In Fiscal Year 2018-19, the Florida Highway Patrol responded to 66% of calls for service within 30 minutes. This falls short of the department's standard of 85%. During this period, the majority of troopers' time (77.75%) was spent on patrol and investigation activities. This exceeds the department's standard of 75%.
In calendar year 2019, the Florida Highway Patrol, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement officers conducted 110,226 commercial vehicle inspections. These resulted in 16,771 vehicles and 7,074 drivers placed out-of-service for critical safety violations.
Licenses for persons with developmental disabilities. The 2020 Legislature enacted HB787 which, among other provisions, authorizes an optional “D” designation on the drivers license of a person who has been diagnosed with a developmental disability. The licensee, or his or her parent or legal guardian, must present the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) with sufficient proof that a licensed physician has diagnosed the licensee with a developmental disability. Additionally, a licensee, or his or her parent or legal guardian, may surrender his or her current driver license at any time to add or remove a “D” designation.
Wireless Communications While Driving. The 2019 Legislature enacted Ch. 2019-44, Laws of Florida, which amended Florida's Ban on Texting While Driving Law. The bill changed the enforcement of the ban on texting while driving from a secondary to a primary offense (beginning July 1, 2019). This change allows a law enforcement officer to detain a motor vehicle operator solely for texting, emailing, or instant messaging while driving. Drivers are additionally prohibited from using a handheld wireless communications device while driving in a designated school crossing, school zone, or work zone area (beginning October 1, 2019). The prohibition only applies to a work zone area if construction personnel are present or are operating equipment on the road or immediately adjacent to the area. The bill prohibits a law enforcement officer from accessing a driver's wireless communications device without a warrant. When a citation is issued, the law enforcement officer is required to record the race and ethnicity of the violator. Law enforcement agencies are required to maintain this information and report it to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Beginning February 1, 2020, the department annually reports this information to the Governor, the President of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House of Representatives.
Texting While Driving Report, February 2020, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Impaired Driving Campaign Report, January 2019, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Red-Light Camera Summary Report Fiscal Year 2018-2019, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
Seat Belt Violations 2018 Annual Report, Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' Office of Inspector General reports are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Websites of Interest
Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, Cabinet and Legislature Reports & Statistics
Florida Transportation Commission
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Official Directory of State Patrol & Police
American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials
American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, Law Enforcement
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Florida Highway Patrol, 850-617-2000