Safety Center

Driving Safety

The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is committed to providing highway safety and security through excellence in service, education and enforcement. Select one of the links below to learn about our safety outreach campaigns, safety tips for driving, consumer safety information, and much more.

Move Over

The phrase Move Over is more than just words. It is an action required on everyone’s part in order to make Florida’s busy roads safer for everyone—whether they are first responders or stranded motorists waiting for assistance.

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Hit and Run Awareness

Florida has seen the amount Hit and Run crashes remain steady over the years. Although the majority of Hit and Run crashes only result in property damage, more than 180 people were killed in hit and run crashes in 2015.* The DHSMV and Florida HIghway Patol's “Bad to Worse” campaign aims to reduce the number of hit and run crashes in Florida by educating drivers on their responsibilities if involved in a crash and the consequences they face if they leave a crash scene.

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Distracted Driving

Often, a driver allows his or her focus to be impaired by various distractions that confront us in today’s fast-paced and high tech world in which we live. They are distractions that can and DO turn deadly.In no age group is that more apparent than for teenagers. Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group in our state.

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Share the Road

With its warm weather and scenic coastal highways, Florida is a popular place for motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians. All motorists should use courtesy when driving. After all, the road belongs to everyone.

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Wrong Way Driving

Especially at night and during transitional light times such as dawn and dusk, motorists are encouraged to stay in the right lane, when possible, to avoid a crash with a wrong way driver. Be sure to always stay focused on driving and follow all posted traffic signs.

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Teen Drivers

Put on your seat belt and make sure all your passengers buckle up, too. Don’t drive like you own the road; drive like you own the car. Share the road with others – watch out for motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians.

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Drowsy Driving

The Florida Legislature designated the first week of September each year as Drowsy Driving Prevention Week to educate the public on the dangers of driving while drowsy and to honor the memory of 8-year-old Ronshay Dugans. Ronshay was killed in 2008 when her school bus was hit by a driver who fell asleep at the wheel.

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Spring Break Florida

Florida is one of the top Spring Break destinations in the country for high school and college-aged students. During Spring Break, FHP and other state and local law enforcement partners work to keep impaired drivers off the road. With more than 1.8 million visitors in Florida on any given day, we remind spring breakers that drinking and driving is no way to enjoy an incredible Sunshine State spring break experience.

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Don't Drink and Drive

Throughout the year, there are many reasons to celebrate. These celebrations may include alcohol consumption. Did you remember to make a plan to get home when the party is over? Have fun, but be responsible. Don't drink and drive. You don't want to miss the next reason to celebrate. Learn More

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Inclement Weather Conditions

Visibility can change within seconds, so use extreme caution when driving in smoke and fog. Freezing rain and ice are road hazards that Florida motorists seldom encounter, but such conditions can and have occurred in the state. Avoid driving in heavy storms, and stay in a safe place after the storm.

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Vacation and Holiday Travel

Whether traveling across country or across town, whether it's summer vacation or a holiday trip to visit family or friends, it is important to keep safety in mind. Whatever the season, whatever the reason, make it a safe and fun trip.

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