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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.

Florida Drivers Must Stop for School Buses

LogoFlorida drivers should remember that per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, all drivers are required to come to a full stop when a school bus has its stop signal displayed, regardless of which direction a driver may be heading on a two-way street or a highway with a paved median divider. Drivers are required to remain stopped until children are no longer on the road and the bus has withdrawn its stop arm completely. If a driver approaches an oncoming bus and there is a raised barrier or at least five feet of unpaved space between traffic lanes, then stopping is not required. However, drivers should still reduce their speed and watch for any children that may be getting on or off the school bus.

Traveling with a Pet in Florida

LogoIndeed, Florida traffic law has no explicit laws in place when it comes to pets and pickup trucks. However, laws do exist addressing the ability to control a pet to prevent the chance of it potentially becoming a public safety threat. As to what steps should be taken to keep a pet safe during vehicular travel, that responsibility is left up to the driver. Although municipalities may have existing ordinances addressing pet transport, they are more than likely to vary depending on where a person goes.

Hochman & Goldin Discuss New Hearing Impairment Law

LogoAs a means of potentially avoiding an uncomfortable situation, Florida is spearheading a new law which will allow drivers the choice to identify themselves as hearing impaired when they register a vehicle or renew their driver's license. The law arrives a pair of years after a hearing impaired driver passed away after being shot in North Carolina when he was unable to hear the sirens of a trooper who tried to pull the driver over.

When Drivers Are Required to "Move Over"

LogoPer a National Safety Commission poll, more than seventy percent of Americans are unfamiliar with their state laws regarding when to "Move Over". There have been several instances where law enforcement officers have been injured because of drivers not adhering to the rules. While the majority of drivers know that they must pull over to allow emergency vehicles to pass, when it comes to switching lanes for the purpose of maintaining a safe distance, there remains a large degree of driver ignorance.

Hochman & Goldin Discusses Risky Social Media Challenge

LogoFor those of unaware of the Keke Challenge, its popularity skyrocketed last month when the musician Drake released a song titled "In My Feelings". The song resulted in an Internet meme dance "challenge" where drivers exit their vehicle while it is in motion and perform a dance next to the vehicle as they are being recorded on video to then share on social media.

Common Reasons Drivers May Receive a Ticket

LogoReceiving a ticket is something that should be avoided. All drivers need to practice safe driving habits. For drivers that are new to the road, there are several common reasons why people are given traffic tickets.

Hochman & Goldin Discusses Vehicle Registration Stickers

LogoAlthough it may not be strictly enforced, a law enforcement officer has the authority to issue a driver a ticket if the license plate frame obscures even a small portion of the tag, such as the MyFlorida.com website found at the top of the tag. Drivers should also know that they are required to keep the sticker in the upper right corner of the vehicle license plate, right next to the MyFlorida.com website address that must remain unobscured. The majority of modern license plates have an indentation in the corner that serves as something of a reinforcement or reminder to drivers regarding where the sticker should be placed.