Florida

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Florida. Please note that GHSA does not compile any additional data on state laws other than what is presented in these pages. For more information, consult the appropriate State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

    Increased Penalty for High BAC Administrative License Suspension on First Offense Limited Driving Privileges During Suspension Vehicle and License Plate Sanctions
    .20

    6 months for DUI

    12 months for refusal

    DUI: After 30 days

    Refusal: After 90 days

    DUI: Impoundment, vehicle forfeiture

    Ignition Interlocks

    Mandatory for high BAC (.15 or higher) convictions

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws Alcohol Exclusion Laws Limiting Treatment
    Yes Yes Yes

     

  • Autonomous Vehicles

    AV testing and operations authorized under specified conditions.

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians

    Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

  • Child Passenger Safety

    Child Restraint Required

    5 yrs or under

    Adult Safety Belt Permissible

    Not permissible

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $60 + points

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    No

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    No

    Novice Drivers

    No

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Secondary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Illegal
    • Impaired Driving: None
  • Mature Drivers

    Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

    8 years

    Provisions for Mature Drivers

    80 and over: renewal every 6 years with vision test (in person or physician's letter if renewing by mail or electronically)

  • Motorcyclists

    Helmets required for riders under 21 or those with less than $10,000 in medical coverage for motorcycle-related injuries. Universal helmet law repealed in 2000.

  • Seat Belts

    Type of Law

    Primary

    Who Is Covered?

    Riders 6 and over

    In What Seat?

    Riders ages 6-17: All

    Riders 6 and over: Front

    Maximum Fine for 1st Offense

    $30

  • Sobriety Checkpoints

    Between 15 and 20 checkpoints are conducted each month. Their legality is upheld under federal Constitution.

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs


    Red Light Cameras

    Violation/State Law

    Permitted

    Permitted Locations/Criteria

    Statewide.

    Citation Issued To/Liability

    Registered owner/Owner

    Image Taken

    Tag and traffic control device

    Penalties (Traditional Penalties)

    $158; no points ($125; 3 points)

  • Speeding and Aggressive Driving

    Rural Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Urban Interstates

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    65 65

    Other Limited Access Roads

    Cars (MPH) Trucks (MPH)
    70 70

    Aggressive Driver Actions Defined by Statute

    At least two of the following: speeding, unsafe or improper lane change, following too closely, failure to yield right of way, improper passing, failure to obey traffic control devices.

    Note: Violator is cited for specific traffic infraction(s). Issuing officer can select "Aggressive Driving" checkbox on traffic tickets.

  • Teen and Novice Drivers

    Full Privilege Minimum Age

    18 years

    Learner Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Minimum Duration (Months)

    Required Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours)

    15 12 50 (10)

    Intermediate Stage

    Minimum Age (Years/Months)

    Nighttime Driving Restriction

    Passenger Restriction (except family, unless noted)

    16

    Age 16: 11 p.m. - 6 a.m.

    Age 17: 1 a.m. - 5 a.m.

    None
  • Work Zones

    Violations Affected

    Speeding

    Enhanced Penalties

    Double original fine

    Workers Must Be Present?

    Yes

    Signs Must Be Present?

    Yes