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Florida Sees Fewer Fatal Crashes

drinking-3740477_1920(1)Some good news is emerging regarding Florida when it comes to driving. The number of fatalities that happened due to drug or alcohol-related crashes plunged by more than thirty percent last year, per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV). According to the department, there were just under 750 fatalities, a drop that may have been largely due to the fewer people on the roads as a result of the pandemic.

According to FLHSMV, the overall number of impaired-driving accidents dropped by over 16%, impaired-driving deaths also plunged by more than 30%, and impaired-driving injuries dropped by over 25%.

FLHSMV and its branch of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP) are spearheading the Never Drive Impaired initiative in collaboration with state agencies and safety groups throughout the state to warn travelers that there is no excuse to drive impaired this month, as Florida usually sees an uptick in traffic and tourists as the spring break period arrives.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) will also be doing its part to drive the program with impaired-driving safety and prevention campaigns nationwide, including PSAs on social media and radio, signage, and more. For real-time traffic updates this spring and during the year, FDOT invites commuters to download the free Florida 511 app.

For more information and tools about the Never Drive Impaired campaign, go to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ website. Throughout March, FHP will be stepping up monitoring of intoxicated driving, and the public is urged to track unsafe or impaired drivers and call *FHP (*347) if they spot something.

As your Miami traffic attorney, we encourage you to practice safe driving and we are here to help in the event of a traffic ticket. If you need assistance from something like traffic lights, our red light camera violation attorney services may save you tons of money.

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.

Prescription Drugs Are Also a DUI Risk

joshua-coleman-eqhVilWdBJo-unsplashWhenever we see the acronym DUI, our thoughts may immediately drift toward a drunk driving charge. However, Florida’s laws when it comes to Driving Under the Influence encompasses alcoholic beverages as well as chemical substances, and controlled substances. In other words, if a person is caught driving under the influence of illegal drugs or even prescription drugs, they may receive a DUI charge. These types of charges may prove to be a little trickier to navigate and overcome as they often rely on the decisions made by the law enforcement officer.

Should a person be suspected of driving drunk, they will be administered a test to measure the blood alcohol content (BAC). If the BAC is beyond the legal limit, the driver will be charged with DUI. Nevertheless, should a driver operate a vehicle while under the influence of prescription drugs, a legal standard has not been established regarding the amount of medication that may be allowed in a person’s system that could result in a DUI charge. A driver risks being charged with DUI if they are noticed driving erratically by a law enforcement officer and the officer finds out the driver is taking a prescription that may affect their driving. Because of the legalities and minutiae involved with such charges, a Miami traffic attorney is a vital resource.

There are numerous over-the-counter and prescription medications capable of causing side effects such as drowsiness, impairing a driver’s vision, or reducing concentration. In turn, a driver cannot operate a vehicle as safely as they should be able to. Per the Federal Drug Administration (FDA), anxiety and cold medications, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants are a few examples of drugs that may affect driving ability.

Regardless of what led to the DUI, the charge will appear on a driver’s record as a DUI charge whether it was alcohol or prescription drug-related. A second DUI charge will result in much harsher penalties and the ramifications of the first DUI can be severe. For example, a driver may find that their vehicle insurance rates will skyrocket once the insurance company finds out about the charge. A DUI charge may even go as far as affecting the driver’s ability to secure a job.

Whether you need a DUI attorney or another resource such as a red light camera violation attorney, legal representation when it comes to driving-related charges is practically a must.

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.

DUI Arrest Raises Potential Questions About Vehicles

ingo-doerrie-s664bXr_5E0-unsplashA Florida man recently made the news after being arrested for allegedly driving under the influence (DUI). While yet another DUI arrest in Florida is nothing new, the vehicle the man was caught driving is not the standard automobile. Instead, the man was driving a lawnmower. According to the news article, it was the sixth time the man was arrested for DUI but marked the first time he did so on a lawnmower.

Depending on your familiarity with Florida law, you may be wondering how someone could be arrested for driving a lawnmower. However, if you do some research, you’ll find that what constitutes a “vehicle” is broad. Besides common vehicles like a scooter, there is the possibility of being arrested if you are intoxicated and are caught riding or driving or something like a golf cart, an all-terrain vehicle, and—although potentially rare—a horse.

Always make sure you’re driving sober and following the Florida laws, whether it’s a standard automobile or even a lawnmower. To read more about the Florida man, please visit https://www.fox13news.com/news/holmes-beach-mans-dui-arrest-is-his-sixth-but-first-one-on-a-lawn-mower.

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.

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 Bill Seeks Larger Fines for Passing School Buses

school-bus-4406479_1920Florida Governor Ron DeSantis will soon receive a new bill aimed at doubling the penalties against any drivers that do not stop for a stationary school bus. Present legislation punishes drivers with a $100 fine for failing to stop for a school bus. The minimal fine increases to $200 when a driver passes a school bus on the side where kids enter or exit. Both offenses also bear a possible revocation of a license for subsequent committed offenses.

Known as CS/HB 37, should the bill manage to clear its various hurdles and become law, the minimum penalty would increase to $200 should a driver pass a school bus that has stopped. The bill will also raise the minimum penalty for drivers driving on the side of a bus where children go in or out to $400. Furthermore, subsequent offenses may result in a one to two year suspension of a driver’s license. If Governor DeSantis approves the bill, it would go into effect at the beginning of next year.

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.

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.

Miami Traffic Court Resumes Next Week

andrew-karn-pn820SYbA2Q-unsplashBeginning next week, Miami-Dade County traffic courts will be resuming operations after close to two months of suspension as a result of COVID-19. The restart, however, is bringing significant changes as hearings will be allowed to be done through tools that have proliferated in popularity in the age of social distancing, such as the videoconferencing software program Zoom.

The re-launch is being rolled out slowly. Lawyers defending motorists will be attending the first few weeks of hearings. The majority of these motorists face potential fines and driver license points for tickets that were issued before the pandemic forced the closure of courthouses back in March. In a couple of weeks, court officials anticipate that motorists without legal representation will have the ability to defend themselves through video or participate in a trial via the aforementioned Zoom should they so choose.

In April, court officials also launched another online program allowing Miami-Dade residents to go electronic to settle citations issued for lack of insurance documentation, vehicle registration, or driving with an invalid license. Dubbed Online Dispute Resolution, the website gets rid of the need for drivers to physically visit the court to submit their records.

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.

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.

FDOT Hits the Brakes on Cash Tolls

tollsAs efforts continue to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Florida Department of Transportation recently announced it has temporarily ceased accepting cash at the various toll plazas across the Florida Turnpike. Instead, tolls will be collected via an electronic process using the driver’s license plate, or Pay by Plate. Drivers will then receive a bill in the mail for any tolls incurred.

These changes only affect drivers that use cash to pay for tolls. For those that use electronic devices such as SunPass to have their tolls billed, it’s business as usual. While not as common as they used to be, drivers can also use the exact coin lanes when available, though these will not have toll workers present.

The changes to the toll lanes are among the latest efforts by Florida in response to the coronavirus. Drivers are being encouraged to practice social distancing and refrain from going out unless it is necessary. When on the road, drivers should pay close attention to the electronic signs

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.

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.

Super Bowl LIV May Affect Your Commute

football-player-260556_1280-1All eyes are on the upcoming Super Bowl LIV happening right here in South Florida. As with any major event of this magnitude, there will be lots going on, including several road closures that may affect your commute to work or a certain place you plan to go in the coming days.

Biscayne Boulevard serves as the primary arterial roadway in the downtown area of Miami. Several roads are expected close, particularly near the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts and Bayfront Park. The latter is serving as the host of Super Bowl Live starting this weekend, a free event for families centered around various activities with a football theme.

Over in Miami Beach, expect to see road closures near the Miami Beach Convention Center and several more once Super Bowl Sunday gets closer. The convention center is also hosting a Super Bowl event, this one appropriately called the Super Bowl Experience. The “football theme park” is happening this weekend and will return on January 39th through the first of February. Miami Beach visitors should also know that popular Ocean Drive will be open solely to pedestrians beginning January 31 through February 3.

To read more about closures and detours related to the Super Bowl, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/nfl/super-bowl/article239390663.html.

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.

What Happens When BAC Is Below the Legal Limit?

buzzedWhen a person receives a DUI charge, most people think it means the individual was blowing a blood alcohol content (BAC) of at least 0.08% or more. However, is it still possible to be arrested if the driver blows under the legal BAC limit? Let’s delve a little deeper into this question.

The simple answer is yes, even if they blow below the legal limit, a driver can be arrested for a DUI. That assertion is focused on the Florida law that says DUIs comprise more than just a 0.08 percent BAC in some cases.

According to Florida law, a person is guilty of a DUI if they are under the influence of alcoholic beverages and they are affected to the degree that the usual abilities of the person are impaired. Hence, this has little to do with a driver’s BAC and more to do with the driver’s ability to safely operate a vehicle. Consequently, if someone is intoxicated to the extent that they have trouble controlling a motor vehicle, there is the possibility of a DUI arrest.

It makes DUI offenses extremely subjective, regrettably, as the cop who pulls the driver over is the one who determines whether or not the driver is committing a DUI. This means officers are entitled to subjectively arrest people if they believe they are intoxicated to the point of being a danger to themselves or others.

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.

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.

Your Yearly Weekend in Traffic

traffic-jamDoes it seem like you spend an exorbitant amount of your time stuck in traffic while out on the Miami roadways? Your suspicions are correct. A report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute reveals that the average driver spends just over fifty extra hours in traffic delays each year. These “extra hours” refer to the extra time drivers spend moving at congested speeds versus free-flow speeds.

To give you a rough idea of how long that is, it means you spend the equivalent of two and a half days in traffic or an entire weekend.

Commuters in fifteen of the country’s most-congested cities spent about 83 hours in traffic back in 2017, the most recent year with available data. Here in Miami, drivers spend 69 hours a year in traffic that’s nearly three days. Miami drivers can find some solace in knowing that their traffic woes aren’t as terrible as the San Francisco Oakland area which tops the list with a whopping 103 hours spent in traffic a year.

Texas A&M Transportation Institute says the situation will only continue to get worse and there is no single solution to help with easing the situation. Your best bet to help make the roads a little less congested for everyone may be to switch to public transportation, carpools, and other forms of transportation.

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.

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 Joins Effort to Cut Down on Speeding

unnamed (12)Besides drunk driving, speeding has often been cited as a reason for many traffic accidents. Beginning next week, Florida is joining forces with several other states in ramping up its efforts to target speeding drivers that are recklessly putting the lives of others at risk.

Dubbed “Operation Southern Shield” Florida is joining states like its neighbor Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, and Tennessee to spot interstate drivers that are driving well beyond the posted speed limits. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, speeding has played a role in close to one-third of all traffic fatalities in the United States over the last two decades. In 2017, more than 9,500 people lost their lives to due to speeding, which accounted for about 26 percent of traffic fatalities that year nationwide.

The goal of Operation Southern Shield isn’t so much for law enforcement officers to dish out an extra number of tickets as it is to educate drivers on how speeding can dramatically amplify the risk of being involved in a crash. Besides increasing the odds of serious injury or a fatality, speeding also reduces the effects of a vehicle’s safety equipment.

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 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.