Florida motorists must always ensure they obey school zone speed limits, remain attentive around child pedestrians and bicyclists, and properly stop for school buses. Take this quiz to increase your proficiency at driving with child safety in mind.
In 2018, there were 130,055 children involved in a crash in Florida, resulting in 1,438 serious bodily injuries and 155 fatalities. That’s why it’s so important to safely secure your children every time they’re in the car, whether it’s by always placing them in the correct car seat or double-checking their seatbelts.
All bicycle riders AND passengers under age 16 are required by Florida law to wear a helmet. Always wear a properly fitted helmet that’s securely fastened.
You should NOT leave a child under the age of six alone in a car if you’ll be gone longer than 15 minutes, if the motor is running, and/or if the health of the child is in danger. Violation of this law is a second-degree misdemeanor and can result in a fine of up to $500. If a child is injured, the violation becomes a third-degree felony.
If there is a raised barrier such as a concrete divider or at least five feet of unpaved space separating the lanes of traffic, drivers moving in the opposite direction do not have to stop for the bus. However, these motorists SHOULD slow down and watch for students loading or unloading from the bus.
Deployed front seat air bags can be dangerous to children, so they should always ride in the back. Also, Florida law requires the use of seat belts or child restraint devices by drivers of motor vehicles, all front seat passengers, and all children riding in a vehicle under the age of 18.