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How “Sleeping it Off” Can Lead to a DUI

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

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So you went out drinking last night, but you were responsible and took a cab home.  Now it’s morning and time to head to work so you brew a pot of coffee, scramble some eggs, hop in your car and drive to the office.  Could you be nabbed for a DUI?  It is probably the last thing on your mind but it is a real possibility that you should be aware of after a night of heavy drinking.

Consider this: Age, weight, gender, food consumption and how quickly you downed those drinks will all play a role in how quickly you sober up.  Generally, your blood alcohol content (BAC) lowers by a rate of about .015 percent per hour.  So if you are out drinking till 2 am with a BAC of .2 percent and you wake up at 8 am, your BAC is still around .110, which is over the legal limit in all states.

There are websites that claim to calculate your BAC based upon your weight, alcohol consumption and type of alcohol consumed, but every individual metabolizes alcohol differently so when in doubt, stay off the roads.

If you are arrested for DUI, consider contacting an experienced attorney to help you navigate the system.  The Ticket Clinic has handled over 1 million traffic related offenses, including DUI.  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.

The Ticket Clinic Continues to Fight Red Light Cameras in Florida

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

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The Ticket Clinic’s Robert Azcano was featured in this weekend’s Orlando Sentinel discussing the changes to Florida’s red light camera appeals process and how it works to the detriment of Florida motorists.  To read the article, click here.

If you have received a red light camera ticket, consider speaking to an experienced traffic ticket attorney to help you navigate the new appeals process.  At The Ticket Clinic, we have handled over 1 million tickets for traffic-related offenses and we are leading the fight against red light cameras.  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.

School is Back in Session – Drive Safely!

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

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School is back in session this week in Florida, which means that you will start to see the flashing yellows again when you drive through school zones.  The minimum ticket for speeding in a school zone is around $150, depending on where you drive, but it can increase sharply depending on how fast you are going so remember to slow down when you see the flashing lights.

Also, remember to stop for school buses!  If a school bus is stopped with its flashing stop signs on, you are required to stop if you are going in either direction, The only exception is that you do not have to stop for school buses that are facing the opposite direction if there is a physical barrier, such as a wall or an unpaved median, between you and the oncoming traffic.

Drive safely and if you do find yourself ticketed, consider speaking to an experienced traffic ticket attorney.  At The Ticket Clinic, we have handled over 1 million traffic-related offenses!  Call us at 1.800.CITATION.

Right Turn on Red: Can You Get a Red Light Camera Ticket?

Monday, August 12th, 2013

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At The Ticket Clinic, we have seen many red light camera tickets for making a right turn on red.  The red light camera laws state that a red light camera ticket cannot be issued if the driver makes the turn in a “careful and prudent” manner.  While Florida law requires the driver to come to a full stop and a police officer can issue a ticket in person if the driver does not come to a full stop, the red light camera tickets have a lower standard.  Yet, because of the vague language cities are taking a liberal reading of “careful and prudent” and issuing red light camera tickets if the driver does not come to a full stop.  Many individuals are unaware of this distinction between and chose to simply pay the red light camera ticket because they think they must be guilty.  But as long as a pedestrian, bike or oncoming car, a rolling stop when making a right on red that is made carefully should not be a citable offense.

If you have questions about a red light camera ticket for making a right turn on red, contact us at 1.800.CITATION.  For over 30 years, The Ticket Clinic has handled solely traffic related offenses and DUI.  We are leading the fight against red light cameras!

How to Drive in the Rain

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

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On this rainy South Florida day, we thought that all of our readers nationwide might benefit from some tips about how to drive in the rain:

1) Slow down.  Yes, this is an obvious one.  But it is the most important.  When it rains the roads are slippery.  So slow down!

2) Turn on your headlights.  Many cars are equipped with day time running lights but it’s a good idea to also turn on your headlights, which are a bit brighter and can help other cars see you better.

3) Try to stay in the middle lanes since water tends to pool in the side lanes.

4) But if you approach an area where the water seems especially deep, proceed slowly if at all.  Water that rises up to the doors can damage your car.  When in doubt, turn around and find another route.

5) Don’t tailgate.  Stay a safe distance behind other cars to avoid rear-end collisions and to avoid the splash from the car in front of you.

Also, don’t forget to check your wipers periodically and change dull blades so you aren’t struggling to see out your windshield in a torrential downpour!

Drive safely and stay dry.

I Drive Really Slow in the Ultra-Fast Lane…

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Denis Leary had plenty to say about slowpokes driving in the left lane and now so do Florida legislators.  A new law make it a ticketable offense to drive 10 or more miles below the speed limit in the left lane without getting out of the way for oncoming vehicles.  We are interested to see how this pans out, given that we have devoted over 20 years to defending drivers for driving too fast, not too slow!  Proponents claim that it will reduce road rage and accidents associated with drivers attempted to maneuver around slow-moving vehicles.  The law went into effect on July 1.  If you receive a ticket for driving too slowly and want to speak to an experienced traffic ticket attorney, call us at 1.800.CITATION.

License Plate-Scanning Cameras: What You Need to Know

Monday, July 8th, 2013

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Many police cars are equipped with small cameras that scan license plates.  Through this invasion of our privacy, law enforcement officials claim they are able to locate stolen vehicles and apprehend individuals driving with a suspended license.

Most recently, the Sun Sentinel reported that the City of Fort Lauderdale is considering using cameras to catch license plates associated with unpaid parking tickets.  The cameras would be attached to traffic enforcement vehicles and officers would boot cars with three or more unpaid parking tickets.  This is the latest way for cash-strapped cities to try to generate revenue.  The Sun Sentinel reports that a three hour test of the system netted the City of Fort Lauderdale $2,345.65, which included late fees and penalties.

Programs that scan license plates violate individual privacies.  Notwithstanding claims about improving safety and catching the bad guys, these cameras are intended as revenue generators.  Keep an eye out for the roving cameras and The Ticket Clinic will continue to bring you the latest news on this topic as the programs unfold.

Red Light Cameras Suspended Throughout Florida as Cities Struggle to Comply with New Laws!

Monday, July 1st, 2013

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Today, the new red light camera laws, which we wrote about last month will go into effect.  As a result, many municipalities are shutting down their red light programs, at least temporarily, because they are unable to comply with the new state laws.

As we previously explained, the new state laws require cities to create a hearing board to hear red light camera appeals.  As of today, the City of Miami and Davie have both suspended their red light camera programs.  It will be interesting to see if others follow as city officials attempt to comply with the new law while still making the cameras a profitable endeavor.

The Ticket Clinic is leading the way in the fight against red light cameras. For over 25 years, The Ticket Clinic has handled solely traffic-related offenses.  If you have a question about a red light camera ticket you received, call us today at 1.800.CITATION.

The Ticket Clinic’s Ted Hollander on NBC6

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

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Last night, attorney Ted Hollander appeared on NBC6 to discuss police removal of Hialeah resident Juan Santana’s tag from his wife’s car parked outside his home. Santana filmed the entire event with his cell phone camera.  According to The Ticket Clinic’s veteran traffic attorney, the removal was improper under Florida law because the car was not being operated.  Check out the video here.

Do You Understand Your Car Insurance?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

car-money3Ever wonder what you are paying for when you pay your car insurance premiums?  Here is an overview of the different kinds of insurance and what is generally covered.

Liability coverage – Almost every state requires drivers to have liability coverage to pay for damages that the insured causes to other drivers and their property.  For example, Florida requires drivers to have a minimum of $10,000 of bodily injury coverage for one person injured in an accident and a minimum of $20,000 of coverage for all injuries in one accident.  Florida further requires drivers to have $10,000 minimum in property liability for an accident.

Collision and comprehensive coverage pays for injuries to your car from either an accident with another car that you, the driver caused (collision), or another type of accident, such as fire or vandalism (comprehensive).

Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage covers damages to you and your car if you are injured by a driver that does not have auto insurance.  Some states require you to have this type of coverage.  Check with your local DMV.

Many insurers also off additional insurance programs, such as coverage for a rental car or coverage for roadside assistance.

Each state’s laws differ on car insurance requirements.  Moving this summer?  Check with the local DMV in your new neighborhood to see what the requirements are in your state.