Illegal School Bus Passing Fines Doubled

Effective January 1, 2021, the penalties for failure to stop for a school bus in Florida has doubled. Motorists should always follow the law and drive carefully – especially when driving in school zones and around school buses.

The penalty for failure to stop for a school bus with its stop-arm extended and flashing red lights activated increased to $200 from $100. For a subsequent offense within a five-year period, the motorist will receive a suspended license for no less than 190 days and no more than a year.

The School Bus Safety bill also increases the fine for passing a school bus on the right-hand side, where children are loading and unloading, to $400 from the previous fine of $200. Motorists convicted of a second offense within a five-year period will lose their driver’s license for no less than one year and no more than two.

Mobile Devices Must Be Hands-Free While Driving

Reminder: The Wireless Communications While Driving Law, effective October 1, 2019 prohibits the use of a wireless communications device in a handheld manner while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or active work zone area. Violators commit a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation, that includes a base $60 fine, not including court costs or other fees, and will have 3 points assessed against the driver license.

Please help protect the children in your community and share these important traffic safety laws and school bus safety tips:

School’s Open – Drive Carefully Poster to Print and Share

Additional School Bus Safety Information and Tips

Great school bus safety resources are available online here:
Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Program – School Bus Safety
Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles – School Bus Safety

Recipes for the Road

Welcome to our 23rd Annual Recipes for the Road! This 20-page digital recipe booklet is filled with nonalcoholic drinks, mocktails, appetizers and sweet treats along with traffic safety tips. Our goal is to help stop impaired driving and reduce alcohol-related traffic crashes and fatalities in Northeast Florida this holiday season and throughout the year.

23rd Annual Recipes for the Road Digital Flip Book:

See below for over two decades of Recipes for the Road editions. Check out our Mocktail drink and food recipe cards and videos!

Recipes for the Road is part of our Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver program with local restaurants and bars. Participating locations provide free non-alcoholic beverages to patrons who are the designated driver (AKA the “DD”). Together these printed materials and online resources from FDOT’s District Two Community Traffic Safety Program and local partners work to save lives and prevent injuries in Northeast Florida. Click here for more information about Celebrate Safely.

Be Responsible – Do Not Drink and Drive

Thanksgiving through the New Year is a fun and festive time of year. Throughout this fall and winter season there are many celebrations, family gatherings, festivals, football pre-game tailgating and holiday parties. They are all best enjoyed when we celebrate responsibly. Please always drive safe and sober.

Recipes for the Road was started to help reduce drinking and driving, offering a great collection of non-alcoholic drink recipes. Please feel free to share and enjoy all these mocktails, food recipes, safety activity games and traffic safety tips.

Learn more here: Impaired Driving traffic safety tips and materials.
Share our monthly Mocktails, recipes cards and videos.
Download our Seasons of Safety themed holiday cards.


Previous Recipes for the Road

Our past booklets from last year to the inaugural issue in 1997! Click on the titles below to view or download a PDF copy from these past Recipes for the Road editions:

Traffic Safety Virtual Backgrounds

Since things have gone virtual, and may remain this way for the unforeseeable future, we invite you to browse our new traffic safety virtual backgrounds. Download your favorite traffic safety message (or all of them) and upload a background to your virtual meeting platform(s). They may also be used as computer monitor desktop backgrounds or screen savers.

Check out our two new holiday inspired virtual background options – Recipes for the Road and Season’s of Safety Santa!

This is a great and free way to share important traffic safety topics in a fun and interactive way, while disguising your home or work space. These graphics are simple and colorful, and the perfect way to stand out from the crowd during any meeting or class. Also a nice conversion starter idea!

Free Traffic Safety Wallpaper Backgrounds:



Please note: GoToMeeting does not allow for virtual backgrounds without using a third-party webcam service. However, these traffic safety backgrounds can be used with Microsoft Teams, Zoom, or even as your desktop/laptop display background. Virtual meeting applications vary. Please check the online help centers for the platform you will be using. They offer complete directions for using customized wallpaper backgrounds, system requirements, and tutorials.  


Instructions for using a custom virtual background in a Microsoft Teams Meeting can be found online here: Change your background for a Teams meeting


For instructions to enable and use a virtual background in Zoom, go to: Zoom Help Center Virtual Backgrounds


To customize your webcam background during meetings in GTM, check out: Add a custom GoToMeeting webcam background


Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver

2019 Celebrate Safely Artwork

The Northeast Florida Department of Transportation District Two Community Traffic Safety Program is excited to promote the annual Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver campaign. The popular public service initiative was created to help reduce alcohol-related traffic deaths and injuries throughout the holiday season. Together we can make a difference!

During the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day, local establishments are promoting the Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver program by displaying the materials provided. The 11×17 full-color posters will be displayed in neighborhood restaurants and bars. The stickers are for servers and bartenders to wear, and for sticking onto table-talkers, menus, and bill holders.

If you know any establishments that would like to participate, please place an order online now.  

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Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver packages for bars and restaurants 

Due to the hardships and challenges many local establishments are battling this year with COVID-19, we are not requiring them to provide free nonalcoholic drinks. The following list of participating restaurant and bars have offered to serve nonalcoholic beverages free-of-charge to patrons who identify themselves as the designated driver during the week of Christmas through New Year’s Day.  


List of 2020 Participating Restaurants and Bars:

Let us know if you or someone you know would also like to participate!


Click on the images below to download and share these free “Celebrate Safely” social media graphics:


The campaign’s “Drive Safe and Drive Sober” message is key at any time of year, and especially during the holidays. If you’ve been drinking, celebrate safely. Designate a driver, call a cab/ride-share/Uber/Lyft, or spend the night where you are.  Make sure to check out the following:
Recipes for the Road: nonalcoholic drinks and safety tips
Mocktails: drink and food recipe cards and videos
Seasons of Safety: traffic safety-themed holiday card collection
Impaired Driving: traffic safety page with more resources and materials


IT’S NOT ALL FUN IN THE SUN

In Florida, you can get a DUI (driving under the influence) if you drive or are in physical control of a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08% or higher – regardless of whether your driving ability was actually impaired. (Sometimes the term “blood alcohol level” (BAL) is used instead of BAC). However, a driver can also get a DUI for driving while impaired to “some degree” as the result of ingesting alcohol, drugs, or any combination of these.

While most DUIs involve driving, it’s possible to get a DUI in Florida without actually moving your vehicle. Florida law makes it illegal not only to drive a vehicle under the influence, but also to “operate” or be in “actual physical control” of a vehicle in such a state of impairment. So, for instance, an intoxicated motorist who’s found by police slumped over the wheel with keys in hand could be prosecuted for DUI even though the car never moved.

And like all other states, Florida has “implied consent” laws that generally require all motorists lawfully arrested for DUI to submit to chemical testing (blood, breath, or urine) for the purpose of determining the amount of alcohol or drugs in their systems.

Every day, 36 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol-impaired driver.  This is one death every 41 minutes.  The annual cost of alcohol-related crashes totals more than $51 billion.

Important safety steps we can all take:

  • Before drinking alcohol, designate a non-drinking driver within your group.
  • Don’t let your friends drive impaired.
  • If you have been drinking or using drugs, get a ride home or call a taxi.
  • If you’re hosting a party where alcohol will be served, offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all guests leave with a sober driver.

Happy Birthday Nassau County Traffic Safety Team

Hard to believe our youngest Community Traffic Safety Team is already 17 years old!

The Nassau County Traffic Safety Team was established on November 12, 2003 by the Northeast Florida Department of Transportation, District Two’s Community Traffic Safety Program. Together they work with local agencies, engineers, law enforcement, emergency services, educators, citizens and partners to help resolve traffic safety concerns on their roadways.

Watch Nassau CTST’s 17th Year Anniversary Celebration Video:

Towns and cities in Nassau County, include Fernandina Beach, Callahan, Yulee, Hilliard, and Amelia Island. This most northeastern county of Florida has a diverse roadway system traveling through coastal, rural and historic areas. We wish the Nassau County Traffic Safety Team a very “Happy Birthday” and appreciate all of the past and present members for their dedication to promoting traffic safety throughout their communities.