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Proposed Bill to Catch Speeders in School Zones

HochmanGoldin (2)To improve safety, Florida lawmakers are considering allowing cities and counties to deploy cameras to catch speeders in school zones. Those caught driving 10 miles per hour or more over the speed limit could be issued a ticket, and in need of a Miami traffic attorney.

 

If the bill is passed in its current form, it would allow cameras to start rolling half an hour before school started and stop half an hour after classes ended. According to the bill, the cameras would identify vehicle speed as you drove through a school zone. The speed cameras would function in a similar way as red light cameras. The registered owner of every car caught on camera would receive a speeding ticket in the mail within 30 days of the incident, without ever engaging with a police officer.

 

The bill’s phrasing does give offenders some discretion, allowing them a free “warning” for a first violation. Following that, fines rise in proportion to the driver’s speed, reaching $500 for exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more. All electronic images, videos and documentation of the vehicle as measured by a speed detection system would be available for review to those ticketed. A hearing can also be requested by those cited.

 

Under the present version of the bill, proceeds from each ticket would go to the state Department of Revenue, the local county or municipality, and the school district where the infraction happened. The funds will be used entirely on school transportation and safety programs.

 

Questions about other traffic violations? Contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Most Common Ways to Dispute a Red Light Violation

Most Common Ways to Dispute a Red Light ViolationMany areas around Florida now have red light cameras in place to catch lawbreakers. In fact, Florida has some of the highest red-light violations in the country. However, just because you get a red light ticket doesn’t mean you have to pay the fine. If you received a red light ticket, working with an experienced red light camera violation attorney Miami¬†who can assess your case is critical to challenging your ticket. Three of the most common ways to fight a red light violation in Florida are outlined below:

 

  1. It wasn’t you in the driver’s seat.

 

Although red-light camera violations are assessed to the vehicle owner, in Florida, the violation is applied to the driver, not the vehicle owner. That means that if someone else drives your car and runs a red light, that person is accountable for paying the ticket.

 

  1. Your car did not activate the camera.

 

If more than one vehicle shows in the photo, you can claim that the camera was activated by another vehicle. Pedestrians, onlookers, other drivers and passengers, may be able to produce evidence that another vehicle ran the red light.

 

  1. A defective red light camera was to blame.

 

Occasionally, red light camera systems make mistakes. You have the option of requesting documentation that the camera was recently maintained and was in great working order when it took the photo or video of your car.

 

Received a traffic violation? Our attorneys at Hochman & Goldin, P.A., offer legal assistance for traffic tickets in the Miami area. We may be able to lower the fine amount or possibly have your ticket dismissed entirely. Visit us online or call us today (305) 515-5045.

What Happens If You Drive Over 100 MPH?

Hochman BlogSpeeding is not usually a criminal offense, but the consequences can be more severe if you are caught driving over 100 mph.

 

Most speeding tickets will only lend you a fine and points on your driving record, which can be fought with the help of a Miami traffic attorney. However, not every speeding ticket is a non-criminal/traffic offense. Certain tickets can actually be classified as a misdemeanor or felony, leading to jail time, hefty fines, and license suspension.

 

Driving over 100 mph is not always a felony unless someone is injured in an accident or there are fatalities. However, in Florida, it is a felony. Driving 50 miles over the speed limit is considered a felony already.

 

In fact, just driving 30 miles over the speed limit in Florida is classified as a criminal offense, and speeds 30 to 49 miles per hour over the speed limit is considered a misdemeanor.

 

Driving over 50 miles per hour in Florida can end up being a third-degree felony, which involves arrest (all felonies in Florida involve arrest.) Third-degree felonies can end up being five years in prison, license suspension for up to 10 years, and near;y $5,000 in fines.

 

Hochman & Goldin, P.A. offers legal assistance for traffic tickets in the Miami area. Visit us online to learn more.

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. Please speak to an attorney if you have specific questions regarding traffic signals and the law. If you have questions regarding a red light ticket, please contact a red light camera violation attorney.

Avoid These 3 Bad Driving Habits

Avoid These 3 Bad Driving HabitsThe longer you drive, the chances are that you become more comfortable behind the wheel. While experienced drivers continue to improve their driving skills, they can also pick up bad habits. Drivers may not even notice they are doing them, but the key is to be aware, so you can practice safe driving.

 

If you need assistance with your traffic ticket in the Miami area, a Miami traffic attorney from Hochman & Goldin, P.A., may be able to help. Call or visit us online to set up a consultation.

 

One of the biggest bad habits drivers engage in is what is known as the “California Stop.” This happens when a driver does not come to a complete stop at a stop sign and just coasts through it instead. The law states that drivers must completely stop at a stop sign, so avoid making this mistake, even when you are in a rush.

 

Not using the appropriate turn signals could also leave you with a traffic ticket. Failing to use turn signals may even cause accidents, especially when changing lanes. Avoid this mistake to keep you and others safe on the road.

 

Running red lights is not something people usually do on purpose. In fact, many drivers can seek out the help of a red light camera violation attorney if they feel that their red light violation occurred because they were attempting to make the safest and smartest decision in the situation. However, you should always follow the speed limit and follow a safe distance behind the car in front of you to avoid running red lights.

 

Can You Legally Move Onto an Intersection While Waiting to Make a Turn?

Hochman BlogThere are many rules of the road, especially as it comes to appropriate turning. While most drivers have the basics down, many lesser-known laws can confuse drivers and lead to frustration. After all, no one wants to be stuck at a yellow light, wondering if they can turn or not.

 

Left turns seem to be the trickiest. Where right turns usually have clear-cut answers of when you can and cannot turn, left turns are not always as clear. If you think your traffic ticket was issued in an area without clear signage and directions, contact a Miami traffic attorney. Our law firm can help you fight your traffic ticket for as little as $69.

 

The best rule to remember is that you should not begin a turn, right or left, if you cannot complete it.

 

For example, if you want to make a left turn on a yellow light, in some cases, you may be able to exit into the intersection before the left turn (as long as all traffic signals permit). However, if you are in the intersection and you cannot complete the turn and are “stuck” in the intersection because of traffic, you may find yourself in a bind.

 

Always assess traffic and follow traffic signals before making turns.

 

This information is for educational purposes only. It should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific questions regarding traffic signals and the law, please speak to an attorney. If you have questions regarding a red light ticket, please contact a red light camera violation attorney.