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Slow Left Lane Drivers: Don’t Break the Law

 

 

 

 

highway-1031149_1280A topic we’ve discussed on previous occasions is one that many South Florida drivers are familiar with. You’re minding your own business and driving safely in the left lane for purposes of passing and yet you run into that one driver going too slow who refuses to move out of the way. You may politely flash your lights to get them to move but these efforts go ignored.

These slow left lane drivers are breaking the law, as they are “impeding the flow of traffic” yet it’s seemingly one of those laws that are not strictly enforced, sort of like the license plate covers. Indeed, if a driver is attempting to pass someone in the left lane, they must safely move out of the way and let the driver pass, yet in many cases a driver will stay put or may even become upset and begin driving even slower. This only results in greater chances of road rage and a potential increase in congestion as the left lane is intended to serve as a passing lane.

Remember left lane drivers: if someone comes up behind you, you are legally required to move out of the way.

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Texting While Driving Bill Receives Major Endorsement

textDrive-1All eyes are once again on texting and driving as the latest Florida bill attempt makes it way through all of the required hurdles. The bill recently received another boost after the Florida Police Chiefs Association gave its endorsement to the bill, which would allow a law enforcement officer to pull a driver if they are caught texting and driving without using a hands-free device.

Dubbed HB 107, texting while driving would be “upgraded” from its current status as a secondary offense to a primary once should a driver attempt to use their cell phone in front of a police officer. In its current form as a secondary offense, an officer may only cite the driver for texting while driving if they are pulled over for another reason such as speeding. Officers have also faced the scenario where a driver will state they were not texting and the officer cannot take their phone to verify whether the driver was telling the truth without a warrant.

Last year, a similar bill made its way through the legislative session, successfully passing the State House. The bill ultimately “died” when the Florida Senate failed to approve it.

To read more about the bill visit https://www.plantcityobserver.com/ban-for-texting-and-driving-on-legislative-floor/.

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Florida Looks to Place Driverless Vehicles on the Road

driverlessSelf-driving vehicles remain the next frontier. As the technology continues to improve and become common in modern vehicles, a pair of Florida lawmakers are seeking to loosen the reins.

A new bill is being introduced which would permit self-driving vehicles to navigate the Florida roadways without a human being inside of the vehicle. A similar bill is also in the works to be introduced in the Senate.

A goal of the self-driving vehicle bill is to position Florida as one of the leaders in the testing of autonomous vehicles. With the legislation, ridesharing companies like Uber would be better able to work on and enhance the technology without having to deal with lots of regulations. The technology could potentially allow a passenger to watch television as they are being transported to their destination.

There are obvious concerns about driverless technology. Even as research continues to evolve the technology, it remains a worry as to whether these vehicles are indeed able to operate on their own with no one in them. There are reported instances of autonomous vehicles becoming “confused” or getting stuck when left to their own devices, necessitating a human to get them back on track.

As technology moves forward, don’t be surprised if you glance over at the vehicle to your left and notice there is no one in it.

To read more, please visit https://futurism.com/florida-law-self-driving-cars.

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Are South Florida Drives Getting Better?

drive-2When South Florida drivers are brought up in a conversation or in this case a blog, it’s usually for not so great reasons. Plenty of studies and surveys have been done reinforcing that these drivers are not the most exemplary and yet, new surveys suggest they may be better than most.

According to an online insurance comparison company, Florida is just outside the top ten when it comes to states with the best drivers. Additionally, the Sunshine State managed to come in ninth place for the safest drivers, in a different study by a mobile car repair company. However, this latter study also listed Florida in eighth place in terms of the states with the most congestion in the United States. Furthermore, Florida tied with Delaware when it came to the most aggressive drivers (7thplace).

Going back to the first survey, here’s another shocker: Miami holds the top two spot along with Orlando as one of the 75 safest cities for drivers in 2018. The placement was based on low DUI and speeding statistics.

If those studies sound hard to believe, it’s worth noting that the American Automobile Association states surveys are open to interpretation based on the factors that are being taken into account. Should you wish to read more, please visit https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/transportation/fl-ne-florida-driver-ratings-20190126-story.html.

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Florida Lacks in Highway Safety Laws

drive-1Most of us know by now that Florida’s reputation for safe roads and drivers is, to put it mildly, not a very good one. A report by The Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety (AHAS) recently examined how states rank based on their traffic safety laws. The states were evaluated on how many of the sixteen AHAS recommended road safety laws were implemented or enforced. States with fewer than seven were marked “red” while those with at least nine were marked “green”. Perhaps not surprisingly, Florida has earned the dubious honor of being among the worst, with a mere five of the recommended laws.

One of the notable laws that Florida didn’t have is the much-discussed law where texting and driving are considered a primary offense. While efforts continue to rectify this, the law remains, for the time being, a secondary offense.

The AHAS report follows Florida’s ranking as having some of the nation’s worst drivers. The state can find some solace in knowing that despite its poor AHAS report ranking, it still didn’t fare as badly as South Dakota which has just two of the sixteen law recommendations.

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.

Ruling May Change the Red Light Camera Landscape

redLight-1While many cities in Florida have done away with red light cameras, there are still plenty that continues to use the cameras. What makes things confusing is adhering to the rules of each city. Aventura, for example, will issue you a ticket if its traffic camera catches you making a turn on red while going at least fifteen miles per hour. Key Biscayne ups the threshold to 25 miles per hour while West Miami will send a ticket your way if you make a turn on red at just ten miles per hour.

Late last year, a Miami judge ruled that this discrepancy among cities is a violation of state law. The ruling could potentially disrupt the validity of thousands of red light camera citations and cause shockwaves in the red light camera program, which remains controversial. If you’re among the drivers that have been issued a citation, don’t celebrate just yet, however. An appeals court still has to review the issue and it may be years before a major overhaul or end to the red light camera program happen.

Did you receive a citation? You may still be able to challenge the citation by making a note of the Miami judge’s order. However, it’s also advised to pay the fine so that the citation doesn’t potentially turn into a state traffic ticket, which has heavier ramifications and could result in points on your license or paying more for insurance.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article222298820.html.

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Proposed Bill Takes on Uninsured Motorists

insuranceWhen a law enforcement officer asks for your license, vehicle registration, and insurance, it’s not a good sign. Chances are you’ve probably been stopped for having committed a traffic infraction or you were involved in a crash. Thanks to modern technology, the officer is quickly able to verify your registration and the status of your license through a consistently updated Florida database. However, that is not the case when it comes to insurance.

A bill which will be evaluated during the spring legislative session could make radical changes regarding insurance. It would require Florida to create a system by July of 2022 that would require insurance companies to upload reports on a weekly basis regarding their policyholder status. Officers would also be required to verify a driver’s insurance status when they are involved in a traffic stop or a crash. Even with these changes in place, drivers would still need to carry proof of insurance.

Insurance verification could go a long way in cutting down on Florida’s uninsured motorist rate which is currently just over 25 percent. The state has the dubious distinction of being among the worst in the country.

To read more, please visit https://www.staugustine.com/news/20190112/florida-considers-auto-insurance-database-to-catch-uninsured-drivers.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.