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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Virtual Volunteer

Be a Community Traffic Safety Team “Virtual Volunteer” – It’s as easy as 1, 2, 3.

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A few minutes of your time to share important traffic safety reminders could help save a life.

  • Step 1. Like and follow us on social media.
  • Step 2. Share and repost traffic safety tips.
  • Step 3. Invite others in your network to like and follow too.

Connect with the Northeast Florida Community Traffic Safety Team on social media!

Volunteering without being physically present is not new. For years, volunteers have been off-site and have used the telephone, fax and postal mail to communicate. However, the revolution in information technology has opened up many new possibilities for volunteering and giving back to your community.

Even prior to the COVID-19 healthcare crisis and social distancing, there has been an increase in working from home. Virtual volunteering is a wonderful way to take advantage of contributing volunteer work over the internet. Social media has opened the door to expand the reach of our traffic safety tips and campaigns.

Benefits of being a Traffic Safety Team Virtual Volunteer:

  • Increase community awareness.
  • Minimal investment of your time.
  • Flexible to your schedule with no time constraints.
  • Easy and feels good to send positive messages.
  • Help reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities on your local roadways.
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Thank you for your time and consideration!

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ATV Safety

Our Northeast Florida Traffic Safety Teams want to remind all-terrain vehicle drivers to always follow ATV safety guidelines and Florida law. This year we have had numerous accidents in our communities, especially involving younger drivers on ATVs, resulting in injuries and deaths.

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.

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Defensive Driving

FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Program presents: Three Defensive Driving Tools to Avoid Impact, by Jeff Hohlstein, a Traffic Safety Team member in Clay County, Florida. From 2009 through 2016 Jeff was a Traffic Cycling Instructor certified by multiple organizations. There he learned a lot about vehicles’ next actions without looking at the driver. He also adopted OODA, a quick decision-making tool originally developed for combat by Retired Colonel John “Forty-Second” Boyd, USAF. The OODA Loop is easily adopted to defensive driving, to help you see and avoid conflicts before they become crashes.

Learn about the OODA Loop: Observe • Orient • Decide • Act and other defensive driving tips to help reduce crashes on our roadways in this educational traffic safety video.

Downloadable version of the video as a PDF presentation file for viewing and sharing:

Read the complete article, “Three Defensive Driving Tools to Avoid Great Impact” below:

safe driver

Jeff Hohlstein

What do OODA, Three Mississippi’s, and a vehicle’s front wheels have in common? They can all be defensive driving tools that will alert and prepare you for potential conflict situations and avoid a crash.

In another year or so, I’ll enter that age range of 78–85, when most people decide to quit driving. Over the years, I’ve learned some tools that I hope will allow me to drive safely far beyond that range. I’m not a certified driving instructor, so I’ll describe the tools and how I use them. How you choose to use them is up to you.

The OODA Loop: See and avoid trouble

So what’s an OODA? The OODA Loop is a rapid decision-making tool developed by Retired Colonel John Boyd, USAF. In combat, OODA is used to totally confuse and demoralize the enemy. In defensive driving, OODA is a disciplined way of thinking that helps one see and avoid trouble. OODA stands for Observe > Orient > Decide > Act, and then do it again.

It sounds like common sense, doesn’t it? But then there’s a joke—Two crows were sitting in a tree above a corn field. Crow One said, “Let’s fly down and eat some corn.” Crow Two, “We can’t. There’s a man standing in the field.” Crow One, “That’s a scarecrow. If it was a man, he’d be looking at his cell phone.”

How many times do we see people who aren’t even observing? And, as we age, we need a conscious, disciplined decision-making tool to drive safely. OODA can be that tool. Let’s start with an easy example.

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Recipes for the Road

The FDOT District Two Community Traffic Safety Team (CTST) is proud to share the 22nd Annual Recipes for the Road. This four-page recipe card is filled with non-alcoholic drinks, mocktails, appetizers and sweet treats along with traffic safety tips. Our goal is to help reduce drinking and driving and alcohol-related traffic crashes this holiday season and throughout the year.

22nd Annual Recipes for the Road Bi-Fold Card
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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 where local restaurants and bars 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 CTST and local partners work to save lives and prevent injuries in our community. Click here for more information about Celebrate Safely.

Be Responsible – Do Not Drink and Drive

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