Traveling throughout Florida can be nearly as fun as getting to your destination. During the holiday and vacation seasons, Florida’s roads can be some of the busiest in the country. The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is committed to the safety of all motorists on our roads and educating everyone on safe driving to always Arrive Alive.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
“Children are our most precious cargo and it’s critical for all motorists to take extra caution when a child is in or around a motor vehicle,” said DHSMV Executive Director Terry L. Rhodes. “In the heat of the Florida summer, when more children will be out on the road preparing for the start of school, it is very important to remember that whether playing in a driveway, driving through a school zone or taking a family trip, motorists must do everything possible to ensure our children arrive alive.”