Our Palm Beach County traffic lawyers have learned that the town of Juno Beach is working through contract disagreements with LaserCraft, the company that owns and maintains the van carrying red-light cameras in June Beach. Until then, the town has suspended the Safe Street Program, including the vans carrying red-light cameras.
These vans are part of a larger legal dispute over the legality of red-light cameras. Last month, a Miami-Dade circuit court judge ruled that red-light cameras in Aventura are illegal; however that ruling does not apply to Palm Beach County.
So far, Juno Beach has collected $743,000 in fines from the red-light cameras. Mayor Mort Levine says Florida drivers are still expected to pay their fines and abide by traffic laws, even though the vans were suspended. He also expects that LaserCraft and the town will work through their contract dispute and reinstate the cameras.
Source: Juno speed van taken off roads; dispute centers on who pays if town loses in court, Palm Beach Post News, March 19, 2010 (more…)
Our South Florida criminal defense attorneys recently read about a Pew Center study examining prison populations around the country. While 27 states lowered their prison populations in 2009, Florida’s prison population actually increased by 1.5 percent, or a little over 1,500 inmates between December 31, 2008 and January 1, 2010. As of last week, Florida’s prison population was just over 100,000.
Although the percent of Florida’s increase was low compared to states like Indiana, which had a 5.3 percent increase, the actual number of inmates was the second largest in the country. Pennsylvania added the most inmates with 2,100.
Pew says the problem is a lack of consensus among Florida’s leaders. The Florida Department of Corrections released a statement recognizing the growth of Florida’s jail population but emphasizing that the growth was less than projected.
Source: Florida prison population rises as most states show declines, study finds, South Florida Sun Sentinel, March 17, 2010 (more…)
Drivers in Central Texas now have an easier way to find out about the location of speed traps and radar guns. By using the Trapster app on a 3-G phone or going online, motorists can potentially avoid a speeding ticket. The free iPhone app can also notify drivers about flooded roadways or accidents that might lead to delays; however, the primary focus of the app is radar detection.
It’s interesting to us that the sheriff’s office is actually encouraging this new technology, rather than shunning it. In fact, when Art Acevedo became Austin’s police chief, he eliminated daily news released that announced where the department was using radar. The current attitude is that the more information the public has, the safer the roads will be.
Our Traffic Ticket lawyers in Broward County will be watching to see if this new technology catches on elsewhere in the country, particularly Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
According to 7 News, a Broward Sheriff’s Deputy is accused of intimidating a South Florida teen in court. The Broward deputy has over a decade of experience with the Broward Sheriff’s Office and was accused intimidating a teen earlier this month while the teen was on trial for cocaine charges.
The suspect’s mother apparently gave a court video of the incident to 7 News. In the video, the Broward Deputy can be seen walking past the family as he leaves the courtroom and he’s heard asking, “is that good enough questions for you, cuz?”
Following this incident, the Broward public defender’s office filed a letter of complaint with the Broward Sheriff’s Office, asking the office to discipline the Deputy for his unprofessional behavior. A spokesperson for the BSO said they are looking into it but that the public defender’s office should have contacted them first before going public to the media.
Our Broward County DUI attorneys read about a new service that could help Broward drivers get home safely after heavy drinking without risking a DUI. Zingo Fort Lauderdale will send a driver via scooter to the location of a drunk driver. Then the driver stows the scooter in the trunk of the customer’s car and drives the car and the customer home safely before departing again on scooter.
This Broward County service could address one of the biggest objectives that people have against taking cabs home: that it’s inconvenient because they don’t want to pick up their car later. In that sense, it could reduce the number of people driving drunk in South Florida. Still, we’re not sure how potential customers will feel about having a stranger drive their car and if they’ll have the presence of mind to call for a driver or the patience to wait for them.
Already, Zingo Transportation has 23 branches around the country. The company was founded in 2005 in Atlanta.
Source: Packable scooter could be your way home after night of partying in South Florida, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, March 15, 2010 (more…)
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