ATV Safety

The Northeast Florida DOT Traffic Safety Program wants to remind all-terrain vehicle drivers to always follow ATV safety guidelines and Florida law. There has been tragic accidents in our communities, especially involving younger drivers on ATVs, resulting in injuries and deaths. Please watch and share the ATV Safety Rules video below. We have also created a free ATV Safety Rules tip card which may be downloaded and printed. The digital file may also be shared on social media.

Click here for the printable PDF of this ATV Safety Rules flyer.

We have created this short video with basic ATV safety rules to share:

ATV Safety Rules:

  • Always use personal safety gear.
  • Only one person on each ATV.
  • Drive an ATV that’s the right size for you.
  • Drive off road only – It’s dangerous and against the law to operate an ATV on paved roads or rights of way.
  • Keep both hands on the handlebars and both feet on the footrests.
  • Adults should supervise riders under 16.
  • Be safe and stay focused.
  • Only ride when sober.

Vehicles of any type, including ATVs, are not TOYS and should not be treated as such. Click here for our “ATV Off-Road Rules” brochure with more all-terrain vehicle safety tips and Florida law (Florida Statute 316.2074):

Below are some great ATV safety messages, information and activities to download, print and share!

All-Terrain Safety Activity – Always wear a full face helmet with eye protection.
Youth activity page related to ATV safety
Off-Road Adventures! Stay Safe on All-Terrain Vehicles + Get Ready to Ride Activity
ATV SAFE! All-Terrain Safety Quiz + Off-Road Tips for Kids and Teens

Click here for more information about rural traffic safety.

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

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


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.

Happy Birthday Columbia County Traffic Safety Team

The Columbia Community Traffic Safety Team has been on the road to safety for 23 years!

Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Suwannee Counties have been part of FDOT’s Community Traffic Safety Program since August 21, 1997. For over two decades, local law enforcement, emergency service providers, engineers, educators, and partners have been dedicated to preventing crashes throughout their communities.

Watch Columbia CTST’s 23rd Year Anniversary Celebration Video:


A heartfelt “Happy Birthday” and “Thank You” to everyone on this multi-county team, past and present, for their continued support and commitment to promoting traffic safety. Together we make a difference.