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Common Driving Mistakes That Lead to Traffic Stops

When you think of traffic stops, speeding probably comes to mind—and for good reason. Going too fast accounts for 34 million speeding tickets every year in the United States. Speeding is a leading cause of accidents. For every 100 speeding tickets, there are 5.6 fewer injuries and 14.3 fewer crashes. But there are other reasons why police officers make traffic stops. Some of these are probably things you do every time you drive. All of these mistakes can be easily avoided, so the next time you get in your case, use some common sense and avoid getting pulled over. Not Using Turn Signals The lights on your car are there for a reason. Turn signals communicate your intentions to other drivers. If you don’t use them and end up in an accident, you could be at fault. If a police officer sees you trying to make a turn without using your turn signals, you could be pulled over. So be polite and use them. Improper Lane Changes If you need to change lanes in order to get off the freeway or move away from a semi truck, then you can certainly do so if it is safe. However, too many lane changes in a short amount of time will get you noticed by a police officer—and not in a good way. if you’re acting like you’re in a race, you are being reckless and could get pulled over. Tailgating Tailgating happens quite often, especially when a driver is stuck behind a slower vehicle and is experiencing road rage. But that doesn’t make it right. A tailgater can get pulled over and cited. Tailgating can lead to a life-threatening rear-end accident, which would be your fault. The car in front of you can stop at any time, so keep some distance if you want to protect your driving record, your car and your life. Distracted Driving When you’re driving, you need to be focusing on the road in front of you. However, many drivers are trying to multitask when behind the wheel. They may be texting, eating, reading, applying makeup or dealing with rowdy kids. Distracted driving is common among teens. Forty percent of teens have been a passenger in a vehicle where the driver was on their phone. This is a dangerous practice that often leads to fatal accidents. If a police officer sees you looking in another direction besides straight ahead, you could be pulled over. Contact an Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Something as innocent as a traffic stop can lead to an arrest, jail time and fines. It’s important to understand your rights if you are ever pulled over. Police officers have to follow a set of rules and procedures after pulling you over. If you are arrested at a traffic stop, it’s important that you discuss the incident with an Orlando criminal defense lawyer right away. At Moses & Rooth Attorneys at Law, we will aggressively fight to protect your rights. We can find evidence to get your charges dropped. Contact our offices today at (407) 377-0150 to see how we can help.

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Florida requires car seats through age 5

Instituting new restrictions on the public is usually a bad idea. However, the Florida legislature and Gov. Scott certainly go this right. Until today, Florida only required children through age three to be in car seats. The new law requires kids to be in either a 5-point harness or use a booster seat until their 6th birthday. Prior to the enactment of this statute, Florida ranked last in child safety seat laws. Can’t really blame the legislature as they passed a law in 2001 but it was vetoed by then Gov. Jeb Bush. Anyway kudos to Florida law makers for finally getting it right. See we don’t have to be the nation’s laughing stock all the time. For anyone interested this was HB 225.

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Florida troopers arrest 3 for drug charges following traffic stop

Three individuals were arrested after a traffic stop in Florida allegedly led to the discovery of illegal drugs.  The drugs were claimed to have been hidden inside of the rental car.  Florida troopers reported finding a drug commonly known as Molly, high-grade marijuana, and ecstasy pills.  The Florida Highway Patrol reported that the total weight of the drugs was 94 grams. The trooper claimed to have been able to smell raw marijuana as he approached the rental car.  The driver of the rental car supposedly told the trooper that his driver’s license had expired.  At that point the trooper reportedly detained the individuals in the car and then proceeded to search the vehicle. All three individuals were charged with amphetamine possession with the intent to distribute, trafficking of amphetamines in excess of 14 grams, and the smuggling of amphetamines into Florida. The driver of the vehicle was charged with driving with a suspended license, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, and possession of drug paraphernalia. We have not been provided enough information to determine whether these charges would hold up in the court of law. Every drug crime is fact specific and whether anyone is convicted of a crime often depends upon the believability of evidence presented against them. However, the burden of proof is upon prosecuting attorneys and arresting officers. Criminal defense attorneys have the right to question all evidence and make inquiries as to whether an arrest was conducted properly. For example, arresting officers do require probable cause to pull suspects over. There are also a series of strict criteria that must be followed before a car can be searched without a warrant. Source: The Gainesville Sun, “I-75 traffic stop reveals hidden drugs, results in 3 arrests,” Sean P. McCrory, Oct. 1, 2013

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