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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.

COVID-19 and Florida Traffic Tickets

maxwell-ridgeway-D5FI8jv6ndU-unsplashAs COVID-19 continues to be a major concern in Florida, there may be drivers curious about traffic tickets or how the courts are operating.

Back in March, most court proceedings necessitating face-to-face interaction were temporarily suspended as a way to promote social distancing. Because of those conditions, if you have a court date in the state of Florida after March 16, you’re not supposed to appear until the state government requests otherwise.

As for traffic tickets, yes you can still receive a traffic ticket. Traffic violations are deemed discretionary, meaning the police officer observing the violation can decide whether to issue a ticket based on the severity or recklessness of the violation. Although Florida is in an emergency state, officers may decide to adopt greater leniency for less severe violations, such as expired registration, for example. These decisions remain solely with the officer, however. Nonetheless, officers will be taking extra care when they issue tickets and respond to violations to ensure the protection and the safety of the public.

If you have received a traffic ticket and intend to contest it in court, you’re required to obey the usual rules and inform the courts of your plans via writing within the 30-day timeframe or online. It is important to remember that failure to respond to a summons is still a criminal offense even during the court’s suspension of face-to-face transactions, which may result in heavier penalties and having your driver’s license suspended.

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.

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.

US1 Construction May Affect You

raul-najera-qcA9xgvKkB8-unsplash-1Will you be doing any traveling on South Dixie Highway (US1) sometime soon? If so, you may encounter issues due to the start of a lengthy roadway project that will see several lanes intermittently closed. One of the segments of the project will extend from Riviera Drive to Ponce de Leon Boulevard in Coral Gables while the other will comprise Southwest 27th Avenue to Southwest 37th Avenue.

Per the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT), the project will involve the installation of pipes and drains below the ground as well as the replacement of certain sidewalks, gutters, and sections of the curb. The project will also involve installing new roadway lighting for traffic heading both north and south, tweaking traffic signal systems, and re-pavement of the South Dixie Highway roads.

Although there are currently fewer drivers on the road due to quarantining and social distancing, construction is expected to be completed in various to reduce the chances of the work affect traffic during peak periods or events to be held in the future.

Lanes of traffic will be regularly closed throughout the night as construction work remains ongoing. During those hours, police will guide traffic, and drivers should anticipate delays. Alternative routes may be a good idea.

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.

Some South Florida Cities Are Relaxing Parking Rules

body-kit-1869892_1920With local, countywide, and national stay-at-home directives in effect as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to escalate throughout Florida, some municipal governments have reduced the number of parking tickets they issue, knowing people are using their vehicles sparingly for critical activities. For example, in the city of Miami, the Miami Parking Authority has entirely ceased issuing meter tickets since March 19. The decision became important as daily business in Miami began to see a significant slowdown.

Miami Beach, on the other hand, continues to issue parking citations. However, the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 has resulted in substantial cuts within the department and a less strict approach when it comes to enforcing parking laws. The city has gotten rid of all pay stations on the curbside and off-street, making mobile payments as the only alternative.

A few cities have made changes so people can park without while picking up food or purchasing critical items. In Coral Gables, for example, residents are allowed about ten minutes to park for free when they visit Miracle Mile, typically with a degree of leeway. Miami Parking Authority has reinvented the curbside spots typically meant for valets into zones for delivery pickup.

Some rules are still being enforced. County police continue to respond to any complaints regarding vehicles being parked in condominium loading zones.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article241710726.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 one of the Miami criminal traffic lawyers today.

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.

Changes in Store for the Palmetto Express Lanes

miamiHighwaysLast year, the Palmetto express lanes were added to ease traffic congestion. However, its success in making a genuine dent in traffic tie-ups may be debatable. According to a CBS Miami article, some drivers believe the lanes have done the opposite and made things worse.

To deal with the express lanes situation, South Florida lawmakers sought to get rid of them entirely. While the legislation was devised, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis eventually stepped in to help with fixing the express lanes situation. Since then, the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) has devised its own plans to assist with the traffic woes.

The FDOT intends to add another lane for general traffic for those heading southbound on the Palmetto. Furthermore, the northbound express lanes will be reduced, meaning there will only be a single lane. FDOT also plans to add another access point to the express lanes at Northwest 122nd Street. Currently, the only access point is near Northwest 67th Avenue.

While FDOT works on implementing these changes, drivers can look forward to reduced tolls.

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 Bill Seeks Crosswalk Changes

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After a 12-year-old girl lost her life due to being struck by a vehicle at a lighted crosswalk, a Florida State Representative is spearheading the passing of a bill (House Bill 1371) aimed at replacing the yellow lights on crosswalks with red ones.
Also known as the Sophia Nelson Pedestrian Safety Act, the bill would make changes to certain roadways. Streets, highways, and roads with a maximum of two lanes and posted speed limits below 35 miles per hour would still use the flashing yellow beacons as before. The red lights or beacons would only be required on roads that have over two lanes and speed limits higher than 35 miles per hour.

Should the bill be approved, a request would be put in with the federal government to make the changes to the red lights. Should the changes receive approval, local governments would be required to implement these changes within a year. If the request is not granted, the agency with road authority shall retrofit current mid-block crosswalks with red flashing lights or get rid of the crosswalk by October 1, 2024.

To read more, please visit https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2020/02/20/florida-house-prepares-to-tackle-crosswalk-bill-after-12-year-old-girls-death/.

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.

New Bill Tackles Drivers License Suspension Fees

camaro-1111753_1280According to a News 4 JAX article, over a million drivers in Florida had their licenses suspended because of outstanding fines. The issue has raised concerns because, as criminal justice advocates believe, a person that can’t legally drive will face difficulties when trying to work which, in turn, makes it harder to pay the fines.

A bill making its way through the House and Senate is looking to tackle this problem by cutting down on license suspensions and allowing people to set up financially manage payment plans. The person would have at least thirty days to contact the Clerk of Court and make it known that they would like to set up a payment plan. After that, there would be another sixty-day period where the details of the payment plan can be worked out. The payment plans would vary based on what the person can pay.

In one example used in the News 4 JAX article, Collier County currently has over $90 million in license suspension fines and fees that have gone uncollected, which may reinforce that based on existing laws, the clerks aren’t receiving the money owed.

Florida is one of eleven states evaluating legislation to cut down or get rid of license suspensions caused by failing to pay fees and fines.

To read more, visit https://www.news4jax.com/news/local/2020/02/11/bill-would-reduce-florida-drivers-license-suspensions-for-failing-to-pay-fines/.

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.

Highway Safety Laws in Florida Could Use Improvement

john-benitez-5tO5ktU4ORc-unsplashWhen Florida makes the news regarding its roads and drivers, it’s often for reasons that are less than ideal. In this case, it’s a watchdog group known as Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety. According to a recent report released by the group, Florida is among the worst in the nation when it comes to its safety laws and their enforcement.

Some of the problems Advocates for Highway & Auto Safety found in Florida include the inadequacy of its primary rear seat belt law. According to the Miami Herald article, over 45 percent of 21,000+ people killed as vehicle passengers did not have their seat belt on. Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than 1,000 people had their lives saved thanks to the use of seat belts.

Besides the seatbelt laws, Florida was also called out for its lack of requiring motorcycle riders to wear helmets regardless of their age. Currently, anyone over 21 can ride without a helmet provided they have certain coverage with their insurance.

To read more, visit https://www.miamiherald.com/news/traffic/article239503003.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.

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.