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9 Must-Know Traffic Tips for Your Trip to New York

If you're planning a trip to New York City, there are several things to keep in mind about getting around that can help make your trip go a lot smoother. Because nothing can sour your trip to the Big Apple like getting a traffic ticket, knowing the rules of the road can ensure that the only tickets you get while visiting are to a concert or Broadway show.

Forget Red-Light Cameras; Cameras Now Identifying Tags

Neighborhood cameras are looking different and producing more effective results now that law enforcement in Tampa has a two-way camera that identifies cars both front and back. In 2010, a $25,000 tags readers was set up near the University of South Florida in Hillsborough County, The results are that a stolen vehicle or one noted in any sort of crime can be identified by the cameras installed that are similar to toll booth cameras. The two cameras face in opposite directions atop a pole, so the vehicles that pass by are tagged both front and back. This is how they work. Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office was recently alerted about a stolen vehicle in the university area. The alert from the dual-cam was a photograph on a stolen car. Two deputies were dispatched and they found the car with the two men inside. They were immediately charged with grand theft auto, arrested and booked into jail. Arrests like this are taking place across the country with similar tag readers. Thousands of vehicles pass by on metropolitan streets everyday. The cameras near USF have been installed for one year, and scan 1.3 million license plates in 90 days.

Should I Get a Lawyer For a Driving While License Suspended Charge?

I get this question all the time. As a lawyer who makes money from representing people you would be surprised if I said anything else wouldn't you? The truth is you do not NEED a lawyer and you can do it yourself! Sure if your license was suspended for failure to pay a ticket and you are able to reinstate your license it is highly unlikely that you will face jail time and you may want to save yourself money and avoid hiring a lawyer. Just go to court and more than likely all the judge will do in many cases is make you pay a fine!

Anti-Texting Law in Florida Now in Effect

On October 1, 2013 a new law in Florida has taken effect banning texting for the purpose of nonvoice interpersonal communication while driving your car, truck or other motor vehicle. The texting ban statute includes all of the behavior you CAN NOT do while driving but also sets forth so many exceptions, it will make your head swivel. Before we even go there can anyone tell me:

Speeding at a Glance

Citizens of Florida are not allowed to operate their motor vehicles at a speed that is greater than what is reasonable, given the current and potential conditions and hazards. There are statutory speed limits for specific roads: 70 MPH for highways, 55 MPH in all other instances, and 30 MPH for business and residence districts. Doing so is a violation of Florida's traffic law, and will resolve in a speeding ticket and a fine. The amount of the fine in a non-adjudicated case, ranging from $25 to $250 is dependent on the extent of the violation, i.e. how much you were going over the speed limit. In an adjudicated case, where you are likely challenging the speeding ticket, the fine cannot be more than $500, unless you were caught speeding in a school or construction zone.

Florida Changes DUI Administrative Hearing Process

As of July 1, 2013 Florida drivers arrested for DUI will face a hard choice. For the longest time, DUI suspects would face an administrative suspension of their license from the Florida Department of Motor Vehicle Review. A driver could challenge the suspension with or without a lawyer at a formal review hearing. If a Florida driver arrested for DUI challenged the administrative suspension and won, they would get their license back and the suspension would not show up on their driving record. If the person lost the administrative hearing, they would lose their license for six months if they took and failed the breath test, and one year if they refused the breath test. This was also eighteen months for a second or more refusal.

Each Traffic Stop Holds Potential Harm

When you have someone who does not respect the system that is designed to protect the citizens in Orlando, then they are subject to the consequences. On Tuesday, 23 year old, Demetrius Patterson was denied bond after shooting an Orlando police officer in the abdomen after being pulled over for reckless driving in the Washington Shores area. Officer Jason Hajek was working the graveyard shift as he typically does, when he pulled over the vehicle with Patterson and another passenger. Patterson opened fire on Officer Hajek, shooting him in the abdomen. Hajek returned with a shot that hit the defendant's foot, and as he was calling for back-up as the vehicle took off. Patterson was found and arrested at his cousin's house, which was near the shooting location. Any shift that a police officer is out in the public is potentially dangerous. Fortunately, Officer Hajek escaped serious injury that night from the shot in the abdomen. Patterson used a 44-caliber pistol, which sent the bullet between the slight gap in the officer's vest and his gun belt. The bullet was removed at ORMC, and Hajek is now resting comfortably.

Texting While Driving Increasing in Severity

A bill introducing a ban on driving while texting has received bipartisan support as it passed its first hurdle on the way to becoming law in the state of Florida. For some lawmakers in Florida, simply issuing a citation or traffic ticket for texting while driving is not enough when there have been reported accidents because of texting negligence that have resulted in deaths. In such cases, some Florida politicians are calling for a charge of vehicular homicide to be introduced when drivers causing accidents are known to have been texting. This comes with a close regard to the fact that many studies have shown drivers engaged in texting are more oblivious to their surroundings on the road than those impaired by drugs or alcohol that are behind the wheel.

Hit and Run Awareness Kicks Off in central Florida

Florida Highway Patrol met with families who have lost a loved one in a hit and run accident on Monday. The meeting was designed to bring closure to the loved ones, and also to bring awareness to the hundreds of thousands of drivers that pass through Central Florida. FHP reported that there have been over 70,000 hit and run accidents in the state of Florida during 2012. Out of that total number, over 17,000 people were injured, and in 168 of the cases reported last year, the driver of the hit and run vehicle killed someone before they left the scene of the accident. The loved ones of these victims want the public to know that their family members were real people, with real lives. One example that is all too real is the case of Aaron. He was riding a moped along Goldenrod Rd. when a light-colored sedan hit and killed him, and then left. FHP refers to these fatal crimes as the driver using their vehicle as a weapon with fatal results. 

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