FLORIDA: Back to School Driving Tips & Reminders (+Infographic)

FLORIDA: Back to School Driving Tips & Reminders (+Infographic)

When school is in session, you need to be on high alert in school zones and around school buses.

Across the U.S. officers are buckling down on safety in school zones and around buses. Because kids are small, unpredictable and hard to see, they are considered especially vulnerable road users. Young children are at high risk when they are getting on or off buses. To keep them safe, state law prevents passing school buses.

The goal? Learn school driving tips to prevent crashes and keep kids safe.

For school bus crash statistics and additional safety tips, visit: https://www.flhsmv.gov/safety-center/child-safety/school-bus-safety/

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Safety for Young Pedestrians

Florida Cell Phone Law

It is illegal to text, message, or play a game on a mobile phone while your car is in motion. However, you can still use it for it’s primary purpose: making a phone call. 

While it’s not recommended to hold the phone while talk on the phone, the new law does not make it illegal to do so UNLESS you are driving in the following areas:

  • School zones
  • School crossing
  • Work zones

If you have your phone in your hand, you can get a ticket and 3 points against your license!

Stopped School Bus? You should stop.

The possibility of a collision between a car and a kid much higher when buses are loading and unloading children. That is why all 50 states have laws in place that prevent passing school buses.

If you see a school bus coming to a stop, you need to stop and wait for it to withdraw it’s stop arm. The only exception is if you are traveling in the opposite direction of the bus and there is a barrier (5+ feet wide) that separates the lanes of traffic traveling in the direction of the bus and your lane(s).