Category Archives: Miami Traffic Lawyers

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.

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.

What to Do in a Funeral Procession

funeral-1572863_1280Do you know or did you perhaps forget what it is that should be done should there be a funeral procession nearby? One important thing to remember is that any driver that is not part of the funeral procession is required to yield the right of way for all vehicles in the procession, even if a law enforcement officer is not providing procession escort. At an intersection, the procession may still proceed even if the light turns red while the vehicles have entered while the light was green. Again, all other traffic is required to yield.

We’ve mentioned in the past how drivers often use their hazard lights during a rainstorm, which is illegal. However, this is a different story when it comes to funeral processions. All vehicles involved in the procession are indeed required to use either their low or high beams and it is one of the very few instances where it is legal while a vehicle is in motion.

Should you have any questions about what to do if you’re in or near a funeral procession, you can read the Florida Statute at the following link:http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.1974.html.

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.

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.

Would You Like to Send Other Drivers a Message?

jam-4167288_1280Navigation apps like the popular Waze allow drivers to communicate with fellow drivers, warning them if there happens to be a hazard on the road or if a vehicle is stopped on the shoulder. While the warnings are useful, would South Florida drivers benefit from being able to send others full-fledged messages while they’re on the road?

One company thinks so.

A company calling itself RoadWayve is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to promote its electronic signs which would indeed allow drivers to message fellow drivers while on the road. Using a sign that attaches to the rear windshield of the vehicle, messages can be relayed to the device using Bluetooth technology which will then show up on the LED screen.

While the device intentions may be good and could be used as a way for a driver to thank another if, for example, they allow them to pass, the sign may also lead to problems. South Florida is notorious for its impatient and aggressive drivers, and road rage is unfortunately common. A sign that can convey a not so pleasant message if someone gets cut off may only exacerbate an already tense situation.

To read more, please visit https://www.clickorlando.com/tech/road-to-ruin-car-sign-lets-you-message-other-drivers.

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.

Florida Governor Signs Texting and Driving Bill

textDrive (2)The time has finally arrived. Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that places tougher restrictions on drivers caught texting and driving, a major distraction.

Beginning in July, law enforcement officers will have the authority to pull a driver over and give them a ticket for texting while they’re behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, with a few exceptions. Drivers can, however, use their phone if the vehicle is stopped.

Texting while driving has remained illegal in Florida for a number of years, but law enforcement officers cannot stop a driver because it is a secondary offense. Due to this, the law is rarely enforced. In fact, fewer than 1,800 tickets were issued for this offense in 2018, according to the Miami Herald.

For those concerned about using their phone for purposes other than texting such as GPS, drivers will still be able to use their phones for navigation, placing a phone call, or reading emergency messages, such as a weather alert, for example. The exception to this is in work and school zones, where drivers are prohibited from using their phones except for an emergency.

To read more about the texting while driving bill recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, please visit the Miami Herald:https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article230519664.html?fbclid=IwAR0yzL3YlIl-yXSvRTWa3mRaYmWfMPqgzNQBrQaszqRMPDTCVnnYOoWaqGs.

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.

School Zone Speeding Has Serious Consequences

schoolBusThe school year may be almost over for South Florida students, but it is still important to be aware of school zones. Being caught speeding in a school can have serious ramifications, including causing injury or death to a child. Hence, the penalties are strict. In fact, depending on how serious the offense is, it is possible for a driver to have their license suspended.

Most school zones in Miami have a speed limit of 15 miles per hour. Going beyond this speed limit during posted hours can result in fines of at least $50 for going about a mile to nine miles over the speed limit. These fines substantially increase the faster a driver goes over the speed limit, as much as $2,000 if a driver is caught going 50 miles over the speed limit.

Besides the fines, speeding in a school zone also carries potential points on a license, something a driver doesn’t want. If you receive a ticket for speeding in a school zone and feel it was wrongfully issued to you, a traffic ticket attorney may be able to help 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.