W.H.A.L.E. Check Program

W.H.A.L.E. CHECK Program

Welcome to W.H.A.L.E. (We Have A Little Emergency) Check, Florida’s child passenger safety program. Our widely popular and nationally recognized W.H.A.L.E. Check campaign continues as a highly requested and distributed piece on important child occupant protection and car seat safety.  W.H.A.L.E. Check is made available statewide as a digital download courtesy of District Two.

W.H.A.L.E. Check is a child passenger safety education and identification program for parents and caregivers. In the event of an automobile crash, children are often too young to identify themselves or provide helpful information. Parents/guardians are encouraged to complete the sticker and place on the back of the child’s car seat to provide vital contact information for emergency personnel. They are to stick the two smaller labels on each side of the car seat. These alert rescuers that the occupant is participating in W.H.A.L.E. Check.


Click here to download the W.H.A.L.E. Check as a one-page, printable PDF flyer to distribute at car seat checks, traffic safety events, daycare centers, pediatrician offices, government agencies and hospitals throughout Florida.


Click here to download a social media graphic to help promote the W.H.A.L.E. Check program.


Watch this short informational video about the W.H.A.L.E. Check program:


The W.H.A.L.E. Check informational flyer also includes great child safety seat tips and guidelines! There are five smart safety tips to help prevent injuries in case of a car crash:

  1. WEAR YOUR SAFETY BELT: Studies show that if you wear your seat belt, your kids will too.
  2.  Follow Manufacturer’s instructions: Always check the manual for both your
    car and the child safety seat for proper installation guidelines.
  3. Seat strapped in tight: You should not be able to move the car seat more than one inch
    in any direction at the belt path, and always use the top tether when forward facing.
  4. Chest clip at armpit level & Harness Snug: Straps should be tight enough
    so that you cannot pinch the fabric of the harness at the shoulders.
  5. Back Seat is Safest: Children age 13 and under should ride in the back seat.
    Older children no longer need a special seat if their legs bend comfortably at the
    seat’s edge with their back resting flat against the back of the seat.

We follow these American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations and want all children safeguarded in the right car seat!

  • Birth – 12 Months: Babies under age 1 should always ride in a rear-facing car seat. There are different types of rear-facing car seats: Infant-only seats can only be used rear-facing. Convertible and 3-in-1 car seats typically have higher height and weight limits for the rear-facing position, allowing you to keep your child rear-facing for a longer period of time.
  • 1 – 3 Years: Toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car seat with a harness as long as possible – until they reach the top height or weight limit of the seat, typically around 35 to 45 pounds.
  • 4 – 7 Years: Young children should ride in a forward-facing car seat with a harness until they reach the top height or weight limit of the seat – typically between 40 and 60 pounds.
  • 8 – 12 Years: Children should ride in a belt-positioning booster seat until they are at least 4 feet 9 inches tall. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lies snugly across the upper thighs, not the stomach, and the shoulder belt lies snug across the shoulder and chest, not over the neck or face.
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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.

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Summer Celebrate Safely

The Florida Department of Transportation’s District Two Community Traffic Safety Program created a new summer edition of “Recipes for the Road.” This double-sided card has simple safety messages along with delicious, non-alcoholic “mocktail” drink recipes, heart-healthy recipes, and an appetizer recipe. Our goal is to promote positive driving behaviors all year long and reduce the number of impaired driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities on our roadways.

Summer 2020 “Recipes for the Road” Card with Mocktails

We have these Summer Celebrate Safely “Recipes for the Road” cards printed as double-sided, 5.5″ x 8.5″ handouts in full-color. They are available for our Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Team members, partners, organizations, and our local communities. If you have a place for distribution, click here for the ORDER FORM.


Last year, there was almost 2,000 reported crashes with 109 fatalities involving impaired driving throughout the Northeast Florida district. That is 109 deaths that could have been prevented. This summer, and throughout the year, remember to always celebrate safely!

Please help spread the message of celebrating safely with these cool, summer “Recipes for the Road”. Download and share these traffic safety tips and recipes. Don’t forget to tag us @trafficsafetyteam on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, or @trafficsafetyfl on Twitter and Pinterest. Hashtag #celebratesafely #trafficsafetyteam

Summer Celebrate Safely Digital Recipe Cards:

Click to download and print or post on social media. Provided by FDOT Community Traffic Safety Program.


Summer Mocktail Recipe Videos:



For more impaired driving information and resources, make sure to check out the following:
Celebrate Safely: designate a driver campaign
Recipes for the Road: non-alcoholic 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

Drive safe. Drive sober. If you plan to drink, designate a driver or schedule a cab/ride-share/Uber/Lyft for a safe ride home.

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Occupant Protection

Seat belt usage remains the most effective way to reduce injuries and fatalities from crashes on our roadways. The Northeast Florida Community Traffic Safety Team continues to promote occupant protection and buckling up as not just a safety tool, but as a safe lifestyle.

New 2020 Buckle Up Campaign Graphics

Three new 11×17 “buckle up” poster designs.

With several recent fatalities involving passengers that were not wearing their seat belts in Northeast Florida, we feel it’s even more imperative to continue to promote strong occupant protection messaging. This basic reminder to always buckle up for every car ride is carried through in all three design themes:

Three new 2’x5′ “buckle up” banner designs.

Help make buckling up more than a trend or necessity because “It’s the law.” Share these occupant protection social media graphics and together we can make wearing seat belts a way of life for everyone. Please tag us @trafficsafetyteam on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube, or @trafficsafetyfl on Twitter and Pinterest. Hashtag #buckleupflorida #trafficsafetyteam

Buckle Up – Social Media Files:


Buckle Up – District Two Order Forms:

We have the new “Buckle Up” artwork printed as 11″x17″ posters and 2’x5′ banners. All full-color and beautiful to display. They are available for our Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Team members, partners, organizations, and our local communities.


Additional Occupant Protection Resources:

For more information about occupant protection and our other traffic safety campaigns, please visit:

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Happy Birthday to St Johns County’s Traffic Safety Team

Enjoy a walk down memory lane with St. Johns’ Community Traffic Safety Team!

St. Johns County’s CTST was established on June 26, 1997. We’re celebrating their 23 years of working to keep roadways safe from the beaches to rural communities.

Watch St. Johns CTST’s 23rd Year Anniversary Celebration Video:

St. Johns County in Northeast Florida spans from the Atlantic Ocean at St. Augustine Beach and Ponte Vedra Beach, through historic Saint Augustine, past many new developments including Nocatee and World Golf Village areas, and ending in beautiful farmlands and rural communities. They are dedicated to improving traffic safety for residents and vacationers enjoying one of Florida’s best destinations.

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