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What to Do at DUI Checkpoints

copsIf you’ve never encountered a DUI checkpoint, it’s worth knowing what you need to do in this scenario. Legally, you are required to stop as these checkpoints are considered reasonable search and seizure here in Florida. During these checkpoints, a police offer may stop you and request your license or they may ask that you take a sobriety test if there is a suspicion that you are under the influence.

For starters, DUI checkpoints need to be announced to the public, including the location and the date the checkpoint will be taking place. There are various apps or websites you can use to obtain this information. If you do approach the checkpoint, you have the option of refusing to do the field test if the officer requests that you do so because they believe you may be intoxicated. This test involves the customary standing on one leg, turning and walking, and the horizontal gaze test. If you do refuse this test, however, the refusal may be deemed suspicious. An officer may then request a breathalyzer which, if refused, carries immediate repercussions.

If involved in a DUI checkpoint, take it easy. Being irritable or worried may cause an officer to suspect something. Should an officer request that you exit the vehicle, do so. You don’t have to answer an officer’s questions. If you have been drinking, strongly consider requesting an attorney. Providing wrong answers may lead to incriminating yourself. Even if you decide to remain silent, show politeness and avoid confrontation.

This update is brought to you by Miami traffic ticketlawyer 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 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.

Heads Up, Fort Lauderdale Bridge is Closed

fort-lauderdale-4032105_1280Will you be doing any traveling near the Andrew Avenue Drawbridge in Fort Lauderdale’s downtown area? In case you haven’t already noticed, the bridge is closed to all vehicular and pedestrian traffic and will remain so for about a month to undergo renovation. This renovation is an $8+ million rehabilitation project intended to make the bridge more resistant to storms as well as more reliable and quieter. The bridge was built back in the early 1980s and spans the New River between South Fifth Street and popular Las Olas Boulevard.

The Andrew Avenue Drawbridge is tentatively scheduled to reopen on the 8th of October. If you’ve traveled through the bridge recently, you may have noticed that one southbound and northbound lane on the bridge has been closed since May. These two lanes are expected to reopen in March of next year, which is when the renovation project is expected to be complete.

For those that depend on the bridge as part of their commute, you can use the Southeast Third Avenue Drawbridge as an alternative for the time being. The closure isn’t expected to affect boaters.

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 someone at the Miami ticket law firm 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.

How Long Should You Wait at a Stop Sign?

unnamed (16)When you’re at a stop sign, have you ever stopped and wondered how long you should remain there before moving forward? We all know that it’s important to obey a stop sign and come to a complete stop whenever you see one, but how much time should go by before proceeding?

There isn’t a specific time you need to wait at a stop sign, but it is important that you do come to a full stop. This means the vehicle has come to a resting point, the tires are not in motion, and the vehicle is not moving forward. You’ll know the vehicle is fully stopped when you feel that last “rocking” where the vehicle seems to slightly move back. Anything else is what’s considered a “rolling stop” and it may result in receiving a ticket due to failing to come to a complete stop if a law enforcement officer happens to notice.

Once you’ve come to a complete stop, always make sure that you yield the right of way to any traffic in which you are required to stop. Should you have any questions about what steps you are legally required to take at a stop or yield intersection, check out Florida Statute 316.123 at the following link: http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0316/Sections/0316.123.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 we are ready to answer your questions. Please call 305-665-1000 to speak with someone at the Miami ticket law firm 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.

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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Florida Approves Autonomous Vehicles

car-automotive-vehicle-digital-technology-futuristic-1575621-pxhere.comIn the near future, don’t be surprised if you pull up to a red light, glance over at the vehicle next to you, and realize that there is no one seated in the driver’s seat. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis recently signed a bill that would allow self-driving vehicles to operate in Florida.

Of course, this won’t be happening until the vehicles have been deemed fit for the roads. Governor DeSantis is hoping the law will grab the attention of companies that deal with the testing and building of autonomous vehicles. The bill also opens the door for ridesharing companies to deploy their driverless fleets in Florida. However, this doesn’t mean human-less vehicles will begin to show on public roads as these vehicles are still undergoing testing.

Florida’s bill which goes into effect next month will allow self-driving cars on all of the state’s roads provided the vehicles adhere to insurance and safety requirements. Requirements include having a minimum of $1 million in insurance coverage, regardless of whether the vehicles are being used for personal or commercial purposes.

With the signing of the bill, Florida joins just two other states that allow self-driving vehicles on the roads, these states being Texas and Michigan.

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 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.

Florida Launches Its Click It or Ticket Campaign

seatbeltIf you don’t regularly wear your seat belt when you’re out and about on the Florida roadways, watch out! Last week, several police departments across the state launched their “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. During this time, law enforcement officers will be increasing their patrol until June 2nd as a greater number of drivers are expected to be out on the roads due to the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.

Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 10,000 unbuckled passenger vehicle occupants that lost their lives in a crash in the United States back in 2017. During this same year, over fifty percent of occupants that died during the evening hours were not wearing seatbelts. With that in mind, one of the primary goals of the Click It or Ticket campaign is to enforce wearing seat belts at night. Officers are employing a zero-tolerance approach when it comes to enforcing wearing seat belts, regardless of the time of day.

Driving without a seat belt on is considered a primary offense in the state of Florida, which means an officer has the authority to pull a driver over if they are caught not wearing one. All passengers are required by law to wear a seat belt.

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 someone at the Miami ticket law firm today.