Increase in Palm Beach Traffic Tickets

https://i1.wp.com/hartigcriminaldefense.com/images/traffi1.jpg DSCF0895Attorney Jason Diamond’s traffic-law office has seen booming business over the last few years, but none was bigger than 2008. “My office is busier and busier every year,” said Diamond whose practice is in Browad, Dade and Palm Beach. “Without even looking at the stats, I can tell you the increased enforcement is obvious.” Those statistics back him up. Palm Beach County drivers got more traffic tickets in 2008 than in 2007. Every category of traffic citation was up in 2008, with the biggest surge in the most serious cases, after a five-year trend of general increases, according to newly released statistics by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Citations deemed “criminal” — DUI, fleeing police, reckless driving — jumped by nearly 18 percent. The county may have seen up to an 85 percent increase in DUI convictions in 2008, though part of the increase could have been because of prior statistical reporting problems. That is at odds with numbers statewide and from Broward County, which both saw overall drops in traffic citations. The increase in Palm Beach County tickets has been attributed to more specialized patrols and operations. Lt. Tim Frith, spokesman for the Florida Highway Patrol’s Palm Beach County district, said a jump in DUI accidents last year prompted Troop Commander Luis Ramil to create a DUI squad. The half-dozen troopers in the squad participate in roving patrols and checkpoints. “Since they have been out in force, we have had significantly more DUI arrests,” Frith said. The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office also more than doubled its DUI unit to 10 people, said the unit’s supervisor, Sgt. William Gray. The agency did several new specialized operations focusing on speeding, DUIs, the state’s move-over law and new seat belt regulations, he said. Leifert said the increased enforcement is noticeable. He said some municipalities use enforcement to generate revenue without increasing taxes. The Florida Legislature on Feb. 1 increased all traffic fines as a way to generate revenue for the state, but municipalities generally get a small portion of that revenue. Palm Beach County cities, for example, get about 13 percent of the revenue from a typical traffic ticket. In 2008, the county’s cities divided a little more than $3 million ticket revenue, according to the Clerk of the Court. Iris Siple, a Pembroke Pines city commissioner, said the notion of cities raising significant revenue through tickets is a myth. “It’s not realistic to use that to make up a budget gap,” she said. “The percentage you get out of it is not going to make you wealthy.” Despite his criticism, Diamond said the enforcement is good. “I don’t mind seeing increased traffic enforcement,” he said. “The ultimate goal is that we’ll all be safer.” The jump in Palm Beach County’s DUI convictions is a little harder to explain, said Chief Assistant State Attorney Elizabeth Parker. She said that the Clerk of the Court’s reporting system recently has been re-evaluated to provide the state with more accurate numbers. She expects last year’s convictions and arrests still actually were higher, based on extensive training officers did throughout the year. “The focused enforcement is definitely forcing an increase in numbers,” she said. Zack Quigley, 17, of Boca Raton, was happy to hear of the increase. He said he’s never gotten a ticket before, but sees too may drivers who deserve them. “People don’t respect the traffic signs,” he said. “The tickets will help a lot because they keep the traffic better. It helps keep order.” Broward County, on the other hand, continued a general 5 year decline in traffic citations with 2008 being the lowest. The biggest drop came in the category of “non-criminal moving” violations, which include speeding, careless driving and red-light running. Broward’s DUI convictions remained flat. Sgt. Mark Wysocky, spokesman for Broward’s Florida Highway Patrol troop, said fewer drivers on the road led to fewer deaths, crashes and, most likely, fewer tickets. “It may have something to do with the economy,” Wysocky said. “There’s just not as many people driving.” Statewide, there was an overall 1 percent drop in the number of tickets issued. Nearly every category of traffic violation either was down or flat. Notable exceptions include proof of insurance, expired or lack of a vehicle tag and motorcycle helmet violations. Miami-Dade County saw a 24 percent increase in traffic citations and a 20 percent increase in DUI convictions. 

Running a Red Light Turns Deadly

https://i0.wp.com/www.gifs.net/Animation11/Jobs_and_People/Police/Cop_shoots.gif For police officers, even the most mundane of duties carries the risk that it can escalate into violence. That is what happened to Florida Highway Patrol trooper John Paikai on Tuesday. Paikai attempted to execute a routine traffic stop after Robert Swank ran a red light in Avon Park. The officer was most likely just planning on writing a traffic ticket to the Florida driver but that’s when things took a deadly turn according to an AP press story last week. After Paikai pulled Swank over he exited his cruiser and began to approach Swank’s car. At that point the 37-year-old struck the officer with his car. In order to stop the assualt Paikai fired his weapon and shot and killed the car’s passenger, 33-year-old Amber Gregory. Paikai was taken to the hospital and an investigation is under way. If you have received a traffic ticket, make sure you don’t mouth off to the police and you should not do anything that will get you shot. Let the Traffic Ticket Team do the fighing for you. Our lawyers have handled over 1,000,000 traffic tickets and we have a 99% success rate in keeping points off our client’s records. Please call anytime at 1-866-433-3363 or go to our website www.TrafficTicketTeam.com or email me at Jason@trafficticketteam.com

Red Light Cameras and Traffic Tickets

https://i1.wp.com/www.bigfoto.com/sites/galery/photos2/red_light.jpg Two separate lawsuits involving red-light cameras in Aventura and Temple Terrace, Florida have officials in Pembroke Pines worried that their Broward city could be next. Critics of the red light cameras assert that the cameras violate drivers’ due process rights. A few months earlier, Florida’s legislature killed a bill that would have allowed municipalities to install red-light cameras at intersections. In response to these concerns, city officials are working to amend their contact with American Traffic Solutions (ATS) so that ATS would shoulder part of the burden of any lawsuits. Last March, Pembroke Pines became the first city in Broward County to fine drivers for speeding using red-light cameras. The first camera is at Pines Boulevard and 129th Avenue. They have since added five more, and violators are fined $125. Twelve other Broward County municipalities are either researching this option or are about to vote on it. Hollywood, Fort Lauderdale, and Hallandale Beach have all approved red-light camera programs, despite it being a legal gray area. If you get a traffic ticket for a red light camera, you don’t need to worry about points on your license, but the fines are hefty. If you need some advice, please call me at (954) 967-9888 or email me at jason@trafficticketteam.com

Mover Over Law Traffic Tickets

We have learned that the Florida Highway Patrol will be targeting violators of the Move Over Law. The Move Over Law mandates that drivers move over one lane whenever an emergency vehicle has its lights activated on the side of the road. In cases where moving over is not a realistic option, drivers are required to slow down to 20 mph below the posted speed limit. Florida’s Move Over Law was adopted in 2002 after several incidents where emergency response personnel were killed or injured while stopped at the side of the road. Over the last ten years, more than 150 law enforcement officers across the country have been hit and killed by passing motorists while performing duties on highways. The Florida Highway Patrol is teaming up with law enforcement agencies across the state to raise awareness and ensure compliance to the Move Over Law. If you get a traffic ticket for a move over violation, call the traffic ticket team who’s lawyers have handled over 1,000,000 traffic tickets. (954) 967-9888 www.trafficticketteam.com jason@trafficticketteam.com

Crack Down on Aggressive Driving in Florida

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Florida Leading The Way Among State That Are Cracking Down On Aggressive Driving Those of us who live in Florida are aware of all the new laws and regulations that are being instituted to crack down on aggressive drivers but apparently the whole country knows about it now thanks to a recent article in USA Today. The article talks about the new Florida traffic ticket law that will go into effect on January 1 that sends a driver found to be at fault in three traffic accidents in a three year period back to school for a strict driver education test that also requires a road test. That law is joined on the books by another that will go into effect in less than a month. That law makes traffic school mandatory for first-time offenders of certain moving violations traffic tickets. That used to be an option for drivers but not a requirement. The new laws are said to be aimed at people who are aggressive drivers, which in the state’s eyes are those who speed, tailgate, change lanes without indicating, weave in and out of traffic and ignore traffic signals. According to reports, this type of behavior on the road causes more fatalities than drunk driving. If you have received a traffic ticket anywhere in Florida please do not hesitate to contact Florida Traffic Ticket Team to discuss the matter 954-967-9888 or jason@trafficticketteam.com.  Our lawyers have handled over 1,000,000 traffic tickets.

Reckless Driving in Florida

reckless traffic ticket If in fact you have been apprehended for Reckless Driving in Florida, its very important that you hire an experienced Reckless Driving criminal    defense lawyer to represent you. We will work relentlessly to mount a successful defense to the crimes with which you have been charged. We are a firm believer and advocate of our clients’ Constitutional rights and promise to employ our invaluable resources and experience in our power to protect and defend them. We are ethical, experienced and hard working Reckless Driving criminal defense attorney who will defend your case. Reckless driving, in the United States, is a severe problem and one of the most committed crimes. Reckless driving is described in aggressive driving” as, “the operation of a motor vehicle in a manner which endangers the life of individuals or property.” This behavior usually is based upon illegal and dangerous driving which is done with the intent to gain an advantage over the other drivers or due to some other psychic problem. Examples include: Over speeding, following an additional vehicle too closely, erratic lane changes, improper signaling, and failure to obey traffic signals. Running a red light is one of the most dangerous forms of aggressive driving. The majority states have passed legislation to create specific penalties for reckless driving offenses. These laws create specific penalties for driving that intentionally places the life of other individuals at jeopardy of harm or endangers the safety of others, is based upon dangerous conduct contributing to the likelihood of a collision and displays extreme impatience. Reckless driving has several known causes: The influence of alcohol whilst driving, the influence of drugs whilst driving, and Encouragement of the driver to behave in such a manner by other passenger in the car. Any person who drives any vehicle upon a highway by disregarding the safety of persons or property is guilty of reckless driving. Persons arrested or convicted of the offense of reckless driving shall be punished by imprisonment in a county prison for not less than five days nor additional than 90 days or by a fine of not less than one hundred forty-five dollars which should be not additional than one thousand dollars ($1,000), or by both that fine and imprisonment, The license or permit to drive of person arrested or convicted of reckless driving shall be suspended by the department for not less than thirty days. If you have been charged with or given a traffic ticket for reckless driving, call us now. jason@trafficticktteam.com  (954) 967-9888