Unsafe Driving on The Rise During COVID-19
By Jonathan Blecher on May 15, 2020
Most major cities are experiencing a decrease in traffic due to mandated COVID-19 stay-at-home orders. Thus, while people are staying home, roads and highways are much emptier, causing a surge in aggressive and unsafe driving. What’s interesting is that many drivers who are pulled over for traffic violations don’t even realize they were breaking the law.
I understand this confusion deeply, as pre-coronavirus driving behaviors were submissive to the amount of traffic in the streets. Without any cars on the roads, it’s more difficult to measure how fast you drive, especially when you’ve used traffic jams and a higher number of vehicles sharing the roads with you.
If you were charged with a traffic offense, allow me to help you fight your accusation. Dealing with the impacts of COVID-19 is stressful enough, and the last thing you need facing a costly charge. Call 305-321-3237 today or schedule your free consultation with me online!
Less Traffic, More Speeding
The Miami Herald reported that “Miami is among the top five major cities that have seen the sharpest reduction in personal travel since late February — a 55 percent drop in volume, compared to 60 percent in New York, 58 percent in Orlando, 56 percent in Detroit and 56 percent in San Francisco.”
The drastic drop in personal travel since COVID-19 hit understandably creates more room for people to unintentionally and unknowingly speed. Even if they are aware that they’re utilizing the gas pedal a bit more than usual, hefty fines and jail time are usually the consequence. In a time in which 20 million Americans are unemployed, lives are being lost due to the coronavirus and mental health is suffering, dealing with a traffic violation charge shouldn’t be an option.
Penalties for Aggressive Careless Driving
To clarify, Florida actually defines certain traffic offenses as “aggressive careless driving.” You may be convicted of this crime if you are found guilty of committing two or more of the following offenses simultaneously or subsequently:
- Exceeding the posted speed
- Unsafely or improperly changing lanes
- Following another vehicle too closely
- Failing to yield the right-of-way
- Improperly passing
- Violating traffic control and signal devices
Helping You Fight Your Traffic Violation Accusation
I obtain over 30 years of experience helping people resolve their charges, including traffic offenses. With former prosecutorial insight on your side, you can count on me to negotiate for reduced or zero penalties for your traffic violation. As such, I will utilize my thorough knowledge of the Florida justice system to better work in your favor and strive to help you navigate the complexities associated with your charge as seamlessly as possible.
COVID-19 has caused enough chaos. A traffic ticket shouldn’t add to it. Schedule your free consultation with me, Jonathan Blecher, P.A. online or by calling 305-321-3237