Category Archives: Miami Traffic Attorney

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.

Florida Joins Effort to Cut Down on Speeding

unnamed (12)Besides drunk driving, speeding has often been cited as a reason for many traffic accidents. Beginning next week, Florida is joining forces with several other states in ramping up its efforts to target speeding drivers that are recklessly putting the lives of others at risk.

Dubbed “Operation Southern Shield” Florida is joining states like its neighbor Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee to spot interstate drivers that are driving well beyond the posted speed limits. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding has played a role in close to one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States over the last two decades. In 2017, more than 9,500 people lost their lives to due to speeding, which accounted for about 26 percent of traffic fatalities that year nationwide.

The goal of Operation Southern Shield isn’t so much for law enforcement officers to dish out an extra number of tickets as it is to educate drivers on how speeding can dramatically amplify the risk of being involved in a crash. Besides increasing the odds of serious injury or a fatality, speeding also reduces the effects of a vehicle’s safety equipment.

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 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.

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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Texting While Driving Law Is Now in Effect

textDrive (2)In case you haven’t heard or read our previous blogs, being caught texting while driving will get you pulled over. The new law marks an upgrade from Florida’s previous stance when it was legally a secondary offense, This meant a driver would’ve had to commit another infraction before they could be cited for using their phone while on the road. As a primary offense, this is no longer the case, which means a driver can be pulled over for texting while driving regardless of whether or not another infraction was committed.

For drivers concerned about how they can use their phones with the new law, is specifically targets texting and typing. This means a driver can still use their phone for GPS purposes, they can still hold the phone up to their ear when talking on the phone and they can also check alerts behind the wheel are still allowed. For those that must send a text for whatever reason, they can legally do so while stopped at a red light. However, the phone must be put away once the light turns green.

Starting in October, Florida is taking things one step further by completely barring the use of a cell phone when driving through a school or construction zone.

For the time being, officers will largely be issuing warnings to drivers that are caught texting while driving, with citations coming in 2020.

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.

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.

Florida Approves Autonomous Vehicles

car-automotive-vehicle-digital-technology-futuristic-1575621-pxhere.comIn the near future, don’t be surprised if you pull up to a red light, glance over at the vehicle next to you, and realize that there is no one seated in the driver’s seat. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill that would allow self-driving vehicles to operate in Florida.

Of course, this won’t be happening until the vehicles have been deemed fit for the roads. Governor DeSantis is hoping the law will grab the attention of companies that deal with the testing and building of autonomous vehicles. The bill also opens the door for ridesharing companies to deploy their driverless fleets in Florida. However, this doesn’t mean human-less vehicles will begin to show on public roads as these vehicles are still undergoing testing.

Florida’s bill which goes into effect next month will allow self-driving cars on all of the state’s roads provided the vehicles adhere to insurance and safety requirements. Requirements include having a minimum of $1 million in insurance coverage, regardless of whether the vehicles are being used for personal or commercial purposes.

With the signing of the bill, Florida joins just two other states that allow self-driving vehicles on the roads, these states being Texas and Michigan.

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.

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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.

Florida Launches Its Click It or Ticket Campaign

seatbeltIf you don’t regularly wear your seat belt when you’re out and about on the Florida roadways, watch out! Last week, several police departments across the state launched their “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. During this time, law enforcement officers will be increasing their patrol until June 2nd as a greater number of drivers are expected to be out on the roads due to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants that lost their lives in a crash in the United States back in 2017. During this same year, over fifty percent of occupants that died during the evening hours were not wearing seatbelts. With that in mind, one of the primary goals of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to enforce wearing seat belts at night. Officers are employing a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to enforcing wearing seat belts, regardless of the time of day.

Driving without a seat belt on is considered a primary offense in the state of Florida, which means an officer has the authority to pull a driver over if they are caught not wearing one. All passengers are required by law to wear a seat belt.

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.