The Sun Sentinel has identified certain "hot spots" throughout South Florida where you are more likely to be pulled over by the Florida Highway Patrol.
While getting pulled over for a traffic violation - such as speeding or improper lane change - are not criminal offenses, a traffic stop is a perfect (and legal) opportunity for law enforcement to make observations that can result in criminal charges. These observations may include the smell of marijuana or the impairment of the driver. Either of these observations can, and almost always do, lead to arrests for charges such as possession of marijuana and DUI.
To avoid unnecessary police encounters, be especially careful to drive carefully in these cities:
1) Coral Springs - FHP activity is highest in south of Wiles Road and west of Coral Ridge Drive.
2) Fort Lauderdale - FHP activity is highest west of I-95 and east of US 1.
3) Hollywood - FHP activity is highest in the north-central area of the city.
4) Coconut Creek - FHP activity is highest between Johnson Road and the Sawgrass Expressway; and between 441 and Lyons Road.
5) Palm Beach County - FHP activity is highest between the Turnpike and I-95.
6) Miami-Dade County - FHP activity is highest near the Miami International Airport; Opa-locka; Hialeah (southern region); Little Havana; Miami Beach; West Miami; Coral Gables.
It is always wise to obey traffic laws wherever you go. However, exercising caution in these listed areas may help you to avoid unnecessary traffic citations, but most importantly - an unnecessary encounter with a trooper that could lead to your arrest.
Eric Matheny is a criminal defense attorney serving clients throughout Miami-Dade County and Broward County.