Category Archives: Miami Traffic Attorney

FDOT Hits the Brakes on Cash Tolls

tollsAs efforts continue to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Transportation recently announced it has temporarily ceased accepting cash at the various toll plazas across the Florida Turnpike. Instead, tolls will be collected via an electronic process using the driver’s license plate, or Pay by Plate. Drivers will then receive a bill in the mail for any tolls incurred.

These changes only affect drivers that use cash to pay for tolls. For those that use electronic devices such as SunPass to have their tolls billed, it’s business as usual. While not as common as they used to be, drivers can also use the exact coin lanes when available, though these will not have toll workers present.

The changes to the toll lanes are among the latest efforts by Florida in response to the coronavirus. Drivers are being encouraged to practice social distancing and refrain from going out unless it is necessary. When on the road, drivers should pay close attention to the electronic signs

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 are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney 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.

Changes in Store for the Palmetto Express Lanes

miamiHighwaysLast year, the Palmetto express lanes were added to ease traffic congestion. However, its success in making a genuine dent in traffic tie-ups may be debatable. According to a CBS Miami article, some drivers believe the lanes have done the opposite and made things worse.

To deal with the express lanes situation, South Florida lawmakers sought to get rid of them entirely. While the legislation was devised, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis eventually stepped in to help with fixing the express lanes situation. Since then, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has devised its own plans to assist with the traffic woes.

The FDOT intends to add another lane for general traffic for those heading southbound on the Palmetto. Furthermore, the northbound express lanes will be reduced, meaning there will only be a single lane. FDOT also plans to add another access point to the express lanes at Northwest 122nd Street. Currently, the only access point is near Northwest 67th Avenue.

While FDOT works on implementing these changes, drivers can look forward to reduced tolls.

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.

Florida Bill Seeks Crosswalk Changes

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After a 12-year-old girl lost her life due to being struck by a vehicle at a lighted crosswalk, a Florida State Representative is spearheading the passing of a bill (House Bill 1371) aimed at replacing the yellow lights on crosswalks with red ones.
Also known as the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act, the bill would make changes to certain roadways. Streets, highways, and roads with a maximum of two lanes and posted speed limits below 35 miles per hour would still use the flashing yellow beacons as before. The red lights or beacons would only be required on roads that have over two lanes and speed limits higher than 35 miles per hour.

Should the bill be approved, a request would be put in with the federal government to make the changes to the red lights. Should the changes receive approval, local governments would be required to implement these changes within a year. If the request is not granted, the agency with road authority shall retrofit current mid-block crosswalks with red flashing lights or get rid of the crosswalk by October 1, 2024.

To read more, please visit https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/02/20/florida-house-prepares-to-tackle-crosswalk-bill-after-12-year-old-girls-death/.

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 are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney 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.

New Bill Tackles Drivers License Suspension Fees

camaro-1111753_1280According to a News 4 JAX article, over a million drivers in Florida had their licenses suspended because of outstanding fines. The issue has raised concerns because, as criminal justice advocates believe, a person that can’t legally drive will face difficulties when trying to work which, in turn, makes it harder to pay the fines.

A bill making its way through the House and Senate is looking to tackle this problem by cutting down on license suspensions and allowing people to set up financially manage payment plans. The person would have at least thirty days to contact the Clerk of Court and make it known that they would like to set up a payment plan. After that, there would be another sixty-day period where the details of the payment plan can be worked out. The payment plans would vary based on what the person can pay.

In one example used in the News 4 JAX article, Collier County currently has over $90 million in license suspension fines and fees that have gone uncollected, which may reinforce that based on existing laws, the clerks aren’t receiving the money owed.

Florida is one of eleven states evaluating legislation to cut down or get rid of license suspensions caused by failing to pay fees and fines.

To read more, visit https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/11/bill-would-reduce-florida-drivers-license-suspensions-for-failing-to-pay-fines/.

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.

Highway Safety Laws in Florida Could Use Improvement

john-benitez-5tO5ktU4ORc-unsplashWhen Florida makes the news regarding its roads and drivers, it’s often for reasons that are less than ideal. In this case, it’s a watchdog group known as Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety. According to a recent report released by the group, Florida is among the worst in the nation when it comes to its safety laws and their enforcement.

Some of the problems Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety found in Florida include the inadequacy of its primary rear seat belt law. According to the Miami Herald article, over 45 percent of 21,000+ people killed as vehicle passengers did not have their seat belt on. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,000 people had their lives saved thanks to the use of seat belts.

Besides the seatbelt laws, Florida was also called out for its lack of requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets regardless of their age. Currently, anyone over 21 can ride without a helmet provided they have certain coverage with their insurance.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article239503003.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.

Super Bowl LIV May Affect Your Commute

football-player-260556_1280-1All eyes are on the upcoming Super Bowl LIV happening right here in South Florida. As with any major event of this magnitude, there will be lots going on, including several road closures that may affect your commute to work or a certain place you plan to go in the coming days.

Biscayne Boulevard serves as the primary arterial roadway in the downtown area of Miami. Several roads are expected close, particularly near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Bayfront Park. The latter is serving as the host of Super Bowl Live starting this weekend, a free event for families centered around various activities with a football theme.

Over in Miami Beach, expect to see road closures near the Miami Beach Convention Center and several more once Super Bowl Sunday gets closer. The convention center is also hosting a Super Bowl event, this one appropriately called the Super Bowl Experience. The “football theme park” is happening this weekend and will return on January 39th through the first of February. Miami Beach visitors should also know that popular Ocean Drive will be open solely to pedestrians beginning January 31 through February 3.

To read more about closures and detours related to the Super Bowl, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/super-bowl/article239390663.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 are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney today.

The Future of the Palmetto Express Lanes Is at Stake

miamiHighwaysIf you’ve spent any time driving on the Palmetto Expressway recently, you’ve likely chosen to use or have at least seen the express lanes. Per the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), drivers who decide to drive on the new lanes would pay at least fifty cents per segment, which run north and south between West Flagler Street and Northwest 154th Street in addition to I-75 near Northwest 107th Street.

Though the express lanes did not receive unanimous praise when they were announced, Miami-Dade pushed forth with the $250+ million project. Since their official opening, the lanes have generated $2 million in revenue according to the FDOT and have cut down on commute times by nearly half. While the standard Palmetto lanes usually take drivers about seventeen minutes to pass through during peak hours, the express lanes cut that down slightly to about nine minutes.

Despite the revenue and the reduced travel time, the future of the Palmetto express lanes is at stake. A pair of Florida lawmakers have recently introduced a bill that aims to get rid of the express lanes and prevent tolls from being created on the Palmetto. According to the lawmakers, the tolls are resulting in greater congestion for Hialeah residents.

Will the Palmetto express lanes be short-lived? Their fate will be determined during Florida’s 2020 legislative session, which kicked off earlier this week.

To read more, visit https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/the-fate-of-the-palmetto-express-lanes-will-be-decided-during-floridas-session/2176850/.

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.

Florida Officers Will Soon Issue Citations for Texting While Driving

textDrive (2)-1Law enforcement officers have provided warnings and information to Florida drivers regarding the latest handsfree law updates since October of this year. However, the warning “grace period” will end on New Year’s Day, allowing officers to issue tickets in certain areas for anyone who is caught driving with a mobile device in their hands that isn’t considered handsfree.

Drivers caught carrying a “wireless communication device” while driving through zones with construction workers, school zones, or school crossings risk receiving a moving violation that comes with a fine of $60. Officers will use these last remaining weeks of December to educate drivers regarding the soon to be fully enforced laws, taking advantage of the increased number of holiday drivers traveling the Florid roadways. Drivers have been getting tear-off reminders about the new law provisions and their related fines ever since the new texting while driving laws were passed earlier this year. Once January 1st arrives, these reminders will be gone and drivers will instead receive citations and fines.

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.

The Return of Red Light Cameras

redLightRed-light cameras have largely been on their way out, but a pair of cities in South Florida are looking to do the opposite. Boynton Beach and Pembroke Pines are aiming to switch their red-light cameras on again, joining other cities like Sunrise and Davie in Broward County and several others in Miami-Dade that still use the cameras. Drivers that are caught running a red light may face a fine of about $158. However, if the fine goes unpaid within sixty days, it will become a traffic ticket, carrying larger fines of $250.

Among the reasoning these cities often use to justify the existence of red light cameras is the concern for public safety. However, a Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles 2016 report revealed that red light intersection accidents increased by 10% compared to the previous year. Nevertheless, pedestrian-involved injuries dropped by nearly 20 percent.

Interestingly, in 2018, Boynton Beach decided to turn off their red-light cameras. With the decision to turn the cameras back on, it will be the only municipality in all of Palm Beach County to have a red light camera program up and running.

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.

New Traffic Patterns on I-95 and I-395

i95If you spent any time driving on I-95 or I-395 this morning, you may have been slightly confused. Starting today, the lanes traveling north and southbound on I-95 that continue eastbound via I-395 have been shifted in a northern direction. Should you drive on these lanes, they will appear to shift to the left.

Drivers needing to get off on Biscayne Boulevard should use Exit 2B if they’re traveling northbound on I-95. On the other hand, drivers heading south on I-95 towards the east on I-395 to get to Biscayne Boulevard will notice a difference. Instead of being on the right, Exit 2A has been moved to the left hand side.

The tweaks to the lanes are part of a much larger, multi-million dollar redesign initiative aimed at alleviating the frequent bottle-necking and traffic congestion issues that these roadways have become notorious for. Hence, if you’ll be traveling on these roads today or this weekend, allow for some extra time while adjusting to the lane changes.

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.