Category Archives: Miami Traffic Lawyers

Florida Keys Tolls to Increase

key-west-1553628_1280Will you be heading to the Florida Keys next month? Should you travel on Card Sound Road, expect to pay a teensy bit more in tolls than what you may have been accustomed to. Monroe County upped the toll for two-axle vehicles and trucks from its former fee of $1.50 to $1.54.

Card Sound Road is one of the two major roadways taking drivers to and from the Florida Keys from Miami-Dade County’s Florida City. It’s not traveled on as much as its the road, better known as US1 and its eighteen-mile stretch.

Up until August 2017, Monroe County still used a manned tollbooth, which was situated near Card Sound Bridge. The tollbooth had been around since the late 1960s, and tolls were a mere $1 before it was replaced by an electronic monitoring system the following year. This system collects tolls using Florida’s Toll-By-Plate and the popular SunPass. Toll-By-Plate users, however, must pay the toll plus a $2.50 administrative fee.

If you do a lot of traveling to the Florida Keys and drive a two-axle vehicle, you may wish to consider the $375 annual SunPass transponder pass expected to kick off next year.

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.

Dealing with Your Teen’s First Traffic Ticket

teenDriver-2If you’re the parent of a teenager, there may come a moment when your adolescent gets a traffic ticket. This means facing the possibility of having your insurance rates increased as well as having to pay for the traffic ticket fines. What options are available if your teen gets a ticket? Let’s take a look.

The most obvious and perhaps the option you may wish to consider last is simply paying a violation, especially if it’s a moving violation. This will likely lead to receiving points on the license and the odds are strong that the insurance premium will increase for the next several years. For a non-moving violation, it may make more sense to pay the ticket as the price tags are typically minor and they don’t come with points attached.

Another option to consider is paying the ticket and having the teen attend traffic school, which avoids having points added to the driving record. While this may serve as a way to teach the teenager a lesson in safe driving, traffic school does require several hours of time and it comes with a fee.

A potentially effective option to consider? Fight your teen’s traffic ticket. This option may result in the ticket being dismissed, which means there is no risk of it appears on the teen’s driving record.

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.

Heads Up, Fort Lauderdale Bridge is Closed

fort-lauderdale-4032105_1280Will you be doing any traveling near the Andrew Avenue Drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale’s downtown area? In case you haven’t already noticed, the bridge is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic and will remain so for about a month to undergo renovation. This renovation is an $8+ million rehabilitation project intended to make the bridge more resistant to storms as well as more reliable and quieter. The bridge was built back in the early 1980s and spans the New River between South Fifth Street and popular Las Olas Boulevard.

The Andrew Avenue Drawbridge is tentatively scheduled to reopen on the 8th of October. If you’ve traveled through the bridge recently, you may have noticed that one southbound and northbound lane on the bridge has been closed since May. These two lanes are expected to reopen in March of next year, which is when the renovation project is expected to be complete.

For those that depend on the bridge as part of their commute, you can use the Southeast Third Avenue Drawbridge as an alternative for the time being. The closure isn’t expected to affect boaters.

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.

Turn Signals: You Should Use Them

turnSignalSince the late 1930s, the turning signal—or blinker if you prefer—has remained a staple in vehicles. Take a drive on the South Florida roadways and you’ll notice it’s a feature many drivers seemingly don’t use. The turning signal allows a driver to indicate that they will be changing lanes or making a turn. It can go a long way in preventing a possible collision while also cutting down the chance of road rage. Here’s something Florida drivers may not know: the law requires their use.

The issue of “turn signal neglect” continues to be a major problem. Drivers that fail to use their turn signals are contributing to numerous collisions and they are making the roads more dangerous for everyone. The issue may be as bad as another common driver problem: distracted driving.

Drivers may believe that if they use the turn signal, the surrounding vehicles will feel accelerate to prevent being cut off. It’s almost normal to see cases of road rage develop because a driver intentionally sped up to prevent another driver from coming into their lane when using their turn signal. While these scenarios are bound to happen, most drivers will be willing to let you in if you turn on your signal with enough time, and you’re doing everyone else on the road a favor by doing so.

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.

What’s the Deal with Signing a Traffic Ticket?

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Though the laws have remained largely the same for years now, there appears to still be some confusion when it comes to having to sign traffic tickets. While most drivers will sign a basic traffic ticket, they are not legally required to do so. In the past, however, drivers refusing to sign tickets could be arrested, but things have since changed.

Today’s basic traffic tickets have a small box near the bottom which a law enforcement officer will check off. This indicates and verifies that the officer did, in fact, deliver the ticket to the individual mentioned on the ticket. It serves as a way to potentially avoid an argument arising.

Some scenarios do require the driver to sign a ticket. Anything beyond a basic traffic ticket such as a criminal citation or a court summons requires a person to provide their John Hancock.

Drivers should always remember that signing a basic traffic ticket or any document does not constitute an admission of guilt.

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.

Driving During a Heavy Storm

hazardsMother Nature was in a particularly angry mood this past weekend, unleashing lots of thunder, lightning, and some heavy downpours which resulted in traffic lights not working. As is often the case with thunderstorms, South Florida drivers sometimes forget what they should and not do when lights go out or when it’s raining heavily.

As we’ve mentioned in the past, do not use your hazard lights during heavy rain. It only serves to confuse other drivers and perhaps most importantly, it is illegal. Hazard lights should be used if a vehicle is stopped or disabled on the roadside or if it is part of a funeral procession. Drivers may wish to turn on their low beams during heavy rain instead.

When traffic lights are out and you approach a four-way intersection, they are to be treated as a four-way stop. If you are the first to arrive, you are the first to proceed. However, if you arrive at the light at the same as another vehicle, the driver of the vehicle on the left is expected to yield the right of way to a vehicle on the right.

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.

School Will Soon Be in Session, Watch Your Speed

schoolBusYellowCountless children throughout South Florida will soon be returning for another school year, which means law enforcement officers will be out patrolling the school zones to make sure children and adults remain safe.

Speeding in a school zone is taken seriously, which means there are stiff penalties for drivers caught running afoul of the law. A driver can be fined over $1,000 depending on how fast they are traveling through the school zone and they will have points added to their driving record, including six points plus a potential license suspension if the driver is involved in an accident while speeding through a school zone.

Drivers who believe there may be discrepancies with a speeding citation they have received may wish to consult a traffic ticket attorney who will meticulously examine the citation to determine if penalties can be reduced or if the charges can be dismissed entirely. For example, does the time reflected on the ticket coincide with the hours the posted school zone speed limit was in effect?

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.

The Risks of In-Vehicle Technology

automobile-automotive-car-1135379Today’s vehicles feature sophisticated technology, including interactive touch panels that allow drivers to do a host of things, from changing radio stations to setting up a route on their GPS. While the technology is useful, it can potentially cause distractions, albeit perhaps less so now that drivers are legally forced to refrain from texting while driving.

With older drivers, it’s another story.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic recently found in a new study that older drivers are often more distracted than younger ones. Drivers at least age 55 to 75 will take their eyes off of the road several seconds longer than younger drivers when they are performing tasks such as managing the radio or dealing with navigation, as much as eight seconds more. Considering that taking your eyes off of the road for as little as two seconds can increase the chances of being involved in a crash twice as much, it reinforces the need to stay focused.

Some easy tips for safer driving include making use of voice commands whenever possible or becoming comfortable with the infotainment panel before heading off. Regardless of your age, avoid interacting with infotainment panels while the vehicle is in motion unless it is an absolute emergency.

To read more, visit https://www.mysuncoast.com/2019/08/02/study-older-drivers-are-more-likely-drive-distracted-than-younger-drivers-when-using-in-car-technology/.

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.

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.

Say Hello to the Palmetto Express Lanes

miamiHighwaysThose of you that take the southbound Palmetto Expressway (also known as State Road 826) frequently may have noticed a major change. After extensive work, the express lanes are officially open. Stretching for thirteen miles from West Flagler Street to just north of Northwest 154th Street, and at I-75 to Northwest 170th Street, these express lanes are intended to ease traffic for drivers willing to pay a premium by allowing them to move quickly through the highway away from the free lanes which move slower.

Similar to their I-95 siblings (which locals refer to as the “Lexus Lanes”), the Palmetto express lanes will charge tolls based on the flow of traffic, which is paid for using SunPass. Drivers that frequently travel the I-95 express lanes know that the tolls can cost over $10 during the rush hour period. It’s also worth noting that these express lanes end at certain points which means drivers should be aware of where they are going so as not to become one of those drivers that illegally plow through the barriers and become a safety risk after realizing they are going to miss their exit.

What are your thoughts on the Palmetto express lanes? Do you think they will help with easing congestion?

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.

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.