As children return to school, drivers in Florida are being reminded to do their part by driving safely.

Preliminarily in 2019, there were 127,285 children aged up to 17 involved in crashes in Florida resulting in 1,361 serious bodily injuries and 142 fatalities. As children travel to and from school or just cycle around the neighborhood, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is urging motorists to obey school zone speed limits, remain attentive around child pedestrians and bicyclists, and stop for school buses.

“It is critical for adults to always model safe driving behaviors to instill good habits for future drivers and reduce the number of fatalities on our roadways,” said FLHSMV Executive Director, Terry L Rhodes.

“Whether you are learning and working from home, or making the commute to school and work, attentiveness is critical to prevent tragedies from occurring.”

During Child Safety Awareness Month FLHSMV is educating the public on all aspects of child safety in and around vehicles in partnership with the Florida Department of Children and Families, Florida Department of Education, Florida Department of Transportation, Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and AAA – The Auto Club Group.