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Driving Slow in the Left Lane

adult-automotive-blur-car-13861An effective way to quickly anger a South Florida driver is to drive behind a vehicle that is not keeping up with the flow of traffic. Drivers can become quite infuriated when they have to slam on the brakes when they’re traveling in the left lane because a driver is going too slow. Often this vehicle is traveling at the speed limit or below it, and will not move into the right lane even if the driver behind them politely flashes their lights to get them to move.

Florida Statute 316.081 states that slower vehicles are required to yield to those that are moving faster, but many drivers either fail to do so or are unaware of this. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, over 40,000 citations were issued between 2014 to 2019 due to drivers running afoul of the law.

Could permanent signs on the road stating “slower traffic keep right” help with reminding drivers what they’re supposed to do? You may have seen this message or something similar to it on the electronic signs found on the highways, but these messages are only temporary.

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.

Hazard Lights Are Not for Severe Weather

hazardsEvery so often, it’s worth reminding users of something very important: do not turn your hazard lights on during rainy weather, no matter how severe the storm might be. To illustrate its dangers, a Wink News article recently reported that the improper use of hazard lights may have contributed to a crash in Estero that resulted in six people being transported to the hospital. The cause is believed to be a vehicle in the center lane with its hazard lights on.

Again, even if the weather looks like a hurricane has touched down in Florida, it remains against the law to drive in the rain with hazard lights on. With some vehicles, using hazard lights means that other drivers cannot see the brake lights, potentially increasing the chances of an accident. For drivers that are worried about remaining safe in such dangerous conditions, it may be a better idea to use the nearest exit to get off of the road and find a safe place to stop driving.

The only time drivers are allowed to use hazard lights in Florida is if their vehicle is stalled on the road or the side of the road due to reasons like a malfunction or the vehicle becoming disabled. These lights indicate that there is an emergency. The one exception to this is when drivers are part of a funeral procession.

For more information, visit https://www.winknews.com/2020/01/30/florida-law-dictates-hazard-lights-are-only-for-emergencies-not-severe-weather/.

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.

Don’t Leave the Scene of an Accident

accident-1497295_1280February arrives next week, marking the beginning of “Hit and Run Awareness Month”. During this month, Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) is emphasizing to drivers the importance of remaining at the scene of an accident. Close to 25 percent of crashes in Florida are hit and run. Miami-Dade County also has the dubious honor of being number one in the state in these types of accidents.

Drivers should remember that leaving the scene of an accident is a crime that has severe consequences. For example, leaving the scene of a crash where property damage has occurred is a misdemeanor of the second degree and could lead to sixty days in jail as well as a fine of $500. If there are injuries, it becomes a felony of the second or third degree with consequences like having a license revoked for three years, spending five years in prison, and a much larger fine of $5,000. If there is a fatality, the crime becomes a first-degree felony and includes license revocation, at least four years in prison but as much as thirty, and an even larger fine of $10,000.

If you are involved in an accident, the best thing to do is remain at the scene and call for help. Besides being the law, it could save someone’s life.

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 Lawmakers Want to Reinvent License Suspensions

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According to a Tampa Bay Times article, over a million people in Florida have had their license suspended due to fines associated with things like being unable to pay for court fees. With areas such as South Florida practically demanding the use of a vehicle to get around within a reasonable time, it can make it harder for people that are looking to rebuild their lives after they’ve been released from prison, for example.

A pair of Florida lawmakers are now looking to cease the trend of suspending licenses for drivers unable to pay by spearheading HB 903. Should the bill pass, Florida would join a few other states like Kentucky that have done away with driver licenses suspension penalties. It’s important to note, however, that this doesn’t necessarily mean drivers are off the hook. Drivers would be able to set up a payment plan that would vary based on the driver’s income each month or a monthly $10.

To read more, visit https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2020/01/21/driving-while-poor-no-more-florida-lawmakers-consider-overhaul-of-license-suspensions/.

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.

Are There Exceptions to the Texting While Driving Law?

textDrive3Florida’s texting while driving law has been in full effect for over thirteen days now, allowing law enforcement officers to give drivers a citation if they are caught. However, there are a couple of what-if scenarios that may occur, which you should be aware of if you’re concerned about running afoul of the law.

Let’s take an amber alert or calling the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) to report activity that may be suspicious. Both of these require the use of a phone and can be mistaken as texting while driving. Thankfully, one of the Florida statutes has information addressing these concerns, ensuring that reporting emergencies or suspicious activity are not prohibited. The statute also extends to safety-related messages such as emergencies, traffic, or weather. If you do intend to call FHP, however, it may be best to err on the side of caution and pull over to make the call, once it’s safe to do so.

There are additional exceptions such as using your wireless communication device to navigate somewhere or radio broadcast messages.

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.

Proposed Bill Seeks DUI Accountability

dui2A Florida lawmaker is generating attention for his new approach to tackling the issue of first-time DUI offenders. He has recently filed a bill (SB 1396) which seeks the creation of a “diversion” program to deal with those drivers that are caught driving under the influence.

The diversion program would extend for a year. Once it’s complete, a judge would withhold adjudication on charges involving driving under the influence. In other words, no formal conviction would be necessary and it would also save thousands for offenders.

Eligible drivers for the program would be those that have not been involved in a crash, did not have a passenger who is/was a minor, and with a level of 0.20 or lower blood alcohol. If the driver consents to participate in the program, they will not face driver’s license suspension. Nonetheless, they would have to plead guilty to a reckless driving charge, conduct community service, and have to have a device in their car that will prohibit them from starting if it detects alcohol when a driver breathes into the device.

To read more, please visit https://www.tallahassee.com/story/news/politics/2020/01/07/florida-drunk-driving-bill-combines-accountability-compassion/2832048001/.

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.

Stay Safe on the Roads During New Year’s

newYearsWith the New Year’s festivities set to commence, there will, unfortunately, be more drunk drivers on the road. The hours from 6 pm December 31st and 6 am on New Year’s Day are the most dangerous time of the year for drivers. Again, it is extremely important to have a designated driver if you’re planning on drinking. There are also various services South Floridians can use to make it home safely.

AAA will once again have its Tow-to-Go service up and running, aimed at making sure impaired drivers stay off the roads and make it to their destination safely. The free rides are available to everyone and will continue to operate through Thursday, January 2, 2020. The trucks can transport a total of two people but they cannot be scheduled in advance.

Besides AAA, ridesharing services like Uber will offer free rides of up to $10. Riders need to enter the code SAFERIDETPA which will remain valid from 9 pm Tuesday through 12:30 am on Wednesday.

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.

New Year’s Parking in Miami Beach

oceanDr (3)With the New Year’s Eve festivities happening soon, many people may be heading to Miami Beach to welcome the arrival of 2020. However, parking is notoriously difficult in the barrier island. A bit of parking advice may make the process easier to manage without getting too stressed.

When parking in one of the South Beach garages, you should know that all of them allow the option of using one the parking apps to pay, in this case ParkMobile. For those preferring cash, none of them accept bills over $20. They each have a minimum daily rate of $2 and a daily maximum rate of $20. However, the garage on 42nd Street is slightly different in that its maximum daily rate is $8.

If you happen to own an electric vehicle, there are a few charging stations at five public garages in Miami Beach, four of which are in the South Beach area.

In finding a parking spot, you may wish to use the power of an app like Google Maps to help you so that you’re not stressing out and driving around aimlessly trying to hunt for open parking. Google Maps can show you lots that are near attractions.

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 Drivers Earn Another Dubious Distinction

roadSignThe reputation Florida drivers have earned isn’t one most people would consider ideal, and that may be due to reasons such as the common road rage and distracted driving. However, could it also be that Florida drivers simply don’t know how to read road signs? A recent survey may suggest so.

The survey conducted by a New York dealership asked drivers across the United States to participate in a road sign test. Florida made the top ten list of states with the poorest number of drivers able to pass the road sign test, with more than ten percent of them failing. To put this into somewhat of a real-world perspective, consider that out of every ten vehicles you pass along the Florida roads, one of the ten drivers of those vehicles can’t recognize the road signs. When you take into account the numerous drivers on major roadways like I-95 or the Palmetto, it’s an alarming statistic.

The sign most survey participants were unable to recognize was the U-Turn Only sign, followed closely by the Soft Shoulder and Yield signs in second and third place, respectively.

Florida drivers can find some solace in knowing that although they are among the worst in the country, Tennessee earned the dubious honor of being the top state with the most drivers failing the road sign test.

To read more, visit https://patch.com/florida/miami/one-ten-florida-drivers-failed-recognize-basic-road-signs.

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.

Is It Okay for Drivers to Use out of State Disabled Placards?

disabledWith Thanksgiving happening this week, countless families will be reuniting to celebrate. In many cases, families will be driving in from out of town to spend the holiday in Florida with their friends and loved ones. If some of these families from another state happen to be disabled, will an issue arise if they are using an out of state disabled parking placard?

Those concerned about their loved ones running into trouble can rest assured that parents with a disability can use their legally issued disabled placard with little issue in Florida, regardless of what part of the country they may be from.

The only thing that needs to be taken care of is making sure that the placard is being used correctly. In Florida, this means hanging the placard from the rearview mirror when parking in a disabled spot. However, if the placard is one from out of state and it cannot be hanged for whatever reason, it simply needs to be easily visible when the vehicle is parked.

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.