Florida

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Florida. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

  • Alcohol Impaired Driving

    Penalties

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

    6 months for DUI

    12 months for refusal

    DUI: After 30 days

    Refusal: After 90 days

    Ignition Interlocks

     

    Other

    Open Container Laws Repeat Offender Laws
    Yes Yes

     

  • Autonomous Vehicles

    Authorizes full deployment with or without a human operator depending on level of vehicle automation.

  • 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

    6 yrs or older

  • Distracted Driving

    Hand-Held Ban?

    School and work zones only. Primary law.

    All Cell Phone Ban?

    School Bus Drivers

    No

    Novice Drivers

    No

    Text Messaging Ban?

    All drivers. Primary law.

  • Drug Impaired Driving

    DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

    • None

    Marijuana-Specific Laws

    • Possession and Use: Legal for medical use
    • 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 Universal helmet law repealed in 2000.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?

    6 and over

    In What Seat?

    6-17 yrs: All

    6 and over: Front

  • Speed and Red Light Cameras

    Speed Cameras

    No state law or programs


    Red Light Cameras

    State Law

    Permitted by state law

    Where Permitted

    Statewide

  • 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
  • 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