Driving Safety

Teen Drivers

Put It Down - Focus On Driving

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With more than 815,000 licensed teen drivers in the state of Florida, it is so important for teens to practice safe driving. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) works to educate teens on the importance of buckling up, observing all speed limits, never driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and to always focus on driving.

For crash and citation data, localized by county, click here or scroll down the page.

FLHSMV joins the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in recognizing National Teen Driver Safety Week in October each year and highlighting Teen Arrive Alive Day the Tuesday of Teen Driver Safety Week with events throughout the state to remind teens and adults around them how to stay safe behind the wheel.

FLHSMV’s We Arrive Alive campaign initiative gives teens the tools and language to take ownership of their driving habits, from buckling up to focusing on driving. The Wireless Communicatons While Driving law went into effect in July 2019, in which motorists may be stopped and cited for texting and driving. FLHSMV will continue to educate motorists, especially Florida’s newest teen drivers, on why it is so important to never text and drive. For more information on distracted driving, visit the Distracted Driving page.

Driving is a Privilege – Don’t Lose It

  • Parents can rescind a minor’s driver license.
    • The parent or guardian who signs the Parental Consent Form can rescind responsibility for their minor’s driving and cancel the minor’s license.
  • If teens get six or more points on their license within 12 months, their license is restricted to “Business Purposes Only” for one year.
    • If teens receive six points on their driving record within a 12 month period, driving privileges are automatically restricted to Business Purposes Only for 12 months or until age 18, whichever happens first. If additional points are received during this restricted period, the restriction is extended 90 days for each additional point.
  • If under 21, it’s ZERO TOLERANCE for drinking and driving.
    • Drivers under the age of 21 with a blood alcohol level of .02 percent or more will have their license immediately suspended for six months. A second offense will result in a one year suspension. Refusal to submit to testing (first offense) results in a suspension of 12 months, 18 months on a second offense.
  • If a teen receives a moving violation conviction with a Learner’s License, they have one more year until they can get an Operator’s License.
    • If a teen receives a moving traffic conviction with a Learner’s License, the one-year period required to hold the Learner’s License will be extended for one year from the date of the conviction, or until 18 years old, whichever happens first.
  • Teens must be in compliance with school attendance, or they will be ineligible to obtain or maintain their license.
    • If not in compliance with school attendance, a teen’s driving privilege can be suspended until proof of attendance in school for 30 consecutive days has been provided.
  • If convicted of possession of tobacco, minors lose their license for a minimum of 30 days.
    • If convicted for possession of tobacco or nicotine products under the age of 18, the minor’s license will be suspended for 30 days or more.

Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) laws in Florida allow young drivers to safely gain experience under lower-risk conditions before obtaining full driving privileges. In 1996, Florida became the first state to enact GDL laws and since then every state has adopted the GDL program in some capacity.

There are driving curfews for minors with learner’s and driver licenses:

License TypeHoursNote:
Learner's LicenseDaylight hours for first three
months after license issued -
until 10 p.m. after three months

  • ALWAYS accompanied by a licensed driver 21+

  • Must hold for a minimum of 12 months or until 18th birthday, whichever comes first.

  • Required 50 hours of supervised driving, 10 of which must be at night.

Driver's License
16 years old
NOT between 11 p.m. to 6 a.m.Unless driving to or from work OR accompanied by a licensed driver 21+
Driver's License
17 years old
NOT between 1 a.m. to 5 a.m.Unless driving to or from work OR accompanied by a licensed driver 21+

For more information on licensing requirements for teens and GDL laws, please click here.

 

Teen Driver Safety Tips

Before you drive: 

  • Put on your seat belt and make sure all your passengers buckle up, too.
  • Keep passengers at a minimum. Extra passengers can be distracting for an inexperienced teen driver. Never try to fit more people in the car than you have seat belts for them to use.
  • When driving to a new place, get complete directions and set your GPS before you go. Figure out exactly where you are going before you put the car in drive.
  • Maintain your car’s optimum performance. Check your tires and make sure they are inflated to the right pressure according to your owner’s manual. Bald tires, a slipping transmission, bad brakes, a dirty windshield or a hesitant engine could lead to accidents.
  • Make sure your car has gas in it. Don’t drive around with the gauge on empty and risk getting stranded somewhere unsafe.
  • Be responsible, never drive impaired, and never ride with anyone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Call parents or friends to take you home if you need a ride.

While you drive:

  • Keep your eyes on the road, hands on the wheel and mind on driving. Don’t adjust the radio or any device, talk or text on your cell phone, put on make-up, comb your hair or eat while driving. Wait until you can pull over safely and stop because even taking your focus off the road for a few seconds could lead to a crash.
  • Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage crashes. Stop speeding before it stops you. Obey all speed limits, stops signs, and traffic lights. Going too fast gives you less time to stop or react. Excess speed is one of the main causes of teenage crashes.
  • Use turn signals to indicate your intention to turn or to change lanes and to give the drivers behind you enough time to react before you take the action. Then make sure the signal turns off after you’ve completed the action.
  • Don’t blast your music. You might miss hearing a siren or a horn that could warn you of possible trouble.
  • Share the road with others – watch out for motorcycles, bikes and pedestrians.
  • Don’t leave your car in cruise control when you’re driving late at night or when you’re tired. If you fall asleep at the wheel, the car will crash at the speed you’ve set your cruise control to maintain.
  • Be aware of the weather, traffic congestion and road conditions – stay alert!

Teen Driver Safety Campaign Resources

Teen Driver Data

Florida Teen Driver Stats – Licensed Drivers by County 2019

Press Releases 2019 | 2018 | 2017

Social Media Kit

Download the Social Media Posts PDF and click on the thumbnails below to make posting on social media quick and easy! Make sure to use the campaign hashtag #WeArriveAlive.

We Arrive Alive Campaign Social Media Posts

 

Facebook Cover and Post Images

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Twitter Cover and Post Images

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Instagram Image

Arrive Alive Teen Partner Social

 

Partner Social Media Images

 

Additional Downloads

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Print Media Kit

Put It Down. Focus on Driving. Poster – 11×17

Put It Down. Focus on Driving. Poster – 11×17 – Spanish

Put It Down. Focus on Driving. Poster – 8.5×11

Put It Down. Focus on Driving. Poster – 8.5×11 – Spanish

Mind on Driving Poster – 11×17

Mind on Driving Poster – 11×17 – Spanish

Mind on Driving Poster – 8.5×11

Mind on Driving Poster – 8.5×11 – Spanish

Poster Archive

Saved by the Belt Poster – 11×17

Saved by the Belt Poster – 8.5×11

Focus ON Driving Poster – 11×17

Focus ON Driving Poster – 8.5×11

We Arrive Alive: Buckle Up Campaign Poster – 8.5 x 11

We Arrive Alive: Buckle Up Campaign Poster – 11×17

 

Campaign Evaluation Reports 2018 | 2017 | 2016