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What is Florida’s Stop and Frisk Law?

In Florida, many drivers, pedestrians, and other occupants of Florida’s roadways and common areas are stopped by Law Enforcement Officers. What Florida laws prevail, when a police officer or law enforcement official stop a citizen of Florida whether driving an automobile, whether walking, or on any other common area of the State of Florida? The law that prevails is the Stop and Frisk law. The Stop and Frisk law of Florida has its history from the strict meaning of the 4th Amendment of the US Constitution, which Florida’s Constitutional principles laminate. The strict meaning of the 4th Amendment only allows Law Enforcement Officials to seize a person if there is probable cause to arrest the individual for a criminal act. This principle of law, that a citizen could only be… […]

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Criminal Traffic Violations

Criminal Traffic Violations

Traffic violations are generally divided into two categories: parking violations and moving violations. Moving violations are the more serious of the two, carry stiffer penalties, and occur while the vehicle is in motion. Among moving traffic violations, speeding is the most common. If the driver’s manner of speeding is also posing a threat to the lives of pedestrians or other traffic, he or she might also be charged with reckless endangerment. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol are also illegal, as is driving a vehicle that is in unsafe condition — for instance a vehicle with a broken windshield. In some states, using a cell phone while driving is illegal unless it is a hands-free style. Other traffic violations include not using a child’s safety seat for small… […]

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When A Traffic Violation Becomes A Felony

When A Traffic Violation Becomes A Felony

Traffic violations are generally divided into two categories: parking violations and moving violations. Moving violations are the more serious of the two, carry stiffer penalties, and occur while the vehicle is in motion. Among moving traffic violations, speeding is the most common. If the driver’s manner of speeding is also posing a threat to the lives of pedestrians or other traffic, he or she might also be charged with reckless endangerment or DUI- driving under the influence. Traffic violations differ from state to state. The list below offers some of the most common infractions and misdemeanors: Parking illegally, e.g. in a red zone, taxi or bus zone, temporary zone, or in a disabled parking spot without a disabled sticker on your vehicle. Running a red light. Making an illegal turn… […]

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Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Florida Ban On Texting While Driving

Let’s start with the positive. As of Jan. 1, it will be unlawful for drivers to type messages into a smart phone or other mobile devices as they attempt to navigate stop lights, pedestrians and fellow lane-changing drivers. At long last, Florida has banned texting while driving, the 41st state to do so. (Hawaii beat us by one week.) In part thanks to the leadership of state Sen. Maria Sachs, D-Delray Beach, Florida is finally doing something to make our roads safer. It’s unfortunate the ban has a gaping flaw. That is, if law enforcement officers catch people texting while driving, they can’t pull them over. The law defines texting as a secondary offense, which means that to be stopped, the offender first must be caught committing another type of… […]

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Move Over Law Or Traffic Ticket Entrapment Scheme

Move Over Law Or Traffic Ticket Entrapment Scheme

More than 150 U.S. law enforcement officers have been killed since 1999 after being struck by vehicles along America’s highways, according to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. To lower that deadly toll, a new coalition of traffic safety and law enforcement groups is launching a nationwide public awareness campaign to protect emergency personnel along our nation’s roadsides (source). “Move Over, America” is a partnership originally founded in 2007 by the National Safety Commission, the National Sheriffs’ Association and the National Association of Police Organizations. Most recently, the partnership has also received the full support of the American Association of State Troopers. The campaign is the first nationally coordinated effort to educate Americans about “Move Over” laws and how they help protect the law enforcement officers who risk their… […]

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