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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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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Buckle Up Religiously

The slogan, Buckle Up Religiously, has been part of our ongoing occupant protection campaign for over a decade. This year we are introducing a new Buckle Up Religiously graphic and will be distributing posters and banners throughout our Northeast Florida communities.

Click to download and share this important traffic safety message.
Please tag us on social media: @trafficsafetyteam or @trafficsafetyfl Hashtag: #buckleupreligiously

New 2020 Buckle Up Religiously Social Media Graphic

If you knew of something you could do every day that would almost guarantee to save you and your family from possible loss of life or serious injury, wouldn’t you do it? Then buckle up every time you and your family get in the car.

Buckling up is still the most effective and immediate way to save lives and reduce injuries from crashes on our roadways. Did you know that…

  • Chances are someone you know will be involved in a vehicle crash this year.
  • You are twice as likely to be severely injured or killed when unbuckled.
  • A child unrestrained in a 30 MPH crash is like a child dropped from a third-story window.

One Click Does The Trick… So wear your seat belt and secure all children in the proper child safety seat.

Buckle Up Religiously! For your family. For yourself. For life.

Here are a couple of our previous Buckle Up Religiously pieces created by your Northeast Florida Department of Transportation’s Community Traffic Safety Program. The printed materials were popular handouts and inserts into local church bulletins. Feel free to share this tip card and flyer. @trafficsafetyteam #buckleupreligiously

Buckle Up Religiously Traffic Safety Tip Card
Buckle Up Religiously Tip Card from 2015
Buckle Up Religiously Flyer from 2012

For more traffic safety information, tips and resources please visit our Occupant Protection – Buckle Up webpage and Child Passenger Safety – Car Seat Crusaders.

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Pedestrian and Bicyclist Safety Tips

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, more people are riding their bikes or going out for walks while practicing social distancing. Your Traffic Safety Team wants you to stay safe during this time by following these pedestrian and bicyclist safety tips!

Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Wear bright colors. Increase your visibility and use bike lights/reflectors.
Wear bright colors. Increase your visibility and use bike lights/reflectors.

With so many people heading outdoors for a bike ride, motorists – please ALWAYS WATCH for bicyclists on the road. Bicyclists, wear bright colors or reflective gear so you are visible.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tips
See and be seen. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.
See and be seen. Make eye contact with drivers when crossing streets.

Walking is the perfect social distancing activity! Lace up and get moving, but be sure to SEE and BE SEEN. Make eye contact with drivers. Drivers, please look in all directions for people on foot! 


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross streets where it is legal to do so.
Be predictable. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross streets where it is legal to do so.

It’s important when riding your bicycle to be predictable. Use sidewalks and cross where it is legal. Drivers, phone down, eyes up.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Stop! Look left, right, and left for traffic.
Stop! Look left, right, and left for traffic.

Going for a walk is a great way to get fresh air and keep from going stir-crazy, while practicing social distancing. Look left, right, and left again for traffic. Drivers, please drive with care as more people hit the pavement than usual.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Walk defensively. Be prepared for the unexpected.
Walk defensively. Be prepared for the unexpected.

In addition to staying 6 feet away from others on your walks, don’t forget to walk defensively and be prepared for the unexpected. Drivers, please remember to focus on driving and eliminate distractions.


Pedestrian/Bicyclist Safety Tip
Be careful in parking lots. They can be more hazardous than streets!
Be careful in parking lots. They can be more hazardous than streets!

The groceries stores are open, and many restaurants are open for take-out. This means busy parking lots – some that have even been modified with cones/tents for curbside pick-up. Be careful – these areas can be more dangerous than streets! Drivers, please proceed with caution and be on the lookout for pedestrians. 

Walking and bike riding are great ways to stay active and healthy. Exercising is also a great tool for people of all ages and improves driving skills, especially older drivers. To learn more, check out our Defensive Driving Tools.

Exercise and Fitness Benefits:

• Enhances mobility, flexibility and balance
• Helps maintain or lose weight
• Reduces impact of illness and chronic disease 
• Better sleep and more energy
• Improves mood and self-confidence
• Boosts cognitive function

Click here for more great pedestrian safety tips for walkers and drivers.

Click here for important bicycle safety tips and resources for cyclists and motorists.

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