Traveling throughout Florida can be just as fun as getting to your destination. During the summer travel season, Florida’s roads can be some of the busiest in the country. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is educating everyone on safe driving practices to always Arrive Alive.

Speeding – Slow Down, Stay Cool

  • As a motorist, it’s your responsibility to know and obey the speed limit on each road you travel.
  • Speed limits are in place to keep you and those around you safe. Together, we can create a safer summer for all by slowing down and staying cool on the road.
  • In Florida, the speed limit will never be higher than 70 mph on highways. Slow down – no excuses.
  • Speeding is against the law and extremely dangerous. Obeying speed limits improves safety by reducing the probability and severity of crashes.
  • Last year, during the months of June and July, there were 107,048 crashes in Florida with 499 deaths and 2,385 serious bodily injuries.
  • During those two months, law enforcement issued 3,165 citations for unlawful speed, while 2,349 crashes resulted from excessive speed.
  • Motorists ages 18-33 had the highest number of crashes.
  • The 4th of July holiday is a dangerous time to travel. Over the past five years, on average for the three-day period of July 3-5, there have been 4,924 crashes, resulting in 1,794 injuries and 28 deaths.

Buckle Up

  • The Dori Slosberg and Katie Marchetti Safety Belt Law, effective June 30, 2009, requires that all drivers, all front seat passengers and all passengers under the age of 18, fasten their safety belts.
  • Passengers 18 years or older will be charged with a violation if they fail to wear a seat belt when required by law. Drivers will be charged with a seat belt violation if any passenger under the age of 18 is not restrained with a seat belt or child restraint device.
  • Seat belts save lives, but only if worn correctly every That click reduces the risk of being injured or killed in a crash by almost 50 percent.
  • Wear your lap belt around your hips and wear your shoulder belt across your chest. The seat belt will not work if it is tucked behind you. Airbags are no substitute for seat belts.
  • Don’t start your summer road trip without first making sure everyone is buckled properly.

Never Drive Impaired

Drugs and alcohol have real effects on your body. Driving under the influence (DUI) inhibits your ability to drive safely. Alcoholic beverages, controlled substances, prescriptions, or over-the-counter medications can cause impairment. Driving impaired puts you and everyone else on the road in danger. Impairment is no illusion. Never Drive Impaired!