As students across Florida head back to school over the next few weeks, drivers in Florida are being reminded to play their part by driving safely.

In 2021, there were 118,668 children aged up to 17 involved in a crash in Florida, resulting in 1,215 serious injuries and 167 deaths. As children travel to and from school, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) is urging motorists to ensure they arrive safely by obeying school-zone speed limits, remaining attentive around child pedestrians and bicyclists, and properly stop for school buses.

“Our morning and afternoon commutes will start to look different as the school year begins, but one thing that must remain constant is our commitment to driving safely,” said FLHSMV Executive Director, Terry L Rhodes.

Throughout August, the FLHSMV, as part of its Child Safety Awareness Month campaign, will be working with its division of the Florida Highway Patrol (FHP), and safety partners throughout the state to educate and engage Florida’s parents, caregivers, and motorists on the importance of safe driving.