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.

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.

Mocktails • Recipes • Safety Tips

Seasonal Mocktails, Food Recipes and Traffic Safety Tips

For more than two decades we have made a positive impact to help keep people safe on our roads during the holidays and throughout the year. These delicious nonalcoholic drink mocktails, recipes and safety tips are part of the Celebrate Safely, Designate a Driver program and the Recipes for the Road campaign.

Please watch, share and enjoy our alcohol-free drink and food recipe videos:

Nonalcoholic Autumn Apple Cider Float 

Halloween Witches’ Brew Mocktail and Bat Straw Craft 

All American 4th of July Mocktail 

Memorial Day Mango Smoothie Mocktail 

Lucky Lime Mocktail Punch

Sparkling Strawberry Mandarin Mocktail Video Recipe

Souper-Bowl: Chicken Enchilada Quinoa Soup Recipe

Happy New Year’s Minty Raspberry Nojito Mojito Mocktail

Festive Holiday Cranberry Brie Appetizer Bites

Hot Winter Cider Punch

Thanksgiving Sparkling Mocktail

Wormy Halloween Party Punch Mocktail

Non-Alcoholic Summer Sangria

Crowd Pleasing Meatball Sliders

Dreamy Hot Cocoa Recipe and The Marshmallow Snowman

Green Grinch Punch Recipe and Grinch Kabob Instructions

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Safety for Kids

New child safety activity book and safety bookmarks are now available!

Activity Book

Our cool new activity booklet was also developed and printed in a two-part flip book for elementary age children and preteens. For the younger kids, ages 5-10, we have the “Safety Scores! On your way to school, at home, and off to play.” with great safety tips, fun puzzles and activities. The other part targets the older tween age kids from 10-13, challenging them to “Up Your Safety Game! Phone Down. Eyes Up. Buckle Up!”

Important traffic safety messages and activities cover a wide range of topics, including: child passenger safety (CPS), occupant protection, pedestrian safety, bike and helmet safety, ATV off-road safety and school bus dangers and safety. In addition, there are other key safety concerns for kids like swimming, sports, fire hazards and general everyday safety tips. We’ve got mazes, puzzles, coloring, games, crosswords, word searches, scrambles, trivia and safety check lists to keep the kids engaged while emphasizing valuable safety knowledge, reminders of best practices and fundamental safety rules to help prevent injuries or death.

Elementary – Sample Pages
 Activity Book - Elementary Pages - ATV Safety Message  Activity Book - Elementary Pages - Occupant Protection Safety Message  Activity Book - Elementary Pages - Water Safety Message
Pre Teens – Sample Pages
 Activity Book - Pre Teens Pages - Crossing Safety Message  Activity Book - Pre Teens Pages - Bike Helmet Safety Message  Activity Book - Pre Teens Pages - Sport Safety Message


These double-sided bookmarks contain important safety messages for bicycle safety, distracted driving, pedestrian safety, and occupant protection tips for drivers and users. They are distributed to libraries throughout our community. Click on a design below to learn more about that particular topic!



Bicycle Safety Distracted Driving Pedestrian Safety Occupant Protection
Safety Bookmark - Bicycle Safety Message Safety Bookmark - Distracted Driving Safety Message Safety Bookmark - Pedestrian Safety Message Safety Bookmark - Occupant Protection Safety Message