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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.

Florida Governor Signs Texting and Driving Bill

textDrive (2)The time has finally arrived. Today, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill that places tougher restrictions on drivers caught texting and driving, a major distraction.

Beginning in July, law enforcement officers will have the authority to pull a driver over and give them a ticket for texting while they’re behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, with a few exceptions. Drivers can, however, use their phone if the vehicle is stopped.

Texting while driving has remained illegal in Florida for a number of years, but law enforcement officers cannot stop a driver because it is a secondary offense. Due to this, the law is rarely enforced. In fact, fewer than 1,800 tickets were issued for this offense in 2018, according to the Miami Herald.

For those concerned about using their phone for purposes other than texting such as GPS, drivers will still be able to use their phones for navigation, placing a phone call, or reading emergency messages, such as a weather alert, for example. The exception to this is in work and school zones, where drivers are prohibited from using their phones except for an emergency.

To read more about the texting while driving bill recently signed by Governor Ron DeSantis, please visit the Miami Herald:https://www.miamiherald.com/news/politics-government/state-politics/article230519664.html?fbclid=IwAR0yzL3YlIl-yXSvRTWa3mRaYmWfMPqgzNQBrQaszqRMPDTCVnnYOoWaqGs.

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.

Florida Law Enforcement Cracks Down on School Zone Speeding

hochmannFor those that like to speed, be careful. Law enforcement officials across the state of Florida are taking extra measures to patrol and crack down on drivers putting the pedal to the metal in school zones. This crackdown as the school year reaches its final weeks.

In the city of Boynton Beach alone, officers wrote more than fifteen tickets near a pair of elementary schools on a single weekday. One of those tickets included a $400+ fine for a driver who was going 25 miles above the speed limit.

Always remember to reduce your speed when you see the flashing school zone lights. Drivers should also remember to watch out and obey crossing guards as well as keep an eye out for children that may be arriving or leaving school on their bicycle as they may be unpredictable. Also, all drivers traveling opposite directions are legally required to stop for school buses that have their flashing, red lights on and the stop sign extended. The exception to this is if there is a barrier or physical median between lanes in two directions.

To read more, please visit http://www.wflx.com/2019/04/23/law-enforcement-across-florida-cracking-down-speeders-school-zones/.

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

Major Changes in Store for Downtown Drivers

 

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Those of you that frequently drive in or work in the downtown area of Miami may wish to start preparing yourselves for major changes that could affect your daily commute. Beginning on the 20th of next month, the Southwest First Street drawbridge over the Miami River is going to be closed as work commences on a $67+ million project to rebuild the bridge. Work is expected to take about three years, with the bridge tentatively scheduled to reopen sometime in June 2022.

The Southwest First Street drawbridge assists with carrying traffic into Miami’s city center. The replacement will include an all-new tender house, new approach spans, plus walkways along the river below the bridge, new riverfront seawalls, and much more. Those that like to use bikes to get around will also be able to make use of a future bike lane, expected to be five feet by five inches wide.

Anyone who uses the Southwest First Street will likely need to take a detour to northbound Southwest Seventh Avenue and make use of West Flagler Street bridge. Drivers should also be aware that the roadway along North River Drive and South River Drive when nearing Southwest First Street will be shut down to through traffic.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic attorney teamof 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.

A Friendly Reminder on the Use of Flashers

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Hurricane season is approaching in less than three months, which means Mother Nature may decide to send more rain our way, making the roads slicker and more dangerous for South Florida drivers. We’ve mentioned in the past but it’s worth reminding drivers regarding the proper use of their vehicle lights when it’s raining.

When it is raining yes, you should definitely have your headlights on so that others can spot your vehicle during a heavy downpour. What you shouldn’t do? Use your hazard lights. You’ve likely seen drivers use their hazard lights on more than one rainy occasion for seemingly no reason at all. It’s worth reminding users that using these hazard lights on already dangerous roads is only making things more confusing and dangerous for fellow drivers. While there may be good intentions behind it, using hazards (or “flashers”) is illegal and may result in a fine.

The flashers are intended to be used if the vehicle is pulled over on the side of the road, if it is disabled, or if it’s in an accident. The only scenario where flashers should be used while a vehicle is in motion is when it is part of a funeral procession.

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.

Intoxicated Horseback Riding May Result in a DUI

horseRoadGetting a DUI typically happens because the driver was caught operating a vehicle while under the influence. However, with Florida’s reputation for often making headlines for some unusual or amusing reasons, there are examples of people being arrested for DUI despite not having driven something like a car, truck, or motorcycle.

Two examples happened back in November of 2017. A woman was arrested for DUI when she was stopped after drivers caught her riding her horse on a highway. When law enforcement administered a breathalyzer, she was well over the legal limit. In another example, a man was charged with a DUI after erratically driving a lawnmower on the road with a case of beer in tow. He too was well over the legal limit when he was stopped.

Sure enough, taking a closer look at Florida statute 316.193 reveals that although a person must be driving or physically controlling a vehicle, there is no clear definition stating the vehicle is limited solely to a traditional automobile or a type of motor vehicle. It is indeed quite possible to get a DUI while riding a horse, a lawnmower, a golf cart, or even a motorized wheelchair.

To read more and see other examples, please visit https://blogs.lawyers.com/attorney/dui-dwi/can-you-get-a-dui-in-florida-if-youre-not-driving-a-car-53980/.

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.

Illegal Immigrants May Become Licensed Drivers

driveFlorida is once again generating national headlines, and you may have already read about the reason why. A bill was recently introduced into Florida’s House and Senate that would bestow driver’s licenses to immigrants regardless of their current immigration status. The bill would allow immigrants that may be here illegally to use documents such as a foreign birth certificate or an unexpired foreign passport to obtain their license.

The House bill sponsor believes the legislation will create a deeper level of trust with those that may be considered “marginalized” and it will also make the roads safer. The Florida Immigrant Coalition also backs up this belief, stating that permitting those without proper documentation to receive a license would “cement” trust in law enforcement. The group also believes that insurance premiums would be lower and the roads would be safer.

Only time will tell whether illegal immigrants will be able to legally drive on the Florida roadways. For now, at least, current state law requires that anyone wishing to obtain a driver’s license must prove they are a citizen of the United States or a resident alien.

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.

Is It Okay to Pass a Police Officer?

copsThere are the unwritten rules of the road and then there are the ones that become law. Drivers often tense up when they spot law enforcement nearby. If you’re driving behind one of these vehicles and they happen to be driving really slow, the unofficial rule is to be patient and not pass the vehicle.

Drivers should know that the rule is indeed unofficial. In other words, there is no law stating that it is illegal to pass a police officer. However, if you do decide to pass, it’s also wise to proceed with caution. Most drivers will refrain from passing a law enforcement vehicle as it may result in drawing unwanted attention. Depending on what the driver may or may not be doing, this could put them at greater odds of receiving a traffic ticket.

If you are on the roads and you’re noticing the police officer in front of you is driving slow, try and look for any reasons as to why. The officer may be part of a funeral procession, which has its own set of laws. If the coast seems clear and you’re not doing anything wrong, you can pass the officer without breaking the law, but always use your best judgment and follow the laws of the road if you decide to do so.

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.

Texting While Driving Bill Receives Major Endorsement

textDrive-1All eyes are once again on texting and driving as the latest Florida bill attempt makes it way through all of the required hurdles. The bill recently received another boost after the Florida Police Chiefs Association gave its endorsement to the bill, which would allow a law enforcement officer to pull a driver if they are caught texting and driving without using a hands-free device.

Dubbed HB 107, texting while driving would be “upgraded” from its current status as a secondary offense to a primary once should a driver attempt to use their cell phone in front of a police officer. In its current form as a secondary offense, an officer may only cite the driver for texting while driving if they are pulled over for another reason such as speeding. Officers have also faced the scenario where a driver will state they were not texting and the officer cannot take their phone to verify whether the driver was telling the truth without a warrant.

Last year, a similar bill made its way through the legislative session, successfully passing the State House. The bill ultimately “died” when the Florida Senate failed to approve it.

To read more about the bill visit https://www.plantcityobserver.com/ban-for-texting-and-driving-on-legislative-floor/.

This update is brought to you by the Miami traffic ticket lawyer team of 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.