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The 4 Most Important Safety Tips for Teens and New Drivers

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So there’s a new driver in your life. There are many reasons to be happy about this, such as spending less time driving them around and more time to yourself, as well as watching your child grow more independent. However, there are a few additional pointers that you should impart to your new driver so that they are properly prepared for the many difficulties they may encounter on the road. Here are four of the most important driving tips for any new driver.

Practice Makes Perfect 

The first and simplest piece of advice is to drive around with them. Before entering more difficult traffic scenarios, they’ll want to feel at ease with the fundamentals so they may learn from their mistakes in a low-stress setting. You should be sure to practice safe braking, turning, accelerating, avoiding distractions, and utilizing the blinkers. 

Encourage Frequent Use of Blinkers

Describe how one of the most practical driving tools is the turn signal. They signal where you want to move your car and let other drivers know what your plans are. No matter where your new driver is or whether there are any other vehicles nearby, encourage utilizing their blinkers. Your new driver should naturally use the blinkers, which will keep them and other drivers on the road safe.

Explain Impact of Weather on Road Conditions

It is advisable to avoid driving altogether if the weather is very poor. However, it is possible for it to rain after a trip has already started. Make sure they understand that headlights must be on when it is raining, as well as that the following distance behind other vehicles should be increased and they should drive a little slower.

Comply with All Traffic Laws

Drivers must comprehend and abide by a number of rules, including those pertaining to right-of-way and road signs. Just a few of them include driving under the speed limit, giving the car in front of you enough room, paying attention to traffic signs, and wearing a seatbelt at all times. Your new driver will be able to drive safely and comfortably if they know and follow the traffic rules; this will also benefit the other drivers on the road. 

 

We sincerely hope you’ll put these driving tips to good use and avoid getting a traffic ticket. But if you do, our experienced Miami traffic ticket lawyers are here to help! Please call (305) 515-5045 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.

When Is It Illegal to Use a Phone While Driving in Florida?

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Florida’s rules regarding cell phone use while driving are currently more lax than those of several other states. Although texting while driving is illegal in Florida, hands-free cell phone use is generally still permitted. However, if you cause an accident while talking on the phone, you may be held responsible for distracted driving. Furthermore, in the event of an accident, your phone data may be used to determine fault.

While talking on the phone is typically permitted, drivers must be aware of certain limitations. In certain places, talking on the phone is still subject to fines and/or citations. In certain situations where children or workers are likely to be present, drivers are encouraged to use greater caution. Included in this category are school zones, school crossings, and active work zones.

Talking on the phone while driving a car in these zones carries a fine of at least $60, court fees, and three points against the license, which is immediately comparable to a second offense texting violation.

Although Florida’s rules are less strict than those in many other states, using a cell phone while driving can be risky and distracting. Therefore, drivers shouldn’t use cell phones while operating a vehicle.

It’s important to note that as states continue to struggle with regulating cell phone use while driving, there are frequent modifications and updates to relevant laws.

 

If you have a traffic ticket you would like to fight, such as a speeding ticket, contact a Miami traffic attorney. If you have reason to believe you unfairly received a red light ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney.

How a Miami Traffic Attorney Can Help You Fight a Stop Sign Ticket

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The law stipulates that every car that approaches a stop sign comes to a complete stop. Failure to stop at a stop sign is subject to a fine, which is normally between $70 and $200. Penalties, however, might be significantly increased if additional factors like school and construction zones are present. Additionally, your license will receive points, which will increase the cost of your insurance.

Even though it can be difficult to prove if someone stopped at a stop sign, there are a few possible strategies a Miami traffic attorney could employ to prove your innocence.

Avoiding a Reckless Driver

You might occasionally have to disregard the stop sign in order to avoid a dangerous driver. If this is the case, you may acknowledge that you ran the stop sign but highlight that you did so to avoid danger.

Contest the Situation’s Subjectivity

Although many judges in these situations tend to favor the authorities, you can offer eyewitness testimony or directly argue the point of view if you think you did make the requisite stop. Perhaps the police believed that you rolled through the stop sign when, in fact, you stopped 20 feet away from the line. If you can, make sure to capture the view from both ends.

Claim Error in Fact

You have to have broken the law in order to get a ticket. You may claim that you did not see the stop sign if it was out of your line of sight, covered in vegetation, or something else.

 

If you wish to contest a traffic violation, such as a stop sign ticket, or if you believe you received an unfair red light camera ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney at Hochman & Goldin, P.A.

Failure to Yield Penalties and Consequences in Florida

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Failure to yield is defined as when a vehicle fails to appropriately slow down or stop for a pedestrian who is crossing the road or for another vehicle that has the right-of-way. If there is no accident, damage, harm, or injury, this is normally charged as a noncriminal moving infraction, and fines and possible license points are assessed. If failure to yield leads in a collision that results in property damage, injuries, or fatalities, extra and more severe legal penalties may be imposed.

A violation of any failure to yield where there is no accident may result in a noncriminal moving penalty, according to chapter 318 of the Florida Statutes. There could be a $500 fine for doing this. Additional penalties and fines of up to $1,000 may apply if you fail to yield in places like schools or construction zones.

Citations for failure to yield may also result in license points and/or a suspension of the driver’s license. Traffic school may be required of drivers. In addition, drivers who are cited for a traffic infraction for failing to yield usually see an increase in their insurance premiums.

If there is an accident as a result of the failure to yield, extra fines may apply. This is especially true if there is a separate charge for speeding, dangerous driving, or driving while intoxicated. The magnitude of any property damage, vehicle damage, or injuries to third parties may also have an impact on the severity of the penalties.

If you are facing legal repercussions for failure to yield that results in an accident and you have doubts about the legality of the infringement, a Miami traffic ticket lawyer can help. Attorneys with experience in traffic law and moving infractions will have a thorough understanding of the relevant statutes and how law enforcement might interpret them.

 

If you wish to contest a traffic violation, such as a speeding ticket, or if you believe you received an unfair red light camera ticket, contact a  at Hochman & Goldin, P.A. 

New Florida Law Permits Authorities to Fine Drivers for Excessively Loud Music

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As new legislation takes effect, streets all around the state of Florida are expected to become substantially quieter. This is because, effective July 1, drivers who listen to loud music while driving will be subject to get a ticket.

Drivers are now prohibited from turning up their car stereos so loudly that it can be clearly heard from 25 feet or farther. If they do, police may stop their vehicle and cite them for up to $114. The average car is roughly 15 feet long, therefore an officer has the legal right to issue a ticket to the driver in front of them if their music is heard.

A similar legislation was declared unlawful by the Florida Supreme Court in 2012 because it exempts commercial and political vehicles from penalties. There are no exceptions under the new law, although there are stiffer guidelines for driving near homes, churches, schools, and hospitals. The 25-foot guideline does not apply in those circumstances, therefore officers may issue penalties if they feel the music is merely “louder than necessary.”

Car horns and other honking noises, which are regarded as legal warning devices, will be exempt from the new law.

 

This update is brought to you by Hochman & Goldin, P.A. A Miami traffic attorney can assist you with criminal traffic violations, and our team is ready to answer your questions. Please call (305) 515-5247 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.

Long-Term Consequences of a DUI in Florida

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One of the first questions people ask themselves following a driving while intoxicated (DUI) arrest is how much it will cost them. However, there are a variety of long-term effects of a DUI that go beyond financial worries. These long-term consequences of a DUI include: 

Jail Time

You could spend up to six months in jail, though the majority of first-time offenders do not. For repeat offenders or DUIs that result in harm or death, the potential penalty rises.

Employment

After a DUI, both your current and future employment are at stake. Your employer has the right to fire you after a DUI arrest since Florida is an at-will employment state. Additionally, your chances of finding work in the future will be hampered because the majority of businesses demand that applicants submit to background checks.

Professional Licenses

If you have a DUI conviction, some professional licenses may be revoked or rejected, which will hinder you from working in your preferred field.

Education

Any type of criminal conviction, including a DUI, may cause many institutions to reject applicants.

Housing

Background checks are frequently required of potential tenants by landlords and property management organizations, which could result in your application being rejected.

Child Custody

In conflicts over child custody, a DUI conviction may be used against you.

When looking at the cost of a Florida DUI, these additional consequences should be taken into account as they represent potential losses you stand to suffer.

 

If you have a traffic ticket you would like to fight, such as a speeding ticket, contact a Miami traffic attorney. If you have reason to believe you unfairly received a red light ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Why Fight Traffic Tickets in Florida?

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Everyone who lives and drives in Florida is bound to receive a Florida traffic ticket at some point in their lives. Because traffic violations happen so frequently and most don’t result in a criminal record, people sometimes forget that paying the ticket isn’t necessarily the best option. A traffic violation can end up costing individuals who pay it a lot more money in the long run than if they had contested it. Here are two reasons why you should consider fighting your next traffic ticket.

Insurance Premium Increase

People tend to forget that each ticket has an associated point value. The more points you receive for a traffic violation on your driving record, the higher your insurance premiums will be. Each ticket will result in 3-6 points being added to your driving record. That implies a single ticket can add up to $300 to your annual premium or 20 percent to your insurance costs. Many individuals ignore that type of money because it is distributed over the course of a year, but it adds up to nearly $1000 over three years and $1,500 over five years.

License Revoked

With enough points, the state of Florida will eventually confiscate your license. 12 points is all it takes to lose your driver’s license. Many individuals have the misconception that getting 12 points on your driver’s license record is difficult. When you consider that numerous tickets can be written in a single stop, it isn’t. Speeding is punishable by four points. Driving over the speed limit while making quick or inappropriate lane changes because you’re late for work might result in an additional 3 points, 4 points for reckless driving. You can easily rack up 11 points in a single stop, and all it takes is a single failure to stop completely at a stop sign within a year to lose your license.

If you have a traffic ticket you would like to fight, such as a speeding ticket, contact a Miami traffic attorney. If you have reason to believe you unfairly received a red light ticket, contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Tips for Driving Safely in the Florida Rain

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Summer has arrived, and while it brings lots of sunshine to the “Sunshine State,” it also carries with it the threat of unexpected violent rainstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes. Driving in heavy rain or high winds increases the risk of a dangerous situation for you, your family, and other drivers on the road.

Here are five rainy season safety tips to keep you safe:

Slow Down

Speed restrictions are based on ideal driving conditions, and rainy conditions are not ideal. The only way to prevent hydroplaning is to reduce your vehicle’s speed. One of the most hazardous times to drive is just after it begins to rain, because oils on the road create slick conditions. When it is pouring, waiting a few minutes before hurrying to your destination may be the safest course of action.

Increase the Distance Between Cars

You’ll need to allow yourself extra time to brake if you have less traction. You can’t expect to stop in the same amount of space as you would on a dry road if the car in front of you suddenly stops.

Turn Your Headlights On

Other cars will be able to see you better thanks to your headlights. While many cars have daytime running lights, it is critical to switch on your headlights during a rainfall so that your tail lights are also turned on, ensuring that you are visible from all sides. 

Stay Focused on the Road

Many people drive instinctively during their usual commute and may be less aware than they are when driving in strange territory. Severe weather necessitates your complete focus. During storms, it’s critical to keep attentive and focused on the road, with a firm grip on the steering wheel and no distractions such as radios, other passengers, or phone calls.     

Summer rainstorms are nearly unavoidable in Florida, and they can appear out of nowhere. Understanding how to drive in the rain in Florida can save your life or at the very least keep you from getting into a costly accident.

This update is brought to you by Hochman & Goldin, P.A. A Miami traffic attorney can assist you with criminal traffic violations, and our team is ready to answer your questions. Please call (305) 515-5247 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.

Hochman & Golden Provides Guidance for Toll Violations in Florida

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There are numerous ways for drivers in Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Gardens counties to incur traffic citations, fines, and other penalties for Toll-By-Plate Violations. Often drivers inadvertently pass through a SunPass lane without a transponder, are unable to pay cash, unwittingly let the credit card associated with their SunPass account expire, or fail to pay a Toll-By-Plate invoice. Hochman and Goldin, P.A. provides Toll-By-Plate Violations Services, which are in great demand as a result of the widespread installation of systems such as MDX and SunPass that tax vehicles based on required transponders.

The penalties can be costly, with the average toll citation in Miami-Dade County costing $149 on top of the unpaid toll charge. Furthermore, such infractions can be recorded on a driver’s record, particularly if the driver fails to pay a Toll-By-Plate bill. Prior to paying such citations, you should consult with a Miami traffic attorney. An experienced legal team may be able to keep tickets off a driver’s record while also lowering the amount owed.

In addition to toll violations (including MDX, Toll-by-Plate, and SunPass), Hochman & Goldin, P.A. defends clients against speeding tickets, red light camera violations, and other civil traffic fines. Their experienced team of lawyers also help people get their criminal records expunged and sealed, as well as help people with criminal traffic charges.

More questions about traffic violations? Contact Hochman & Goldin, P.A. today.

Florida DUI Checkpoints: What You Should Know

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A sobriety checkpoint, often known as a DUI checkpoint, is an area where law enforcement officials station themselves to inspect drivers for symptoms of alcohol and impairment. It’s critical to understand your rights if you’re stopped at a DUI checkpoint.

When performing these checkpoints, police must follow various rules and regulations. You must stop and pull over if the police have requested it, otherwise you risk being arrested. If you want to avoid being arrested, arguing with a police officer over whether or not they can perform a DUI checkpoint is never a good idea. Drivers can, however, legally avoid stopping at a checkpoint by making a U-turn if they do not infringe any traffic laws in the process.

If you decide not to evade a checkpoint, have a calm and cooperative demeanor. You will be asked to roll down the window by the officer. Drivers must then present identification, such as a driver’s license, vehicle registration or proof of insurance. Once you have identified yourself and presented the proper papers, you are not required to provide any other information.

Avoid giving your consent to a car search. To do so, officers will need your permission, a warrant or probable cause. If they don’t have any of the aforementioned, you have every right to deny their request.

 

This update is brought to you by Hochman & Goldin, P.A. A Miami traffic attorney can assist you with criminal traffic violations, and our team is ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-515-5284 to speak with a red light camera violation attorney.