March 5th, 2014
A recently released report from Florida’s Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles provided a telling look at the reality of state-wide red light camera programs. Although the State is touting decreased collisions at many red light camera intersections, in fact this is misleading. The report also found that while some jurisdictions did report a decline in collisions at red light camera intersections, in fact statewide, crashes at these intersections increased 21% from 2011 to 2012. This no doubt calls into question the efficacy of the red light camera programs, which proponents claim protect drivers and improve safety.
This comes at the same time that a study by three professors at the University of South Florida calls into question the efficacy of the red light camera programs.
These studies may prove to be a boon for some legislators who are pushing to ban red light cameras statewide. Most recently, Hallandale terminated its red light camera program - the first city in Broward County to do so. Expect to see more cities reconsidering their programs in the future.
In the meantime, The Ticket Clinic is leading the red light camera ticket fight. If you received a red light camera ticket and want to fight it, call us at 1.800.CITATION.
February 21st, 2014
Don’t drink and drive. That’s a given. But what happens when you have had too much drink and make the mistake of getting behind the wheel? When you see those flashing lights in your rearview mirror, you could be facing a life-changing moment.
DUIs are very serious because they carry possible criminal consequences in addition to impacting your driving privileges. The penalties for getting a DUI in Florida can include jail time, even for a first offense. So it is critical to take a DUI seriously.
In addition, you will lose your license if you get a DUI – at least temporarily. In Florida, when you get a DUI, the DMV immediately suspends your driving privileges. The process to regain your driving privileges may be complicated. For example, if you fail to request a review hearing within 10 days of the receipt of your DUI, you lose the right to contest the suspension of your drivers license. For a first DUI, the automatic suspension is 6 months – a long time to be without a car.
If you have received a DUI, it is important that you know your rights and obligations. Consider talking to an experienced DUI attorney at The Ticket Clinic. Our DUI lawyers concentrate solely on the art of defending DUI’s in Florida, California and nationwide. Call us at 1.800.CITATION.
January 2nd, 2014
The Ticket Clinic’s Matt Aungst spoke to WFTV about the new red light camera hearings. Under the new law, drivers can fight the ticket at a local city hearing rather than waiting for a Uniform Traffic Citation to be issued. Before the new law went into effect, we hypothesized that the hearings, which are overseen by hearing officers, not judges, may be biased against the drivers. That seems to be the trend. However, the option to wait for a UTC and argue your case before a real judge is still an option that should not be ignored.
If you receive a violation and wish to fight it, consider talking to an experienced traffic ticket attorney. The Ticket Clinic is leading the red light camera fight. Call us at 1.800.CITATION with questions.
December 16th, 2013
Our very own Ted Hollander spoke to CBS 12 News about the red light cameras located at Boynton Beach Boulevard and Congress Avenue. From 2011 until October of this year the yellow light, which should have been 4.5 seconds long, was only 4 seconds long, leading to 7,000 red light camera tickets. Check out what Ted has to say by clicking here.
November 6th, 2013
Happy Wednesday everyone!
At The Ticket Clinic, we are big fans of top ten lists. This one from Popular Mechanics caught our eye earlier this week. We are particularly partial to #4. Be quiet. If you don’t make yourself memorable, there is a good chance that the officer won’t recall specifics of your incident and his or her testimony may be more susceptible to cross-examination. If you are a do-it-yourselfer, this article provides some good tips. But if you want an experienced traffic ticket attorney in your corner, consider calling The Ticket Clinic at 1.800.CITATION.
Drive safely and don’t forget that the “no texting and driving” law is in effect in Florida so put down your phones!
October 15th, 2013
Last week Orlando resumed its traffic court operations after a six-month shutdown when the courts ran out of money. The Ticket Clinic’s Robert Azcano spoke to WFTV Channel 9 in Orlando about the speedy trial laws and whether some of the cases could have been dismissed on those grounds. To see the full story, click here.
October 1st, 2013
Starting today, if you text and drive in Florida, you may find yourself being ticketed.
Right now the law makes texting a secondary offense, which means you can’t be pulled over for texting alone. But you can be pulled over for speeding, reckless driving or another offense and issued a second ticket for texting behind the wheel. Texting at red lights is okay. A first offense will earn you a $30 fine; a second, $60 – a relatively light punishment for such a hot-button issue.
But, the Florida legislature is already working to make texting while driving a more severe offense, including bills to make it a primary offense (meaning you can be pulled over for texting without committing other driving infraction) and stiffer penalties.
Stay tuned for more on this law as it goes into effect.
September 26th, 2013
This blurb in the Sun Sentinel caught our eye. It claims that red light camera citations in Florida are down during the period of 2010 – 2013 and asks “are we getting used to red light cameras?”
But more likely citations could be down as a result of many cities suspending or ending their red light camera programs in the face of mounting opposition and increasing costs. What do you think is driving the downturn in tickets?
September 18th, 2013
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.
September 3rd, 2013
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.