What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving in Florida and Your Rights

What You Need to Know About Texting and Driving in Florida and Your Rights

This year, Florida joins 45 states in making texting while driving a primary traffic offense. Now, police can pull you over if they see a phone in your hand while driving. Before this new legislation goes into effect on July 1, 2019, texting and driving was considered a secondary offense where drivers could be cited when pulled over for another offense. The legislation aims at reducing the rate of distracted driving in the State. Distracted

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Florida Criminal Justice System Will Soon Be More Transparent

Florida Criminal Justice System Will Soon Be More Transparent

A new Florida law taking effect July 1 promises to be a game-changing move toward transparency in the criminal justice system. The law (CS/CS/SB 1392: Criminal Justice) requires all 67 counties to release 25 percent more criminal-justice system data pertaining to: Courts Jails Policing Prison The data will be collected and published in a statewide Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) system publically accessible by the summer of 2019. Going forward, Attorneys, Prosecutors, and the public

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Increased DUI Checkpoints

Increased DUI Checkpoints

At a recent City Council meeting Duval County approved $500,000 to increase DUI checkpoints from two per year to two per month over the next two years. That’s roughly 60 checkpoints over this two year period. These funds are not coming from the current city budget, but rather a grant awarded to the city by the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation, a nonprofit with a mission to improve health and safety concerns. At this

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