It’s official. The State of Florida has banned texting-while-driving. On May 28, 2013, Governor Rick Scott signed a new law aimed at preventing distracted driving. The new law which takes effect immediately, allows a law enforcement officer to pull over a driver and issue a citation for texting-while-driving only if the driver has committed another infraction, like speeding, running a red light, a broken taillight or expired tag. This is the same way the seat-belt law was introduced. It started out as a non-stoppable offense and had to be combined with a moving violation. Over time, the seat-belt law was changed and is now treated as a stand-alone moving violation.
A small change in Florida’s traffic light regulations now allows Florida cities to shorten yellow lights, resulting in millions of dollars in traffic fines. According to a Tampa news source, The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) changed the policy approximately two years ago when it reduced yellow light intervals below federal recommendations. After the adjustment, engineers began working with cities to shorten the length of yellow lights at specific intersections; primarily those with red light traffic cameras. The lights were only reduced by a fraction of a second, but studies show that even half of a second can double the amount of citations at an intersection.
For sixteen years, the NRA Foundation has provided a unique opportunity for attorneys to assemble and discuss legal issues related to firearms. The seminar is designed to help lawyers who represent firearm-related businesses and firearms owners. At the seminar, Attorney Williamson and her legal peers had the opportunity to learn about changes in firearms laws, federal restrictions, state firearms laws, and pending Second Amendment cases. The NRA Foundation held the seminar on May 3rd, 2013.
Members of the Crary Buchanan legal team participated in the 3rd Annual Charger Run to support the St. Joseph Catholic School and Martin County House of Hope last week. The event took place on May 10th, 2013. Melanie Howe and Christine Grant, legal assistants at the firm for Steve Beres and Rob Elder, participated in the race with Attorney Elysse A. Elder. Christine Howe took 3rd place in in her age division.