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Google Maps Will Receive Real-Time Reporting

navigation-2049641_1280If you’ve used navigation apps on your smartphone, you may be familiar with Waze. The app stands out by allowing users to report incidents such as hazards on the road, the presence of police, and more in real-to,e. After Google purchased Waze in 2013, its own Google Maps received some traffic data from Waze but the two continued to operate independently.

Fast forward several years and Google Maps is now getting some of the real-time reporting features Waze users have been accustomed to and using for years. Users will soon be able to report road incidents including speed traps and accidents once Google pushes a new update for both Android users and those that use iOS devices like the iPhone.

In addition to being able to report accidents, Google is taking another page from its Waze app by adding the option to report construction zones, any lanes that may be closed, vehicles that are disabled, and debris that may be causing dangerous hazards on the road.

Do you have a preference between Google Maps or Waze? If so, will the new real-time reporting updates sway you to switch to Google Maps or do you prefer to stick to the longtime reliability of Waze?

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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Florida Senator Seeks to Increase Penalties for Passing a School Bus

schoolBusWhen a school bus is stopped and has its STOP sign out, Florida drivers are required to stop so students can cross the street safely to get on or off the bus. You’ve probably noticed, however, that some drivers will speed right by the school bus, illegally passing it. Besides being illegal, this also puts the safety of the schoolchildren at risk.

A Florida State senator is now looking to do something about this situation by ramping up the penalties for people that fail to stop for school buses that are picking up or dropping off students. Called SB 290, should the bill pass all of the hurdles and go into effect in July of next year, fines for people who fail to stop for a school bus will be increased from $100 to $200. If the person is once again caught committing the crime within five years, they will have their license suspended for a minimum of 180 days or as long as a year.

Additionally, SB 290 would require a $400 fine versus a $200 penalty should a driver illegally pass a school bus on the side where children are boarding or getting off the school bus while the bus has its stop sign displayed. Should the person commit the crime again within five years, their license will be suspended for a minimum of 360 days and up to two years.

For more information, visit https://www.flsenate.gov/Session/Bill/2020/290/?Tab=BillHistory.

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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

Ease the Road Stress During Hurricane Preparation

light-933712_1280While preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Dorian during the Labor Day weekend, you’ve probably seen lines of vehicles waiting to get gas. These lines typically cause traffic and frustration as they spill out onto neighboring lanes. What can you do to ease the situation and reduce the stress while you’re busy making plans? Let’s take a look.

You may be accustomed to driving in the right lane. If you know there are gas stations in the neighborhood, make it a point to use the middle lanes as the right ones will likely be busy or stalled with cars waiting to get gas. Also, make the roads a little safer and stress-free for everyone by using your turn signals.

As the storm gets closer, heavy downpours will increase, flooding the roads. While it’s best to avoid driving entirely, take some precautions while you’re driving in the rain. For one, don’t drive too fast through puddles. The pocket of water may be deeper than it looks and it could ruin your vehicle or even cause it to stall, which will only lead to more road congestion. If it is raining hard, don’t turn on your hazard lights as this will only confuse other drivers.

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.

 

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.

Ruling May Change the Red Light Camera Landscape

redLight-1While many cities in Florida have done away with red light cameras, there are still plenty that continues to use the cameras. What makes things confusing is adhering to the rules of each city. Aventura, for example, will issue you a ticket if its traffic camera catches you making a turn on red while going at least fifteen miles per hour. Key Biscayne ups the threshold to 25 miles per hour while West Miami will send a ticket your way if you make a turn on red at just ten miles per hour.

Late last year, a Miami judge ruled that this discrepancy among cities is a violation of state law. The ruling could potentially disrupt the validity of thousands of red light camera citations and cause shockwaves in the red light camera program, which remains controversial. If you’re among the drivers that have been issued a citation, don’t celebrate just yet, however. An appeals court still has to review the issue and it may be years before a major overhaul or end to the red light camera program happen.

Did you receive a citation? You may still be able to challenge the citation by making a note of the Miami judge’s order. However, it’s also advised to pay the fine so that the citation doesn’t potentially turn into a state traffic ticket, which has heavier ramifications and could result in points on your license or paying more for insurance.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/miami-dade/article222298820.html.

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.

Florida Takes Another Stab at Addressing Mobile Phone Usage

cellphoneThere are still several months remaining before the 2019 legislative session begins, but that hasn’t stopped efforts to tackle the ongoing problem of distracted Florida drivers being glued to their mobile devices while driving. Late last month, a new “Hands-Free Florida Law” also known as HB 45 was proposed, which would prevent drivers from using mobile phones to talk or text, though they would still be able to make use of a handsfree device.

Currently, texting while driving remains a secondary offense in Florida, which means a driver would need to have committed another infraction such as speeding before they could be pulled over for texting. With this proposed bill, texting and even talking with the phone in the hand would be “upgraded” to a primary offense, which would allow a law enforcement officer to pull a driver over if they were caught texting or talking on their phone regardless of whether or not they may have committed another infraction like running a stop sign, for instance.

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 lawyerstoday.

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.

Are You Stopping for School Buses?

schoolBusAn alarming number of incidents involving school buses and children being struck by drivers around the country is spurring police in parts of Florida to take preventative measures to improve safety. In one instance over in Naples, an operation resulted in close to ten different drivers being ticketed due to their failure to stop when a school had its flashing red lights or crossing arm extended.

It’s worth reminding drivers that according to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, all drivers must come to a complete stop when a school bus is displaying its stop signal, regardless of which direction a driver may be moving in on a two-way street or a highway with a paved median divider. Drivers must remain stopped until children have cleared the road and the bus has fully withdrawn its stop arm. Should a driver approach an oncoming bus and there is a raised barrier or a minimum of five feet of unpaved space between traffic lanes, then they are not required to stop. However, drivers should still slow down and keep an eye out for any children that may be hopping onto or off the bus.

To read more about the operation in Naples, please visit https://www.naplesnews.com/story/news/local/2018/11/12/ccso-conducts-school-bus-safety-operation-after-string-nationwide-incidents/1975493002/.

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.

Avoid a Criminal Traffic Ticket

stop-sign-1174658_1280What constitutes a potential criminal offense? Most of us are aware of common offenses committed on the roads, such as speeding for instance. Though the following may seem obvious, there may be drivers out there unaware that these traffic violations may also result in a criminal offense.

Let’s take tags and vehicle registration. Here in Florida, drivers are required to renew their registration each year. Drivers that do not renew by their expiration run the risk of receiving a fine. If six months have gone by and the tag remains expired, this fine can potentially become a criminal traffic ticket which may result in jail time.

Did you recently purchase a new vehicle? Congratulations! As easy as it may seem to do so, drivers should not simply transfer their tag or the registration sticker over to the new vehicle as this is considered a crime. The tag or registration sticker must be issued, assigned, or transferred lawfully to the vehicle to avoid any issues.

We all know that driving with a suspended license is illegal but sometimes a driver may have their license suspended for reasons they may not be aware of. For example, if the driver has an outstanding ticket they haven’t paid, if they failed to attend a court date, or if they have not maintained insurance, all of these reasons may result in a suspension of the license. Regardless of the reason, driving with a suspended license for any reason is considered a crime.

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 lawyerstoday.

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.

Watch out for School Zones

busIf you’ve somehow managed to avoid all of the traffic, you’ve likely already noticed that numerous schoolchildren have started a new school year. This means that those school zones you may have driven through at speeds beyond fifteen miles per hour during the earlier summer season are now in full effect once again.

Failure to adhere to posted school speed limits can carry increasingly hefty fines depending on how fast a driver is going. For example, in Miami-Dade County, going anywhere between one to five miles over the speed limit may result in a fine of about $169. Vehicles caught driving thirty miles above or more the speed limit face even heftier fines of up to $1,000.

With school being back in session, it also means there are more school buses on the road. Drivers should remember that they must stop when a school bus has its stop sign out, including those traveling in the opposite direction. Drivers that are caught passing a school bus that’s stopped face not only a fine of about $284, they will also be required to attend traffic school.

Stay safe on the roads during the morning and afternoon hours when children are coming to school and heading home.

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.

Motorcyclists and Florida Traffic Laws

motocicletaHere’s a common scenario South Florida drivers may run into when out on the roadways. You are stopped at a red light waiting for it to turn green when suddenly you notice a motorcycle creeping up beside you between lanes to cut in front of the line of traffic and avoid the wait. The move can lead to a potentially serious case of road rage, much like when any vehicle suddenly cuts in front of a driver waiting in line at a busy exit.

What motorcyclists may be failing to realize is cutting between stopped vehicles is highly frowned upon. Not only that, Florida laws require motorcycles to adhere to the same laws as that of drivers moving around in a vehicle with four wheels. While laws may differ beyond the state of Florida, splitting lanes or cutting into the front of stopped traffic is against the law. Hence, motorcyclists may risk receiving a ticket and possibly major fines for the traffic violation.

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.