driving http://wlrn.org en Trying To Free Up 95 Express, FDOT Prices 'Lexus Lanes' At Lamborghini Rates http://wlrn.org/post/trying-free-95-express-fdot-prices-lexus-lanes-lamborghini-rates <p></p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 21:17:35 +0000 Kenny Malone 28580 at http://wlrn.org Trying To Free Up 95 Express, FDOT Prices 'Lexus Lanes' At Lamborghini Rates How Madonna Shaped My Romance With I-95 http://wlrn.org/post/how-madonna-shaped-my-romance-i-95 <p>In 1990, when we were both 22 years old, my friend Clark and I drove from New Jersey to the Canadian border, bought a box of donuts, turned the car around, and drove the entire length of the southbound Interstate 95 non-stop, as quickly as possible.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">It was what we called a “high-velocity vacation."</span></p><p>For reasons unclear we decided to only listen to one song the entire way: Madonna’s “Like A Prayer.”&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">We had the </span>cassingle<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:54:42 +0000 Mark Hedden 28203 at http://wlrn.org How Madonna Shaped My Romance With I-95 Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95 http://wlrn.org/post/devilish-commute-how-south-florida-lives-i-95 <p></p><p>The U.S. Census 2006-2010 American Communities Survey says the most popular commute is, by far, from Broward to Miami-Dade County. It estimates 125,000 make that drive to work every day.</p><p>For nearly an hour and a half, Broward-to-Dade commuters sit on Interstate 95's crowded lanes, some investing in express-lane tolls while others face the red-eyed inertia of cars ahead.</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:30:06 +0000 Kenny Malone & Maria Murriel 26382 at http://wlrn.org Devilish Commute: How South Florida Lives With I-95 Express-Lane Congestion Elicits Toll Hikes On I-95 http://wlrn.org/post/express-lane-congestion-elicits-toll-hikes-i-95 <p>Life in the fast lane is more popular, more expensive and more congested than ever.<br /><br />The Florida Department of Transportation says entry into the <a href="http://www.95express.com/faq/about-95-express" target="_blank">95 Express</a> lanes ranges from $0.25 to a $7.00 maximum, meaning drivers can only be charged up to that amount depending on how many tolls they pass on one trip. The system’s "dynamic tolling" increases prices as the lanes get more congested. By driving up prices, traffic is driven back into the general-purpose lanes, easing congestion on the express lanes. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 01:23:46 +0000 Kenny Malone 25403 at http://wlrn.org Express-Lane Congestion Elicits Toll Hikes On I-95 Florida Drivers Can Soon Use Smartphones To Show Proof Of Insurance http://wlrn.org/post/florida-drivers-can-soon-use-smartphones-show-proof-insurance <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Florida drivers are </span><a href="http://www.miami-dadeclerk.com/service_fee_schedule.asp#traffic" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">required to carry proof of insurance</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Those who are pulled over in Miami-Dade County and can’t show proof of coverage will get a $129 ticket. (It drops to $10 if proof is provided with 30 days that the driver had insurance at the time of the citation.)</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:59:26 +0000 Gina Jordan 24999 at http://wlrn.org Florida Drivers Can Soon Use Smartphones To Show Proof Of Insurance Local Police Gear Up To Enforce Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban http://wlrn.org/post/local-police-gear-enforce-floridas-new-texting-while-driving-ban <p>As Florida&#39;s texting while driving ban goes into effect, local police officers are still figuring out the best way to enforce the new law.</p><p>&quot;This is something new to all of us,&quot; said&nbsp;Freddy Cruz, a sergeant with the City of Miami Police Department. &quot;This is going to be quite a challenge, but from an educational standpoint, we have to educate the public on the dangers [of texting while driving].</p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 13:44:48 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21499 at http://wlrn.org Local Police Gear Up To Enforce Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Florida's Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Amid New Effort To Strengthen It http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-texting-while-driving-ban-takes-effect-amid-new-effort-strengthen-it <p>Florida's new law banning texting while driving went into effect on October 1.</p><p>Governor Rick Scott signed SB 52 into law back in May, making Florida the 41st state to ban texting while driving. To some, though, the law does not go far enough.</p><p>The brunt of the new law is meant to deter drivers from sending or reading text messages. But it bans pretty much anything that requires "manually typing or entering multiple letters, numbers, symbols, or other characters." So no emailing, searching the Internet, or dialing a phone number.</p> Tue, 01 Oct 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Wilson Sayre 21418 at http://wlrn.org Florida's Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Amid New Effort To Strengthen It Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Oct. 1 http://wlrn.org/post/floridas-new-texting-while-driving-ban-takes-effect-oct-1 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It&#39;s official. No more texting and driving in the state of Florida.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Gov. Rick Scott was in South Florida on Tuesday to sign SB 52, legislation championed by Sen. Nancy </span>Detert (R-Venice)<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;for the last four years.&nbsp;</span></p> Mon, 30 Sep 2013 14:50:10 +0000 Arianna Prothero & Rick Stone 14787 at http://wlrn.org Florida's New Texting While Driving Ban Takes Effect Oct. 1 Simulator Offers Crash Course On Dangers Of Texting http://wlrn.org/post/simulator-offers-crash-course-dangers-texting <p>Sixteen-year-old Webster Jean is driving around on city streets, left hand on the wheel, right hand holding a smartphone.&nbsp; As he reads and responds to his text messages, he repeatedly veers across the double-yellow lines.</p><p>And then -- &nbsp;wham.</p><p>"I crashed,"&nbsp; says Jean with a chuckle.</p><p>Jean tee-bones another car – but he’s fine.&nbsp; The teenager is just taking a spin in a texting-while-driving simulator brought to Park Vista High School by wireless carrier AT&amp;T.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 19:40:28 +0000 Christine DiMattei 13688 at http://wlrn.org Simulator Offers Crash Course On Dangers Of Texting Pursuing Reckless Cops Wins Sun-Sentinel Its First Pulitzer http://wlrn.org/post/pursuing-reckless-cops-wins-sun-sentinel-its-first-pulitzer <p></p><p>It was a humdinger of a story.</p><p>A Miami police officer in a marked squad car is pursued, pulled over and handcuffed by a Florida state trooper after speeding down the turnpike like race car driver Dale Earnhardt, Jr.</p><p>A dash-cam video of that pre-dawn October chase in 2011 went viral and sparked a three-month investigation by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper into how local police officers routinely endangered the general public through reckless driving.</p> Fri, 19 Apr 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Christine DiMattei 12670 at http://wlrn.org Pursuing Reckless Cops Wins Sun-Sentinel Its First Pulitzer Technically, There's Nothing Stopping You From Texting And Driving In Florida – Yet http://wlrn.org/post/technically-theres-nothing-stopping-you-texting-and-driving-florida-yet <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After several failed bills and a decade’s worth of debate, texting and driving remains legal in Florida – and the most recently proposed bill wouldn’t change that. But drivers could be charged with vehicular homicide in the case of an accident.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.newsserviceflorida.com/assets/briefs3.aspx?Select=2013163">According to the News Service of Florida</a>,</p> Thu, 14 Mar 2013 10:00:00 +0000 Allison Goodman 9218 at http://wlrn.org Technically, There's Nothing Stopping You From Texting And Driving In Florida – Yet This Bill Could Mean Tickets From School Buses http://wlrn.org/post/bill-could-mean-tickets-school-buses <p></p><p>A familiar yellow school bus slows to pick up a group of giddy children at the corner. Florida drivers, perhaps caught in the morning rush to work, know they’re supposed to stop. After all, the bus’s retractable red stop sign and flashing lights serve as glaring reminders. But are motorists actually following the law?</p> Fri, 15 Feb 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Allison Goodman 9371 at http://wlrn.org This Bill Could Mean Tickets From School Buses Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers http://wlrn.org/post/texting-while-driving-and-other-sins-floridas-drivers <p></p><p>Florida is <a href="http://www.distraction.gov/content/get-the-facts/state-laws.html">one of only 11 states</a> that does not prohibit texting while driving.&nbsp; Though state legislators have already<a href="http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/news/state-regional-govt-politics/push-renewed-for-florida-ban-on-texting-while-driv/nTj47/"> introduced 3 texting ban bills</a> for the upcoming session, similar bills have failed in the past several years.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 30 Jan 2013 16:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 8402 at http://wlrn.org Texting While Driving And Other Sins Of Florida's Drivers Is Florida Driving Us Crazy? http://wlrn.org/post/florida-driving-us-crazy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On the Florida Roundup: From immigration reform to gay rights, we’ll discuss how the president’s inauguration speech resonated here.</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Elaine Chen 8301 at http://wlrn.org Is Florida Driving Us Crazy? Fast, Slow And Distracted Motorists Are Focus Of Two Proposed Bills http://wlrn.org/post/fast-slow-and-distracted-motorists-are-focus-two-proposed-bills <p></p><p>Safe driving is the focus of two proposed bills being filed in Tallahassee this session. One bill addresses texting while driving. The other bill deals with slow people in the fast lane.</p><p></p><p>According to the News Service of Florida, Senator Nancy Detert, a Venice Republican, believes this year will be the year her texting-while-driving ban passes.</p><p></p><p>This will be her fourth attempt.</p><p></p><p>Although the bill has passed the Senate twice before, Detert says it has never been heard in the House.</p><p></p> Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:30:00 +0000 Arianna Prothero 8288 at http://wlrn.org Fast, Slow And Distracted Motorists Are Focus Of Two Proposed Bills