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Dealing with a Teenager's Traffic Ticket

LogoPaying a violation tends to be a default option, particularly if it's a moving violation. However, this may result in points on the license and it will likely lead to a more expensive insurance premium. If it is a non-moving violation, then paying the ticket makes more sense. The fines are minor and they often don't involve points being added to a driver's license.

Traveling Through a Florida School Zone

LogoSchool zone speeding is a serious offense, which means penalties are strict if drivers are caught breaking the law. A driver may receive a fine of more than $1,000 based on how fast they were speeding through the school zone. Furthermore, they may receive points on their driving record, including six points and a possible license suspension if the driver causes an accident while in the school zone.

Solutions to Stop Using a Phone While Driving

LogoFlorida texting while driving law is now effect, and drivers may find themselves unintentionally using their phone to send a message. Breaking the habit may prove tricky, but tools are available to help.

Florida Driver Licenses Receive Security Upgrades

LogoSome of the new security changes being implemented in the new licenses include a tactile security feature located on the front of the license. The magnetic strip typically seen on the back of the card is no longer there.

"Click It or Ticket" Campaign Is in Full Effect

LogoDrivers that don’t wear their seat belt when they’re out and about may wish to be extra careful when navigating the Florida roads! A number of Florida police departments across recently kicked off the “Click It or Ticket” seat belt campaign. During this campaign, law enforcement officers will be upping their patrol until the 2nd of June as more drivers are expected to be out on the roads because of the recent Memorial Day weekend.

Taking Aim at Drivers Passing School Buses

LogoAs Florida looks to reduce the number of distracted drivers on the road by proposing bills with larger consequences, another unrelated bill was filed earlier this year in the Florida House. With House Bill 849, school districts would be able to equip school buses with cameras that can record the license plates of drivers passing the bus when students are entering or exiting the bus.

What to Know About Hazard Lights

LogoDuring a rainstorm, headlights should remain on so fellow drivers can spot the vehicle during a heavy downpour. However, hazard lights should not be used. Drivers in South Florida may have seen others using their hazard lights on a rainy day for apparently no reason. Using these hazard lights on roads only results in greater confusion and more danger during rainy conditions. The use of these hazards (also commonly referred to as "flashers") is illegal and may result in a fine.

Major Possible Changes for Distracted Driving

LogoThe state legislators spearheading the tougher laws think Florida requires stricter laws for the road. To improve pedestrian and driver safety, the goal is to remove distractions while someone is behind the wheel so they concentrate exclusively on driving. Reading, interactions with unsecured cargo, use of a cell phone or any "personal wireless communications device", writing, all of these are examples of potentially illegal actions. A clause in the bill being proposed also mentions "any other activity, conduct, task, or action that causes distraction" that expands the range of what could be considered distracted driving.

Hochman & Goldin Discuss Uninsured Motorist Bill

LogoWhen law enforcement officers ask a driver to provide their license, vehicle registration, and insurance, it is typically due to a traffic infraction. With advancements in technology, officers are able to quickly verify license and registration status through an up-to-date Florida database. The case is not the same for insurance verification.

January Is "Move Over" Month

LogoThe American Association of State Troopers is using January to raise awareness among Florida motorists on how essential the move over law is. It is easy to understand. This law mandates that all drivers must change lanes for any emergency vehicles, law enforcement, tow truck drivers, and utility service vehicles. Should a driver be unable to move to an adjacent lane, he or she is required to reduce their speed by twenty miles based on the posted speed limit. Drivers that do not follow the move over law may face a ticket, fine, and up to three points on their driver's license.