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Apr  25,  2017
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Recognized Clearwater criminal defense attorney Paul A. Meissner Jr., of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, PA. clarifies the red light camera controversy


When the Florida Legislature convenes on March 7, 2017, the debate over red light cameras will resume. This time, discussions will include a recent report from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles that indicates crashes increase at intersections where red light cameras are installed.

According to the report, after the installation of red light cameras, crashes rose 10 percent at 148 intersections in 28 Florida cities and counties during the July 2012-April 2016 period, and rear-end crashes increased more than 11 percent.  Accidents involving pedestrians and other non-motorists fell almost 20 percent, and crashes involving running a red light were down about 3 percent.

Florida’s Legislature has considered bills to ban red light cameras over the past few years. Each of those bills has failed. This upcoming legislative session will consider two bills—SB 178 and HB 6007 -- that call for the repeal of red light cameras in Florida by 2020.

“The introduction of photographic automated enforcement systems – red light cameras – has added a new twist to defending against traffic tickets,” said defense attorney Paul A. Meissner Jr. of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. “Much of the controversy over the use of these red light cameras is related to the way evidence of speeding or running a red light is verified and how the violation is served.”

Red light cameras work by triggering the camera to take a photograph as a vehicle passes over a sensor in the intersection when the light is red. Photos of the vehicle’s front license plate and the driver are taken. A police officer is to check the photo of the driver against the driver’s license photo of the vehicle’s registered owner before a citation is mailed to the vehicle’s registered owner.

“If you receive a citation, the first step is to check the photographs to determine if the vehicle in the photo is your vehicle, and who was driving the car at the time the photograph was taken,” continued Mr. Meissner. “There are several issues to explore in defending a red light ticket, including circumstances where the driver was making a right turn.”

The criminal defense lawyers at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett P.A. have been serving the Tampa Bay area community for more than 45 years, and share more than 125 years of combined experience. Innovative practice and proven litigation skills make the firm Tampa Bay’s premier legal team, with a proven track record of success and a reputation for excellence. For more information, visit the firm website at www.CarlsonMeissner.com or contact the office directly at 877-728-9653.

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Mar  09,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

 

LiFT Academy provides challenging academics while building character and confidence in an accepting and inclusive environment. We are honored to be able to be a Bronze Cup sponsor for Dylan, in his Life Without Limits at The Derby on May 6, 2017.

Dylan was born with cerebral palsy, a condition affecting body movement and muscle coordination. Although cerebral palsy is not curable in the accepted sense, training and therapy can help improve function. Lift Academy encourages Dylan every day to live with confidence, pride and determination, not allowing cerebral palsy to affect his quality of life. With constant reminders NEVER to quit, NEVER to give up and to stay STRONG, he has learned that he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to.

The LiFT Academy provides the perfect environment for students to overcome their limitations, encourage and empower them to advocate for themselves. It is the mainstream light to a bright future.

You can help Dylan continue his dream of a life without limits by becoming a sponsor at Lift Your Spirits at the Derby or by purchasing an individual ticket. 100% of the proceeds benefit LiFT Academy. Please go to their website at liftacademy.org, or to their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/LiFT-Academy-576164715757709/.

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Feb  27,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos

The attorneys and staff of Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. would like to invite you to join us for our St. Patrick's Day Party on March 17th, beginning at 6:00 p.m. It will be held at our offices located at 250 North Belcher Road, Clearwater, Florida. (Additional parking will be at the Church of the Good Samaritan located at 2165 NE Coachman Road, Clearwater, Florida 33765)

Please wear your green and join us to Eat, Drink and be Irish.

 

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Feb  23,  2017
By Mary Ann Bounacos
Come to the Weeki Wachee Florida Swamp Festival from March 3rd to March 5th and meet the attorneys and staff of our Spring Hill office. Betty Whitman and Matt Wheeley will be available for a free consultation and to answer any questions you may have regarding obtaining Social Security Disability benefits, Workers’ Compensation, and Personal injury. Susan Carrell and Ana Kneisler will also be available to assist you and to hand out some fun gifts.

 

Swamp Fest has grown from a small community fundraising festival to an annual event that draws thousands from all over. In 1994 Swamp Fest held its first annual festival in the parking lot at the Weeki Wachee Area Club, soon outgrowing the parking lot it moved around the corner to the Weeki Wachee Christian Camp. The festival remained there for a few years before moving even further down Shoal Line Boulevard to Linda Pederson Park. In 2013 Swamp Fest made the big move to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, where it will be held once again in 2017.

Swamp Fest is organized by the Weeki Wachee Crime Watch, The Weeki Wachee Area Club, and the Hernando Environmental Land Protectors (H.E.L.P.). All monies (after operating costs) are distributed among the three organizations and to many deserving local charities.

Some of the organizations that have received the donations in previous years are: 4-H, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, Arc Nature Coast, Artificial Reef Development, Audubon Society, Boy Scout Troop #433, Chinsegut Hill, Civil Air Patrol, Coastal Spring Hill Education Center, Guardian Ad Litem, Hernando Beach Fire Department, Hernando Beach Marine Safety, Hernando Beach VFW, Hernando County Boys & Girls Club, Hernando County Recreation Dept. Youth Camps, Hernando County Sheriff, Hospice, Holy Ground (Pasco County), Jericho Road Ministries, People Helping People, Salvation Army, Save The Manatee Program, SHARP Crime Watch, Sierra Club (Gulf Coast), Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary, The Dawn Center, United States Coast Guard Auxiliary 15-08, West Hernando Christian School.



 


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Feb  13,  2017
By MaryAnn Bounacos

Ken Burke, CPA, the Clerk of the Circuit Court and Comptroller of Pinellas County in Florida, waives collection fees during "Start Smart in 2017" campaign.  Anyone with a ticket or court fine in collections can visit the following locations during the week of Monday, February 27, to Friday, March 3, and also the week of Monday, March 6, to Friday, March 10, 2017, to avoid paying the collection fee.

The following offices will be open during regular hours of operation with the exception of some extended hours:

North County Branch - 29582 U.S. 19 North, Clearwater, FL

Clerk's Tyrone Branch - 1800 66th Street North, St. Petersburg, FL

Pinellas County Justice Center - 14250 49th Street North, Clearwater, FL

For more information please call the Clerk's office (727)464-7000, or visit the Clerk's website at www.mypinellasclerk.org.

 

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