Category Archives: Miami Traffic Lawyers

Florida Takes Another Stab at Addressing Mobile Phone Usage

cellphoneThere are still several months remaining before the 2019 legislative session begins, but that hasn’t stopped efforts to tackle the ongoing problem of distracted Florida drivers being glued to their mobile devices while driving. Late last month, a new “Hands-Free Florida Law” also known as HB 45 was proposed, which would prevent drivers from using mobile phones to talk or text, though they would still be able to make use of a handsfree device.

Currently, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida, which means a driver would need to have committed another infraction such as speeding before they could be pulled over for texting. With this proposed bill, texting and even talking with the phone in the hand would be “upgraded” to a primary offense, which would allow a law enforcement officer to pull a driver over if they were caught texting or talking on their phone regardless of whether or not they may have committed another infraction like running a stop sign, for instance.

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Miami Police Launch Operation Safe Holidays

duiAs we approach the end of 2018, Miami law enforcement recently announced they’re ramping up efforts to crack down on drivers that may be driving impaired via an initiative being dubbed Operation Safe Holidays. A greater number of officers will be out patrolling the South Florida roadways and there will also be an increased amount of DUI checkpoints. These checkpoints will continue into New Year’s, which typically sees a larger number of impaired drivers on the road.

While Miami police may be doing most of the legwork in making the roads safer, the ridesharing company Uber is also hoping drivers make the right choice by offering discounts on its rides for those that opt to use the service versus driving impaired.

Besides Miami police, the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is also doing its part to keep the roads safe. FHP is warning that drivers caught driving under the influence could face massive penalties of “at least” $15,000.

Remember that besides having a designated driver or using services like Uber and Lyft, AAA will also be operating its free Tow to Go service beginning on Friday, December 21.

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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Florida Officers Target Drunk Drivers with Unique Tool

bottlesNew Year’s Eve would seem like the most logical holiday in terms of drunk drivers being out on the roads in greater numbers. However, that dubious distinction falls on Thanksgiving Eve, which is largely viewed as the year’s busiest night for drinking.

While this year’s Thanksgiving Eve has come and gone, law enforcement officers in certain parts of Florida ramped up their efforts to cut down on drinking and driving by using modern technology to better catch offenders. This technology involved the use of what’s called a preliminary breath test (PBT).

With the PBT, a law enforcement officer can use the device to detect whether a container has alcohol in it or not. That means even if the container doesn’t look like a better bottle or if the alcoholic beverage is masquerading in the guise of a water bottle, the PBT is able to sniff out the presence of alcohol. It can almost be considered as a breathalyzer of sorts but for liquids.

The PBT is used primarily to catch drivers below the legal drinking age. Should one of these drivers be caught, it would result in a violation of Florida’s Zero Tolerance Law. Drivers under the legal drinking age caught with a minimum blood alcohol level of .02 are at risk of having their license suspended for six months.

To read more, visit http://www.nbc-2.com/story/39522296/what-is-a-preliminary-blood-test-gadget.

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Are You Stopping for School Buses?

schoolBusAn alarming number of incidents involving school buses and children being struck by drivers around the country is spurring police in parts of Florida to take preventative measures to improve safety. In one instance over in Naples, an operation resulted in close to ten different drivers being ticketed due to their failure to stop when a school had its flashing red lights or crossing arm extended.

It’s worth reminding drivers that according to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, all drivers must come to a complete stop when a school bus is displaying its stop signal, regardless of which direction a driver may be moving in on a two-way street or a highway with a paved median divider. Drivers must remain stopped until children have cleared the road and the bus has fully withdrawn its stop arm. Should a driver approach an oncoming bus and there is a raised barrier or a minimum of five feet of unpaved space between traffic lanes, then they are not required to stop. However, drivers should still slow down and keep an eye out for any children that may be hopping onto or off the bus.

To read more about the operation in Naples, please visit https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2018/11/12/ccso-conducts-school-bus-safety-operation-after-string-nationwide-incidents/1975493002/.

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.

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South Florida Looks to “Calm” Traffic

speedBumpStandstill traffic is practically a tradition in Miami where the major highways and roadways like I-95 and Bird Road become heavily congested. Thanks to smartphone apps like the popular Waze, drivers are often redirected through local neighborhood streets as a means of circumventing the bottlenecks while shaving off a few minutes from the commute.

The problem is the countless numbers of drivers that drive through these local streets at high speeds or do so while being distracted, usually by talking on their phone or worse, texting. Pedestrian lives are in danger and there are greater odds for a crash. To try and tackle this, city planners are increasingly adopting what’s called “traffic calming”.

Despite its name, traffic calming has nothing to do with the body and mind. Instead, the approach works by employing measures to control speed and traffic volume, hopefully resulting in safer streets. City planners may opt for speed bumps, roundabouts, chicanes, or speed tables for example. Coral Gables has already received the okay from the county to do what it needs to implement traffic calming. It also reduced the speed limit on residential roads by five miles to 25 MPH.

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All About Red Light Cameras

redLightWhile it is legal to make a right turn on red in most parts of South Florida, there are exceptions where it is illegal. Perhaps you turned right at one of these spots or maybe you ran the red light just as it was turning red. If a red light camera happens to catch you, chances are you may receive a hefty fine via postal mail.

Though they remain a highly contentious issue and have been largely phased out, red light cameras can still be found in parts of Florida. These cameras snap a photo of the license plate when a driver passes through the light when it’s red which is then recorded and sent to the enforcement program which sends out the citation. These cameras are also able to record several seconds of video to use as additional evidence.

Here in Florida, if a vehicle is indeed cited for a red light camera violation, that citation will be sent to the registered owner of the vehicle. This means that even if a licensed driver happens to be borrowing the vehicle, the owner is the person liable for the citation. In such a scenario, it may be a wise idea to seek legal advice from a traffic attorney as the citation can potentially be contested. The citation fines typically hover around $158 but can increase substantially.

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How to Deal with Wrong Way Drivers

wrongWayBesides drunk driving and its many fatalities, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that over 300 people die every year due to another common driving problem: wrong way drivers. Besides the fatalities, wrong way crashes also injure thousands of people each year, so what can be done?

Florida State University (FSU) researchers are using the information they’ve gathered about traffic safety to tackle the wrong way driving issue. This may be achieved by using “smart” signs as well as markers on the pavement incorporating technology to boost safety efforts. While installing countermeasures before entering ramps has helped, a major problem needing to be addressed is how to get the attention of a driver if they have already started driving the wrong way. One way to achieve this is by having blank signs in place triggered by a radar that would light up the moment a vehicle traveling the wrong way is detected.

FSU studies also zeroed in on what countermeasures would work best to deal with drivers that may be impaired. Sure enough, flashing signs proved to be most effective as people’s attention will generally be drawn to things that appear instantly.

You can read more at the following link: https://news.fsu.edu/news/2018/10/29/fsu-research-investigates-smart-highway-signs-to-prevent-wrong-way-driving-crashes/.

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Florida’s Worst Counties for Distracted Driving

textDriveLast year alone, Florida had well over 45,000 crashes involving distracted driving, resulting in more than 200 fatalities. Distracted driving remains a major problem in Florida because of factors such as the limited measures available to law enforcement to tackle the issue. Certain counties in the state have it worse than others when it comes to distracted driving crashes.

The worst county in all of Florida is Wakulla County. Last year, over 100 crashes were caused by distracted driving. That number is over 40% greater than the state’s average of 83. For whatever it’s worth, Miami-Dade County did not make the list of top ten counties for distracted driving. However, it did manage to crack the top twenty, with 93 crashes per 1,000 registered vehicles.

Florida’s is among the few states that don’t have strict laws when it comes to performing actions such as talking on a cell phone and driving. It remains a secondary offense which means a law enforcement officer would have to pull a driver over for a primary offense like speeding before the driver could be cited for also having been caught texting. Drivers should also know that using headphones can, however, be enforced as a primary offense.

If you wish to view the full list of Florida’s worst counties when it comes to distracted driving, please visit https://www.valuepenguin.com/auto-insurance/worst-counties-florida-distracted-driving#nogo.

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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Third Party Website Charges Drivers Extra to Renew

websiteWhen Florida drivers need to renew their driver’s license, they can either search for the correct website or simply type in www.gorenew.com. In the case of the former, users may have been lead to a website called ETags.com, a vehicle registration and title services company. The website recently came under scrutiny when it was revealed it was allegedly charging its users excessive fees when they tried to renew their tag.

Typically, if a Florida driver were to renew their registration for two years, the price would be about $70. In the case of ETags, the website charged a customer $106 in one example, tacking on extra service fees that are not charged by Florida for the same type of transaction.

Moving forward, ETags must clearly inform its future customers that it is unaffiliated with the government and it must also itemize the fees it is charging. It will also be required to refund certain customers who mistakenly thought they were, in fact, using a government website.

Floridians looking to renew their vehicle tags or their license should remember that they have the option of visiting www.gorenew.com or they can also use the MyFlorida app on their smartphone.

To read more about the ETags story, please visit https://www.actionnewsjax.com/news/local/website-charging-florida-drivers-crazy-service-fees-agrees-to-make-changes-after-investigation/842526571.

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Florida Wants to Crack Down on Aggressive Driving

carcarcarAggressive driving remains a major problem in the United States, frequently resulting in fatal consequences. A AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety study found that well over fifty percent of fatal crashes involved at least one of the drivers performing an action that could be deemed aggressive. Here in South Florida, nearly every driver has dealt with the consequences of aggressive driving or noticed it happening to a fellow driver.

As a means of giving law enforcement officers better opportunities to crack down on aggressive driving, the Florida Legislature recently gave the OK to a new statute appropriately titled “Aggressive Careless Driving”. Under the statute, if a driver commits two or more acts such as speeding, changing lanes unsafely, or passing improperly, they may receive a ticket. The statute essentially allows the Florida Highway Patrol the ability to spearhead campaigns during the year.

Remember that even if law enforcement isn’t around or doesn’t notice what is clearly a dangerous act of driving aggressively, you can report an incident by safely dialing *FHP. In case you need another reason not to drive aggressively or a reminder as to why it’s important to always be aware of your surroundings, consider that Florida motorists are not legally required to have bodily injury coverage. Hence, if you’re hurt and the driver doesn’t carry that type of coverage, it will be your responsibility to cover the medical expenses.

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.

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