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Miami-Dade County Issues over 300,000 Traffic Tickets Every Year


According to a 2004 report by the Florida Driver's Association, Miami-Dade County issued 374,332 traffic tickets for moving infractions in 2004. Almost one-third of the tickets were for speeding, and the second most common moving infraction was for careless driving. These tickets are being issued by the three primary law-enforcement agencies throughout the County: City Police, Sheriff Officers and Florida Highway Patrol. Out of the three, the City Police wrote the majority of traffic tickets.

The number of moving traffic tickets and citations that are given in Miami-Dade County are increasing every year. The Florida Highway Patrol announced this month that they are enacting an education and enforcement campaign to ticket aggressive truck and car drivers. This action is based on the fact that 88% of crashes involving cars and commercial trucks are caused by the actions of drivers. A mere 12% of these crashes are the result of road conditions, bad weather conditions or vehicle defects.

In an effort to keep the roadways safe, the Florida Highway Patrol will be on the lookout for violations attributed to aggressive driving. These may include following another driver too closely, making unsafe lane changes and speeding. If you are a driver in Miami-Dade County, you need to be extra careful to practice safe driving habits. When you are given a citation for reckless or aggressive driving, contact a Miami traffic ticket attorney to learn how you can challenge your charges and protect your rights.

Reckless driving is a criminal traffic infraction in the state of Florida, and carries the possibility of probation, jail time, community service, a stiff fine and much more. Before you appear in court, enlist the help of a talented Miami traffic ticket lawyer who can help you avoid conviction. The legal team at Daniel Schulefand & Associates has over 30 years of experience and familiarity in handling traffic violations, so call today!