although officers are only issuing warnings at this point, it’s a good idea to get into the habit of not using phones during the transitional period. Should you be confused about the law, the following may help clarify some things.

You can talk on the phone while you’re holding it, but this does not apply in a school or construction zone. Beginning in October, drivers won’t be allowed to hold these devices for any reason when traveling through these zones, so it may be wise to get into the habit of using a hands-free solution.

Again, you shouldn’t be texting for any reason while driving but should you decide to do so while stopped at a light, law enforcement cannot give you a warning/ticket if the vehicle is not in motion. However, if your texting is impeding traffic flow, you may be cited.

For drivers that may use their phones as dashcams of sorts, it may be a good idea to have a passenger do the recording for you. Holding the phone while attempting to drive and record is considered a distraction.

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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Driving Through Construction Zones

under-928246_1280The state of Florida does not look kindly on drivers that do not practice safety when they are traveling through a work zone. Back in 2016, the Florida Department of Transportation reported one of the highest construction zone fatality rates in the United States.

Due to the costs both monetary and bodily in construction zone crashes, there are typically double fines imposed when drivers are caught violating construction zones, particularly if workers are present. These violations may be caused due to unsafe practices commonly seen in construction zones, which include disobeying the speed limits, merging at the very last minute when a lane is about to end, driving distracted, and not slowing down when there is an emergency vehicle on the roadside.

Work zone speeding fines can be as much as $500 and it may also result in receiving driving record points. Should you receive a citation for a construction zone violation, an experienced traffic ticket lawyer may be able to assist with reducing the charges or potentially getting your case entirely dismissed.

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 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.

What to Do in a Funeral Procession

funeral-1572863_1280Do you know or did you perhaps forget what it is that should be done should there be a funeral procession nearby? One important thing to remember is that any driver that is not part of the funeral procession is required to yield the right of way for all vehicles in the procession, even if a law enforcement officer is not providing procession escort. At an intersection, the procession may still proceed even if the light turns red while the vehicles have entered while the light was green. Again, all other traffic is required to yield.

We’ve mentioned in the past how drivers often use their hazard lights during a rainstorm, which is illegal. However, this is a different story when it comes to funeral processions. All vehicles involved in the procession are indeed required to use either their low or high beams and it is one of the very few instances where it is legal while a vehicle is in motion.

Should you have any questions about what to do if you’re in or near a funeral procession, you can read the Florida Statute at the following link:http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.1974.html.

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.

Law Enforcement Is Warning Ridesharing Drivers About Where They Stop

uberTraffic in Miami is already among the worst in the nation, but are ridesharing drivers making it worse? It’s not uncommon to notice an Uber or Lyft driver stop in the middle of the road to allow passengers to board or exit the vehicle, creating traffic backups and potentially spurring road rage. According to a WSVN article, the Wynwood area is particularly bad, with traffic backing up for more than a block if a driver were to stop on Second Avenue.

Besides causing clogs in traffic, there is also the issue of safety. If a passenger chooses to get out of the vehicle on the opposite side, there is always the risk of oncoming traffic, which could result in the passenger possibly getting hit. How can the issue be solved?

An idea that’s being entertained is having designated locations where drivers can drop off and pick someone up. This means ridesharing drivers would only be permitted to stop in certain locations. However, in order to do that, street parking would need to be cleared.

Have you dealt with Uber and Lyft drivers stopping in front of you?

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.

Florida Licenses Receive Upgraded Security

Hochman 2Did you renew your Florida driver’s license recently or will you be doing so in the near future? You may have noticed some tweaks to the design. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles recently announced some revamped features aimed at improving the security of driver’s licenses, which already underwent significant security changes when they were redesigned back in 2017.

Some of the new security changes Florida motorists can expect to see include a tactile security feature found on the front of the license. Additionally, the common magnetic strip located on the back of the card has been removed.

For those wondering about the security tweaks to the licenses, the changes do not necessarily mean that you have to go out and have your license replaced as soon as possible. The older cards will simply be phased out and drivers will receive one of the enhanced security licenses when it is time to have it renewed or replaced due to reasons such as a looming expiration date.

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.